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Shopping for women's Clothes as a Crossdresser

If you are just now exploring the art of cross dressing, one of its funnest aspects is shopping for the clothing itself whether it is browsing for lingerie online or better yet browsing for a cute bra and panties set while crossdressed. In my life, I was an active cross dresser before the inception of the internet, so I remember well the days when all of my female clothing purchases had to be done in person as a man. I word it that way because it was unthinkable to me that I could actually dress up like a woman in public and participate in various activities like shopping. The internet, however, has potentially put me in touch with millions of people just like me, and it has given me the courage and know-how to venture out into public dressed as a woman. Just be thankful that you have this great resource to assist you in your initial cross dressing experiences.

On these pages, I will list the various methods of shopping for us cross dressers, and then I will talk about the pros and cons of each drawing on my personal experiences. I will also post pics of me actually shopping while crossdressed.

In this day and age, I can think of the following ways for men to purchase women's clothing:

* shopping online or through a mail-order catalog
shopping as a man for women's clothing in a store
* shopping for women's clothing while cross dressed as a woman

Below I will discuss these three methods and aim my writing for those who are starting to explore their cross dressing or for those who would like to venture out into public and actually shop as a cross dresser!

Shopping online or though a mail-order catalog

Shopping online for women's clothing is by far the easiest method as it eliminates the face to face interaction and possible embarrassment that could occur when shopping in a store. I would venture to guess that of all clothing purchases made these days for the purpose of cross dressing, the percentage of online transactions is in the high nineties for obvious reasons. Still, when shopping online for women's clothing, there are a few things to remember.

First, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what your size is. If you shop at the website of an actual department store or clothing store like Old Navy, they will always list size charts. Study the charts and see where you fit in in terms of your women's sizes for tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses, bras, panties, etc. Familiarize yourself with the female measurements that aren't applicable to men such as bust size, underbust, hip size, length between shoulders, etc.

Once you determine your female sizes then it's time to shop! In the case of bras, panties, and pantyhose, purchasing them directly from an online store is a good method. For typical clothing, however, I would recommend using eBay. Consider how often you will wear the clothing. If you are lucky enough to be able to wear women's clothing in public each day, then paying $40 dollars for a cute top is okay. But if you're only going to be able to wear the item now and then, buy it used through eBay for a huge discount.

Once you've made your purchase, you need to consider how it will be shipped to you. If you are single and handle all of your mail, this is not an issue. If you are married or living with a significant other, however, and you don't want them to see the item, consider having the item shipped to your place of work or to a PO box. In regards to having items shipped to your place of work, only use this method with clothing purchases off of eBay.  Luckily, I didn't have to learn this the hard way at work, but once when I knew my wife would be out of town, I purchased a batch of pantyhose from OneHanesPlace, and the pantyhose arrived safely, but OneHanesPlace proceeded to send me a catalog each month thereafter for at least a year. My wife never did notice that the catalog was addressed to me, but she did always wonder why we'd get that bra catalog each month. Can you imagine making an online purchase at a place like Victoria's Secret and having the items shipped to your place of work only to have a catalog show up monthly after that?

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