What do you think when you see this photo of yours truly?
Yeah, you’re probably thinking, “Gee, Allison doesn’t look very stunning when she’s all tarted up like this.” And you know what? I think you’re right. Pairing this tank top with this leopard print spandex skirt I found a while back in the retro section at Ragstock, then topping it off with this stringy red hairdo does not make me the most glamorous crossdresser on the planet.
But there are two things that, to me, make this look awesome, in my opinion. First is the message on the tank top (you can see it in the featured image at the top of this post). When I saw it at… well, let’s not say where I saw it, but when I did, I got a kick out of the message. Saying “I’m not like the other girls” doesn’t mean I’m one to use my *ahem* extra features to create lots of sex appeal, that’s for sure. (Come on, get your minds out of the gutter; I’m not that kind of a girl.) But there’s something empowering about this message. I’m more than the clothes I wear or the physical features I possess. I can think for myself; I can communicate (well, type my thoughts) in a decent way; I can show compassion for others; and I can do, feel, and say other things that probably haven’t occurred to me yet. It’s for those reasons that this message can apply to any woman of any type anywhere. Just as I’m a unique girl, other girls are unique in their own way. Let that thought sit in your mind for a spell (or longer).
Now that the message part is out of the way, here’s something else that, in hindsight, makes the outfit rock:
Not too long ago, I also found this leather motorcycle-style jacket at Ragstock. Well, it’s faux leather, to be honest, but it rocks just the same (and at around $35, it’s quite affordable). I’m one who can’t have enough leather in her closet. Yeah, I may not wear leather every day, but it’s still something you can rock in one form or another any time of the year (though mainly in the cooler months, I admit). This particular leather jacket adds fierceness to my sexy (well, faux sexy) look. What I didn’t do was zip up the front (the zipper is asymmetrical) and secured the attached belt; had I done so, it would’ve looked so rockin’. But that’s probably another photo session and another post — which I may have to do as I think there’s a bit of versatility in this jacket that lets it add an edginess to just about any outfit, from sleek and sexy to conservative.
Oh, you’ll notice I have my handbag with me and I’m standing in my backyard. I really felt daring and confident on this particular Sunday (the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend when I also put on this dress), so I repeated my stunt of 6 years ago (which I recounted here) and went to the McDonald’s drive thru, tried on my best attempt at a feminine voice, and ordered a McFlurry ice cream. (What can I say? I was hungry, and I love ice cream.) It made me really happy that, just like 6 years ago, nobody at the McDonald’s windows batted an eye or gave pause when serving to a guy in a skirt, leather jacket, and slutty(?) hairdo. Or so I believe.
For the record, I do have a couple other pics in this awesome outfit, including one of me standing outside my back door which I absolutely love! Check ’em out on my Flickr feed. Thanks for viewing and reading!