Shopping for Cross-Dressers
I know most crossdresssers have to be very secretive about their preferences for female clothing. This poses more than just a few problems when it comes to looking for and buying the outfit of your dreams. But there are many ways to get that pretty dress you've been wanting for so long. Many places that are cool about crossdressing and many that exist specially for you.
Specialized stores for crossdressers
These are made for you. They have all the means to enable you to shop discretely for womens clothes and try them on without worrying about getting strange looks. You should be ready to pay a higher price for that extra feature though and there might not be one near where you live even though they're growing in number.
Of course, another great advantage is that you can get the clothes in sizes that you can't find elsewhere. That is especially important when it comes to shoes: If I ever wanted to torture somebody, I’d make them wear high heels that don’t fit for an hour. Check out my separate article on high heels for men.
And you'll find items here that you probably won't find anywhere else such as the sissy dress.
The internet has revolutionized the world in more ways than one and crossdressers can get access to cute and beautiful outfits easily and anonymously. Unfortunately its very hard to get the right fit from a Firefox window so I suggest sticking to easy-fit garments. I already mentioned great cross-dresser friendly petticoat stores like dancecenter and setrino (for more on them see my article called men in petticoats). Tights, and underwear as well as most skirts are not a problem when it comes to sizing. Check out my hub on men's panties for more information. But when it comes to tops, trousers and full dresses or costumes it can be a near impossibility to get a perfect fit without trying them on. You should know, even when most women shop for a dress we don’t usually find a perfect fit outright but have to have it adjusted.
That brings me to the next point: Looking around the stores and trying on different outfits is half the fun of it all. Even I love it and you guys are really missing out on something if you only order these things anonymously. There is no substitute for clothes shopping on the high street.
Retail stores in the real world
I realize many crossdressers are concerned about this but I’ll tell you why these are still the best place to go. Firstly, the shopkeepers don’t care who their customers are. In fact, chances are that they get crossdressing male customers regularly (unless its some tiny shop in a remote village) and even if not, you might just get a chuckle and some whispering but I’m sure you can handle that (some guys even like that kind of attention). Hey, you could give them a nice tip. That is likely to endear you with almost ANYONE and it’ll help improve the crossdressers image in society – even if it’s a little artificial. And, every time you go to a regular store, you’re helping society get used to cross dressers a little more. If everyone did that, then you’ll help get a snowball rolling towards a more crossdresser friendly society.
What you can also do, is phone a shop directly and ask them right out if they’re ok with crossdressers. My boyfriend did this after he walked past a tiny dress shop just outside London and was to shy to just walk in. He also told them when he’d be coming around so they were mentally prepared. As a result they were very kind and helpful, They locked the door for him and had him try on the dress and took his measurements to get the size right (actually I still think it wasn’t a perfect fit but that’s beside the point) standing in front of the mirror (it’s a pity I wasn’t there to see it). He enjoyed the experience very much and apparently they said he wasn’t even their first male customer.
So shop workers are not the problem (unless their mean people and then they’re a problem for girls too).
Jewelry shops are a little easier to deal with because traditionally men buy jewels for women and men are wearing jewelry themselves more and more these days.
But another thing that probably worries you is that you might bump into somebody you know while trying on a baby-pink princess outfit. Well you could go to another city where you don’t know anyone. Or if you’re in a big city, you could go to an area where you think its least likely to bump into anyone. Also you could try to find the best time to go to a shop. At prime time, there can be crowds of people all getting impatient with each other. That can work as an advantage as nobody wants to pay much attention to anyone else (such as you) but of course, your friends and colleagues are also more likely to be there at that time.
There are loads of possibilities for crossdressers these days, but most of all I recommend the good old retail stores. Whenever I’m in one, I discretely keep an eye open for men looking around at women’s clothes. I can see it in their eyes when they’re looking for something for themselves. There’s a sort of glow and excitement in their eyes – like a child in a toy store. Its very cute and I see it more often than you might think. Feel free to check out my article on getting feminized.
If you want to buy a ballerina outfit with a tutu skirt, then you might want to get some more information from my article on buying tutu dresses.
Not all elaborate feminine garments are difficult to get in the right size. You might be surprised to read that getting a corset in the right size isn't very hard even for men. Check out my article on male corsets for more on that.
So I hope I’ve inspired you to go and do some clothes shopping of your own. If you know any place you’d recommend please share it with the others in the comments section. But please do not advertise (I will delete those comments) as people want honest recommendations only.