Today is a very exciting day for me so please do indulge me a little! Today I am welcoming my very first Guest Blogger to the pages of The Agoraphobic Fashionista.
And because we always do things a little differently here anyhow my first could only have been one person.
Without further ado let me introduce to you the guest blogger who popped my cherry!
I have been given the opportunity to write a post for this fabulous blog, and even though I have a lot to say, I'm going to attempt to keep this tight and have some kind of point.
Now, before we continue, I'd better give you a little information about myself. I am a Twenty something Man who has this strange hobby that involves dressing up as a woman and blogging about it. Think of me purely as a Transvestite Batman, but without fighting crime as my alter ego, I sit behind a computer and geek out to fashion, make up and all things feminine. For me it's purely an expression, escapism and creative force that makes me want to change from looking like a bearded beer drinker resembling Joe Pasquale to a smooth faced Doll resembling Kelly Osbourne.
Ok, so with that out the way I wanted to try and fit in with this blog and discuss fashion related things and being a guy it's a whole different game. Since I have been buying women's clothes it's been complicated and significantly frustrating. I have experienced buying things from Charity Shops, High Street stores and even online. All of which have their pros and cons. Let's Start with the Pro's shall will?
Charity Shops: These shops are usually occupied and run by older ladies who never pay any attention to anything being sold, as they are making money for charity regardless. I'm pretty sure the moment they see a guy sheepishly look through the rack of Skirts, they cotton on and with a glancing smile make you feel at ease. So with a relaxed attitude you can start picking out cheap dresses and skirts knowing that not only are you in an open environment, but you are also putting money towards charity. So Cross-dressing is saving lives somewhere.
High Street: This is the Dream place to shop for clothes that you see in heat! You can walk into these places and copy the styles you admire so much. Want that latest dress Tulisa was wearing on The X Factor? Head on down to New Look and grab one of the 100 on the rack at a reasonable price. As a Transvestite Superhero ( Well I'm helping people in one way or another ) Its the aim to look like the celebrities we all admire. The High Street helps fulfill this.
Online: Shopping online is brilliant for shopping anonymously. You have the ability to trawl through the web and find some cheap, affordable and just plain amazing dresses at the click of a button, without having to leave the bedroom. Online has specialist websites for Men who like the look of a woman, so we know we can find shoes that fit, dresses that are cut in different places and clothes that fit the broad frames of many. Its custom made for all of us.
Charity Shops: The selection. There is a reason why these clothes have hit the racks. They are usually horrible, unflattering or just plain ugly. Obviously barring the few steals you may find, the majority of the stock is horrendous. I have trawled through some shops and loudly sighed with disgust and walked out disappointed.
High Street: The problem with shopping so openly in the public is the fear of being judged, caught out or simply laughed at. One thing Cross-dressers hate is being laughed at or sussed out before we have even attempted to dress up. The times i have bought something from New Look the sales girl has given me a look, one that says "This won't suit your frame darling". It's the whole blending in, which doesn't work when in a sea of Legs, Blonde hair and sleek frames, a Bearded man with a football top on stands out like a sore thumb.
Online: Having a Box delivered and having to go to the Post Office to collect it, worried that they may have sent it with their Logo on it. There's nothing worse than seeing a Box with "Female Fashion for MEN" written on it. Also getting something online can lead to being disappointed with it and having to send it back. That way its just a waste of time and sending a box to "Tranny,com" can again cause problems.
So if anybody would like to send me some clothes they don't want, please feel free! Do your bit to make a Tranny Wannabe happy.
Now I LOVE doing what I do, I'm not out there to spread the Tranny Lords word, there are better people out there to educate people on the trials and tribulations of Transvestitism and all that glamourous stuff. I am hear to pretty much express my personal views on the subject and how it affects my life.
I Hope you've enjoyed my post.
Can we get a round of applause for Adam folks? It can't be easy. So sticking to the theme of Stamping Out Stigma it was my pleasure to step off my little blog-stage for the day and allow Adam to share his gorgeous alter ego Keeley's story with you. Thank you for sharing!