Monday, May 6, 2024

Stuff: Lady Fingers

By J.J. Atwell

Today I’d like to cover a fairly small detail of presenting as a woman: Lady Fingers.

Lady Fingers?

Yes, Lady Fingers! No, not the cookie that is a major component of tiramisu. I mean what you do about your fingernails. I’ve observed that nearly all the genetic girls I see out and about have nice nails. They also seem to cover a range of color, styles and lengths. Whatever they choose, it has the effect of making their hand more ladylike. That can work for us crossdressers, too. 

Let me preface my comments by saying that I’m assuming that for most of us it’s not possible to wear polish on our own nails for the non-femme part of our life, so we resort to press-on nails. 

For those that do use color on their own nails, I understand from my friend Gigi that some polishes are harder to remove than others. Be sure to experiment with your favorite color and polish remover to see how well it works.

I go to a local nail salon with my significant other for a manicure every two weeks and every fourth week, I add a pedicure. I do this in guy mode and settle for clear polish on my nails. While there I have a great opportunity to observe the many choices women have when getting a manicure. Just picking out a color can take a while as there are so many to choose from. My genetic girl friend Alicia generally goes for pink. For me, I alternate between pink and red press-ons depending on the outfit.

Then there is the question of just how long fingernails should be. When picking out a length the answer seems to be dependent on what a person does and how practical longer nails are in everyday life. I use press-on nails when I present en femme and I like the longer length of nails. But I often find my femme self wrestling with ordinary tasks when I wear those longer nails. Simple things like tapping on the screen of an iPhone, picking up a pill from a table, putting on earrings. Stuff like that. 

Obviously, women who have longer nails all the time have learned to live with them. Those of us who don’t live with long nails everyday need to learn new behaviors though. It’s another thing that is part of the fun we have learning about life for women. It also reminds us that dressing like women doesn’t make us women.

What about shape?

Yes, there are different nail shapes. Which will look better on your hands? There really aren’t any good guidelines I can give you for this. I’m of the opinion that a tapered nail looks nicer than the more squared off coffin style. I think the almond shaped nail does wonders for making fingers look longer and slimmer. So if I can find that shape in a press-on nail, that’s what I go for. But you really need to try a few shapes and colors yourself to see how they look and how you function wearing them. 

I’ll be back

I’ll be back with more Stuff in the next installment. Comments are welcome either here on the blog or by email to Jenn6nov at-sign gmail dot com. JJ is always looking for more stuff, so let me know what you would like to read about.

Wearing Pleats dress and Rag & Co. shoes
Wearing Pleats dress and Rag & Co. shoes

WWII British POWs
World War II British prisoners-of-war femulating in their stage production appropriately titled Girls, Girls, Girls.


  1. AnonymousMay 06, 2024

    Those Brits seem to be just a little bit too enthusiastic for their theatrical production, shaved legs and arms and most of all just the telltale smile. They are very happy about what they’re doing. Please file under the category of not a civilian Paula G

    1. What's not to be enthusiastic about? They get to wear sparkly outfits and makeup and not look like scruffy prisoners.? But seriously, in addition to probably getting out of some work details, I've read that those performers didn't want to give their captors anything to be critical about. If they pulled off a great show they'd likely have the chance to do it again. I'm also guessing the Germans might have eased up on them when the shows were good. I would have been one of the first to volunteer for these shows -- imagine that!

      I'm speculating, of course. But from what I've read the Brits were perfectionists about these shows. I remember reading Roberta Cowell's autobiography. She (then a "he") was asked to grow her hair long to
      play female parts in their shows. And heaven forbid some "gorilla legs" should spoil the image! Shaved body parts might have given the prisoner-performers the opportunity to steal a razor blade or two for other uses -- escape, maybe.

