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Crossdresser Clothing Sizes: How to select the correct clothing sizes for crossdressers is published on TGGuide.com with permission of the Author. This article and photographs may not be reprinted without permission of the author.
Once a crossdresser has discovered his joy lies in wearing women’s clothing, and he decides to engage in this exciting pastime, one of the first problems that he will encounter is finding his proper women’s clothing size.
Unfortunately, not all crossdressers have a wife or girlfriend who is the same size or even close enough so that one could guess the right size. So finding clothes that fit may present a rather serious problem. Buying different sizes of clothing until one finds the correct size can be not only frustrating, but downright expensive.
The following size conversion chart at least gives you a place to start.
What’s your opposite sex size? (A conversion chart for well-dressed female ego)
* Woman’s sizes are shown in parenthesis.
** Waist measurements shown here are misses sizes; men’s
sizes are approximately 3 inches larger.
*** Not available in men’s sizes.
Misses tall sizes begin at about 5 feet 7 inches, men’s tall sizes at about 5 feet 11 inches.
Women’s clothing sizes can vary widely, depending on the source. A size 8 dress from a designer in NYC can be a size 14 in a ready to wear dress. Several NY fashion designer’s use a “perfect” size 8 model who is a man. Sear’s is the only known company that uses a recommended national size standard. If you can, compare the measurements of any size tables to get a feel for how close they come to size’s you have that fit you well. Consider finding someone to alter clothing to your specific requirements or custom make an item for a special occasion.
Shoe sizes: A woman’s shoe size is usually one number higher than the equivalent in a man’s shoe. If you wear a 9 man’s shoe, try a 10 woman’s shoe. A B-width shoe is considered medium for women, a D-width for man. If a shoe is not available in the correct women’s width, try a size 1/2 to 1 size larger (i.e. a 10 C-D size, try an 11B).
Lingerie sizes: To find your bra size, measure your chest up under the arms. For cup size a women measures the fullest part of the bust. If it’s 1 inch more than the bra size, an A cup; 2 inches, a B cup; 3 inches, a C cup and 4 inches, a D cup. Many men have fairly large pectorals (especially if they are slightly overweight). You can pick your cup size to match your breast forms or by how much padding you want to put in your bra cups.
Almost anything can be used from water filled balloon’s to birdseed and sponge rubber. Mastectomy prosthesis (silicone rubber), or molded sponge rubber pads are recommended. The type with hollow back’s mold over the male pectorals and give the best fit. It is also best to buy the next size smaller, because the forms will fit better in your bra. An underwire bra will not ride up as much as a regular bra (attaching the forms with ostomy adhesive will help anchor a bra). A hairless chest will look and feel better than one with hair, especially if an adhesive is used.
Slip sizes correspond to bust measurements. Petticoat or half-slip sizes are based on waist measurements: S (22-24), M (25-27), L (28-30), etc. Nightgown and robe sizes are based on bust measurements: S (32), M (34-36), L (38-40), etc.
There you have it! Next time your walk into a store or boutique, you’ll know just what size your “wife” or “girlfriend” wears, or if you have the courage, tell the salesperson it’s for yourself! Many customer’s to Large or Tall girl stores are men who buy for themselves. Some will even allow you to try items on for fit (a phone call to the store before you go is advised). Most mail order companies (Sear’s, Penny’s, Lerner’s NY, Anthony Richard’s etc.), estimate about 30% of their customer’s are men. At least you won’t run the risk of getting ripped off by a clerk or
company who will sell you anything just to get rid of you. Most store’s and mail order companies want to have a satisfied customer, who will buy from them again. Another possibility is making your own clothing or finding a seamstress to make garments from patterns and cloth you purchase. You can get things made that are not normally available in stores (although they will cost more). You can have them made for your “wife” or you can tell the truth. Most people either don’t care or will accept a plausible story.
Unless you are into something kinky like “rubber” or leather and bondage, buy your clothing where a GG (Genetic Girl) would buy her clothes. They will make you feel natural and give you a feeling of wearing what a “real” women would wear. A woman will be much more willing to buy you clothing if she goes to stores she normally shops at, rather than porno stores or mail order from NYC with it’s inflated prices. Get a Post Office or mail station box and send for Fredrick’s catalog, this will get you on the lists for most of the catalog’s (order a pushup bra or 5″ heel’s and you are a valued customer!).