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Feeling Feminine In Public | Female Fashion Trends For Men

Updated on October 16, 2009

Say you're a man who likes to wear women's clothing, but isn't quite comfortable going out in public that way. What you need is a way to ease into female fashions, a point of departure, so to speak. You're looking for a way to express yourself without inviting the unwanted attentions of the less understanding sectors of society. The good news is that there are several ways to incorporate female fashions into everyday outfits without going the proverbial whole hog, and we're going to have a look at some of them in this article.

The secret to looking like a man, but feeling like a lady is to incorporate female attire into everyday dress. Of course, you can wear lingerie underneath your clothes, but how do you express your feminine side in a subtle and tasteful way? Why, with accessories, of course!

Earrings

Female earrings are fun to shop for and fun to wear. Depending on your choice of style, you may be able to wear a pair of pretty earrings without most people noticing that you're wearing anything feminine at all. The pictured earrings are an example of subtle, yet definitely feminine ear wear that will make you smile every time you catch sight of yourself in a mirror. With earrings you can be as understated or dramatic as you want to be.

Belts

Belts aren't just for holding your pants up, they're also a great way to accessorize outfits and add a little bit of feminine glamor to your everyday dull male attire. Take these ladies belts from Christian Dior, for instance. These could quite easily be worn with jeans, adding designer flair to your outfit and letting you feel feminine without so much as a hint of a skirt about the place.

Bangles and Bracelets

Bracelets and bangles are two types of female jewelery which can quite easily be co-opted by a male. The pictured bracelet was designed by Judith Jack, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Woven from silver with gold accents, what man wouldn't feel feminine with this clinging to his wrist?

Rings

A pretty ring looks good on any finger, and rings are generally regarded to be fairly genderless, which means people are unlikely to call you on a pretty ring. The ladies tanzanite ring pictured is a perfect example of this type of jewelery. It is light, its delicate and it will look amazing with almost any outfit, even in the corporate world where a feminine touch (on a man) can be hard to find.

Accessories open up a whole new world for men who love to wear women's clothing. There are quite literally so many types, styles, brands and colors of accessories in the world that a man could spend a life time cataloging them and still barely have scratched the surface of feminine adornments.

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      sissychuck44 

      8 years ago

      bearclaw,

      i like wearing women's clothing. in fact, i love wearing women's clothing. what's wrong with it?

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      pauls_boat 

      8 years ago

      hi bearclaw no one has ever said all men should go out wearing womens clothing all that has been said is that men should be able to if they want to without ridicule.

      it would be just as bad if all ment were forced to wear skirts all the time.

      lots of people are forced by where they live or work to wear what the other people want to see them in.

      well dont doug i belive if a man wears a skirt it should be accepted by everone most men who want to wear skirts or dresses are not wanting to be accepted as a woman they just want to be accepted as a man who likes difrent forms of clothing.

      i wear skirts lots of the time but i am not trying to look like a woman just a man in a skirt.

      why should all men be forced to wear the same pair of pants and a jacket whilst all women can wear whatever they want when they want.

      i belive that there should not be a defining line in the stores between mens and womens clothing they should be freely mixed and men and women should be able to wear whatever they want.

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      TIMWILLIAMS 

      8 years ago

      I am a guy that likes the female things. I wear earrings in each ear, the stud earrings. I also wear necklaces and braclets. I get my hair done. I have highlights in my hair.

      Most people I know that do that are girls. I know several girls that know I get highlights in hair and they all like it. I also wear nail polish too, clear on fingernails and colored polish, usually red on my toenails. Some girls know that too and like it. I also wear womens/girls bras and womens/girls underwear/panties all the time as well. This is so fun for me to be feminine. I enjoy it so much.

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      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      It's already been proved that I'm female bearclaw, but to be honest, I couldn't give a damn about what you think. If you interpret articles saying that men can wear what they like as saying that men have to be feminine, then there is very little chance that you'll ever understand anything I have to say.

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      bearclawmedia 

      8 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

      Happy man, Nanciboy and David H, Ok You win Hope, these guys are men and they dress up in women's cloths, they even know what you are talking about, in fact your probably a man too. Don't know why I am so offended by your comments, I have explored the latent element. I just think that you could try an article reflecting the good things that conventional men and fashion offer, pride, and masculinity are not sins. Your comments are suggestive that men are inadequate unless they explore their feminine side in fashion.

