7 Belly-Flattening Fashion Tricks for Crossdressers and MTF Transgender Women

An attractive waist-to-hip ratio is an important symbol of feminine beauty.

Does that mean all hope is lost if your tummy is your trouble spot?

Absolutely not! For an instant fix, just work a few strategic tummy-trimming and waistline-slimming looks into your wardrobe.

Aside from making you look thinner, these will also help create a more feminine, hourglass shape.

Keep reading for my top 7 belly-flattening fashion tricks for crossdressers and MTF transgender women:

Trick #1: Wear a shaping camisole

Corsets and girdles will certainly pull you in, but they’re not very comfortable for daily wear.

Instead, wear a shaping camisole under your clothes. It’s a wonderful alternative for trimming inches from your waist and belly – while still allowing you to breath.

Trick #2: Try a tummy-minimizing peplum

peplum

Peplums are very “in” right now and they’re a fabulous style for crossdressers and MTF transgender women.

A peplum is a short overskirt attached at the waistline of a top, dress, or jacket that’s perfect for covering a full belly. And thanks to the fit-and-flare styling, a peplum will also give you that sexy hourglass shape.

Trick #3: Avoid bottoms that sit too far above or below your waistline

waistline

If you have a big belly, the waistband of your skirt or pants should sit just below your belly button.

If the waistband is too high, it’ll look like your stomach is popping out below. If the waistband is too low, you’ll get the “muffin top” look.

Trick #4: Wear a light colored jacket over a dark top

Wearing a light colored jacket over a dark top is a great way to downplay an ample tummy. The jacket conceals excess poundage while the dark color underneath makes your belly recede into the background.

For the best results, look for a jacket with some shape. Princess seams are especially feminine and flattering.

Trick #5: Downplay belly rolls with a ruched top

ruchedtop

Ruching (i.e. fabric that’s gathered along the seam line) is perfect for concealing an ample belly.

Unlike “flat” fabrics that reveal every bulge, ruching hides what’s underneath – including those dreaded belly rolls.

Trick #6: Just say “no” to tight clothes

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If your belly is your trouble spot, you definitely want to avoid wearing tight clothes.

Clothes that are too tight (including bras and panties) will dig in and create unsightly bulges – calling even more attention to the area.

Trick #7: Avoid oversized clothes

Just as you should avoid clothes that are too tight, neither do you want to wear clothes that are too loose. Trying to hide a big belly under an oversized top just makes you look bigger.

Instead, your most flattering option is clothes that skim – rather than drown – your midsection.

No more trouble spots
Looking your best as a woman is all about downplaying trouble spots while playing up your assets.

Use these tricks to solve your “tummy troubles” and then move on! It’s impossible for people to notice your flaws if they’re too busy looking at something else – like your sexy legs, breasts, or behind.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

What are your best feminine features – and how do you like to show them off?

Please share in the comments below!


How to Walk Like a Woman (MTF Transgender / Crossdressing Tips)

Your walk is a critical aspect of your feminine image. Unfortunately, it’s easy to go from one extreme (a masculine walk) to the other (over-exaggerated hip swinging).

How can you find a happy medium as you master your feminine movements? Read on for 3 simple tips to help you achieve a natural, womanly walk.

1. TRY THE HIP MATRIX

A big difference between men and women is that women tend to have more fluid body movements.

That means you can sway your hips all you want – but until you learn how to “loosen up,” your feminine walk will always look stiff and unnatural.

The Hip Matrix can help with this. Created by movement specialist Rob Brinded, the Hip Matrix exercise is designed to release tension and free up your body movements so you can achieve a flowing, feminine walk.

Watch the video above and then try it for yourself. If you compare your walk before and after, I promise you’ll be amazed by the difference! (Learn more about Rob’s approach to feminine movement in my Stepping Out Secrets Program.)

2. PRACTICE IN HIGH HEELS

Women have a lower center of gravity than men due to their wider hips. This creates that sexy hip sway that’s characteristic of a feminine walk.

