Category: How To

Dressing Sexy Without Letting It All Hangout

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! That romantic holiday that fills restaurants with loving couples and makes the greeting card industry a healthy profit every February. What’s important to ladies is looking fabulous on this important holiday. The most fabulous color outfit you can wear is red. Red is “the” color of Valentine’s Day. But how do you wear it well? If you do it wrong a red dress can make you look cheap and tawdry. Fortunately our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack, has all the tips you need on how to wear a fantastic red outfit for your Valentine’s Day excursions.

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Retro Rerun: My First Advice for MtF Crossdressers

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (1)

This Retro Rerun is advice for beginning crossdressers from Diane Hutchison that first appeared on TGForum back in 1998. The advice is directed at crossdressers just taking their first steps to letting themselves explore the world of feminine attire. Since Diane wrote this her gender journey has taken her to transition and marriage. Return with us now to the late 20th century for Diane’s newbie crossdresser advice that is still as relevant today.

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Male vs. Female Non-Verbal Communication

| Dec 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Marc Mitnick, MS, CCC-SLP, Certified Speech/Voice Pathologist, has a post on the differences between male and female non-verbal — body language — communication. How often have you seen a well dressed, pretty crossdresser sit “wrong”? They look very feminine but when they sit or gesture there is something “off.” Marc explains that males and females speak a different body language. Just as their verbal communication is not the same, so is their non-verbal communication. Follow Marc’s tips to move and interact as your preferred gender.

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Retro Rerun: The Mechanics of Beauty

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in 1998. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this Rerun Roberta acts as a makeup advice columnist and answers common questions with simple makeup tips.

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A TGF Rerun — Beautiful Eyes

| Nov 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in December of 1997. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this post she talks about minimizing masculine facial characteristics and accentuating feminine ones. She also discusses using shading and highlighting to make a nose or chin more feminine looking.

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How To Lace a Corset — Part 2

| Oct 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Chanelle continues her tutorial on how to “bi-directionally lace” a steel boned corset. (That means you use two laces rather than just one.) Why would you need this skill? Chanelle suggests that you may wish to, at some point, change the color of your corset’s lacing. How sexy would it be if the laces matched some other color in your outfit? Check out Part 2 of Chanelle’s video on corsetry for your figure.

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How To Lace a Corset — Part 1

| Oct 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Chanelle shows you how to bi-directionally lace a steel boned corset. That means you use two laces rather than just one. Why would you need this skill? Chanelle suggests that you may wish to, at some point, change the color of your corset’s lacing. How sexy would it be if the laces matched some other color in your outfit? You will only learn the answer if you watch Part 1 of Chanelle’s video on how to properly lace your corset.

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Passing Is Possible: Follow The Women

| Oct 10, 2016 | Comments (3)

This is a TGF Retro Rerun from Diane Hutchinson. It originally ran back in the late ’90s. See if you can find some of the 1990s references. Diane wrote about passing tips for doing so. Cate O’Malley’s post today gives her 21st century take on passing so we decided to run Diane’s post from the 20th century. They differ, of course. Diane’s advice is still good for those who want to blend in with the other women in a store, or restaurant. And she and Cate both agree that in case you don’t pass it’s best to not let it bother you. It’s not your problem. So return with us now to those days in the late 20th century and give Diane’s Retro Rerun a read.

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Hair Today — Epilators: A Review

| Sep 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

In her ongoing battle with body hair Emyli Evyrling obtained a device that some liken to a medieval torture machine — an epilator. The epilator has spinning discs or springs that grab leg hair (or other body hair) and swiftly jerk it out of your skin. Longer lasting smoothness is one benefit of the epilator method of hair removal but is it worth the pain? Emyli tells us today about her new Phillips epilator and how it gets the job done.

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Shave Those Legs

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (6)

Are you a fall, winter and spring crossdresser? Do you quit for the summer since you are expected to wear dude shorts when in male mode, and covering your hairy legs with several pair of hose, as you do the rest of the year is just too uncomfortable in the heat and humidity? We suggest you don’t try to hide those lovely legs in the summer. Just give them a shave and show them off in a short flouncy skirt or a pair of short shorts. But. . . what will people think? Who cares? Shave those legs, girlfriend!

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How to Get a Glamorous Smokey Eye Look

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (2)

By Jennifer Kurtz Come on, come on, turn the radio on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Gotta do my hair, I put my makeup on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Put my makeup on, ah Sia! What a beautiful song! Reminds me of the task at hand. How to […]

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Retro Rerun: La Derriere

| Jul 11, 2016 | Comments (1)

Our Retro Rerun today is from TGF in1998. Roberta Angela Dee wrote this column for TGForum on the importance of proportion. More people are outed because their proportions are wrong than are given away by an Adam’s Apple or large hands. A typical male body is wider at the top. Male hips do not, in most men, get as wide as the shoulders, and the male butt tends to be flatter than the female behind. In this article Roberta covers the differences and suggests safe ways to create a more feminine figure. Roberta Angela Dee passed away in 2003.

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Naming “Her”

| Jul 4, 2016 | Comments (1)

Many crossdressers who don’t get out of their homes while dressed or only go on the Internet is stealth-mode haven’t thought about picking a feminine name. Others who are just starting out are still wrestling with what size dress they wear and haven’t thought about what they should call themselves. To the rescue comes our crossdressing co-ed (who will soon be out of school and out in the business world) Chanelle Nirok with some tips on how to find your feminine name.

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Retro Rerun: 20 Ways to Look More Beautiful

| Jul 4, 2016 | Comments (1)

Today’s Retro Rerun is from the early days of TGForum. The late Roberta Angela Dee did a series of articles on learning several feminine skills. Today we bring back her “Twenty Ways to Look More Beautiful,” first published in July of 1997. Ms. Dee passed away in 2003.

