Category: Fashion

The Occasional Woman — Springtime!

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Spring is in the air and spring fashions have wandered off of the runway and into many women’s closets. How do you determine which of the many springtime looks is right for you? With help and advice from Lorraine Anderson, the woman in the know when it comes to fashion! Lorraine is the owner of The Occasional Woman custom clothing and alterations service. Now, let’s leap into spring fashion!

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How To Make Floral Prints Work For You

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

Spring is in the air and a lady’s thoughts soon turn to how pretty and feminine she will look in lovely floral print outfits. But not all ladies know how to pick the floral pattern that works best for them. What to do? Turn to our Fashion Maven Tasi Zuriack for all the information you need on picking the right print in the style that will flatter you, and how to accessorize you floral print outfit for optimum flower power.

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Work the Classics!

| Jan 22, 2018 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the woman in charge at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service has advice that will never leave you standing in front of your closet saying “I don’t have a thing to wear.” She suggests investing in the classic pieces of attire that can be accessorized for any occasion. From the Little Black Dress to a denim jacket, Ms. Anderson tells you what you’ll need to pull a look together.

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Your Sweater Dress…a Winter Delight

| Jan 8, 2018 | Reply

Tasi Zuriack, our Fashion Maven, expound on the versatile and stylish sweater dress. Even those of us on the high side of fifty can work this look using some of Tasi’s tips. And no matter what your age you will love the soft feel of your sweater dress and appreciate how it makes you look great while it keeps you toasty warm. Now go on and get all the tips from Tasi so you can start working this look.

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Holiday Party? Highlight Your Strengths

| Dec 25, 2017 | 1 Reply

Our seamstress with fashion tips, Lorraine Anderson, proprietor of The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, has some suggestions for how to dress to impress for holiday parties without buying a whole new wardrobe. Since this is Christmas Day and the majority of Christmas parties are over use the next week to prepare for your New Year’s Eve affair. You’re sure to turn heads and make an impression with Lorraine’s budget fashion tips.

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Are You Playing Dress-Up

| Dec 11, 2017 | 3 Replies

They say that clothes make the man. Since crossdressing is mostly centered around clothes it’s reasonable to say that clothes also make the woman. How much do different styles of attire affect us? Tasi Zuriack investigates just how clothes affect the way we feel and present ourselves to the world. She has conducted some research on which of the varied styles women have available to them that are most popular among the crossdressing community. Are you classical, everyday chic, or little girl?

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The Occasional Woman — Holiday Bargains!

| Nov 27, 2017 | 1 Reply

The holidays are a time when there are parties, events, social gatherings, and it’s expected that a lady will show up in something elegant, sexy and beguiling. How do you accomplish that on a budget that may have been over stretched with other holiday expenses? Lorraine Anderson, the lady in charge at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service recommends you dig for bargains. She suggests some places near her Philadelphia area headquarters.

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Wear Velvet For That Luxurious, Elegant Look

| Nov 13, 2017 | 2 Replies

What’s the biggest fashion trend of the moment? It’s velvet and Tasi Zuriack explains the many ways you can tap into this trend and use it to show the world how elegant you can be. Everything from the velvet little black dress, to velvet accessories and velvet shoes are now out there for you to experiment with. Tasi tells you how to pair things so that the overall effect is fabulous. One of her warning — don’t go overboard on the velvet. If your dress is velvet your shoes should not be. Learn all the ways to rock the velvet trend this fall and winter from our Fashion Maven!

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Wear Velvet For That Luxurious, Elegant Look

| Nov 13, 2017 | Reply

What’s the biggest fashion trend of the moment? It’s velvet and Tasi Zuriack explains the many ways you can tap into this trend and use it to show the world how elegant you can be. Everything from the velvet little black dress, to velvet accessories and velvet shoes are now out there for you to experiment with. Tasi tells you how to pair things so that the overall effect is fabulous. One of her warning — don’t go overboard on the velvet. If your dress is velvet your shoes should not be. Learn all the ways to rock the velvet trend this fall and winter from our Fashion Maven!

