It’s a Skirt or a Dress!


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Bracelets – My Own Creation – My Etsy Store

I really like the versatility of this dress.  This is the first time I have worn it as a dress.  Normally I will wear it as a skirt.  When I purchased it, I really did not know what it was designed for and I actually went and asked the sales associate which it was.  The two sales associates working at the counter discussed it and came to the conclusion that it could probably be worn either way.  I kind of laughed because they were in a similar position as I was and were not quite sure which it was designed for.  But hey, we can modify clothes for our own desires, right?


Recently I got out into my wood shop and created some bracelets for myself.  I have been rather frustrated with the lack of available large size solid bracelets that will actually fit over my rather largish hands.  I was super sad to discover that I was unable to fit into my mother’s bequeathed silver bangles.  Low that was a sad day!  I don’t know if I am over that yet, but a good option was to make my own.  I got it all figured out, and made a bunch for myself and my wife.  With a bit of prodding from my wife and friends, I decided to finally open my own Etsy shop.

Unfortunately that came along with a transgender dilemma; which online identity do I use to create the store?  I mulled that over for quite some time and eventually decided to go with kind of an in between persona.  It’s something that really bugs me.  I’m not fully ready to associate both my male and female online identities.  I really don’t think anything negative could come from it.  But…. unfortunately not everyone in the world is accepting of transgender people.  I know, shocking, right??  Ha!  Anywho…. go look at the types of things I can create for ship-able sales, then check out my brand new Etsy store!!  (I create lots of items, but 7 drawer solid cherry wood dressers are a bit impracticable for shipping via an Etsy store!)

Thank you Already Pretty readers!  You are the best!

Love you, love yourselves!

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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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4 Responses to “It’s a Skirt or a Dress!”

  1. DGReid

    Beautiful wooden bracelets! Maybe a jewler can hinge the antique bracelets for you so that you can wear them?

  2. Eve Benoit

    Hi Nadine,

    Your work is beautiful, you have treat taste. But as an Etsy artist, I think that your gender identity is irrelevant. There is no obligation to advertise your non binary identity to the world !
    Eve (long-time fan)

  3. AndaluZwing

    I wanted to comment as soon as I read this, but have spent fruitless time trying to find a link to where I read this … I have MASSIVE wrists and hands and have hardly ever been able to wear ‘hard’ bracelets; then just a few days before reading this, someone – somewhere! – with the same problem posted that she was told all you have to do is pop a plastic bag over your hand and wrist and the bracelet will slide over, then remove the bag. She was extremely sceptical but tried it and it worked perfectly!! I haven’t tried it myself yet, because I don’t have any hard bangles to try it with, but you should certainly. Your wooden creations are lovely; there would certainly be market for them.