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      David H 

      9 years ago from England

      I agree with you Doug.

      I have worn skirts in male mode during the summer when it was too hot to wear jeans.

      Why should I have to suffer with sweating legs when a skirt makes more sense?

      No one says anything at all. Not even a single disapproving look. In fact people just treat me the same as if I had been wearing jeans.

      I realize that Hope's article was mentioning being subtle. Unwanted attentions? - I have yet to meet this type of person Hope. Maybe I live in the right area. Or maybe it's my attitude which rubs off onto strangers passing by.

      Personally, I am not into any jewellery but can understand if others want to try it.

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      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      Good for you, Doug! Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure that will be really inspirational for other men.

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      Doug 

      9 years ago

      I frequently wear outfits bought entirely in the women’s section, and nobody has ever said anything to me, even when I have worn skirts. Recently, I even made a point of making sure the straps of my camisole were showing and wore a small necklace, and still no one showed any reaction. This is without wearing a wig, makeup, or trying in any way to look like anything other than a guy wearing feminine clothes. I’m middle aged and have short, thin hair, so there’s no mistake about gender.

      I make it a point to look around and see what ladies my age are wearing and try to dress tastefully and conservatively.

      I’m very encouraged by the utter lack of reaction so far, and I can envision a day when I feel entirely comfortable wearing whatever I feel like in any circumstances, regardless of which side of the store I bought them. Men wearing dresses, skirts, and other pretty clothes will only become mainstream if we get out there and make it happen.

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      HappyMan 

      9 years ago

      i have a couple of hoop earings and some and several multi strand chain with beaded earings, and just bought dragon head earings. Fun!!.

      This past week I was challenged by my SO to wear stockings and Garters all week, all day. I agreed only if we wore matching lingerie, right down to the color and pattern. How much more female can I feel knowing she and i are dresed the same underneath.

      Hope I am enjoying your hubs, and they have helped me push the boundaries.

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      Nanciboy 

      9 years ago

      Zeta,

      Try Lands' End for your side zips. I prefer them to LL Bean because they hem your pants to order. My legs are different lengths so I get them hemmed to fit. Don't know where you live, but here in San Francisco I wear my side-zips out in public all the time. As long as my top falls to at least high hip I don't worry. I even wear them to work.

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      Zeta 

      9 years ago

      I enjoy wearing women's pants.

      First was a pair of low-rise, stretch denim jeans. Size 16 felt so nice and clingy I tried size 14, and they're even nicer some days. I wear T-shirts or rugby shirts that hang over the belt line and nobody notices. But they do feel fine!

      I like wearing pants with the side-zip as more feminine. L.L.Bean often has nice ones on sale in stretch corduroy and in stretch velvet - for at home

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      Tomgeekery 

      9 years ago

      If you're a bit scared of having feminine earrings, you could always get a less visible piercing. There's lots of very nice belly button jewelry.

      I had a frenum done for a while, but it started to migrate when I put something prettier in. :( Can't say that would make you feel feminine though.

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      rich3800 

      9 years ago

      Maybe just wearing just one earring would be a way to be more feminine yet be masculine.

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      Nanciboy 

      9 years ago

      Earrings are easy. I wear diamond, sapphire or ruby studs every day. Choosing to coordinate with my suit/shirt/tie combo. Casual Friday may call for the small silver or gold hoops. Not having long (or very much to be honest) hair to mute/frame drop earrings, I haven't worn the ones I have very often recently. Another thing I do wear is delicate silver chains with pendants or other types of necklaces. Under the dress shirt on suit days, out in the open framed by a scoop neck T-shirt on other days.

      I am lucky in that San Francisco has a certified street artist program. I have bought necklaces and earrings from four of them who sell near the Ferry Building. All of them have custom made things for me that we designed together.

      I also wear all kinds of women's outerwear over my panties and camis on Fridays and weekends. Pants (long and short), fleece tops, women's shirts, sweaters and coats. Mostly black or earth tones and no flowers :).

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