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2 hours ago, ElizabethStar said:

It's pretty hard to do these days since all the fitting rooms are closed. The process of buying clothes on line, waiting for it, then having return it only to find out they don't have that piece in the "right" size really sucks.

 

It sucks big time!  My clothing expenditures in 2020 were miniscule, and not by choice!  Whenever it's safe to use fitting rooms again, I will be ready! 

 

My best luck with online buying has been in brands who's sizes I already have and that I can be reasonably sure will still fit. However, with the changes from HRT, clothes in my wardrobe that "still fit" are getting gradually rarer.  Shape shifting does indeed affect how I look in my jeans and my tighter tops, just to name two.  

 

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2 hours ago, Astrid said:

It sucks big time!  My clothing expenditures in 2020 were miniscule, and not by choice!  Whenever it's safe to use fitting rooms again, I will be ready! 

I’m with you on this @Astrid. I used to frequent thrift stores weekly and would get some great deals. The only thing I can try on are shoes. The dressing rooms are closed and the return policies are a joke.

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HaraSurya

I spent more than my usual on clothes in the last month, but I needed a new winter coat and I replaced all my underwear and socks. (Still men's underwear, but more fashionable than I've worn in the past.)

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I have found if the clothes come from Asia the sizes run a few sizes smaller than US or EU sizes.

Sizes vary by manufacturers too so buying online is always sketchy.

My shopping thru 2020 was very minimal due to no dressing rooms and I bought online from Zulilly, Torrid and a few plus size retailers with decent results so it wasn't all bad.

 

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HaraSurya

One of my biggest annoyances with Amazon these days - with products across the board, not just clothes - is that it's become a flea market for imported junk and returns of genuine products (or counterfeits) sold as new. About the only thing positive about the experience is Amazon's return policy.

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11 hours ago, Bri2020 said:

I think you will find that with a little shapewear you won't need larger breast forms. (those look great)  When I wear some tummy control or some hip/butt pads it makes my breasts stand out more.   High waist jeans/pants will work the same way for you. 

 

I've got those! Some of my shapewear has built-in pads to make your backside and hips look bigger. They're hot though. It doesn't matter right NOW, but in the summer they can be beastly to wear.

 

On breast forms... I had to give away my biggest pair. They hurt my actual breasts too much to wear, sadly. Remember that if you start HRT, you probably won't need breast forms forever so don't go overboard.

 

Hugs!

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9 hours ago, Teri Anne said:

I have found if the clothes come from Asia the sizes run a few sizes smaller than US or EU sizes.

Sizes vary by manufacturers too . . 

Yes! Definitely the case especially if, like Jackie C, buying shape-ware which tends to run very snug with limited to no stretch! Never buy Amazon, Bezos is rich enough, but have ordered ebay just to 'ave Amazon deliver it (shared seller?)

 

I like Venus on-line, with many sales and

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a pre-printed/paid return label with every purchase.

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Elizabeth Star

I really do like wearing black but it can be so hard to take good pictures. Thankfully my employer is supportive and I can, for the most part, dress however I like. 

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I think stylistically we're a bit different Liz lol.  I think I only own 1 black top.  I did pick up some pleather black pants though.

Today no one had appointments at the clinic so I just came to work after my workout without changing.  Kinda nice to work supper comfortable.  This is the Au' Natural look for me having not done my hair/makeup or any shape wear/padding. Can't wait to grow more in some area hahaha. I know it's early but I think I'm on the BA pathway.  Supposedly most breast growth occurs between 3-6 months of HRT. I celebrated 5 months yesterday and don't "fill" an a cup.    

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Jackie C.

I own just SO many black t-shirts. A friend of mine said though: Dark top, light bottom. It helps make your hips look bigger and your shoulders look smaller.

 

I like those leggings. I've been looking for a set that has a pattern that's me. I haven't found it yet.

 

The shoes are fun too! I was talking to my gym partner today about coloration in the gym. I get so used to seeing blacks, grays and browns and I'm colored like a poisonous frog (today was turquoise tomorrow is pink and crimson. Yes I pick out my outfits the day before). She didn't believe me at first but all of the men and most of the women at my gym wear subdued colors. Weird.