Forcing your hips to sway usually looks unnatural. Instead, practice walking in high heels. High heels change your center of gravity and exaggerate the forward curve of your spine. This helps release the hips, which naturally feminizes your movements.

You can enhance this effect by trying to keep your shoulders still as you walk. This forces you to use your hips for balance.

Once you’ve mastered hip walking in heels, practice the same movements in flat shoes.

3. SHORTEN YOUR STRIDE

Shortening your stride is another easy and effective way to feminize your walk.

The average woman’s step length (the distance from the toe of one foot to the toe of the opposite foot) is 26”. So if you want to be scientific about it, get out a ruler and measure your steps! Your natural stride is probably longer, so work on taking shorter steps.

Note: The higher your heels are, the shorter your steps should be.

CONCLUSION

There are other subtle elements that define a feminine walk, but these tips are a great place to start. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

I’d also love to hear about any other movement tips or techniques you’ve found helpful. Please share in the comments below.

 


6 Feminization Tips from Old Hollywood (For Crossdressers and MTF Transgender Women)

On your journey to becoming a fabulous female, it helps to look at role models. Some of my favorite examples of beauty and femininity are the leading ladies of Old Hollywood.

Want to add more sparkle and glamour to your life? Try these 6 tips from Old Hollywood that can be applied to your own feminine transformation!

1. JOAN CRAWFORD – GOOD HAIR GOES A LONG WAY

“I think that the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.” – Joan Crawford

Few things have a bigger impact on your appearance than your hair. This applies whether you wear a wig or style your own natural hair. If you want to look younger, prettier, and more feminine, the right hairstyle is the secret. Here are the 6 best hairstyles for crossdressers and transgender women.

2. SOPHIA LOREN – BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Sophia Loren

All the lipstick, hairspray, and surgery in the world can’t make you beautiful if you don’t feel it on the inside. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own unique beauty and femininity. Take the advice of Sophia Loren and believe that you are beautiful.

3. AUDREY HEPBURN – ALWAYS BE ELEGANT

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn

Who could be more elegant than Audrey Hepburn herself? With her sophisticated style and graceful demeanor, she’s my favorite example of ladylike elegance. If you want to emulate Audrey Hepburn, you can start by avoiding these 5 mistakes that make you less ladylike.

4. EARTHA KITT – DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE HATERS

“I have used all the manure that has been thrown on me as fertilizer to make me stronger.” – Eartha Kitt

If there are people in your life who don’t understand you, rest assured that you are not alone. Even somebody as fabulous and gorgeous as Eartha Kitt had her share of haters. Instead of letting them get you down, use their manure as fertilizer to make you grow stronger.

5. MARILYN MONROE – FIND YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.” – Marilyn Monroe

Scent is strongly linked to emotions, which means the right perfume can make you feel irresistibly feminine. Scent also triggers memories. Applying a signature scent that makes you feel fabulous can instantly bring back feelings of confidence and femininity. Take a tip from Marilyn Monroe and find your own signature scent.

6. MAE WEST – LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

Choosing to embrace the woman within is a bold decision. You should be applauded for this! Many people never dare to express their deepest desires or true selves. As Mae West said, you only live once. So live life to the fullest – feminine self and all!

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

As you as inspired by these classic beauties as I am? If so, I’d love to know who you favorite Old Hollywood actresses are – and which “lessons” you have learned from them.

Please share in the comments below!


7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Appearance (MTF Transgender / Crossdressing Tips)

Do you think looking your best as a woman means you need a head-to-toe makeover – or even feminizing surgery?

It doesn’t!

Looking beautiful often comes down to a few simple changes.

Of course, the basics are important. Nice hair and makeup, flattering clothes, and a reasonably fit body are a great starting point.

But beyond that, it’s the details that make or break your feminine image.

Want to look better right now?

Here are 7 simple ways to improve your appearance:

1. FIND YOUR BEST LIPSTICK SHADE

One of the easiest ways to improve your appearance is to wear lipstick. A Manchester University study proved that women are perceived as more attractive when they wear lipstick – regardless of the rest of their appearance.

