Allison M.

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

Allison’s “act your age” fashion summary (5/31/2016 edition)

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Okay, time for a real quick addition to my blog’s fashion category.  I say “real quick” because I’ve been kinda busy the past couple of days with work and relaxing and… wait for it… editing new photos of yours truly!  Yep, I took time out over the holiday weekend to get all dolled up and take new photos.  They will be coming to my Flickr photo album soon, I promise you.

But back to the subject of fashion and the reason I added the phrase “act your age” to this post’s title.  I will be turning 47 years old in August, and while I may feel like, as I express it on my “About Me” page, “21 years old and holding,” my drivers license says otherwise.  So, I figure that I should broaden my feminine wardrobe to include styles that would be more suitable for my age.  Outfits like, say, these:

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The weekend before last, right after I had an eye examination (which I talked about here), I strolled over to the Boston Store at West Towne Mall and checked out the women’s wear section.  The outfits you see above were a display of the Alex Evenings line.  As you can probably guess from the glittery detail and the generally conservative cut and design, these are designed for an evening on the town.  They also are designed for a more mature (or mature acting) woman. You can also probably guess that these are somewhat expensive.  Indeed, the price tags at the store and on the Boston Store website mark these twinsets — that is, jacket plus matching sleeveless tank — at $129.  That price doesn’t include pants or skirts from the same line, which run in the $59-69 range.

5-21-2016 1114-44amWhat I also immediately thought when seeing these outfits, apart from thinking these are perfect for that dinner date with your gentleman caller, that these could be perfect for the other of the bride to wear at a wedding.  Indeed, I almost imagined my mother would have wore something like this when she and my stepfather walked my sister down the aisle at her wedding 15 years ago.  But then, the glitter in these sets are rather noticeable (especially on the black jacket), and Mom has never been one to wear a lot of glitter.  At least there was the same outfit in this same section that tones down the glitter.  That outfit is shown at right, and notice how the sandy tan color really tones down the glittery accents.  Add that matching skirt and you have a flattering, understated outfit that does add a little hint of glitz.

Now, at this point you may be wondering, will I be adding this to my wardrobe?  Well, not quite yet.  A total price tag at just under $200, this is something I may want to wait on purchasing until it gets replaced by newer merchandise.  You might say that all that glitters costs gold.  But an outfit like this is something I should consider as I get older.  I mean, I can’t wear body constricting dresses, tight skirts, or lycra for the rest of my life without getting snickers and a “Why don’t you act your age?” comment from someone on the internet.  So, outfits like this will have to start rising to the top of my “outfits to keep an eye on” list in the future.

What do you think?  Feel free to add a comment or two, or even an outfit suggestion, below.  Thanks for reading!

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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).

2 thoughts on “Allison’s “act your age” fashion summary (5/31/2016 edition)

  1. That beige, coat-dress one looks very classy; I can imagine one wearing that for a dinner date. If you are concerned about dressing “your age,” know that you don’t have to give up certain styles you like just because they aren’t “your age.” If anything, there are ways to modify them, so that you can still enjoy wearing them, but still flatter you. For me, I am a huge fan of cardigans, and they look good on anyone of any age! Pencil skirts are form-flattering for any body shape, in my opinion. A combination of those two doesn’t sound too bad, actually! Good luck with your wardrobe selection. 🙂

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  2. Hi Allison, your comments regarding dressing appropriately for your age are very sensible. We all have different opinions tastes in fashion and reasons for dressing so what follows is just an opinion.
    Whatever drives our need to dress, I don’t think it is just about being sensible. I think it might be about certain aspects of femininity including glamour, vulnerability and we probably wish to pass to reflect those feminine attributes.
    So having insight into our weight, wrinkles, and the impacts gravity is having on our ageing bodies is necessary.
    Dressing to make the most of one’s figure and physical attributes would appear be an important determiner of what to wear.
    But I doubt this is the same as acting your age. Stop being driven by “sensible”
    I saw a GG today at my local shopping centre. She may have been 65 but was dressed to make the best of her excellent figure and I was very drawn to how elegant and just downright girly she looked. Wow! Sensible was not the word I would have used to describe her. Yet there was nothing inappropriate about her presentation; just unexpected. How lovely.
    So, your pictures show you have been blessed with very fortunate looks and a figure that easily passes.
    So maybe it is nowhere near time to let some ideas of dressing the way you have been told a woman in her mid forties should, dictate your wardrobe.
    May I suggest you consider simple lines, bold(ish) colours and less IBM creams with gold threads. And when you’re in your mid sixties I hope you dress like the woman I saw today.
    Geraldine

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