Let’s face it, building a wardrobe is tough when you’re trans.
Stuff often doesn’t fit right, things that do fit don’t fit over time as your body changes, and then there are the impulse buys that often are attempts at scratching an itch or willful suspension of disbelief. It can be a scattershot affair too, spread over months or years, in attempts to locate a personal style while finding brands, cuts, colors, shapes, and patterns that we find suitable for ourselves. Then there’s the cost.
Recently, I’ve found myself eyeballing all sorts of fun things and I have to chase myself away lest I end up with another article in my closet that is more about an ideal that I’d like to be than the reality of who I am right now. To that end, I’m giving serious thought about basic wardrobing pieces that I’m sure I’m missing that can be a foundation to build on.
I’ve always been a bit sartorially challenged, so this is a struggle for me. Here’s what I think I need just as a base:
- T-shirts, short-sleeved in black & white/cream, and v- & crew-necks
- Shirt/blouse, in black & white/cream
- Jeans, boot-cut & relaxed legs
- Slacks, black & brown/tan
- Socks, black trouser, athletic
- Shoes, dressy black flats, low-heeled black pump, black & brown ankle boots, tennis/athletic shoes, mid-calf boots, casual sport flats
- Tights, black, brown, white/cream
- Skirt, black & brown/tan
- Sweaters, black & white/cream cardigan or pullover
- Coats, rain jacket, fluffy warm in black or white/cream, dressy trench/peacoat
- Dress, little black, not-so-little black