The secret is to wear the right shade of lipstick. Here are two quick tips for selecting your best shade:

  • Use your eyes as a guide. For the most flattering look, your lips should be the same intensity as the iris of your eye. (The iris is the colored part of your eye.) For example, if you have light blue eyes, wear a light shade of lipstick. If you have dark brown eyes, a deeper shade will be most flattering.
  • Do the fingertip test. To easily test lipstick shades, put different colors on your fingertips and hold them against your mouth to see which looks best.

2. GROOM YOUR EYEBROWS

Eye Makeup

Your eyebrows literally create the frame for your face. For better or for worse, they have the power to transform your entire look.

The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to shape and feminize your eyebrows – even if you can’t pluck. Check out this eyebrow tutorial for more info.

3. INVEST IN A GREAT BAG

handbag

Women often judge each other based on their handbags. After all, why do women in certain circles pay thousands of dollars for the latest “it” bag?

I’m not saying you need to buy a Gucci purse, but investing in a quality handbag will add polish and style to your appearance – while giving you fashionista status among other women.

4. GET RID OF EXCESS BODY HAIR

removebodyhair

The truth is, physical attractiveness often comes down to good grooming. One of the keys to good grooming – and a feminine appearance – is to get rid of excess body hair.

You already know that your beard, chest hair, and hairy legs have to go. But don’t forget about the less obvious spots, including your:

  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Knuckles
  • Toes

5. WEAR THE RIGHT SHAPEWEAR

shapewear

The right shapewear can have a dramatic effect on your silhouette. It smooths out excess flesh and helps to feminize your proportions.

The best shapewear for you depends on your outfit and how much shaping you need. Consider investing in the following garments:

  • Control top pantyhose. Perfect for smoothing out your trouble spots, they also add polish and definition to the legs.
  • Waist cincher. Use this when you need extra shaping in the middle and want to carve out an hourglass shape.
  • Shaping camisole. Wear one under your everyday clothes to smooth your belly and love handles.

shapewear1 shapewear2 shapewear3
Control top pantyhose Waist cincher Shaping camisole

6. WHITEN YOUR TEETH

Yellow teeth dull your appearance. Don’t underestimate the impact of pretty white teeth. A white smile brightens up your entire face!

I suggest using a whitening toothpaste daily and doing a whitening treatment every six months. There are some great at-home options, including:

  • Crest 3D Whitestrips
  • Dr. Song Home Professional Teeth Whitening Kit
  • Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips

7. GET ENOUGH SLEEP

beautysleep

They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing. A lack of sleep shows up on your face – no matter how pretty and feminine you look.

Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Try this free guided mediation and take a 20 minute beauty nap!

SMALL CHANGES ADD UP TO BIG IMPROVEMENTS

The bottom line is that there are a LOT of ways to improve your appearance without having to invest in a new wardrobe, hire a transformation service, or go under the knife.

Little changes can have a big impact on your feminine image!

These 7 tips are a great place to start, but now I’d like to hear from YOU …

What are YOUR best beauty tips? Please share them with us in the comments below.

 


7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Appearance (MTF Transgender / Crossdressing Tips)

Do you think looking your best as a woman means you need a head-to-toe makeover – or even feminizing surgery?

It doesn’t!

Looking beautiful often comes down to a few simple changes.

Of course, the basics are important. Nice hair and makeup, flattering clothes, and a reasonably fit body are a great starting point.

But beyond that, it’s the details that make or break your feminine image.

Want to look better right now?

Here are 7 simple ways to improve your appearance:

1. FIND YOUR BEST LIPSTICK SHADE

One of the easiest ways to improve your appearance is to wear lipstick. A Manchester University study proved that women are perceived as more attractive when they wear lipstick – regardless of the rest of their appearance.

