Saturday, July 11, 2015

Alison's Favorite Photos (of Alison!)

Dear Stana,

For consideration in your favorite pictures segments, I have attached a couple of my favorite selfies. I am a retired T-girl living in a small town in south-central Ontario, Canada.

Like many of us, I have been dressing since I was 10 or 11 years old. Adulthood and a career allowed me to build and maintain a reasonable closet full of femme clothes. Singlehood allows me to dress as much or as little as I like. However, for most of my life, this was behind closed doors and drapes.

Discovering your blog a couple of years ago and following you in your adventures has given me the incentive and courage I needed to venture out en femme in my local towns. I generally prefer to "blend in" rather than "stand out," so while I run most of my local errands en femme, I will mostly be seen in jeans and a sweater rather than a dress or skirt.

However, I do occasionally venture out in an "office girl" outfit of skirt and heels if I have an errand to run where I would not look too out of place. So far, I have been pleased with the general lack of notice taken of me in either guise.

I have recently opened up a Flickr account as "alisonmcd1" and am about to upload some video to YouTube as "alisontrt" to see what the world, in general, and the T-world, in particular, thinks of my alter ego.

Yours in sisterhood,

Alison MacDonald

Got selfies? My open invitation to post your favorite photo along with the story behind it and the reason it is your favorite photo still stands, so don't be shy, send me your fave foto. ― Stana

Source: Who What Wear
Wearing Zuihar Murad dress and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Claude Brosset
Claude Brosset femulating in the 1976 French film Body of My Enemy.


  1. That's fabulous, Alison! I agree, Stana is a real inspiration. Two weeks ago, I appeared in public en femme for the first time ever. Not exactly being like Stana, I went casual--capris, comfortable yet feminine sandals, revealing top, jewelry. I walked all over the place in downtown Minneapolis, went into shops, ate at Chipotle. No one batted an eyelash. There was not one turned head, whisper, or cross-eyed look. Okay, it's Minneapolis, it was Pride weekend, maybe they expect this? Whatever, seemed like a lot of regular folks and I just blended in. Then I met up with an old friend (a woman) at Betty Dangers. I had said to her I had something important to tell her. She was actually relieved when I told her I was trans and had been forever (I've known this friend for 40 years). She thought I was going to tell her I was sick with something. Thank God it's only trans! I don't think the news surprised her a bit, actually. She was so completely supportive. Here's where I tear up a bit, realizing how much I appreciate Stana and this blog. Thanks.

  2. Dear Alison,

    Congratulations on getting out "en femme". It is a lovely experience. Like you, I prefer to blend in when I'm out among the "civilians". However, I never wear shorts or slacks. While it's true that extreme over-dressing will attract attention, many cisgender females wear a skirt or dress anytime and anywhere. I wouldn't wear a prom gown, bridal gown, or cocktail dress except when they would be appropriate. But a regular dress or skirt really attracts no more attention than slacks. A dressy skirt/top or dress works fine in any upscale environment, including restaurants and shops. Even a fairly dressy skirt/top or dress or skirt suit works fine in most shopping malls, since many cisgender women that work in the finer stores there wear a business skirt suit or dressy dress. In a nice mall, the "civilians" may just think you work at the mall.