Attempting to Escape

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Jacket – Guess – Similar
Top – Patty Boutique
Jeans – Guess – Doheny – Similar
Booties – Madden Girl – Lopezz

Happy New Year to all of you wonderfully awesome Already Pretty readers!  I hope that this coming year is everything you want it to be!

When I first began venturing into buying my very own female clothes, I wasn’t really sure if  I was all that interested in even wearing them.  Yeah, I know, I was already buying my own female clothes and I didn’t even know if was actually interested in actually wearing them.  Which is… um… weird.  Though as my brother-in-law told me recently, I have lost the ability to tell when things are weird or not!  But I guess it is fine if I am just calling myself weird, right?  Okay….. I should really relax and get over my own….. weirdness!  Ha!

Anywho…. I first began purchasing clothes at places like Target or Walmart, inexpensive places where I could get a few items, throw together an outfit, and call it a day.  But as time went on and I realized that this transgender thing was not just a passing fancy (I don’t know how many readers caught that last word play, funny for transgender individuals!) I began to branch out in my clothing acquisitions.  Being as I hate paying retail prices I found a little slice of heaven at outlet malls.  One of the stores that caught my fashion bug’s attention early on happened to be Guess.  And I purchased many items from there.  Maybe too many items.

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I had a feeling that maybe it was time to get over my interest in Guess, but it was cemented when one of my dear friends told me it was time to branch out.  With great reluctance, but a bit of curiosity, I went to my favorite outlet mall and told myself that I was forbidden from going into the Guess store.  It turned into an awesome experience as I began to wander into various stores and check out what they had to offer.  It was very enlightening and enjoyable.  It really opened my eyes to so many more different options.  And it also introduced me to my newest favorite clothing love – White House Black Market.  I love their clothes, and I also so appreciate the customer service they deliver in their stores 95% of the time.  (Occasionally you may get a sales associate who needs to go back to sales training school!)

But anyway…. here is the point, and maybe back to a bit of the weirdness that is my life…. I often will wander through various clothing stores that carry multiple manufacturers, like TJMaxx, perusing the aisles, picking up and checking out whatever catches my eye.  Too frequently to be not-weird, I spot something I like, I look at the tag, and lo and behold, it is made by…. wait for it….. Guess!

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It has happened so many times that I just have to laugh about it.

How about you?  Are their clothing manufacturers that you just can’t seem to escape from?

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Hi, I’m Nadine Spirit and I have been a lifelong gender non-conformer. I have always understood that I am a bit different than most but it was not until sometime in my thirties that I came to understand that I am transgender. While I spend most of my time presenting as a male I am always presenting in a gender non-conforming manner. 

I started my blog, Unordinary Style, with the idea of being able to show a stylish side to those who identify as transgender. Since that time my blog has evolved into showing my personal style, discussing a wide variety of transgender topics, as well as posts about my personal life. My personal style continues to evolve as I attempt to continually push myself to pick stuff off of the racks, take it into the dressing room, and try on as much as I can. I am a firm believer in ignoring tag sizes, never paying retail prices, and due to a terrific allergy – that nickel should never be in any jewelry!

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3 Responses to “Attempting to Escape”

  1. Monica H

    I too have experienced something similar, but for me Gap is the brand I’m drawn to. If I go to a thrift store and look through their racks, most of the time the items I’ll be drawn to and purchase are from the Gap. However, I think for me, it is as much about style as it is about fit. Even if I like items from other brands, they don’t make it past the fitting room most of the time.

    Which actually made me think of something, have you ever done a post on your particular fit challenges? As a tall woman with a ‘boyish’ figure, I wonder if we might share some similar issues. I noticed that lovely white jacket right away, and I’m envious that the sleeves are long enough for you. Chances are they wouldn’t be for me, sigh. Do you find that to be a problem often?

    • Nadine Spirit

      Hi Monica-

      I agree with the style and fit aspect of certain brands. Some just seem to work for me far more than others.

      I have not done a specific post about my particular fit challenges. That is a great idea for the future, thanks!

      My largest challenges surrounding fit are my shoulders. Frequently around my shoulders I have to buy items in the 10-12 dress size range, while around my waist I am generally about a size 6. As far as arms go, I am often fine with the length of most item’s arms, but not the width. Many items I try to wear are just too tight in the arms for me to even get on!

      But honestly, I am so used to most items not fitting me right somehow, I rarely even think much about it anymore. I just sigh, and move on.

      Thanks for the thoughts!

      • Monica H

        I can relate about the shoulder issue! My challenge in this area is perhaps not as dramatic as yours, but I have to buy some things in size 8 instead of size 4.

        I think you’ve definitely hit on something though. I too am used to most things not fitting (I think most women are). But somehow I still let it bug me. Next time, I will sigh and move on! 🙂