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Have a Scary but Comfortable Halloween

| Oct 30, 2017 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the costumer behind The Occasional Woman, is all about costumes and Halloween fun. She has been making costumes and wearing costumes for as long as we’ve known her. In this pre-Halloween post she brings up the things you need to keep in mind as you prepare to dazzle the world in that Wonder Woman outfit or Emma Peele cat suit. Will you be able to relieve yourself and get back into your costume? Will those shoes allow you to walk normally all night or will you turn into a limping disgrace before midnight? Read on for Lorraine’s guide to a sensational, trouble-free Halloween.

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The Ubiquitous and Essential Cocktail Dress

| Oct 16, 2017 | Reply

Today Tasi Zuriack, our Fashion Maven, tells you everything you need to know about cocktail dresses. Even a teetotaler needs a fancy dress for parties, celebrations, and such. As long as the invitation doesn’t say it’s a formal event a great cocktail dress is your best friend. Tasi tells you the styles the work best for every figure and what things to avoid.

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The Occasional Woman — Fall Fashion

| Oct 2, 2017 | Reply

Today’s topic in Lorraine Anderson’s The Occasional Woman column is fall fashion. It’s that time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when sandals get put away, bare legs get covered by tights and over-the-knee socks, and bright floral prints take a rest until next spring. Out come the “moody” dark florals with cute jackets, scarves, and sweaters. What are the trends to watch? Lorraine has read Vogue from cover to cover and taken notes. She passes the knowledge gained, along with her own fashion wisdom, on to you.

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Hot Look: How to Wear Tribal Prints

| Sep 18, 2017 | Reply

Have you seen the bold African print fashions that feature what’s known as Ankara? If you have and you’ve thought they might be fun to wear but you weren’t sure about how to successfully wear them, fear not! Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack has advice on how to bring the Ankara prints into your wardrobe and make yourself look fabulous.

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Hot Look: How to Wear Tribal Prints

| Sep 18, 2017 | Reply

Have you seen the bold African print fashions that feature what’s known as Ankara? If you have and you’ve thought they might be fun to wear but you weren’t sure about how to successfully wear them, fear not! Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack has advice on how to bring the Ankara prints into your wardrobe and make yourself look fabulous.

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The Occasional Woman: Passing!

| Sep 4, 2017 | 2 Replies

Every male who dresses up in feminine attire has individual needs to meet. Some want to blend in with the female population seamlessly. Others want to proudly put themselves out there in fashion forward looks that draw attention and have those nearby saying to their companions, “You mean that’s a man?” If your goal is to blend in, for whatever reason, then you won’t want to miss Lorraine Anderson’s Occasional Woman column today. She talks you through the biggest “tells” that make others suspect you are not what you appear to be. And we include a video on how to walk in high heels. What more could you want?

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How To Instantly Look “Put Together”

| Aug 21, 2017 | Reply

Some women always seem to be “put together.” They seem perfectly styled as if they had a personal stylist come to their home and pick their outfit for the day. Of course some lucky ladies do have that service available to them but for those who don’t we offer the advice of our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack. Today Tasi tells you how to achieve that “put together” look easily by picking items from your wardrobe and accessories that are always ready to make you fashion forward when there is not time to spend hours going through the closet looking for the exact right thing. Read on for Tasi’s secrets.

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How To Instantly Look “Put Together”

| Aug 21, 2017 | Reply

Some women always seem to be “put together.” They seem perfectly styled as if they had a personal stylist come to their home and pick their outfit for the day. Of course some lucky ladies do have that service available to them but for those who don’t we offer the advice of our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack. Today Tasi tells you how to achieve that “put together” look easily by picking items from your wardrobe and accessories that are always ready to make you fashion forward when there is not time to spend hours going through the closet looking for the exact right thing. Read on for Tasi’s secrets.

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2017 Fall Fashion Trends

| Jul 24, 2017 | Reply

Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack spends her days wearing down her manicure by clicking from one fashion site to another in order to bring you the scoop on just what are the most on trend fashions to come out of the designer houses, and up from the streets. Today she focuses on the biggest fashion trends for Fall 2017. It’s almost upon us and the well dressed lady needs to know she can step out in style when September and October arrive. Everything from fishnets to hats, to ’70s retro and wide belts have shown up on the runways in Paris and New York. Tasi has all the hot style choices waiting for you.

