In the north east we are having an odd spring-in-the-middle-of-winter week. Temperatures will be in the area of 50 to 60 degrees F. all week long. No need for that long wool or down filled coat. Time to shave your legs and wear nude hose. You can forsake the warmth of heavy leggings, layered sweaters and fur lined boots for more spring-like attire. Lorraine Anderson, the seamstress who runs The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, says keep in mind — it will get cold again. So use this warm period to find clearance bargains on coats. And during the warmer week pick up a cool moto jacket. One of those motorcycle jackets that are fashionable and look great with a feminine flouncy skirt.
The night time is a magical time. Whether you are a crossdresser or not the night time has a sense of mystery and wonder. It seems like anything could happen. Our Columbian correspondent has been sending posts about the Princesses of the Night in her city. How the romance and glamor is heightened by the darkness. Today she talks about going out as a woman in the day light. It’s a different experience for sure. Of course she writes en Español so use Google Translate if you don’t know the language.
Every crossdresser has a tale of the first time. The first time they went out into the world of straight people dressed in their finest femme attire. For some it’s attending a Halloween party. Others decide to get dolled up for some event like a concert or trans friendly movie. Today our contributor Porja Braga tells her “first time” story and encourages you to make it a priority to live your “first time” out and about en femme.
Today’s Retro Rerun is from 1997. TGForum contributor Jayne Nicole wrote about an incident that most crossdressers would say was one of their worst nightmares. How would you handle it if while you were sitting in a crowded restaurant getting ready to enjoy a late night breakfast with your friends when some trouble maker snatched off your wig and walked away with it? What would you do? Find out how Jayne Nicole’s friend handled the situation in this Retro Rerun.
In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Amanda who is totally open about he crossdressing with her family, neighbors and even her dentist.
Why is passing so important to many crossdressers? Trans women want to be accepted as who they are. Crossdressers are two people. They have a male face and a female face. There are some who say we shouldn’t give a damn about passing but dress as we like. Others feel that passing is necessary for acceptance by the general public. What’s so great about passing? Angela Gardner calls on her years of public crossdressing and tries to arrive at an answer to why it’s so important to many.
This Retro Rerun is from the 1990s and was written by the late Roberta Angela Dee. Ms. Dee was TGF’s how-to diva and covered all aspects of feminine presentation. In this post she talks about dressing to suit your figure. What works on one body type won’t work on other body types. She guides you through how to find your body type and then makes suggestions of what styles will enhance your feminine presentation.
Julie Guam has been sharing her memories of crossdressing throughout her life and last month she brought us up to date on her story. Her post today is about something all crossdressers need to consider, what happens after we pass away? Not to our souls. What happens to our collection of feminine attire and who will be in charge of disposing of it all? Of course that depends on who knows about our dressing up and who we care about knowing after we’re gone. Give Julie’s post a read for some if her ideas about preparing for the inevitable.
It’s cold outside. Step into Dina’s Diner and warm up with a hot cup of java. Or maybe some tea. Today Dina has a brand new list of menu specials that start with speculation about the necessity of talent to achieve your glamor goal. Then there’s a spicy exploration of trans communities around the world. Next on the list is a taste of Charles Busch. Then Dina has a spicy blend of Hungarian actresses from the ’50s, and she finishes off with musings on the way just a few millimeters one way or the other can define beauty. Come on in to Dina’s Diner!
Monochromatic outfits don’t have to be monotonous. That’s Tasi Zuriack’s thesis in this report on fashion. She tells you all the tips and style secrets that can help you put together an outfit that utilizes a pallet of shades of one color. Properly done and accessorized you can work one color and become a fashion star.
In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Lucille who has kept her dressing a total secret from her family.
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.
New Year’s Eve! It’s the one night you can throw caution to the winds and wear whatever outrageous sequined, sparkly, snake print, feathered outfit you want. It’s a celebration and the best way to celebrate is in those sparkling 4 inch heels, that skin tight red dress and a ton of zircons, or real diamonds if you’ve got ’em. Lorraine Anderson, woman in charge at The Occasional Woman sewing service, has some tips on how to rock that New Year’s Eve party.
