How well do you remember trying on your first skirt? Was it an exhilarating moment? One that sent your heart racing and heightened your senses so that you overreacted to every noise, as though that noise was prelude to the door opening and you getting caught? Did you care if you got caught? Is the memory distant? Or is it a vivid memory of slight twirls, pleats, satin, or lace trim?
The skirt has a venerable position in the wardrobe of the crossdresser. It was likely one of the first items of women’s clothing that you dared to try on. The feeling of freedom, the increased pulse rate, the simplicity of the thing and it’s beauty sunk it’s perfectly polished nails into you and will not let go! Think of it as your gateway femme clothing, introducing you to the luxurious feel of silk and making you curious about the brush of long hair on your own shoulders. The skirt is versatile, more versatile than a dress, which often comprises 60% of an outfit or more. You can switch tops, shoes, colors and materials around as though you care for no commitment whatsoever, lending it a longer closet life as well! When I go out to buy a pair of heels, I am often thinking about what kind of skirt I will need to go along with them.
Then there’s the concept of seduction. When a skirt moves it catches the eye. The way it can break up the lines of your body and give a false sense of accessibility is interesting. Something about a moveable symmetry is intriguing, and the way that it can play upon a person’s sense of revelation (think of the promise it so daintily conceals), makes the skirt a powerful weapon in the arsenal of an out and adventurous CD’er.
I believe a skirt serves as a tool for powerful projection. They can help others pin down the type of person you are much faster than if you were to wear any pair of pants. Pencil skirt? You’re likely into business. Pleats above the knee? You like people to think you’re playful (hey, or you could be goth with some fishnets!). Ruffles? Youthful. Long and heavy? You’re probably daring in some fashionable way. Short and showy? You’re probably on some scene. If you like to step out you likely own more than one, and I’m sure you have something silky or revealing for your more sensual moments.
By no means do I mean to say that a skirt is an absolute necessity. There are many women I know that I have never seen in a skirt. It is, however, a crucial piece in the wardrobe of fans of exuding femininity. I just wish for you to ponder the importance of the skirt in your life. I mean, when I came out as a youth, I did so by holding a skirt out to my mother and telling her I was more comfortable dressed up like a girl!
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