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2017 Fall Fashion Trends

| Jul 24, 2017 | Reply

Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack spends her days wearing down her manicure by clicking from one fashion site to another in order to bring you the scoop on just what are the most on trend fashions to come out of the designer houses, and up from the streets. Today she focuses on the biggest fashion trends for Fall 2017. It’s almost upon us and the well dressed lady needs to know she can step out in style when September and October arrive. Everything from fishnets to hats, to ’70s retro and wide belts have shown up on the runways in Paris and New York. Tasi has all the hot style choices waiting for you.

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The Occasional Woman — Summer Fabrics

| Jul 10, 2017 | Reply

Fiber is not only good for you digestive system. In hot summer weather natural fiber clothing is more comfortable. Today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, discusses the benefits of all natural fibers. The choices available include linen, cotton, silk, and hemp, among others. Each offers different properties but all of them, when used to create a summer frock, will help to keep you cool and dressed well.

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The Ubiquitous and Essential Cocktail Dress

| Jun 26, 2017 | Reply

The prince has invited you to a glittering cocktail party and all the “right people” will be there. What do you wear? A cocktail dress, of course! Or, maybe you just want to glam up your look for Saturday night at the trans friendly piano bar. The cocktail dress is also your friend in that situation. Tasi Zuriack, our fashion maven, has some suggestions on how to rock a cocktail dress for any occasion. From one shoulder looks to long sleeves, and of course the essential little black dress, Tasi has many ideas on how to add glam, enhance your figure with fashion, and be the darling of the cocktail party.

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The Ubiquitous and Essential Cocktail Dress

| Jun 26, 2017 | Reply

The prince has invited you to a glittering cocktail party and all the “right people” will be there. What do you wear? A cocktail dress, of course! Or, maybe you just want to glam up your look for Saturday night at the trans friendly piano bar. The cocktail dress is also your friend in that situation. Tasi Zuriack, our fashion maven, has some suggestions on how to rock a cocktail dress for any occasion. From one shoulder looks to long sleeves, and of course the essential little black dress, Tasi has many ideas on how to add glam, enhance your figure with fashion, and be the darling of the cocktail party.

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The Occasional Woman: Undergarments

| Jun 19, 2017 | Reply

Wearing women’s clothing is something you have to teach yourself if you want to look comfortable and poised in a dress or separates. Even the best coordinated outfit, when you’ve done your best to match your shoes and handbag to the color of the tiny blue flowers in your floral print dress, will not look as nice as it should if you don’t have the proper foundation garments doing their job underneath your dress. Today Lorraine Anderson brings undergarments out into the open and gives you some ideas on what to wear.

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Retro Rerun: Stalking The Elusive Bargain

| Jun 5, 2017 | Reply

This Retro Rerun from the TGForum Archives originally was published back in the ’90s. Some of the prices mentioned are a lot lower than we have today and some of the stores mentioned have disappeared into the mists of time. In general what I wrote back then is still applicable for a trans person who […]

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Behind the Fashion Code

| May 29, 2017 | Reply

Today our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack shares a secret passed down from the ancients that will transform fashion faux pas into fabulous fashion. It’s a hidden code that sets the rules that make the difference between dowdy and svelte. At the root of it is the Divine Proportion and that stands behind The Fashion Code. The Divine Proportion was used in the creation of the universe and rules all from galaxies to the Eiffel Tower, to the outfits in your closet when it’s implemented as The Fashion Code. Get this secret knowledge from Tasi and start transforming blah outfits into fun outfits.

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Behind the Fashion Code

| May 29, 2017 | Reply

Today our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack shares a secret passed down from the ancients that will transform fashion faux pas into fabulous fashion. It’s a hidden code that sets the rules that make the difference between dowdy and svelte. At the root of it is the Divine Proportion and that stands behind The Fashion Code. The Divine Proportion was used in the creation of the universe and rules all from galaxies to the Eiffel Tower, to the outfits in your closet when it’s implemented as The Fashion Code. Get this secret knowledge from Tasi and start transforming blah outfits into fun outfits.

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