Hi Julie. A number of years ago my company started offering monetary incentives for doing a certain number of steps per day. When I realized I wasn’t getting steps in on the weekends, I started walking around my “block” (which is an almost 3 mile walk). It only took me a week before I decided if I was going to get paid to walk, I would do it en femme.
When the pandemic closed things down, taking my walk was the only way I would be able to get in my steps, and I started doing it almost every day unless the weather was real bad. I bought an ankle length nylon puffer coat so I could wear a skirt even in the coldest weather. From walking every day, people recognize me and wave, and I even made a friend who I will make small talk with when we see each other.
On my street there are only a couple of houses on one side, so no one comes on Halloween. The last few years I went out with Halloween candy and (on an extended walk) dressed in costume and handed out candy. The first two years I wore a poodle skirt and petticoats, and a white sweater top with a scarf around my neck. The first year, which was at the height of the pandemic, I got a lot of smiles and honks from people passing by in cars. Last year I went out in a short bridal dress. I have one public photo and several private ones of me dressed this way.
I still go out several times a week. Some days I take a side road to lengthen my walk. Some days I skip a P shaped extension and turn off before following and returning on the P, shortening my walk by about half a mile. And other days I will walk down my block for a while, turn around, and head home. I do this several days a week.