This Easter weekend will find me traveling out of town for my family’s holiday to-do. Naturally, that rules out any chance for me to dress up as Allison and meet up with the CD/TG support I’m a part of. But at least I had the chance to do so the past two weekends, including a Saturday meeting we had two weeks ago.
More often than not after a Saturday meeting, our group goes to a local restaurant and have dinner together. It’s a great feeling when we go out, for it lets us have less structured conversations post-meeting, it continues the kinship we’ve built… and most importantly, it lets the general community know that trans people do exist and do everyday things like break bread together.
On the date of this particular Saturday meeting, Madison’s weather was relatively nice compared to what we had in previous weeks and what we would wind up having to go through (i.e. chilly temperatures, wet snow). That inspired me to take a relatively unconventional route for my outfit to the meeting and dinner.
The first thing that attracts your eyes are… yes, the long-sleeved sweater jacket I’m wearing. If I recall correctly, I found this top at a clothing exchange our group had a couple of years ago. It’s perfect for keeping someone warm at home, but it also keeps that same person warm when they’ve been used to winter’s bite… or early spring wind, which we’ve been having a lot of this month in Madison, including on this day.
But, hey, you’re just looking at my skirt and legs, aren’t you? That patent leather mini was what Santa Claus gifted me a few Christmases ago. And since it was a spring day with no snow on the ground (thank goodness almighty!), I wanted to show a little uh-huh, if you know what I mean. Boy, oh boy, did my meeting-mates notice, especially when I sat down. “Gee, Allison,” they collectively said to me, “you’re showing quite a bit of leg, aren’t you?”
Looking back on it, perhaps my fellow meeting attendees had a point. Still, though, I’m glad I dared myself to combine comfy and dowdy with alluring. Better yet, I didn’t notice any raised eyebrows or disapproving looks from the customers at the restaurant our group attended on this day, a pub/restaurant near our group meeting place called Ale Asylum. For the record, Ale Asylum’s sandwiches are big! I’m talking wider-than-my-mouth big. Even eat-my-sandwich-with-a-fork-and-knife big. It was pretty tasty, though.
I want to point out, too something you do see and something you don’t. What you do see are my shoes. I found this pair of size 11 Brash shoes in the Payless Shoes section of the Shopko down the road from where I live. That location is about to close… as will the rest of the chain, which couldn’t find a buyer for its assets and announced on March 18 that it will liquidate all of its assets. *sigh* But misfortune for one store means big deals for bargain hunters, including the 50% markdown on this particular pair of glittery shoes. Their color goes perfectly with my outfit in this photo.
Something else you don’t see is a shiny, holographic-like hat I also wore to the meeting. I had found this hat at target a long while back, and I thought it’d be a nice extension to my daring outfit. It also kept the sun out of my eyes on my drive to the meeting as well. *chuckle* That sun wasn’t as bright as it had been earlier in the day, which is probably why I left the hat in the car when I went into the restaurant. One of these days, though, I’ll take a picture of me in this hat, so that I can show off how awesome it looks.
Thanks for reading and checking out how awesome I look. Thanks, too, should go to my meeting-mate, Amanda, who snapped these pictures for me and
demanded deserves credit for making me look so good. Thanks, Amanda.