I was 17 when I first began going out partially dressed. That was short shorts, pantyhose, platform wedge heels and often long shirts that looked like short dresses. I did go out to stores sometimes in that attire to buy more pantyhose, shorts or try on some shoes.
I got some looks but no one seemed to bother me. I also had kind of longish hair so I may have presented as a girl. Once in a while I got compliments on my legs, shoes and got asked if the pantyhose I was wearing was what I was buying. The first time that happened it really freaked me out. After that if it happened I really enjoyed the exchange. Still, I was in populated public places.
At 18 I went fully femme and began going out. That was scary I would drive around and choose carefully where I went out. I was actually quite scared to be doing what I was doing but I loved the excitement thrill and rush it brought me.
Going to college parties dressed made me a bit nervous but it was in what I felt was a relatively safe environment. Going to the mall dressed for a day of shopping was a huge step. It took a while to get comfortable with it. Still it was a relatively safe environment. I began getting comfortable enough to go out dressed to other places like restaurants and movies. My girlfriend liked it when I did. Still, I chose where I went carefully.
I had a few incidents like being followed on foot with comments and professions of love coming my way. The there was an incident where I got to the car and drove off. My pursuer got in his truck and followed me. I could not lose him. I finally decided to make my stand against him in the parking lot of a police station. That’s when he drove off. Thankfully I never saw or encountered him again. You never know when and if you will encounter a problem.
Be careful always and try to be aware of your surroundings as much as possible especially when out dressed.