The last chapter of Julie’s story brought us up to the present day. Today’s chapter starts four days ago when Julie, after having Margarita and then taking a sleeping pill, found herself on the floor with a rib injury. She was sporting nail polish on fingers and toes as well as wearing makeup and perfume. The “help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” button was near by but how could she summon help when she couldn’t even get up let alone remove her makeup and nail polish? Find out in Chapter 7 of Crossdressing (Recent) Memories.
Welcome to Dina’s Diner. Slide into a booth or sit at the counter. It’s your choice down at the Diner. Dina has a healthy stew cooking today. There’s a bit of nostalgia for the glamorous drag performers of yesteryear. Tasty discussion of how the internet has helped many people gain acceptance in their particular identity. A seasoning of cosplay and body painting helps to add some flavor, and then Dina stirs in a couple more ingredients; the use of crossdressed men in commercials around the world, and the penchant among crossdressing community members to dress up in a Santa type outfit and pose for photos by the Christmas tree. Order up a steaming bowl of today’s special stew at Dina’s Diner!
Have a dress or skirt that you love but it’s a bit too short to wear out and about? Fix your length problem and add a “pop of pretty” to the hemline with a lace, tulle or chiffon skirt extender under your dress or skirt. Today Tasi Zuriack, our fashion maven, tells you about the many ways to use these versatile and sexy garments.
In her next three articles Linda Jensen will be telling you the stories of three crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these three people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy.
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.
Julie Gaum is 91. She’s been crossdressing since she was 15, after an earlier incident at age 7. Now she has written a book to share her story with the world. The book is called “Never Climbed His Mountain.” On TGF Julie tells her story. She graduated from Wharton, went to Hollywood to work in the film industry and had various adventures. All while staying “in the closet.” After moving in with an accepting female cousin Julie began to dress at home. Then tragedy struck and Julie had to find another home. But she also found the freedom to dress in public.
It’s time to think about your winter accessories and Lorraine Anderson has some suggestions that will brighten your outfit and your perception of the cold, dark winter nights. When stepping out in your black winter coat and black boots add some color with a scarf. Or brighten things up with colorful, or patterned gloves. There no need to be gloomy and gray when accessories that “pop” can save the day! Get some hints and tips on how to enhance your look this winter in today’s edition of The Occasional Woman.
Linda embarks on a quest for advice she can give to crossdressers about “coming out” and letting others in their lives know about their dressing. Trans women, at some point, must let their employers, friends and families know that they are changing their gender presentation. Crossdressers can keep their secret and adopt their male persona for the majority of their social and work activities. While keeping your crossdressing secret can feel like you’re a spy and give you an adrenaline rush when you successfully return to your headquarters after a mission (shopping trip or visit to a trans-friendly watering hole) hiding a large part of yourself can cause problems. See how Linda’s friends have “come out.”
Dina Amberle joins us with a tasty Dina’s Diner. Today she talks about women on TV in the ‘60s who influenced her crossdressing desires; adds some cheerleaders; Lady Kung Fu; thoughts on fishnets and leather slacks; the story of a male ballet dancer with a drag persona; the androgynous erotic appeal of “hair bands” and “glam rock” to the naïve kids of the time, and comes up with a delightfully entertaining stew that’s sure to please. Don’t miss a visit to Dina’s Diner!
Have you ever wondered how Linda Jensen got her CD name? Do you want to know how she discovered the crossdressing world and when that was? The answer to the last question was in the late ’60s. Linda wrote all about it, and some of the story is a bit risque, on TGForum back in 1998. We bring the article back now as a TGForum Retro Rerun. Step back in time and learn how Linda first made contact (intimate contact) with the drag community at a club in Toronto called the St. Charles.
Our fashion consultant Tasi Zuriack says it’s time for a return to elegance in fashion. Casual Friday has lead to a landslide of sweat pants, workout clothes and other less than elegant attire being seen on the streets and in the malls. But can you be feminine and elegant without being a wimp? True elegance commands a room and lets people know you are a woman to be reckoned with. Let Tasi give you her tips on how to work the look in today’s post.
A funny Chilean television series from 2015 is about an all-female taxi company that can’t find enough women who know how to drive. Funded by a grant that requires the management and staff to be all women means that the founder’s recently returned home son can only help out by dressing up. One thing leads to another and soon his secret life is the time he spends as a man — while the rest of the time in public he is known as a trans woman cabbie. It’s called Fabulosas Flores which means Fabulous Flowers.
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.