Allison M.

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

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Stepping out in PVC

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.

Piano shirt, jacket, and PVC leggings

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.

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Oh, to be at Miss Vera’s

If you are a crossdresser like me, or are at the very least familiar with the transgender community, you are probably familiar with, or at least heard a little bit about, the name I included in this post’s title:


Header image for the website of Miss Vera’s Finishing School

Yep, Miss Vera.  As in Miss Vera’s Finishing School For Boys Who Want To Be Girls, which bills itself as “the world’s first crossdressing academy.”  Since the early 1990s, Miss Vera (and, yes, she does have a first name, Veronica, though the title “Miss Vera” gives her so much class) has opened the doors of her New York City apartment to any man who wants to become better at being a female.  Whether someone just wants to look a little more feminine or wants to be all-out perfect, Miss Vera and her faculty have been there to instruct and guide any student who’s a crossdresser, transgender, or even cis-gender female into being the best woman they can be through instructions on makeup, hair, clothing, voice, mannerisms, and general feminine comportment.  And, yes, it’s all done in a supportive, compassionate environment.

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Who to meet? Where to go?

I want to devote this quick post to a comment a reader left on a couple of my posts this week.  I did not approve their comments as I thought the comments section wasn’t an appropriate place to address their pretty good inquiry.  Luckily, I’m one to think long and hard about their questions can devote a new post to the answers.

I won’t single out this person by name or gender, but I will describe what they said they were:  They are into crossdressing; they had recently relocated to the Madison, Wisconsin area; and they were inquiring about crossdresser-friendly social groups and organizations in Madison.  They also asked about any places in Madison where a crossdresser would be socially accepted.

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#TBT: How I first heard of the word “crossdresser”

“Skip!  Skip!  Can you maybe make it next week?  I hate to miss Brian’s birthday; and Friday, the transvestites are back on Donahue.”
– the title character, speaking to one of his alien brethren in a 1986 episode of ALF

I want to start this post with the definition of “crossdressing,” as found here:  “the act of wearing items of clothing and other accoutrements commonly associated with the opposite sex within a particular society.”

Why do I use that word?  Well, I first started dressing in women’s clothing back when I was 11 years old going on 12.  Even back then, I knew that putting on women’s undergarments or anything else feminine was considered taboo and against societal (and more immediately, familial) norms.  But while I knew the definition at the time, I didn’t know of the word.  To me, it was nothing more than “putting on clothing that belonged to my mom or my sister or, before that, what was found in that spare bedroom where we lived.”

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