The secret is to wear the right shade of lipstick. Here are two quick tips for selecting your best shade:

  • Use your eyes as a guide. For the most flattering look, your lips should be the same intensity as the iris of your eye. (The iris is the colored part of your eye.) For example, if you have light blue eyes, wear a light shade of lipstick. If you have dark brown eyes, a deeper shade will be most flattering.
  • Do the fingertip test. To easily test lipstick shades, put different colors on your fingertips and hold them against your mouth to see which looks best.

2. GROOM YOUR EYEBROWS

Eye Makeup

Your eyebrows literally create the frame for your face. For better or for worse, they have the power to transform your entire look.

The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to shape and feminize your eyebrows – even if you can’t pluck. Check out this eyebrow tutorial for more info.

3. INVEST IN A GREAT BAG

handbag

Women often judge each other based on their handbags. After all, why do women in certain circles pay thousands of dollars for the latest “it” bag?

I’m not saying you need to buy a Gucci purse, but investing in a quality handbag will add polish and style to your appearance – while giving you fashionista status among other women.

4. GET RID OF EXCESS BODY HAIR

removebodyhair

The truth is, physical attractiveness often comes down to good grooming. One of the keys to good grooming – and a feminine appearance – is to get rid of excess body hair.

You already know that your beard, chest hair, and hairy legs have to go. But don’t forget about the less obvious spots, including your:

  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Knuckles
  • Toes

5. WEAR THE RIGHT SHAPEWEAR

shapewear

The right shapewear can have a dramatic effect on your silhouette. It smooths out excess flesh and helps to feminize your proportions.

The best shapewear for you depends on your outfit and how much shaping you need. Consider investing in the following garments:

  • Control top pantyhose. Perfect for smoothing out your trouble spots, they also add polish and definition to the legs.
  • Waist cincher. Use this when you need extra shaping in the middle and want to carve out an hourglass shape.
  • Shaping camisole. Wear one under your everyday clothes to smooth your belly and love handles.

shapewear1 shapewear2 shapewear3
Control top pantyhose Waist cincher Shaping camisole

6. WHITEN YOUR TEETH

Yellow teeth dull your appearance. Don’t underestimate the impact of pretty white teeth. A white smile brightens up your entire face!

I suggest using a whitening toothpaste daily and doing a whitening treatment every six months. There are some great at-home options, including:

  • Crest 3D Whitestrips
  • Dr. Song Home Professional Teeth Whitening Kit
  • Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips

7. GET ENOUGH SLEEP

beautysleep

They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing. A lack of sleep shows up on your face – no matter how pretty and feminine you look.

Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Try this free guided mediation and take a 20 minute beauty nap!

SMALL CHANGES ADD UP TO BIG IMPROVEMENTS

The bottom line is that there are a LOT of ways to improve your appearance without having to invest in a new wardrobe, hire a transformation service, or go under the knife.

Little changes can have a big impact on your feminine image!

These 7 tips are a great place to start, but now I’d like to hear from YOU …

What are YOUR best beauty tips? Please share them with us in the comments below.

 


Is Gender Dysphoria Keeping You Down? (Male to Female Transgender / Crossdressing Tips)

Gender Dysphoria is a condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex.

Clearly this condition can get stressful for anyone. When your body and mind are not connecting as one; it can really ruin a good mood. We understand this, and we would like to help.

We asked our Glamour Girls to explain to us some of the way they stay positive when feeling down about their dysphoria and we got some really good feedback. Here’s some great advice from an even greater community of individuals that know exactly what you are going through.

Put on an outfit you know you look good in.

“Wearing a pair of fabulous heels to feel super confident and sexy!”- Emily Couture

What’s a better way to make you feel better about yourself, than putting on an outfit that you know you look and feel awesome in? No matter how fancy or ridiculous the outfit is for lounging around the house- do it.

Cuddle your pet.

Pets are the perfect companions when you’re in an insecure mood, since they give unconditional love no matter what you look like or who you are. They don’t have one judgmental bone in their little tiny bodies. You can just cuddle and play with your pet until they inevitably put a smile on your face.

