Sophia Loren and how she handled criticism about her looks

March 24, 2018 under Famous

sophia loren in fishnet pantyhose

I came across a book on the internet called “Being a goddess for your man” and there was an interesting reference to Sophia Loren there to demonstrate how a true lady can handle herself in a classy and calm way even in the most provoking situation.

 

At a press-conference, a journalist started to publicly criticize Sophia’s outfit, but such behavior didn’t make her uncomfortable. She politely said to him that it is entertaining to see a movie critic pay so much attention to a piece of fabric rather than the film itself. Sophia Loren asked him to tell the audience if everything is alright with his intimate life because he is so focused on her pantyhose.

 

This heckler was silenced and Sophia Loren demonstrated once again the power of her femininity.

P.S. Thank you to Nikolaj from Germany for supplying me with a whole gallery of Sophia Loren photos. I am going to keep on releasing them on social media and for future articles.

Vera Wylde and Her Tips for Crossdressers

January 22, 2013 under Boys

Vera Wylde

Vera Wylde is one of my most favourite crossdressers to watch on Youtube.  Even though I am a genetic woman myself, I always had that question of “How do they do it?” when looking at a beautiful drag queen on stage.

One time in Toronto I saw a feminine apparition like that at the Pride Parade and I was amazed by her grace to the point that I asked her if I could kiss her hand.  She let me!  Really don’t know if she expected a gesture of this sort from a woman, especially a straight woman, who knows.

Vera in her Youtube show reveals many secrets of how dressers can pull it off so well.  Here are some that I find especially entertaining.

Breast Inserts

The general rule of thumb is that if it has breasts, it’s a woman!  It’s like a badge of femininity.  Actually not only dressers have the challenge of creating breasts.  There are women who are flat chested, but don’t look like that because of all the padding and silicone breast forms that they insert in their bra.

Vera mentions breast forms as a more feasible option to fill the bra, create a cleavage without looking like a caricature.  But she warns you that it may be expensive!  You can see some examples at this breast form store that sells them so realistic that they even have a nipple.  Vera recommends to acquire a pair because otherwise the clothes just doesn’t fit properly – she already owns two sets herself.

You can watch the video below where she talks about some tips and points out technical details that she discovered for herself, like why an insert that was supposed to be cup D ended up fitting like cup C.  For most of us it’s probably a surprise that such inserts even exist.

Hosiery

Vera also touched on the topic of hosiery: knee highs, stockings, stay ups, pantyhose.  For most of you this is pretty basic information, however I must admit I’ve never seen anyone roll on stockings before.  I bunch mine up in my hands and slowly release it as I pull it on.

Her preference is stockings over pantyhose because she doesn’t like the constricting feeling on the top.  She would rather wear a garter belt to hold up her stocking.  In one of her stage performances she even dances around in a corset and stockings held up by a 6 strap garter belt.

High Heels

Walking on high heels is a challenge that not only cross dressers experience.  When I lived in Toronto, I remember laughing every time I’d go to a club.  Young women there would get a tipsy and begin to wobble off the dance floor, grabbing on walls and bystanders, trying not to fall off those stiletto heels or lose a shoe all together.

Vera mentions that it is better to buy a shoe that has a thicker heel and a strap on the top.  That type of shoe looks like a tango shoe and that strap makes it so much more comfortable to wear.  This is a perfect shoe for women like described above who don’t want to end up walking around barefoot by the end of the party.  A sky high heel shoe just will look comical on a person who can’t walk on it.

Vera Wylde recently started a form of Q & A called “Dear Vera”.  So if you have a question for her, feel free to ask her.  She is a very unique individual with a lot of insight on the subject and she also runs a blog.  Maybe some day I’ll get lucky and have a chance to watch her perform on stage or even meet in person.

Nicole’s Love for Ultra Sheer Pantyhose

September 5, 2012 under Style


Nicole is a stylish cross dresser from London and she has a rare preference for ultra sheer pantyhose, like 8 den or less.  I am very impressed and curious to find out why she likes it so much.

 


Q:  What’s the advantage of 8 den over 15 den? Both are sheer to me.

I have always like nude or natural shades, rather than darker sheer tights (pantyhose across the pond).

The look I try and achieve with my sheers is for a perfect skin tone match so it looks like I have only got ‘make-up’ for the legs.

Depending on how much sun or if I have been using a bronzing moisturiser, my skintone fluctuates a little. Sometimes it’s never quite a good match.

I find that 15-20 Denier whilst quite sheer do give quite a good leg / imperfection coverage. However, the challenge is always in finding ‘just right’ nude / natural shades. If my skin colouring has got a perfect match then 15s or so will be invisible.

Too dark and it can look either a bit orange – or too ‘American Tan’. Too pale, and it looks powdery.

With tights 10 denier or less, because they are so light and translucent, if I’m not a perfect skintone match for any of my varying (and embarrassingly large collection of sheers in slightly varying natural shades) then 7 or 8 denier will still work,

Additionally, as I am sure you know even sheers give you a layer. In the warmer months, some manufacturers make ‘cooling’ tights. Again – they are ultra sheer – and now they are all run resistant.

 

Q:  Do you feel more feminine wearing 8 den rather than 20 den?

I guess so – I like my tights so sheer and tone matched that I’m practically challenging people to notice. Essentially, nylons are a very feminine statement no matter if they are invisible or not. I am a complete addict and I will wear them with my male clothes, for work, with jeans – and the ubiquitous lycra that i wear for pilates, dance etc. I wax, and as any lover of nylons will tell you – sheers + smooth skin is a fairly unique sensation – though you do get used to it.

I started my cross-dressing journey at 12, and the thing that first tempted me to it was curiosity regarding wanting to try sheers on. In that respect, they do make me feel more feminine, what ever I choose to be wearing – dressed fully as a woman, or even partly. I like to have a little bit of this side to me at all times – but when I am dressed male – they are more a little reminder to myself.

As for higher deniers, I wear upto 80 denier when its very cold, and my favourite opaques are my Wolford Satin 50s

 

Q:  This is such a delicate garment.  What do you do to avoid runs?

Runs tend to be caused either by catching them on your clothes, your shoes or just by having a sharp toe or rough heels, especially in the under 10 denier weights.

I don’t use hosiery gloves firstly, but I take my watch and any jewellery off first. We all know (or in my case learned by trial and error) how to put them on properly, and I careful with zips etc with skirts, pants and jeans.

As well as my regular waxing, my beautician gives an excellent pedicure. So my heels get carefully exfoliated and then moisturised. A gel pedicure stops snaggy nails too.

The rest is just ‘wear with care!’

 

Q:  I notice that on your blog you put a special emphasis on hosiery-related topics.  What is it about hosiery that you like so much?

I have always thought of hosiery as a fantastic treat and an amazing garment. Personally, I love the fabric, stretchiness, and the sensation of the fabric on my skin. I like the impression of hiding imperfections – or providing warmth or colour and expressing myself with some of the interesting patterns. They finish off an outfit and I wouldn’t feel properly dressed without them – especially when I’m in a skirt or heels! The fact that such a fantastic sensation and luxurious sensation is traditionally closed to guys is a terrible shame!

Finally – they are what attracted me to dressing, clothes and shoes – and along with my dancewear, lycra etc – they are and will be my first love!

 

Nicole’s Blog:  http://crossdresssecret.blogspot.com

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