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Tips for Using the Lady’s Room

| May 16, 2016 | Comments (0)

This Retro Rerun bobbed to the surface of the TGForum Archices and shows that using the lady’s room has always been an issue for members of the trans community. Particularly for crossdressers who would definitely attract more attention in a men’s room. This article by Leslee M. Anthony was included in the Passing Tips category of TGF content in the 1990s. Find out how CDs approached the restroom issue in the carefree days before conservatives started making it illegal to use the lady’s room. Some of the tips are still good and others, maybe not so much.

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Cultural Change Science

| Apr 25, 2016 | Comments (4)

Recently President Obama admonished Black Lives Matter protesters that they need to be doing more than shouting if they want to move their agenda forward. Protest is often necessary but there needs to be another step beyond protest which leads to real change. Too much shouting can actually hurt the cause. There is real science that can be applied to creating change in a culture. Dana Bevan reveals some of it today and urges its use in the fight for trans rights.

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Makeup, Makeovers & Mary Kay Ash

| Apr 25, 2016 | Comments (2)

Everyone can benefit from a bit of makeup. The proper use of cosmetics can make a bland face look vibrant. A touch of lipstick, a hint of blush and a lady feels prepared to take on the world. Some women will not go out of the house without their eyeliner in place. And, on the other hand, over use or improper application of makeup on a trans woman can be a disaster. How does one learn the do’s and don’ts of makeup? Cate O’Malley has some tips.

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Say Yes to a Dress! Get Started Crossdressing!

| Apr 25, 2016 | Comments (3)

Are you a male who reads TGForum, sees photos of the lovely ladies and wishes you could crossdress? What’s stopping you? Sure, if you’re in a relationship there are issues that must be dealt with. But, if you are single the only thing stopping you from having crossdressed fun is you. We start a series of articles today that offer tips to the novice CD who is just starting out. You’re not getting any younger, and the younger you start wearing dresses and heels the more fun you’ll have. More sophisticated TGF CDs may wish to add their tips using the comment area.

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Retro Rerun: My Secret — An Eye Makeup Trick

| Apr 18, 2016 | Comments (1)

Time for another blast from the past! Or as we call them when we bring back some of our content from days gone by, a Retro Rerun. Back in the ’90s some of TGF’s prettiest readers agreed to share their favorite style, beauty and “how-to” tips. In 1997 these eye makeup ideas came from Michelle Ross, one of TGF’s loveliest. See if you can use them in 2016.

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Retro Rerun: Techniques for a Feminine Voice

| Apr 11, 2016 | Comments (1)

Today’s Retro Rerun is from the early days of TGForum. The late Roberta Angela Dee did a series of articles on learning feminine skills. Today we bring back her tips on creating a feminine voice. You can tell the articles (we’ve combined two of her article on voice) are from the ’90s as she says to use a “tape recorder” to practice with. Today a smart phone will have the app you need. Roberta’s advice is still good today no matter what device you use to practice.

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Tweezing and Anger Management

| Apr 4, 2016 | Comments (0)

Sometimes our Contributors connect up things that don’t seem to be connected. Today our new Contributor Emyli Evyrling posts a blog that brings together anger and tweezing. Do this things relate? Could be. Anger can be like an infected hair. There can be a ton of anger roiling around in a trans person who has been told they’re crazy, kept from being who they are and denied personhood. And male hair growth, on face and body, is a symbol of that oppression to many trans women. Emyli has tips on how to pluck that oppression out. And she expresses some anger, too.

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How To Flatter a Large Face

| Mar 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

One problem for many males who wish to dress as females is the size of their facial features. Males typically have larger, wider faces than females. This is not to say that all females have small faces and petite features. Fortunately for males wishing to dress and comport themselves as ladies there are ladies who have larger faces so they can provide some insight into how one may camouflage a large face. Today Tasi Zuriack gives you several tried and true methods to help you use what you’ve got to good effect.

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Spotting the “Red Flags” in Dating

| Feb 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

Chanelle Nirok is a young crossdresser who is always looking for a lady to call her own. It’s hard enough finding someone special no matter who you are. Adding crossdressing into the picture makes it even harder. But Chanelle has dated many women and has some advice on what you should keep an eye open for in any relationship. Find out what she feels are Dating Red Flags.

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The Occasional Woman: Makeup!

| Feb 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

Lorraine Anderson, the seamstress behind The Occasional Woman custom clothing business, wrote last month about something she is not an expert on. She took on the subject of makeup. — something she normally wears very little of. But, at the prodding of friends and family, she decided to write about makeup both before and after a professional makeover. Today, after she visited the Urban Decay makeup counter and had the makeover, she talks about the experience and which products were used to update her look.

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Retro Rerun: Shopping 101, Wigs and Coats

| Feb 15, 2016 | Comments (3)

Jessica Brandon was the TGForum in-house bargain shopper back in the 1990s. She had a BS degree—Bachelorette of Spending—from What’s A Matta U. Even though you have to add a few dollars to the prices she quotes for wigs and coats we find that her advice on shopping for those items remains relevant today to the girl who is just starting to explore crossdressing and needs to find bargains that fit her crossdressing budget.

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Exit Strategies in Crossdressing

| Dec 7, 2015 | Comments (2)

In some people the urge to crossdress is strong, just as the Force was strong is Luke Skywalker. In others it fluctuates. It can be make them want to dress up every day or it can wane and make them not feel like slipping into a dress and heels for weeks at a time. Chanelle Nirok suggests that if possible you should plan when you are going to exit the life for a while so you can be prepared to jump back into it when you’re ready.

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