Category: Transgender Fashion

The Occasional Woman: Let’s Talk About Pants, Baby

| Aug 5, 2019 | Reply

Who wears the pants in your family? Anyone who feels like it. In the early days of fashion a woman in trousers was scandalous. But then, along came World War II and many women had to go to work in the factories and mines. Wearing dresses was uncomfortable in the plant and frilly frippery could be unsafe around machinery. So women started wearing trousers. After the war trousers on ladies stuck around and today there are many different styles of pants for women to choose from. Some show a lot of leg and other kinds cover the legs completely. From shorts to loose fitting tropical prints, Lorraine Anderson writes about the pants that may be a fit for you.

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Summer Crossdressing

| Aug 5, 2019 | Reply

Many crossdressers give up dressing in the summer months due to family obligations, cookouts, trips, etc. where shave legs or arms would be noticed and commented on. For some though putting aside feminine dressing is unthinkable. If you’re one of those who simply must enjoy the pleasure of summer femme fashion then Pauline Estelle has a few tips on how to be comfortable and show off your feminine side in the summer months.

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The Occasional Woman: Skirts!

| Jul 8, 2019 | Reply

Our fashion consultant, the woman responsible for The Occasional Woman custom clothing and seamstress service, Lorraine Anderson, discusses the many styles and lengths of fabulous, flirty skirts. From the micro-mini to the never-wear bubble skirt Lorraine focuses on how to wear the style and length most flattering to you. Give her column a read and be rewarded with sensible fashion advice from a cisgender seamstress and costumer.

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Fashion Alert! Here Comes Spring!

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

Pauline Estelle welcomes spring and with it her thoughts turn to dressing for the warmer weather. Today she offers tips on how to break away from the winter blahs and bring out the bright outfits you’ll wear for the next month or so and we get into summer heat. So put away the boots and heavy coats and wear colors and lighter fabrics with spring sweaters and light jackets.

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The Occasional Woman — Spring! Time to Shop!

| Mar 18, 2019 | Reply

it’s almost spring and that means it’s time to shop! Lorraine Anderson, the owner of The Occasional Woman custom clothing and alteration service urges you to take advantage of the sales at deep discounts on winter apparel and accessories so you are prepared for next winter. And there are bargains to be had that you can wear this spring. Get her fashion tips in today’s blog from The Occasional Woman.

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A Guide to Age Related Clothing

| Feb 25, 2019 | 5 Replies

Pauline Estelle has some tips for the older lady who wants to dress appropriately for her age but desires to avoid the “frumpy” label. You know what we mean; baggy tops with dark floral prints paired with polyester pants with an elastic waist. It my be comfortable but it puts you firmly into the frump category. Pauline has some tips that will boost your fashionable looks and take a few years off of your age.

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The New Year Brings Fashion Bargains!

| Jan 21, 2019 | 2 Replies

The cold of winter beats against our dwellings here in the northeastern United States. Many take refuge in a hot toddy, or perhaps a soothing and warming mug of hot chocolate or tea. What could be better than the shelter in your warm abode as the icy winds blow? Just one thing — bargain shopping! Right now the sellers of lovely lady’s attire are having fantastic clearance sales! Today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress of The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, tells you about all the bargains to be found.

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Fashioning a Fashionable Waist

| Dec 31, 2018 | Reply

Today Pauline Estelle has TGF tips on how to create a slim looking waistline. If diet and exercise will not work for you Pauline recommends several undergarments that may do the trick and she has examples of the kinds of dresses, skirts and tops that can be worn to camouflage an unfortunately masculine figure. See if her waistline control tips work for you.

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The Occasional Woman — Holiday Finery

| Dec 24, 2018 | Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson the lady in charge at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, talks about how to dress yourself up for the holidays! Whether you want to make an elegant fashion statement with a cashmere top over velvet jeans, or want to pull out the stops with a sequined jacket and sparkly heels, this is the season to show off your festive fashion sense. Lorraine provides a slew of ideas to help you sparkle.

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Winterize Your Outfit With a Sweater Dress

| Nov 12, 2018 | 1 Reply

Transgender ladies in the Northern Hemisphere have reluctantly put away their sundresses and short shorts to prepare for the bundled up winter months ahead. But there is no need to shiver through the holidays and into next year. Our Fashion Maven Tasi Zuriack tunes you in to the cozy and comfortable sweater dress. Read Tasi’s blog for hints and tips on how to take a sweater dress from a daytime look to a dressy night out outfit.

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Transgender Fashion: Dress Styles with The Occasional Woman

| Oct 29, 2018 | Reply

Our cisgender style consultant who is dedicated to improving the fashion sense of transgender women is Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman custom clothing and seamstress service. Last month she wrote about a few of the basic dress styles and her post proved so popular that she delves deeper into the dress styles that can make you a well dressed woman. And there are many flattering styles to list.

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Yes, Ladies of Every Shape Can Wear a Bodycon Dress

| Oct 15, 2018 | 9 Replies

Today Tasi Zuriack our fashion maven goes into exhaustive detail on how to wear a “body conscious” or “bodycon” dress. In the past these tight style dresses were thought to only be flattering on skinny and slightly curvy women, and many ladies still don’t wear them fearing their tightness will only highlight figure flaws. Tasi gives you ways to wear that sexy dress you love no matter what your figure is like.

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The Occasional Woman: Dress Styles

| Oct 1, 2018 | 1 Reply

Dresses! Oh the joy of a lovely dress. Despite the efforts of some fashion designers to make dresses for men over the past few decades it never catches on and dresses remain the property of ladies. A dress is just what a crossdresser needs to feel womanly and like one of the girls. Today Lorraine Anderson, the woman in charge at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, talks about the many variety of these simple but sexy garments. There are dress styles for every occasion and Lorraine introduces you to a few of them.

