Sunday, October 5, 2014

Outfit for 10-5-14 & Funny Dressing Room Story

Sweater - White House Black Market
Tank - Patty Boutique
Shorts - Eunina
Shoes - Born O Concept

This outfit was worn today for a little clothes shopping.  It was my birthday on Saturday, and Jules took me to my favorite outlet mall.  We did most of our shopping yesterday but I left jeans for today.  So I wore something appropriate specifically for jeans.  I like the wedges for a bit of a heel and the tank hangs a little lower in the front for a bit of extra coverage.

I knew that I wanted a male and a female pair of jeans.  And one might think that this particular story would be about acquiring my awesome new pair of female jeans from 7 For All Mankind, for the most expensive price I have ever paid for a pair of jeans, $150!!!  I can't even believe that.  But no, that particular story will be told another day.

Today, I am telling the story of purchasing my male jeans.  I went into Guess and found several pairs of male jeans to try on.  Normally they have someone with a key to let you into a fitting room, but no one was around and a room was open.  I walked in and started trying on my pants.

When I started buying female clothes, I normally would be dressed as a male.  Eventually I started dressing as a female.  But only occasionally have I tried on male clothes while dressed as a female, and then further more walked out of the dressing room and showed Jules what I had on.

On this day, I didn't really think about it much, as I tried on the male jeans, and walked out and showed Jules.  She thought they were okay, and I went back in to try the next pair.  As I was closing the door, the sales associate stopped me and removed the other clothes from the room.  I put on another pair and walked back outside and again showed Jules.  This time the sales associate was also outside the room and she too looked at the jeans I had on.

Jules said she liked them, but the sales associate was aghast.  I could see the look on her face, but she only, very politely came up and said "Don't you think those jeans are too baggy for you?"

I replied "Well, I like to wear both male and female jeans."  She didn't really seem to get it, and gave me a very quizzical look.  I continued "I totally agree that these jeans are not appropriate for when I choose to dress as a woman, but I think they will look great when I choose to dress as a man."

That was when the light bulb went on for her and she said, "Oh well goodness, you are so beautiful!"  She went on, "Seriously dear, you are just so beautiful."  I thanked her, "Well you deserve it, you are just beautiful, I love everything, your clothes, your look, your hair, and I agree, those jeans would be great for you while dressed as a guy."

I went into the room again and changed back to my regular clothes.  I heard her outside the room still commenting about me.  I took my stuff up to the register where she rang me up for the purchases.  I handed her my license and charge card.  She looked at my picture and said "I hope you don't mind me saying so, but I like you more with your long hair.  I don't want to give you a big head, but you are just beautiful.  Please keep doing what you are doing, because you are just great!"

Do you think I left that store beaming?  Uhh... just a little!  More like I was on cloud nine!

The more I thought about it today the happier I became.

What a wonderful world we live in folks.

I sure do hope you get to experience the same one I do.

It takes strength.  And honesty.  And a willingness to try and trust the strangers around us.

Love you.

Love yourself!

10 comments:

  1. Wow. What a wonderful story of acceptance and appreciation. Thank you for letting the rest of us share a little space with you up on cloud 9.
    Pat

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  2. What an incredible experience!

    So great that you had to explain you dress both ways.

    That say tons about your feminine look - way to go Nadine!

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    1. I also thought that said a lot about my look! I must be doing something right, huh? I actually enjoy the experiences when I get to explain to the normals that I dress both ways. It is very educational for them!

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  3. That is a great story and I can imagine how good it would make you feel. You always look great in your photos so I see her saying that.
    Also, belated happy birthday wishes!
    My birthday was also last week. I'm expecting some time to dress and shop later this week and next week.

    D.

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    1. Hi D. Thanks for the complement and the b-day wishes. Happy belated birthday to you as well. Enjoy your shopping!

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  4. The fact that she was baffled as to why you needed men's jeans says it all, girl! Then again, just look at that picture above, right? :D

    Hugs,
    Cass

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    1. Thanks Cass, you are super sweet! Cutie!

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  5. I had a big smile reading about your experience, Nadine! Such a wonderful experience. Sometimes I think about how all these little interactions help make a positive impart/impression on the general public about gender issues. It really sounds like the sales associate was really touched by the interaction with you.
    By the way, Happy Birthday!
    Katie

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    1. It was a wonderful experience. I too think about how these interactions go over with the general public. I often feel like a trans ambassador so I try my best to make a good impression. I think this time went over quite well!

      Thanks cutie!

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