Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Want Her Outfit

I've been browsing through fashion blogs.  Not the professional ones with impossibly thin models wearing outlandish runway fashions, but the amateur and semi-professional blogs where women show off their every day style and post pictures of other women looking great in outfits that you could see on real people.

That's how I stumbled on to  I Want Her Outfit.   I love most of the posts on this site (although there is a post of a woman wearing pajamas and a headscarf on the street that mystifies me - I know how to look dowdy - I don't need help there - maybe it's a joke, but I don't get it).  I would love to wear those clothes and, of course, look even half as pretty as the women in the pictures.

Although I Want Her Outfit hasn't been updated since last May and only has four months of updates, there are enough fun posts to make a visit worthwhile.

Maybe my favorite thing about I Want Her Outfit is the logo.

I'd love to look and dress like one of the women pictured, at least for a little while.  How amazing to be so pretty.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Brian and Debbie McCloskey

This week LA Weekly published a profile titled Brian and Debbie McCloskey: He Wears a Dress. She's Fine With That

It's a great story about two people who are very much in love with each other.

I've been Facebook friends with Brian for over a year.  He's smart, funny and crazy about Debbie.  I always enjoy seeing a new post from him.  It was so nice to see this warm, respectful article about this very special couple.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pink Heels

This has been an unusually cold, snowy winter in Chicago.  Winter here is often difficult, but this one has been especially challenging.

Chicago winters are gray.  Trees are bare, snow turns from white to gray quickly, days are short and often cloudy.  Many of us dress in gray and black.

When I travel to warmer places during the winter, one of the first things that strikes me is that there are places where there's color in February, red flowers and green trees.

Yesterday, one of the young women in my office wore pink high heels.  The rest of her outfit was very professional, black pants, white blouse, dark blazer, but the pink heels were unexpected and wonderful.  I think it was her way of having fun and reminding herself that spring (and the return of color) is coming.  I was grateful for her reminder and a little jealous, too.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Incident On An Elevator

I was riding down on an elevator with several other people yesterday.  The door opened on 4.  A really pretty woman in her late 20s got on and pressed 3.  She looked great in dress slacks, blazer and classic black pumps.

"I'm a little embarrassed because you're seeing that I'm only going down one floor.  But, the stairway is so loud when you're wearing heels.  You guys wouldn't understand."

At least one of us did.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Diane von Furstenberg Renna Wool & Silk Dress

I love this dress.

If you look at the bottom of the picture, you'll see a little "play video" indicator.  The dress is so pretty. I love the way it looks and moves in the little video.  The model in the video has great classic pumps and a perfect little clutch.  It's a great look.

The page shows the usual kinds of information about the dress.

There's also a section called Size & Fit.  That section says
Model shown is 5'10" (177cm) wearing US size 4.

So, I guess that's good to know, but a part of me wonders how many women are 5'10" and wear size 4.  In the back of my mind, I also wondered if including the model's size info is a subtle way of saying "it's a gorgeous dress but, nyah, nyah, it will never look that good on you."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning is a member of the US Army.  He was recently convicted of several violations of the Espionage Act for passing classified information to WikiLeaks.

Testimony during his sentencing hearing revealed that Manning is transgender.. 

From an article on The Atlantic Wire website

In an April 24, 2010 email to his supervisor at the time, Master Sgt. Paul Adkins, Manning confessed he was transgender, and that he joined the Army, basically, to "get rid of it."  The subject line was "My Problem." The email said,
This is my problem. I’ve had signs of it for a very long time. It’s caused problems within my family. I thought a career in the military would get rid of it. It’s not something I seek out for attention, and I’ve been trying very, very hard to get rid of it by placing myself in situations where it would be impossible. But, it’s not going away; it’s haunting me more and more as I get older. Now, the consequences of it are dire, at a time when it’s causing me great pain it itself…
I don't know what to do anymore, and the only "help" that seems available is severe punishment and/or getting rid of me.

I thought the author of the article did a good job of summarizing the recent revelations about Manning. Whatever I might think about Manning's actions, I sympathize with the statements in his e-mail.  He wouldn't be the first person who tried to "fix" his gender identity issues by going into the military.

I'm interested to see what public reaction will be.  Most coverage I've seen so far has been pretty low-key (although I have seen headlines like "Bradley Manning: Blond bombshell? Army releases photo of him as cross-dresser").

I am concerned that casual observers may conclude from Manning's story that all those who find themselves outside  "normal" gender boundaries are inherently unstable,   I hope that's not the case.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hannah's Blog

I recently began following Hannah's blog.

Hannah is a married crossdresser with a supportive wife.  Hannah's smart and upbeat writing is accompanied by her charming drawings.  Definitely worth following.