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2018-2019 Fashion Trends

| Sep 17, 2018 | 1 Reply

Our Fashion Maven from south of the border, Tasi Zuriack, devotes her post to lists of things you must have for the fall season, and some things you should avoid. What’s to avoid? Dramatic sleeves that make you look like you have no hands. Tiny handbags are a no no and avoid quilted attire. Quilts are only good on your bed. Check out the fashion must haves as you devote some time to reading Tasi’s post. She includes videos, too!

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Dressing Appropriately

| Sep 10, 2018 | Reply

To look your best when out and about en femme you mustn’t just put on any dress from your wardrobe and waltz out the door. A stylish woman takes into consideration where she is going, and who she will be mingling with. What you wear for an outdoor barbecue is different from what you’d wear to another outdoor event such as a garden party, or a sporting event. Each destination sets a tone for the look you want. Then you apply your personal style. Don’t miss Pauline Estelle’s tips on how to dress appropriately for any occasion.

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Retro Rerun: Waist Cinchers and Corsets

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

The late Roberta Angela Dee contributed many articles to TGForum in the 1990s. All were good lessons on how to better perfect your femininity. She covered everything from flattering clothing fashions to makeup application, wig care and more. In today’s Retro Rerun we present her article on achieving a female figure through corsetry and waist cinchers. In the original article she had recommendations for purveyors of fine corsetry. Almost all of her recommendations are no longer in the business. Roberta’s tips on how to change your shape from a rectangle to a pear are still good today.

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A Hodgepodge of Fashionable Thoughts

| Aug 20, 2018 | 2 Replies

Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack gathers her fashion wisdom from many sources. From the runways of New York, London, and Paris to street fashion and traditional garb. Today Tasi doesn’t focus on just one aspect of the world of fashion but pulls it all in and creates, as she calls it, a hodgepodge. Better would perhaps be a fashion melange. In any event get ready for a walk through the world of fashion and fun.

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Fashion for Trans Girls Over 50

| Aug 13, 2018 | 1 Reply

Just you’re no longer a “spring chicken” doesn’t mean you have to become a dowdy old lady. Today women over fifty have many fashion options they can explore. Finding the looks that work for you and say that you’re an attractive, vital woman who isn’t done having fun can be as easy as an internet search. But it’s helpful to have a guide. Someone like our own Pauline Estelle. Today she gives you some pointers on fashion for those over fifty.

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The Occasional Woman — Halloween and Thrift Shops

| Aug 6, 2018 | Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman seamstress and custom costume service, takes on two topics and they are connected. First she brings up the fact that Halloween, the holy day of obligation for crossdressers, is coming in just a few short months. Then she tells you how to shop for costume pieces and accessories in thrift shops.

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Loving Leopard – a Timeless Trend

| Jul 23, 2018 | 1 Reply

Now and then you may hear someone disparage leopard print in fashion as an “old lady” look. Why is that? Because leopard print has been adorning women since the time of the pharaohs. It is found in art work from centuries ago and was very popular in the mid twentieth century. Always coming back into fashion, leopard print is associated with strength, sexiness and feline poise. Today Tasi Zuriack, our Fashion Maven, takes you on a journey to the land of leopard print clothes, gives you some history and shows you how to style if for the most flattering effect.

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The Occasional Woman — Beat the Heat!

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the proprietor of seamstress service called The Occasional Woman, has some tips for beating the heat by choosing the proper fabrics for summertime attire. She also offers advice on important steps to take before wearing sandals, and even goes so far as to suggest what perfumes and body spray scents will help you achieve a cooler state of mind when the humidity is high and the unforgiving sun beats down.

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Street Style Fashion and You

| Jun 25, 2018 | 1 Reply

In the internet age there are tons of bloggers and fashion influencers out there with their opinions about what to wear. The web is packed with styles from the runways and designer houses to the influence of street fashion, and the ideas of a legion of bloggers. What’s a girl to do? Who do you listen to for fashion ideas to try out? Tasi Zuriack, our Fashion Maven, has some ideas on where to look to find the styles that work for you.

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Accessories Polish an Outfit

| Jun 25, 2018 | 1 Reply

Pauline Estelle and her wife Gail have put together a slideshow of how you can take a basic dress or skirt and top and add accessories that can make the basic look more dressy, or keep it casual. A little black dress by itself projects class. Add a statement necklace, long earrings and a glittery clutch handbag and you have something to wear to that fancy dinner or cocktail party. The same dress with a simple scarf can be worn for shopping trip or lunch at your favorite restaurant. See all the looks in Pauline’s blog.

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| May 21, 2018 | 2 Replies

Our contributor Pauline Estelle is an experienced crossdresser who has accumulated much knowledge about the art of wearing women’s clothes. And she has access to the knowledge her wife has gathered on fashion and style. Today Pauline presents a post approved by her wife that covers all aspects of buying, wearing, and even stretching women’s shoes.

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The Occasional Woman — Accentuate the Positive!

| May 14, 2018 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson offers advice on how to make the most of your best feature. Everyone has something going for them and the trick is to identify it and highlight it. Do you have sexy, curvaceous legs? Then always be sure to showcase them with shorter length skirts and short shorts. Is you derriere ample? Tight, light colored skirts will draw the eye. Take it from The Occasional Woman, it’s time to Accentuate the Positive.

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How To Wear Black and White

| Apr 30, 2018 | Reply

Tired of all black, well there’s nothing chicer—or easier—than styling an outfit that’s purely black and white. Both bold and classic, black-and-white combinations are understated enough to work for any event on your calendar. Coco Chanel once said that black and white’s beauty was “the perfect harmony,” that women “think of all colors except the […]

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