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Visiting Roz & Ali (Dress Barn), Macy’s and Burger King

My last three stops on Tuesday were Roz & Ali (nee Dress Barn), Macy’s and Burger King. I will describe them in reverse order.Burger KingMy wife asked me to pick up some fast food from Burger King on the way home, so I stopped at the King closest …

Big Night at One Big Event

Saturday evening, I attended One Big Event at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The event is a fundraiser for the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective. It is a gala affair with guys in tuxedos and gals in cocktail dresses and vice…

Sunday Shorts and Longs

Friday, I made the rounds around town – bank, gas station, Rite Aid.Nothing unusual at the bank – still no free samples.Filled her up at the gas station and after I paid up, the cashier and I gossiped. I used to see her once a week and now see her onc…

Tea Time—Wearing a simply beautiful dress from Simply Be

Wearing a simply beautiful dress from Simply BeFriday afternoon, I went to Tea Roses Tea Room in Cromwell to attend a tea with three of my trans friends: Diana, Maryann and Robin.I was dying to wear my new dress from Simply Be and this was the perfect …

Workplace Rights

Despite major wins within the LGBTQ community in recent years, many transgender and non-conforming gender individuals feel there’s still a lot more to do in the fight for equality both in and out of the office.

Here is a helpful guide for transgender workers, from new graduates just entering the workforce to seasoned working professionals, as well as employers and hiring managers. Learn more about current transgender workplace rights, how to navigate some of the biggest workplace and job hunting concerns, and see what employers can do to lay the foundation for safe and inclusive work environments.

Transgender and non-conforming gender (TGNC) individuals are protected by policies and laws intended to eliminate harassment and discrimination. While some protections are at the federal level, many states, counties, and cities have their own policies in place. “Protection laws differ from state to state, so it’s important that you check the state in which you work,” notes Dr. Kristie Overstreet, a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist who specializes in transgender identities.

Where I live (Connecticut), we have been protected for some time. My former company had policies in place even before the state and my Human Resources representative was ready and willing to help me to transition into a working woman whenever I was ready. I was also greeted with open arms when I inquired about working as a woman at a local Dress Barn. That’s Connecticut and your mileage may vary depending on where you live, so check out the Workplace Guide and see where you stand.

Source: Ann Taylor
Wearing Ann Taylor (Source: Ann Taylor)
Benjamin Koldyke
Benjamin Koldyke femulating in television’s Work It!

Where’s the Barn?

My Simply Be dress.Diana asked me to accompany her to Dress Barn to help pick out a dress for her upcoming high school reunion. You know how I like Dress Barn, so I was happy to go shopping with her after tea on Friday,We drove to a nearby Dress Barn t…

Remembering Frederick’s

It’s Throwback Thursday, so I am repeating this popular post. I hope you enjoy it.

Wearing my Fredericks’ of Hollywood
purchases (bra, waist cincher and wig)

Forty-five years ago, when I began to seriously explore my femininity, I thought Frederick’s of Hollywood was the be-all and end-all for femulating. They seemed to carry everything I needed – exotic lingerie, high heels, sexy hosiery, showgirl wigs, gaudy jewelry, cheap makeup, short skirts, skimpy tops and tight dresses. One-stop shopping for my inner slut!

Back then, there seemed to be a Frederick’s store in every mall including the one near the apartment I lived in while attending law school. So when I finally mustered up the courage to buy my own feminine finery (instead of borrowing/swiping my mother’s and sister’s), I headed to the nearest Frederick’s emporium.

As I recall, I bought my first bra with optional inserts, my first waist cincher and my first wig that day. It was in the fall, so I may have used the Halloween excuse, but I don’t think so because I recall the saleswoman trying to push all sorts of products on me – stuff that I would not need beyond a one-time Halloween party.

With my natural B-cups, I surely did not need the optional inserts for the bra I was purchasing, so after she talked me into buying the inserts anyway, I stood my ground and insisted that my pocketbook was only so deep and I could only afford the bra, inserts, cincher and wig.

She finally relented, rang me up and I was on my way down the yellow brick road.

So that day, I made my first purchases of “girl stuff” from Frederick’s of Hollywood. Where did you buy your first “girl stuff?” Do you have a Frederick’s of Hollywood story?

Source: Intermix
Wearing (left) Sarah Magid earrings, Alessandra Rich dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and (right) Lizzie Fortunato earrings, Misha dress, Aquazzura shoes, Tambonita bag (Source: Intermix)

Don Winslow
Don Winslow in the Navy, 1940

Etched Lace Men’s Bra

Alison alerted me to this “Etched Lace Men’s Bra.”

The description for this men’s brassiere reads, “We love the clean lines of this crisp monochromatic crop-top for men. Made from a medium-weight stretch fabric embossed with an etched lace design, this bra features a curved inset of lace at the bust for contouring. With a shaped athletic-styled back and pop-over styling for easy access. Etched Lace Men’s Bra.”

So, who is selling this item of lingerie for lads?

You would probably guess it was an online exotic lingerie store, but you would be wrong. It’s Walmart!

Walmart also sells panties for men.

What is this world coming to? 😉

Source: Boston Proper
Wearing Boston Proper (Source: Boston Proper)
Daniel Furlong
Daniel Furlong, male womenswear model

Etched Lace Men’s Bra

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Alison alerted me to this “Etched Lace Men’s Bra.” The description for this men’s brassiere reads, “We love the clean lines of this crisp monochromatic crop-top for men. Made from a medium-weight stre…

Got Serious

In the past, when my only outings en femme were support group meetings and Halloween parties, I was not fooling anybody, so there was no need to make an effort to pass.

Not that I looked like a guy in a dress – I have always been a perfectionist, so I learned how to apply makeup, style wigs, and dress to impress. Yet, passing was not important because my public forays were next to none, so what I did then worked.

However, as my outings en femme increased, I realized that I had to do better. What worked at a support group meeting would not work on the streets of Gotham City.

My weight has always been on the heavy side with 20 pound swings from one year to next.

I decided to end the roller coaster ride. I lost a dozen pounds and two dress sizes. For the past few years, I have managed to avoid the 20 pound fluctuations and have lost even more weight since then.

Now, there are 2 or 3 pound fluctuations and they set off an alarm to alert me to watch my diet or my figure will suffer.

In addition to a smaller dress size, losing and maintaining a lower weight had some other benefits.

Gone are the uncomfortable heavyweight foundation garments. Comfortable and lightweight Spanx-style support is all I need these days to create the semblance of a girlish figure.

Also, my toes got thinner! Before I lost weight, the fourth and fifth little piggies on my left foot were not getting along. They overlapped, which caused friction, discomfort, and severe irritation. It was so bad that I planned to see a doctor about the problem.

After I lost weight, the toe problem went away. I assume it was a combination of thinner toes and less weight pressing down on those toes.

Whatever – my feet are happier in heels these days!

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe.
Andrej Bičan
Andrej Bičan femulates on the Slovakian version of television’s Your Face Sounds Familiar.

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