 

Today I'm wearing jeans and the only hoodie I own.

 

Hugs!

 

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1 hour ago, Bri2020 said:

I know it's early but I think I'm on the BA pathway.  Supposedly most breast growth occurs between 3-6 months of HRT. I celebrated 5 months yesterday and don't "fill" an a cup.    

I would give the girls more time, they may surprise you. Mine didn’t look like much after 5 months. Now at 14 months they’re still too small to defend themselves but enough to be  plausibly passing. 

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Droomvlucht

I'm wearing a fleece vest (is that the correct word?). Each day. Because well, working from home, not many people to see and winter... 

 

Underneath the vest I've got a really nice oversized jacket. And skinny jeans, always skinny jeans. 

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1 hour ago, Droomvlucht said:

 

Underneath the vest I've got a really nice oversized jacket. And skinny jeans, always skinny jeans. 

 

Ah yes. Someone else who loves the skinny jeans! This is the way.

 

Well, sometimes skirts or leggings, but usually the skinny jeans. My legs are like my second best feature. I have to show them off.

 

Hugs!

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1 hour ago, Jackie C. said:

Ah yes. Someone else who loves the skinny jeans! This is the way.

Haha yes! At first I hated them but then I got shoes that went along well with skinny jeans and I found out that I actually like them. Never skirts and leggings for me, too feminine. I'd like to try other kind of jeans but in my experience they are whether not really professional to wear or too professional to wear. I could try the latter but then I really also should have other shoes. I need another garderobe haha, but that will go slowly and after the lockdown. I don't like shopping online. 

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2 hours ago, Jackie C. said:

 

Ah yes. Someone else who loves the skinny jeans! This is the way.

 

Well, sometimes skirts or leggings, but usually the skinny jeans. My legs are like my second best feature. I have to show them off.

 

Hugs!

I love skinny jeans because my shoe options are varied: sketchers, sandals, sneakers, ankle boots or knee highs all look great.  Plus, I admit I like the way I look in them. I have the height to no butt ratio that works. At least that's what a girl friend told me. lol

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1 hour ago, Bri2020 said:

I have the height to no butt ratio that works. At least that's what a girl friend told me.

 

Heh. The last time I saw my dad, he turned around and I realized I get my lack of backside from him.

 

He almost didn't get his Christmas cookies.

 

I can attest though that with lots of hard work and oh, so many squats, lunges, dead-lifts, leg curls and leg presses, I now fill out the back of a pair of skinny jeans. It's still not huge, but it's firm and round. I'll take it.

 

Hugs!

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2 hours ago, ElizabethStar said:

I would give the girls more time, they may surprise you. Mine didn’t look like much after 5 months. Now at 14 months they’re still too small to defend themselves but enough to be  plausibly passing. 

Yea, not going to make any decision on those until I hit a year but they are going to have to really kick into overdrive if I'm to get anywhere near what I ultimately want.  I just want a solid B+ cup.  Given my overall shoulder width anything less isn't really noticeable unless I'm wearing a lighter top. I've noticed when I stuff a bra to about B size I get "ma'am-ed " even with a moderate jacket on, if I don't I get Sir-ed most of the time.

 

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1 hour ago, Jackie C. said:

 

Heh. The last time I saw my dad, he turned around and I realized I get my lack of backside from him.

 

He almost didn't get his Christmas cookies.

 

I can attest though that with lots of hard work and oh, so many squats, lunges, dead-lifts, leg curls and leg presses, I now fill out the back of a pair of skinny jeans. It's still not huge, but it's firm and round. I'll take it.

 

Hugs!

Most of the good butt building exercises are off limits for me with spinal root stenosis and pretty fragile meniscuses.  I can't get close to 90 deg squats without setting both off. Deadlifts absolutely off limits. Curls I can do, presses not really.  I'm not destined for a big ass. lol.

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1 hour ago, Bri2020 said:

Yea, not going to make any decision on those until I hit a year but they are going to have to really kick into overdrive if I'm to get anywhere near what I ultimately want.  I just want a solid B+ cup.  Given my overall shoulder width anything less isn't really noticeable unless I'm wearing a lighter top. I've noticed when I stuff a bra to about B size I get "ma'am-ed " even with a moderate jacket on, if I don't I get Sir-ed most of the time.

