A Hodgepodge submission

Many of you have been out in public more than I have, and while I’m no expert, I believe this may help some others avoid problems of their own.

Over the last year, I’ve expanded my wardrobe tremendously.  When I started out, I was in total stealth mode. If this is you; here are my two words to help—Wal-Mart and JC Penney. They both have in-store pickup options. You can order with your wife or SO name and put yourself as the pickup person. When you pick up, you won’t ever receive a second look or judging look. They won’t care; they just want to go home.

JC Penney is great for shoes/boots. They carry most of their styles up to a women’s size 12, and they have many clearances sales. I’ve rarely paid more than $25 for very nice shoes and boots.  The only thing with Wal-Mart is the actual size verses the listed size. If it looks like a Chinese company made it, then order 1 to 2 sizes up.

If not in stealth mode, obviously Amazon but Venus has been absolutely incredible to me.  They carry most of their dresses and tops up to at least XL and many up to 3X. Dresslily is ok, but watch the sizing.

I had problems finding rings that fit and were affordable. Check out Dreamland Jewelry; they have most of their rings up to size 14. They’re affordable, and the quality is good as well.

Hopefully this will help someone out.

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casey Hermoine

Semi-Closet crossdresser in mid 50's Have taken walks after dark on sidewalk of a busy road. Also a few outings to stores. Have been called maam twice which was a thrill!

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Rochelle Mills

Wonderful article, Casey! Just starting to get out and about and building up my wardrobe–alot from thrift store so far. But I have purchased a couple nice dresses from JCP–haven’t checked them out for larger shoes yet. Increased my shoe collection substantially at the local PayLess during their going-out-of-business sale.

Really appreciate the Dreamland jewelry suggestion! Looks like they have a great selection of larger sized rings. Need to accessorize the fingers!



Robin Kliment

bought 4 rings…..I’m such a sukker for something shiney!!

Alicia C
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Nordstrom Rack has a lot of nice stuff at reasonable prices, delivered. if you have feet over size 12, the selection sadly gets a lot thinner everywhere 🙁

Bettylou Cox

You, too? I’m a size 12 Wide, and choices are few, even in men’s shoes. Thankfully, I discovered Payless just in time to take full use of their closeout sale.

Alicia C
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W14 is my sad lot in life, even hard in M12 sizes. so wish I had slightly smaller stompers


In the beginning, and for a long time, you will make a lot of shopping mistakes as you learn about fit, style, sizes, material, flow, form. GGs spend a lot of time and money on the same mistakes.

Save your money and experiment with thrift store clothes or discount retail stores. Amazingly, I have found many cute pieces at thrift stores with their original tags on at a tiny percent of the cost.

This also lets you buy more pieces to try out as you learn about this new fashion world

Cassandra Murphy

Hi, Casey…
Finding affordable, nice, feminine rings that fit my size 13 fingers has been a problem. Looks like you’ve helped me solve this one. Thanks!

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Did the Penney’s in store pickup before I was confident enough to do in person shopping. Walmart’s self checkout is awesome! Now I shop for Cyn freely no matter how I’m dressed. Re sizing, always, always check the size charts (and not just the generic amazon one). Chinese sizing is ludicrous-I’ve seen size 4XL with a 32 inch waist!



Thank you so much for the Dreamland Jewelry heads up, never heard of it before and I love my jewelry! I also do the JCPenneys pick-up or spend the $8.95 for delivery as well as go into shops and boutiques. I also love Metrostyle and Chadwicks for my styles too, Always wait for coupons however as they are a little more expensive. If you make enough money make a commitment for your inner girl and shop one new outfit and every other pay add a bra and panty, for one year, in that short time you’ll have 26 outfits and… Read more »

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One other tidbit: if you don’t want certain items from Amazon delivered to your house then see if you have an Amazon locker nearby. I have found it to be very useful to avoid suspicion or discovery by my SO. She knows but it’s on a DADT basis. The locker service is very easy to use.

Stacy Lyn Fisher

Great article!
If anyone needs shoes in larger sizes, I’m a m14, visit http://www.fsjshoes.com
They have a great selection of shoes and boots up to ladies size 15.
Happy shopping!

Davina Evans

I started like most by going to the bigger K-mart and Target (Australia) nice and easy, and no one looking. But not enough sexy things, so I have tried LightInTheBox, Wish and Aliexpress. These have a great selection of female clothes, but……….. the sizing is the problem. At the start many items found the rubbish bin (sorry trash can). Have now worked out the Asian sizing and some things are worth investigating. Shoes seem to be the one thing that sizing translates well around the world once you get used to UK, US and euro sizes. (Why is it that… Read more »

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