A successful crossdressing trip to Victoria's Secret

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Meet Petra

I’m 46 years old and live in Atlanta GA, happily married (Petra is not out to partner sadly – big New Year project). Petra lives at voyagesenrose.blogspot.com more then she does in the real world. But she does get out when she can.

Petra’s Crossdresser Success Story

Over the years I have bought many nice things in stores. In drab. Sometimes for my wife, sometimes for me. My shopping was typically cloaked under the plausible pretence of shopping for my wife. Good cover.

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Nonetheless, even when I am legitimately buying something nice for my wife, there is a part of me that wonders …. “Does she think this is for me? Did she clock me? Does she deal with crossdressers everyday?”

Well, I did some nice shopping en femme recently, and it gave me some courage to change the way I shop in drab. Last week, dressed, I popped into Macys, stopped in intimates, looked at shoes, thought about a couple of dresses, not seriously shopping, but rehearsing shopping. Nothing really stood out, including it seems, Petra. Just another girl in a store.

The out into the mall and inevitably into Victoria’s Secret. All the mirrors and the pretty, pretty things. Now the fun begins. The entirely cute young VS girl said hello and said she was envious of my ability to walk in heels. Sweet. That night, she said, a $10.00 purchase would win me a surprise value card – likely worth $10, but maybe $1,000. And then, my new friend said that if I wanted to try anything on, I was most welcomed.

Somebody shoot me while I am happy.

I really had the wrong outfit on (turtleneck knit dress – a real wig-popper) so I couldn’t take her up on it. But do you know, the point was, I was fooling nobody (fully) and it just did not matter. I am a girl on a budget, so I just picked up a pair of control top hose with a very pretty lace garter effect. Cashed out, got a little spritz of perfume, a nice catalog, a yet to be redeemed gift card and a pretty pink bag to walk back out to the car with.

And this really got me thinking. I cannot get out as much as I like to en femme (who does really?). But I do like to prepare for nights (and days) en femme. When I see a nice look on a real woman, I often say, Petra ought to have that look. And then, maybe I go shopping for Petra. In drab. Can I make that more fun?

Visit # 2
So I was in drab yesterday, and my new gift card was burning a hole in my pocket. Those hose I mentioned earlier on – fabulous. Really snug around the hips and butt. Nice glossy finish. Yum. So I dropped in on Victoria again.

“Can I help you find something today?”
“Sure, I am looking for hosiery”
“Is this a gift?”
“No, its for me.”
“OK, just over here…”

And do you know something, there were no flashing red lights, no women and children shrieking and running away. Just me and the nice girl talking ’bout tights.

“You don’t need the control tops do you? I mean look how skinny you are…”
“Well, I have different parts I need to … ummm…. well, contain you know… and the padded panties, well they need to be smoothed out a bit too.”
“Really? Well, yeah, I guess that makes sense … oops, hey, I think we are out of the black in C. How about almost black. Would that work for you?”
“Sure, that will do”
“Do you need anything else today?”
“Need, no. I want everything, but.. .”
“O, well you just come back anytime. Do you have a Victoria’s Secret Angel Card?”
“Um, not yet.”
“You really ought to get it. You’ll never ever pay full price”
“OK, well I will figure that one out later….”

Well, there it is. I am committed. When I shop for me, I will shop openly. I pretty much expect that I will get terrific service, and will probably meet some nice people just by being a little more honest about it. And it might just make life a little more interesting for the nice, nice women working in a small handful of shops.


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14 Comments
  1. Allyson Robinson 11 years ago

    Love these posts, Vanessa…and thanks for sharing your story, Petra! Congrats!

  2. Lynn Jones 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing – both of you. Funny how shop assistants don’t give a hoot these days? 🙂

    I once had a slightly too long conversation with a sales lady in a shoe shop. “Oh, we get men in here all the time,” she said. She also wondered how we managed a night in heels too. 🙂

  3. ARLIVON 11 years ago

    my dear,i’m thrilled you were able to be just be you,honest and fun..my grandson likes to cross dress..i dont pretend to know the reasons, but i do hope he is able to live the life he has chosen with honesty and pride.i find it a shame that this has to be hidden..god bless you ..hugs arla

  4. Vicki 11 years ago

    Good for you Petra
    I’m hoping to push the boundaries myself this year. Already a part of a social group for CD’s here in Seattle and have been to meetings as Vicki. But a trip to a restaurant and perhaps even to VS is definitely in store. I’m a big girl, athletic build, so not being read is probably not going to be in the cards, but hearing the reaction you got when you were read, well, it gives one confidence that even if you are, it’s no big deal to most people these days. Thanks Petra and happy shopping.
    Vicki

  5. Petra Bellejambes 11 years ago

    Thanks Allyson and Arvilon for the encouragement and kind words. And let me provide a handful of encouragement to you Vicki. You are going to be fine. Thank God for Title 9 – big athletic girls are beauty models in a way they have never been before.

    And people in general are more happy and willing to be cool with different than has been the case in recent years.

    Always remember though, this is about you, and not for what others are “reading” or not. Go forward. Smile. Expect good things. They are there. Cheers – Petra

    • Vanessa Law 11 years ago

      Petra – Amen sister!
      I had an experience just before Christmas in a store where the shop assistant was helping me choose clothes. She even mentioned which clothes her male customers preferred. I definitely wasn’t the first 🙂

  6. Patrice 11 years ago

    Petra, what a beautiful story. I, too, love VS….obviously, this month everything seems to be in Valentine red….I recently bought a beautiful red push-up bra at VS….The young salesgirl was very, very helpful. She said that she thinks it’s neat that men like to wear lingerie and dresses and heels and makeup and dress as women. She wishes more and more men could express their “feminine side” out and in the open…..two of her friends came over and smiled and just said that I would just love wearing the push-up bra I just purchased. I smailed and said thank you. When I walked out of the store, I’m sure they noticed my feminine walk…by the way, one of them commented how pretty my nails were with white tips on them. They invited me back anytime. Hugs, Patrice.

    • Vanessa Law 11 years ago

      Wow Patrice! What an experience. I get goosebumps just reading it (and right after Petra’s great story too!). Sitting alone at home it’s easy to imagine all the things that could go wrong, but perhaps a bit harder to imagine what could go so right, so beautiful.

  7. Ragina 10 years ago

    Hi Petra, I’m Ragina. I live not too far from you. I’d love to chat some time. Planning to head to ATL sometime this year. Where are the best places for T-girls to hang out? You can get me at:
    rswarmergi@aol.com
    Looking foreward to chatting .
    Also, loved your story. Ragina.

    • Ragina 10 years ago

      Hi again all. Forgot to mention, I’d love to talk to anyone here in Georgia. Contact me at the address above.

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