Falling into Color
For many crossdressers the fall and winter months can be a bummer. The chilly air and interrupted sunshine can sometimes make the day go by unnoticed. Instead of pining over gray skies and the inability to properly rock your body, allow your mind to race with the many possibilities that layering up and experimenting with rich fall colors may provide! Have you ever marveled at those glamorous department store posters with sparkly pictures of snow bunnies decked out in white faux fur, or longed to be the sophisticated business woman in the plum pea coat? The colder weather gives one an excuse to bust out the color palette, contemplate the heavier, more luxurious clothing materials, and play.
For the ladies and gentlemen with darker complexions, you can’t really go wrong with red. Heavy red jackets and blazers, black tights, very dark (blue-black or black) skin tight jeans, red heels or flats, the ubiquitous red dress, all of these can be mixed and matched to completely change your attitude with the removal or addition of a single article of clothing. This is a more sophisticated and conservative sort of bold color use, so it can take some stepping out in faith to get comfortable with. Go easy on the makeup so that you don’t accidentally make yourself look older. One trick you can also employ is to accessorize with warmer jewelry like topaz or ruby earrings. Pearls can be interesting too, if you can pull off something close to Jackie- O or Audrey Hepburn. 🙂
So you want to be an ice queen? Dark blue, silver, lavender, white, and light pink can make you stand out in a crowd of boring blue jeans and cardigans. No offense to the cardigan, it can actually be a versatile addition, but I find that they often accentuate the shoulders. One of my favorite outfits is a pair of skinny jeans, a gray scoop neck shirt, a long navy colored military style jacket, and silver, gray, or black shoes along with. This color scheme provides you great flexibility in the makeup department as well, I like to use shimmer and light blush to make it look like I just stepped in from out of the cold. This is a look designed to project youth and some femme tomboy charisma. Oh yeah, get boots!
“But I just like to play it safe!” You say? Well, you can fall back on the classic purple, black, and gray. Go ahead and utilize multiple layers of clothing, bra, cami, undershirt, shirt, sweater, socks, leggings, skirt, shorts, fitted jeans… You can almost wear all of those at once if you wanted to. I’m tempted to tell you to splash in some yellow if you use purple, but sparingly. You don’t want to look too contrived. I would shy away from using gold or copper this season, unless you can afford to get into the higher fashion, younger girl targeted items like those from Juicy, BEBE, or Armani. Designer rain boots and tights paired with a thigh length fitted coat (wear shorts and layer shirts under the coat) is an interesting and trendy fashion that has been circulating for a while. Casual use of makeup to cover and accentuate one area of your face is standard safe girl practice, and is recommended.
All of this assumes you would like to play it a little fashion forward, so I hope you don’t mind me leaving out “the normal clothes.” Being femme is about having fun. So play it up and use the extra needed layers to get a little into character.
What do you have planned to fall into fall? Please share!
Image credit: mackenzie jean