      When the Brits joined in the war, it was an "All hands on deck" situation, and many, if not all, of the homosexuality laws were overlooked if they could get more men into the fight. Alan Turing was a good example -- not a peep while he was doing yeoman work to end the war, but once the war was done the law was all over him. A high percentage of the touring entertainment troupes were made up of gay men, who went back in their closets at the war's end. Paula, I suspect there was a distribution of gays across the British army, and a number of them very likely ended up captives. Who could be better to produce these shows??

      But thanks to the miracle of photography, we get to see some fabulous "Soldiers in Skirts". There were troupes from Australia and New Zealand, as well. My favorite photo is one of a Kiwi soldier manning an anti-aircraft gun while still in his costume. They did what it took to win the war, didn't they?

  2. Nails I can write a book. About 20 years ago I start giving my wife pedicures. Loved the look and was jealous. Ten or so years ago I talked the wife into doing mine green. For luck at the casino! Everything was fine for quite awhile. On a vist to her son who is gay. She asked if he wanted to polish his toes like us for luck. He replied that’s gay!!! That slammed the door for quite awhile for my toes. Keeping my toes and fingers buffed. Long story short. My fingers are clear matte toe’s clear glossy now. Not what I really want but a start. She gave me a toe ring for a birthday gift. I now wear 5 toe rings. She’s okay with something’s like shaving my pits pubes and legs. She has bought or given me women’s denim jeans and shorts. Women’s Shapewear with pantiliners 5” yoga shorts. 3 pairs of women’s skinny pants nylon panties. Women’s boots with heels 2”. But NO color polished toes. Still grateful for what I have!!

    1. AnonymousMay 06, 2024

      Your a lucky man to have all the things you do have.

  3. AnonymousMay 06, 2024

    Where did those outfits come from? Definitely, not standard prison issue! I read elsewhere the wives of the German prison guards sometimes donated clothes to the prisoners, but that many flashy dresses is a little bit to much. There must have been a defunct nightclub in Paris that was raided for attire.

    1. I'm guessing the prisoners sewed the costumes, probably with guidance from German spouses or ones who lived near the camp. Now THAT would be a very useful skill for a femulator, wouldn't it?

  4. AnonymousMay 06, 2024

    It would be great to discuss differences and advantages/disadvantages between press on and glue on nails, as well as the best way to remove them

    1. AnonymousMay 06, 2024

      JJ here. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I use the press on style exclusively because I only use them for a night out and then return to guy mode afterwards. The press on nails that I use stay on well enough for an evening and taking them off afterwards is very easy.

      I'm always afraid to use the glue on nails simply for the effort it would take to get them off afterward. I'm also concerned that they would mess up my nails but I have no actual experience with that. Would love to hear from others on this subject.

  5. AnonymousMay 06, 2024

    I am almost a nail expert, I have been geting pedicure for about 14 years and manicure for over 10 years. And I always have color.
    So tips
    (1) Polishes with glitter are harder to remover. The glitter prevents the remover from getting under the gliiter chips. (But I love glitter!! See ILNP.)
    Hint: put a clear base coat on first, maybe two. It will get the glitter chips away from your nail.
    (2) Get REAL acetone polish remover. The "gentle" remover takes much longer to work and a lot more rubbing.
    (3) Use alumium foil to help soak in the nail polish remover. Put a small piece of cotton over your toe, soak it with polish remover and wrap them im the foil. Let it sit for awhile, then remove the polish.
    (4) Maybe bring in your own color. That way you can fix things at home.

    I wear both toe and fingernail polish 24/7/365 in 'male mod'.
    I have worn nail polish on my toes for over 14 years. Pre pandemic, I would get a pedicure every other week. Now it's about once a month, a pedi-mani day. I also enjoy the leg and foot rub I get with the pedi. For color, you name it...but very little reds or pinks. Currently I have an OPI Maude with a top coat of glitter.
    My fingersnails are different. I have (need) acrylic cover with gel on top. They are only 1/4 inch longer, almond shape. Currently I have a translucent/shimmering blue. I get lots of commpliments on them.

  6. AnonymousMay 06, 2024

    Forgot one thing. Remember to shave your hands.