It’s already the middle of May (already?!), and the other day, I finally — finally! — did something I hadn’t done all year: I dressed up and snapped some pictures to share with all of y’all.
After a busy Friday of work in the morning and volunteering in the afternoon, I headed home late afternoon with one more personal commitment, a meet-up with fellow CD/TG people that evening. Rather than just slap on a wig and jeans, I decided to take a bit of a stylish route, starting with a nice cream colored jacket I bought several years ago at Forever 21. It does have a nice combination of spring feeling and stylish attitude.
But your eyes aren’t really gazing at the jacket, are they? Odds are that they’re fixated on the sleek pair of leggings I have on. They are a pair of 4-way stretch PVC leggings I spotted on the Lip Service website. Lip Service’s entry for the leggings says this: “Wear these around town and your legs will do all the talkin’… Shiny and tight as F*ck!!!” And as you can see, they are very tight, but they are very shiny (this photo doesn’t do the shine justice) and definitely do a lot of talkin’.
I was so excited to receive these leggings in the mail; when they did arrive, I rushed to my bedroom and tried them on. I had to take care with putting them on, though, sliding them on just a little bit at a time to not only get my feet through them but also to preserve the integrity of the polyurethane fabric as much as possible (top quality polyvinyl can be a delicate fabric, or so I want to think). Big effort led to great reward when I saw them on me in the mirror for the first time, and it just doubled when I stepped into the late afternoon sunshine that was peering through my window. Wow! Are these leggings shiny! Yay!!
You’ll notice the shine on these leggings much better on this second picture. You’ll also notice the other new wardrobe piece I wanted to highlight: A cute piano keyboard and musical notes shirt I found last Sunday at Ragstock on State Street downtown. Several moons ago, Ragstock had a shirt with an arcing rainbow (for, you know, LGBT pride) on a washed-out blue background and snapped it up. I bought it when I first saw it… but I bought it in size large, and I have slimmed down a bit since then (a subject for a future post) and I fear a large sized shirt will appear unsuitably large while out in public. I hoped that Ragstock had that same shirt in medium size, but… I guess they no longer have it in stock. But, I did further hunting for another cute shirt in medium and spotted the musically-themed shirt you see above. While its solid white color may not blend in nicely with a light-colored jacket, it coordinates perfectly with the PVC leggings, right down to the red accent color on the keyboard.
As noted up top, I dared myself to wear this whole ensemble last Friday evening at a get-together with fellow crossdressers and transgender people. But I admit I had a little bit of trepidation going in regarding this outfit choice. I worried that such an eye-catching getup would be deemed by some as… uh, less than conservative for the evening. But as the week progressed, a mindset started building in my brain that I should not so much stand out but stand with my CD/trans sisters and brothers, and that an outfit that could be considered “risque” or “slutty” would be, to the closed-minded anti-LGBT of the world, the perfect “screw you, we are who we are and we dress the way we want to” statement.
And if you’re wondering if folks in the group on Friday liked my outfit… well, they didn’t mind my outfit at all. Matter of fact, a very many of the attendees gave me compliments… along with a couple of, “hey, I love your pants.” *LOL* I gave them an ear-to-ear smile and thanked all of them… though I did have to give them a small corrective of, “thank you, but they’re technically leggings.” (Pants, leggings, to-may-to, to-mah-to.) Yes, most of the compliments were directed towards the leggings, but some also paid compliments to my outfit, along with the shirt.
A couple of things I should add: You’ll notice in these pictures that I tucked the shirt inside the leggings. I did that more to show off the leggings as fully as possible (i.e. showing them off from waistline to ankle). I’d recommend that with leggings as skintight as these that you refrain from doing what I did here. You can probably notice a bit of a shirt tail bulge underneath, and that’s really a fashion “don’t.” I corrected myself before heading to my get-together by untucking my shirt, which does create a more daring look.
Another thing: When you’re wearing any piece of PVC clothing, especially something as tight as leggings, you’ll notice a scritch-scritch-scritch noise coming from you. That’s because the fabric is running against itself. It’s best to, for one, apologize to those around you for your clothes making a lot of noise (which Modest Ol’ Me did on Friday night), and as well to get yourself some silicon spray, as the Lip Service website actually recommended. The spray will help preserve the shine of the fabric and help keeping that fabric from sticking together. (Note to self: Get some of that spray.)
Oh, a couple more personal notes about these leggings and my Friday night. First, when I ordered the leggings from Lip Service, I made a note to them that… well, while the order form showed that Male Mode Me was purchasing them, I commented to them that I was buying them for “my feminine side,” who would be pleased if they included a note to her. Sure enough, Lip Service obliged, including a beautifully handwritten note of gratitude. Thanks, Allison, for supporting Lip Service, it said; you are soooo gonna turn heads in these leggings. xoxo Yeah, I’m soooo keeping that note. What can I say? I love compliments.
I hoped, though, that I had enough gumption to turn heads outside of my CD/TG meeting last week. After the meet-up concluded and I was heading home, I decided to pick up a quick bite to eat at a McDonald’s near my apartment… and I had hoped to order in the restaurant as Allison and not get it through the drive-thru. However, I was about to get out of my car when a couple of groups of teenagers just arrived and headed into the restaurant. Rather than be read by those kids and cause a scene, I stayed in my car and did what I have done in the past while driving as Allison: I ordered through the drive-thru and got semi-flirtatious with the McD’s employee at the window. *sigh* Oh, well. Maybe someday soon, I will show off my confidence, and my PVC leggings, to the rest of the world. And, yes, I do hope to turn lots of heads.