Treat yourself

“Retail therapy at G USA is a great diversion and puts me in a creative mood. Shopping most anywhere for coupons and deals focuses my attention away from my gender preference and gives me a positive outlook for my ‘Kim time’ to come”- Kim Rydick

“New lingerie always does it for me”- Daniel P

“A new pair of heels”- Samantha “Sami” Prescott

A typical response would be to “buy some ice cream”, but I don’t exactly believe in this tactic. Eating does not make me feel better- at all! It honestly does the opposite because then I feel even more insecure because I just ate a whole tub of Ben and Jerry’s… to myself… If I want to cheer myself up, I’ll go to Sephora, the salon, or to Bloomingdales. Leaving any of these places with a purchase, puts a smile on my face. So, go to your favorite place and buy yourself something that will make you happy. Treat yourself.

Set goals for yourself

This will keep you on track to finding happiness and peace in your life. When you are constantly pushing yourself, you will eventually become the woman you always wanted to be. Shying away from a difficult thing will keep you feeling down. The happier you will be the more goals you reach. Trust me.

Convert your frustrations into something positive

“I convert it into something positive and focus that positivity towards other who might need it as much, or more than me.”- Stephanie Anne Jeffries

Looking back at old photos and pondering past experiences will remind you about everything you have been through. It will hopefully get you to see that you can handle anything.

Get lost in some music

It’s awesome how music can affect your mood. Put on your favorite feel good music and dance around your house. Guarantee you forget all about the haters.

Surround yourself with friends that understand or might be going through the same thing

“I usually talk to supportive friends and family.”- Cassie Jo Smith

A great support group is a must have. You can’t take on the world alone- I mean you can- but that is no fun. Having other people to share bad experiences with, makes it a whole lot easier.

Start a journal or blog

If you don’t want to talk to anyone, let out your emotions in writing. Whether it be digitally or on paper. Letting it out somewhere usually helps relive the stressful emotions.

Exercise

“A cardio workout! Keeps my spirits high and healthy”- Nikki Cordova

For many people, getting lost in a good workout helps a lot. Your mind is free and you’re focused on the task at hand. Nothing can come in between that; giving you a stress free hour or so. It’s a win, win.

Take a long nap

This is my go to solution for a lot of things. Sleep is amazing and will obviously keep you relaxed. You will wake up feeling refreshed and maybe you will have a different outlook on your issues with a level head.

I hope any of you reading will try some of these tips when feeling down for any reason. These tips don’t just work for dealing with gender dysphoria but, mainly any situation. They are great tricks to incorporate into your life to insure you live a happy and fulfilling life.

 


Etched Lace Men’s Bra

Alison alerted me to this "Etched Lace Men's Bra." The description for this men's brassiere reads, "We love the clean lines of this crisp monochromatic crop-top for men. Made from a medium-weight stretch fabric embossed with an etched lace design, this bra features a curved inset of lace at the bust for contouring. With a shaped athletic-styled back and pop-over styling for easy access. Etched Lace Men's Bra." So, who is selling this item of lingerie for lads? You would probably guess it was an online exotic lingerie store, but you would be wrong. It's ! Walmart also sells panties for men. What is this world coming to? 😉
Source: Boston Proper
Wearing Boston Proper (Source: Boston Proper)
Daniel Furlong
Daniel Furlong, male womenswear model

Etched Lace Men’s Bra

Alison alerted me to this "Etched Lace Men's Bra." The description for this men's brassiere reads, "We love the clean lines of this crisp monochromatic crop-top for men. Made from a medium-weight stretch fabric embossed with an etched lace design, this bra features a curved inset of lace at the bust for contouring. With a shaped athletic-styled back and pop-over styling for easy access. Etched Lace Men's Bra." So, who is selling this item of lingerie for lads? You would probably guess it was an online exotic lingerie store, but you would be wrong. It's ! Walmart also sells panties for men. What is this world coming to? 😉
Source: Boston Proper
Wearing Boston Proper (Source: Boston Proper)
Daniel Furlong
Daniel Furlong, male womenswear model