Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Battle of the Bulge

Too often, I am surprised to see a photo of a lovely trans lady spoiled by an unsightly bulge below the waistline.

I am sure that sometimes a visible bulge is intentional, that is, for whatever reason, the "lady" wants viewers to know that she is really a he. On the other hand, most trans ladies prefer that the bulge be invisible.

If you wear a garment with a pleated or flouncy skirt, then hiding your boy parts is usually not a concern. Pleats and flounces hide the bulge, but nearly all other womenswear require attending to the bulge.

The ultimate solution is to have those parts surgically removed.

But if you are not ready for the ultimate solution, there are other ways and they involve tucking those parts out of sight and maintaining the tuck. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, so I point you to wikiHow's tucking instructions.

Personally, I have never used tape to maintain a tuck. For my preferred method of staying tucked, scroll down the wikiHow page to "Tucking Without Tape."

The tape-free method works as long as the garment you use to maintain the tuck is tight enough. Surprisingly, I found that a gaff performs a poor job. I bought a gaff in the last century and was unimpressed with its staying power. Maybe 21st Century gaffs are better  I dunno.

On the other hand, I have had a lot of success staying tucked by wearing panty girdles and spandex bikini-style panties (not at the same time, and the tighter, the better).

And so it goes (and hopefully, doesn't show).





Source: Bluefly

Wearing Belle De Jour.





Source: Cheryl

Beautiful womanless beauty pageant participant.

19 comments:

  1. Interesting advice, and it's not something that you can ask for others' advice on, is it? I think using the tape method sounds a bit difficult, painful and awkward. However, the non tape method works for me. I find that using control underwear or even bikini bottoms, if your "parts" are carefully arranged as you put them on, can do the job and give a flat front even with tight fitting skirts. I'm not "man enough" (sorry) :) to push my "boys" up where they came from and so I don't do this bit - but I think my method is effective anyway, and checking myself in the mirror seems too confirm this.

    I have more trouble creating a cleavage and although I use a mixture of falsies and masking tape with some success, I can't seem to achieve the effects that some others do. I know you've covered this before, but another feature on cleavage for those of us that are flat chested would be good at some time.

    Incidentally, the picture of the woman in the blue dress at the top of your "battle of the bulge" feature is interesting - did you find this on the internet, or did you compose it yourself?

    Loving the daily articles as always

    thank you, Stana

    Michelle x

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    1. Hi Michelle... (1) Here is a link to my most recent cleavage post: http://www.femulate.org/2013/01/my-girls.html and (2) I found the blue dress photo on the Internet years ago... so long ago that I have no idea where exactly. ...Stana

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  2. ...and your skirt should be like a meeting: long enough to cover everything and short enough to keep everyone interested.

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  3. I stumbled upon the girdle (like you, the tighter the better) method since I started dressing seriously around 25 years ago (during my secondary/high school days). I was a computer idiot and didn't surf the net then, and my country (Singapore) is a conservative place with abysmal standards when it comes to transgender support, so I was probably living in a cave. I considered my girdle method "unprofessional" at the time, but after reading a post from an expert like you I knew I am on the right track.

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    1. Panty girdles do the trick, too. When I wear them, the bulge is gone!

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  4. A lady in a corset shop once gave me some good advice.. I went in with the idea of buying a closed or pantie girdle.. She dissuaded me by saying that in her opinion the best method of achieving a flat front was by using an open girdle. Her reasoning was that a pantie girdle always tends to lift at the front and this is the last thing that we want - whereas the natural tendency of an open girdle is to flatten whatever's underneath it.
    She advised me to wear a very firm control open girdle and I've taken her advice ever since. Don't forget that we aren't the first men these ladies will have helped!
    G

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    1. I don't understand how a panty girdle could lift at the front! Do you mean lift the bulge and make it more pronounced?

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    2. Yes, that's exactly it.. It seems counter-intuitive but try an open girdle.. (if you haven't already!)
      G

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  5. For what it's worth, I've found just literally tucking it down and under in a normal pair of knickers (panties) works well enough. Mind you, never had much of an opportunity to dress in sheer clothing so that may not be enough, who knows. Indeed, my only experience of sheer was without specific undergarments, I spent most of the experience with one leg slightly forward of the other to hide the bulge!

    In short and in closing: don't ask me for advice! ;)

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  6. Dear Stana,

    I've always suspected that one of the key characters in "Robin Hood" wore women's intimate apparel under his outerwear ... Friar TUCK! ... Sorry about that! Please don't ban me from the FEMULATE family. LOL.

    Love,

    Sheila.

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  7. Dear Stana,
    Thank you for your comments and the link. I think the blue outfit with the bulge is kind of "cute".
    Thanks again
    J

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  8. It is a new day and a great one I might add that we ladies can get advised from cis ladies in helping us with our outfits. I had a lovely bra fitting in SF over Christmas last year that was truly enjoyable.

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  9. Once I'd plucked up the courage to be up-front with ladies in shops about what I wanted (and who the items were for) I never looked back. (It only took me 40 years!☺)
    It's an old saying that every outfit starts with underwear.. I was lucky enough to find a charming lady in a bra shop (in England) who couldn't have been more helpful if she tried. I think once she realised that I was a genuine customer (& not some thrill-seeker) her whole approach changed. She spoke to me as woman-to-woman and this made all the difference in the world. She encouraged me to bring my "femme" clothes to her shop so we could see how the effect changed with each bra I tried. I felt as if I'd come home..
    If you really want to present yourself as a woman, not some garish stereotype, then I think this is the way to go. It was nerve-wracking to start with though..
    G

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  10. I was never a fan of tape -- I have a VERY low pain threshold -- so I believe in SOLID foundation work! Panty girdle or "shaping" panties really help keep everything in place, as well as support pantyhose. Comfort AND a smooth front - great combination!

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    1. I can't imagine using tape! It pains me just to think about it.

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  11. I quite honestly have had a love affair with panty girdles since I was 11 years old. I truly believe in imprinting and that wonderful feminine garment has been a nearly constant companion for over 50 years. I have had so many over that time it is hard to remember them all. But when I want to be a girl I start there.

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