Ok, my fellow trans guys, it’s time I imparted some secrets regarding how to dress better than James Bond, in clothes that fit, without having to fork out hundred of pounds for custom made stuff.
I always go to H&M for a lot of my clothes. They do great plain tshirts in xs and the heather grey ones do well at hiding any weird lumpiness from my binder. I also get their xs basics shirts for £9.99 but they do a lot of awesome stuff and there;s a lot of choice.
Jeans can be a nightmare for trans men too, often expensive and hard to find with short inseams, I spent ages looking for a good fitting pair. Until I hit up the H&M kids section. I spent £5.99 for a pair of jeans almost identical to the nearly £30 ones in the mens section. They have jeans with inseams up to 31 inches (though I opt for the 28 inch) and all you have to do is get over the fact that you’re shopping in the kids section and enjoy that sweet saving and perfect fit.
Now, I promised James Bond, and with prom season coming up it’s time we talked about suits. Premium department stores often have a section for kids that includes pageboy clothing or kids suits (thank god for the dapper child movement). These suits often look exactly like their adult equivalents, but cost less. I buy my suits from the John Lewis kids section because I rock a 30/31 inch chest and they provide suit jackets with chest measurements from the insanely tiny 20.5 inch to the more adult 34 inch. They also do suit trousers with inseams up to 31.5 inches. The only problem with these suits is that the buttons are often a bit tacky but if you are that detail orientated it is easy and cheap to go to a tailor and get them replaced.
Shoes can also pose problems, especially for me, at a size 2 my feet are small even for female standards. So, if you are looking to blend in, big brands like doc martens, timberland and converse do boys shoes identical to their mens shoes and so you can just track down the sizes until it fits you.
Also, wingtips can be found in small sizes in the kids section of Next as can small sizes of generic desert boots and other in fashion styles. Talking of Next, they do nice simple boxers in xs that fit small waists and also more expensive ones with superheros and stuff on them.
As a quick example: This is me in a water fight a few days ago. I’m a 5′2″ trans man and yet all of these clothes fit me perfectly. So let’s look at the outfit:
Sunglasses: 2 for £5 from Camden market
Suit Jacket: Navy linen blend suit jacket for boys, age 12, £40 from John Lewis
T-shirt: Basic white T-shirt in xs, £3.99 from H&M
Jeans: Boys dark blue slim jeans, age 11-12, £5.99 from H&M
Shoes: Blowfish brown boots, size 3, £21 from Schuh
Water pistol: 4 for £1 from poundland
Outifit price: around £74 and it all fits me perfectly. That’s less than the price of a single ill fitting polyester suit jacket from the Next mens section.
Now go forth and out dress everyone you know!