Allison M.

A crossdresser's thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and (oh yeah) dressing up

Allison’s fashion highlights (12/8/2014 edition)

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Well, after taking my car to the dealership for its checkup (it’s all fixed and running like new, thank goodness), I decided to venture to East Towne Mall (on Madison’s east side, of course) for some more window shopping and for more clothing to blog about.  I start this post with some more classy stuff from a couple of East Towne shops that prominently feature elegant dresses, club wear, and accessories: Tiger Lily and Mirage.  I have previously mentioned (here and here) that the holidays tend to bring out glittery dress or equally classy (albeit non-glittery) attire, and these pictures are no exception.  The below left photo features a nice display of clothing in shades of teal and black from Tiger Lily; nice lace designs and skirt patterns are prominent here, not to mention a nice long-sleeve sequined dress.  The below center pic, also at Tiger Lily, features a strapless sequined number alongside a nice red dress that’s paired with a striking belt.  At below right, Mirage displays this dress with a sequined top above a long, flowing bottom half; this is a dress I could certainly find flattering on myself.

These next two pictures feature some nice contrasts.  rue21 (below left) displays another glittery dress paired nicely with a long, comfy faux fur coat.  Look to the left, however, and you’ll notice a totally different style:  Sequin patterned top along with leather coat (featuring fur neckline) and… distressed boyfriend jeans!  Those jeans give the outfit a tough girl look, a perfect yin-and-yang with the glamor to its immediate left.  Charlotte Russe (below right) offers more contrasts: The mannequin on the right is sporting a tunic sweater and skirt, but the boots give the outfit a tomboy look (the mannequin’s posture adds to it, too); on the left is another pair of frayed jeans, but the casual sweater and scarf somewhat tones down the tough girl attitude the jeans aim to create.

Of course, it’s the colder months now, and instead of feeling freezing cold, you just want to feel warmer.  Luckily, this display at DEB offers a couple of sweater tops (along with one cardigan); they are paired nicely with jeans or leggings.  A nice, casual look for when you just want to stay home and entertain friends or curl up with a good book.12-8-2014 1256-15pm (Deb)For the more adult audience, Sears has on display a couple of nice casual tops (in the below left photo).  Though they do look nice and all (especially the shawl sweater), it just screams “housewife” or “let’s have coffee at 1:30 with the girlfriends,” not “sporty and stylish,” as the outfits below right aim to create (although the tops seem a little unkempt judging from how the mannequins are positioned).

I wanted to highlight some footwear I drooled over today:  Sears (below left) had a couple of pairs of nice suede Covington boots on sale ($40); the ties around the ankle area (just above the knees) are a nice touch.  Charlotte Russe had this pair of over-the-knee leather boots (below right), and I think they made the entire outfit (shown with off-shoulder sweater and red pants).

So, what do you think?  Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Author: Allison M.

A part of the trans community ("cross-dresser" is the term that applies to me) who finds themselves much more expressive and somewhat more confident when presenting in a feminine persona. An admirer and supporter of those who are fashionable, fabulous, and friendly (LGBT or otherwise). Someone who tries to be witty and unique, but is not even remotely perverted or a pariah (I am a real human being, just like you). Using various writing styles on this blog to communicate thoughts and feelings concerning my life experiences, fashion sense, and the world at large (and maybe impressing my high school creative writing teacher who deservedly gave me middling grades).

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