 

I don't know, my As look pretty good in the right bra. They're still sore and sensitive so I'm hoping for a larger A or a small B. Pretty content with what's going on right now though. They're not perfect, but they're mine and that's what's important.

 

Besides, I'm terrified that there would be a problem with the augmentation process. Which is weird. I was perfectly OK with all the risks of vaginoplasty but if you touch my boobs, they won't be able to identify your body from the shoe-sized stain that will be your remains.

 

I am apparently an irrational creature.

 

1 hour ago, Bri2020 said:

Most of the good butt building exercises are off limits for me with spinal root stenosis and pretty fragile meniscuses.  I can't get close to 90 deg squats without setting both off. Deadlifts absolutely off limits. Curls I can do, presses not really.  I'm not destined for a big ass. lol.

 

Ah, I see you were taught by a man. 🦊

We don't go that deep. Especially with a heavy weight. Just low enough to get the gluteal muscles engaged, then hold. You build strength and endurance. I can bend almost in half now, but that's for stretching, not exercising. We do not stress our joints while working out.

Curls would do it though, I worked the heck out of my backside today at just 160 lbs (I usually go higher, but I'd just squatted 270 and was freaking tired) for the seated leg curls. I can still feel it.

 

Hugs!

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4 hours ago, Bri2020 said:

Supposedly most breast growth occurs between 3-6 months of HRT.

 

Not always true, though.  I'll have completed 14 months in two days, and right now the girls are definitely in a growth stage the past six weeks or so.  YGSMV (Your Growth Stages May Vary) 🙂

 

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Elizabeth Star

Just had an odd, yet good conversation with my manager. Somehow we got the topic of if it would be OK for me to start wearing dresses and skirts to work. He said that he would fully support me to wear whatever I wanted. Another manager overheard and said she would support me as well. So tomorrow, assuming it’s not ridiculously cold, will be my first day at work in a skirt. 
 

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this is a picture from a few days, maybe weeks ago! i really liked this one, so i took a few sets and showed them to my boyfriend, he seemed to like them as well. :D i'm really proud of this specific one though.

 

**WHOOPS** Just sunk in that you're a minor. Sorry sweetie. Rule #19. To be fair, you don't look 16 and it sailed RIGHT over my pretty little head. -- Jackie C. 🦊

 

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Jackie C.
5 hours ago, Bri2020 said:

Supposedly most breast growth occurs between 3-6 months of HRT. I celebrated 5 months yesterday and don't "fill" an a cup. 

 

That's not true at ALL for us younger girls. We can keep going for 5-10 years. I'm at 2 and a half years and I'm still growing at a slow, steady rate. Generally surgeons won't touch you until at least 2 years just in case you get a spurt and they have to remove the implants and for girls in our age bracket, you should really wait 5.

 

Also, looking good @nympheanelumbo! I hope your boyfriend appreciates what he's got!

 

Hugs!

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1 hour ago, Jackie C. said:

Also, looking good @nympheanelumbo! I hope your boyfriend appreciates what he's got!

And also, welcome.

 

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1 hour ago, ElizabethStar said:

Just had an odd, yet good conversation with my manager. Somehow we got the topic of if it would be OK for me to start wearing dresses and skirts to work. He said that he would fully support me to wear whatever I wanted. Another manager overheard and said she would support me as well. So tomorrow, assuming it’s not ridiculously cold, will be my first day at work in a skirt. 

This is exciting news! Glad that you have such a supportive management team at your workplace. I'm hopeful your wife will be as well, I know she has shared strong feelings about the idea of you wearing skirts or dresses. I suggest wearing leggings underneath in cold weather. p.s. Black is the official wardrobe color for New York City.

 

Since we're on the topic of breast growth, I feel like I'm experiencing modest changes at the four month mark. My doctor emphasized that everyone's bodies will react differently to HRT, and it can take years for full effects to be realized. While I would love for it to be faster, it's wonderful to see them slowly awaken from a lifetime slumber thanks to the estrogen goddess.

 

Also - nice to meet you @nympheanelumbo, hello from your neighbor in NYC!

 

Love,

~Audrey.

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