Last week, we learned of a new trend burning up the fashion scene in Japan and how designers were starting to manufacture skirts specifically for men. About a year or so ago, the hot topic was bras created for guys. Also, there are several internet stores that carry blouses, dresses and even panties that are tailored for the male body.
In our post about Japanese guys in skirts, I commented that these types of clothing (designed for men not women) do not appeal to me at all. Here’s why. . .
While I think it’s great that these clothes exist and understand why crossdressers would seek out such items, they’re just not for me.
Strong Enough For a Woman
Some of you may remember the old deodorant commercials with the tagline, “strong enough for a man, but pH balanced for a woman.” In the case of men’s women’s clothing (please stay with me ), these articles of clothing are cut for the male form which probably means tops are made wider in the shoulder area and bottoms are tailored closer to the hips. Underwear. . . well suffice it to say they are a bit bigger in the right place *ahem*.
As far as I know, there aren’t any retailers that you can physically patronize to purchase these particulars.
The Real Thing
Most of the fun in crossdressing is shopping for clothes and accesories that were made for the opposite gender and wearing women’s clothes manufactured for men just seems fake to me. It’s similar to people wearing counterfeit shoes, carrying imitation handbags and scented with impostor perfume. Sure, these things are all strikingly similar to their real counterparts, but it just doesn’t feel right to me.
I enjoy wearing clothes made for women. Yes, they don’t fit me quite right. My shoulders are always prominently displayed and my hips don’t fill out dresses or jeans. There’s an art in taking your ole male self and putting in the energy to emulate a female image.
Video Game Analogy
Speaking of emulation, there are several software programs available that act like (emulate) older video game consoles. Most of them can be had easily and the games can be downloaded as rom files. Using these tools, one can revisit video games from the past without any need for the physical hardware and cartridges.
This can be fun if you’re away from home and just have your laptop with you or if you want to try a game / game system before you buy it. There are even adapters that allow you to plug in the old controllers using a USB attachment. To a video game outsider, this may seem just as good as the real thing, but to me it’s just not good enough.
In both cases (clothes and games), nothing less than authentics will do for me. Call me a stickler, but I’d like to say that I’m a purist and as long as the genuine “stuff” is available and can be attained feasibly, I’ll be going for it.
As always, this is just my opinion on the matter. How do you feel about blouses, dresses, skirts and lingerie made for men? Is this your preferred option or would you rather stick with the women’s clothing made for women. Leave your point of view in the comment section