The thrill is gone, or is it?

I’m feeling a bit different about my dressing the last few months. Something has changed and it’s not entirely bad. Oh, don’t worry, I’m not about to do a purge or something radical like that!

This feeling seems to be similar like the first marvelous highs of infatuation one gets with a new lover, then if all works out and you stay with the person and infatuation is replaced with something else deeper and more meaningful.

Make no mistake though it’s not like I’m new to this, as I have been dressing on and off since my first experiments with my mom’s bras, corsets and slips when I was about 12. Although I did give it up for a long time and then only dabbled with dressing for many years after that.

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However, it was around three years ago that Amy first really started to emerge from her male cocoon which brought with her a myriad of conflicts and anxieties. First the internal struggle as to what is happening to me? I felt like I was being pulled down a rabbit hole into a new world I’d only dreamed of before. I had thought how wonderful it might be to get fully and properly dressed and made up for over 20 years or even 30 years ago. I don’t really remember when that thought first came into my mind and it really doesn’t matter now I suppose. At the time I didn’t realize there was such a large community like this which I knew nothing about and was too afraid to go and look. All this was either pre internet or when it was in its early days of development.

What does matter is something inside of me needed to break through, and that was scary to say the least! Then my wife was so afraid she was going to lose me in some form and I was afraid I would lose her too. We have been like soulmates ever since our first date nearly 40 years ago. That all took some time to sort out, however, we did reach a happy equilibrium in our lives again.

While all that was happening, I was slowly spreading my feminine wings. New clothes, skirts, bras, tops, shopping in person and being rather terrified at doing it too. This all brings the kind of adrenalin rush one gets from other high risk activities. Then finding this site and through here chatting with and then eventually meeting other CD’s. It was such an exciting time of discovery for me!

Not that my life was in danger the way it might be driving fast through some mountain roads, or biking along a narrow path with a big drop off just waiting for you to make a mistake, but it is a similar kind of feeling. Certainly rather addictive in its own way too. So I kept pushing my femme self out. First closeted dinners with other CD’s, then solo mall trips, then restaurant meals completely on my own in busy places which all bring their own kind of rush.

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Then as the discovery seems to be nearly complete, and many people now know about my rather gender fluid nature, but not everyone in my life by any means. Not that there aren’t things I still want to do in my femme life – like a femme holiday, or travelling to a conference like Keystone for instance. Love to do some of that once we are able to again.

I may never get to the point where I am fully open to all, but I also don’t feel like hiding anymore. This is what I am, and I truly, truly don’t want to offend anyone or get any abuse at all of any kind. I think of myself as a gentle soul and is easily hurt, so I don’t want to bring anything bad upon myself or my family either. However, if I somehow get outed or someone discovers “Amy”, I’ll deal with it in some way.

So what this is leading to now is the fact when I get ready to go out it isn’t the high it used to be. Like the wonderful sexy person you couldn’t wait to see again and have a roll around the hay with, but is now a warm and special person to spend time with and to give you a hug when you need it.

So in many respects I’ve gained so much over the last couple of years, but in a way lost a bit too. This is always the progression though most aspects of our life, things simply become part of the mosaic of our existence. The good and the bad too. Though the dressing has always been the good, even though it has evolved so much through the last 55 years or so, and I suppose I will continue to evolve and change. I also cannot believe it has been so long, but that is also part of life, growing older, and there are those who do not get to have that privilege.

The only small regret I have is not having discovered a way to let Amy out of her cocoon sooner, but I am where I am now, though some years ago living this double life would have been a lot more difficult on several levels. However, a motivated person can always find a way.
So now I enjoy getting dressed up whenever I can and then going out into the world as Amy.

  • What stage do you think you are at in your dressing?
  • Have you gone out en femme, and if so, how did it go?
  • How many of you find yourself in this situation that I find myself in?

Thank you girls for reading my article. Please feel free to send me a comment in regards to my writings or to answer one or more of the questions I’ve posed to you above!

Sincerely, Amy

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Amy Myers

I'm 60+, hetro, married, and love dressing up! I keep saying and feeling like I'm new to this, but I have dressed from time to time since my pre teens, but just late 2018 it seems to have become of a bigger part of me, rather than just a role I played from time to time. I'm interested in music, cars, photography, and plus other interests.

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Dani Grand
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3 years ago

Well done!  

  1. What stage? Way advanced…
  2. Many times. I share the same sentiments as the other members. The very first time was a major rush…which of course you always want to experience again.
  3. How many times…a few. I see it as a sign of being (more) comfortable with self…whichever self presents.
3 years ago

I too wet through a similar period in the not too distance past, and the more I entered into this phase I found I was smiling a lot more than usual…I was interest into what changed for me, there wasn’t a negative concept or idea I was doing anything I shouldn’t be doing…but something shifted inside me and it was for me very detectable within my emotions…I wrestled with this question for s few months before it flat out hit me like a ton of brinks…the moment of revelation, and it was right there the answer I was seeking was… Read more »

Alicen Thairms
Active Member
3 years ago

I really enjoyed reading your article, the three questions you posed got me to think about where I was now with my crossdressing. I wrote an entry into my diary/journal, which I have added below. What stage do you think you are at in your dressing? I don’t regard myself as a fully fledged crossdresser – I am in the closet.  However being so means I’ve had to exercise a lot of self-discipline and learn to be discrete; which has meant a measured approach to what I do. At the moment I have a nice selection of clothes that allows… Read more »

Mika Malone
Active Member
3 years ago

Hey, Amy. First, I’ll answer the questions. I’m still relatively new to fully dressing but I feel like I have found my style rather quickly. My closet is completely full with only about 5% of it being drab clothes. So, I think I have progressed rather quickly in the grand scheme of things. I did spend the last 11 years underdressing before evolving to where I am today. I have only gone out three times in full femme but plan to continue, at least, once a month. Shaving my beard is my biggest limiting factor. I have extremely tough whiskers… Read more »

Holly Morris
Holly Morris
2 years ago

Hi Amy, thanks so much for writing this article! What you describe is something that I think many of us who are lifelong crossdressers have experienced, the comfort that comes from accepting this part of us and embracing it and making our feminine selves part of our integrated whole, as opposed to the electric thrill that occurs when we’re only able to dress on a very limited basis, so each time is seems to be something new and different and exciting. And there’s nothing wrong with that change. In some ways, it’s a type of maturity I think. Maturity in… Read more »

Jennifer Friendly
Active Member
2 months ago

Isn’t it amazing the difference the internet, and sites like this, has made in our lives. It’s like OMG, I’m not alone, I’m not the only one, I’m not some one of a kind freak. How wonderful to know that I’m actually “normal". It was only recently that I’ve learned that I’m also one of those Klinefelter Syndrome people, having an extra X chromosome. It sure explained a lot about the weird stuff in my life. My wife always joked that she had to shave her legs and I still had smoother legs than she did. I have just recently… Read more »

Jamie White
2 months ago

@Amy Myers Hi Amy,
WOW!!! What a thoughtful and honest article. I very much appreciate your sharing, and I hope I’ll be closer to discovering how Jamie can better use my em femme feelings sometime in the future.

Paula Here
Active Member
2 months ago

Hi Amy,
Like you my Femme side only came to light with force 3 Yeats ago.  The excitement of getting dresses is gone replaced with happiness. Creating an open vulnerable side of me I have hidden for far to long.
The experiences of being out in the world as Paula have been too positive to ever go back into hiding.  I am Paula now and I am at the point where I have only a few people left to come out to then a public unveiling. 
To happy to stop 
Love ang Hugs

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