What to Wear
I find when it comes to clothes it should be down to personal preference.
Some of us are still at the beginning of our transition and are more curvy than others and help is needed to hide this.
Some of the ways to help this can be:
- To hide the curves by means of wearing trousers/jeans that are one size bigger, but don’t go too baggy as this can have the opposite effect.
- Wear shirts that fit, but try and avoid patterns unless you are already fairly flat chested. Try and avoid shirts with horizontal strips as this makes your chest look bigger.
- Layers can also help when passing, this is done by using vests and t-shirts with your binder.
Even though it will be tempting to go out and buy new clothes, just be wary that when you start taking hormones your body will start to change with fat redistribution and increased muscle mass.
A lot of people recommend that you have your hair cut at a barbers as they are used to doing men’s hair styles. If you feel comfortable in staying with your own hairdresser then stay there. Try going for a shorter haircut and if you have sideburns make sure they are cut in a straight line as it will help in making your jaw line look more masculine.
Posture and Body Hair
My best suggestion on this is to watch men while you are out. Observe how they sit, how they carry themselves and how they walk. What’s even better is if you have brothers or male friends they can guide you on what you can do to help you pass and let you know if you are doing more than you should (or not enough).
As for body hair its time to let it grow! I found it very strange in the beginning considering I had spent the best part of 20 years shaving it all off and it did take some getting used too. Being pre-T my leg hair doesn’t even reach my knees so I tend to stick to wearing jeans or joggers till my leg hair starts to grow.
If you want to start shaving you can if you wish its entirely up to you.I found it made me feel a lot more masculine. So every few days I get rid of the peach fuzz we have. Being clean shaven can also help with passing.
Shaving when on Hormones
When your facial hair starts to come through I know some of you will want to leave it but eventually you will want to shave. You can either wet shave, which gives you a closer shave, or for quickness using an electric shaver is ideal.
Some of the products you can use are:
- Shaving cream or gel
- Face scrub, which softens the facial hair before shaving
- Post shave balm, which reduces irritation from shaving and soothes the skin
I know some people struggle when it comes to speaking as we feel it can let us down when we try to pass as male. Below are a few tips that you can try that may help, while you are waiting to take hormones or even if you are going down the road of natural transition.
- Try and talk quieter. If you get excited and start talking loudly, your voice might start getting higher. Also think before you speak. Make your voice a little scratchy to block out the highness.
- You can also try talking in a deeper tone. The only problem with that is the moment you stop thinking about it your voice will go back to normal pitch.