- July 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm #115509veronica wilsonParticipant
i hate to talk about myself but here it goes short and kinda sweet. I’m a 47 yer ols MtF transgender girl. and just started my journey on HRT about 6 months ago or so . I have alot to learn on how to get clothes etc that will fit among other things. so basically i am flying blind at this time . anyway i am always up for friendship or some tips and tricks..
- July 27, 2021 at 8:11 am #115654Sarah SyrahFREE
I just joined here recently myself. Everyone has been very nice and helpful. I too started HRT 6 months ago but have been dressing for quite awhile . DeeAnns advice is spot on. Try and buy from a known company and if something doesn’t fit you can always return it. Take your time and most importantly enjoy building your wardrobe. This is a wonderful time to let the true you shine.
- July 26, 2021 at 11:29 pm #115642DeeAnn HopingsAMBASSADOR
Glad you could join us and I hope that we meet your needs.
We don’t have a dedicated fashion and makeup forum as exists in our sister site, Crossdresser Heaven. However, I will offer some points regarding apparel.
- There is no standard sizing for women’s clothing. It is very inconsistent between manufacturers and even within a given manufacturer.
- Even if there were standard sizing charts, how a garment is designed to fit comes into play. For example, dresses can be body conforming (bodycon), traditional fit or oversize and various shades in between, but the number or letter size would be the same. Some years back I was given a blouse and tank set. The tank was a size 8. I could put it on, but I dare not inhale. The blouse was also labeled size 8, but I had no trouble wearing it as the blouse was oversized by design.
- Get a cloth measuring tape and measure yourself. Most department store web sites will have a size chart for a given item and also instructions on how to measure yourself. If you are careful and pay attention to detail, you can do it yourself. But, sometimes having another person around helps to get things lined up correctly.
- Contrary to clothing sizes, women’s shoe sizes are fairly well documented. That thing about a 2 size difference is not true any more, if it ever was. The usual difference is 1 to 1 1/2 sizes. There are many size sizing charts on the internet. Here is one: https://www.dsw.com/en/us/content/sizing-guide For me, my longer foot measures 10.5″ and I wear either a 9 1/2 or 10 in men’s sizes. The difference seems to be more related to the type of shoe and the style. So, 10.5″ corresponds to a women’s size 11 and that is what I wear. Note that there may be some slight difference of 1/16″ or 1/8″. There are shoe width charts, but they are a bit harder to find.
- There was a recent statistic that said more than 1/2 of Amazon’s vendors are from China. Beware when ordering women’s clothes through Amazon as the sizing is very inconsistent. Be sure to check the sizing data for the item. Often you can get an idea that something is sold by an Asian vendor by reading the text. Things will stand out like wrong verb tenses, missing words, misspellings, etc. The sizing issues also show up in online vendors like Nora Cora and some other web sites.
- Discount stores with web sites, such as TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Sierra Trading often only provide generic sizing data. Very easy to go wrong here, so make sure of the return policies.
- If you do any shopping on thrift store web sites, disregard the numerical and letter sizing and only use actual measurements. In addition to what I said above about sizing, also know that sizing has changed over the years.
So, please complete your Profile page. It helps other members to understand where you are in your journey, what’s difficult, successes, etc. Also, you can update it at any time if something changes.
If you would like to search for other members who may be nearby, click on Social in the menu and then Member Directory.
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- July 26, 2021 at 3:53 am #115553Melissa MazurekSILVER
I am 50 and pre HRT. Welcome to the site. There are many wonderful people here for support.
- July 25, 2021 at 6:04 pm #115517Terri AnneAMBASSADOR
Welcome to our wonderful, accepting, loving, helpful community where you can be safe and be yourself.
You can read about the knowledge and experiances of others on a similar path by reading articles and in the forums and chatting in chat rooms.
My hope is that you will become comfortable here and make many new friends.
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Glad you are here. Looking forward to more sharing,
Terri Anne, Ambassador
- July 25, 2021 at 4:50 pm #115513Bobbie WFREE
Welcome and I could quote almost your whole post but I’m 46 and no hrt yet.
- July 25, 2021 at 1:45 pm #115512Anonymous
Hi and welcome Veronica .
Knowing your size will help when it comes to buying clothes . There are conversion charts online which will aid in this . Go out and have fun finding your own style .
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