MTF/FTM Transgender Clothing Guide- Fashion Tips for Finding Your Style


Table of Contents


Embracing Your Authentic Self: Why Fashion Matters in Post-Transition

Breaking Free from Stereotypes: Defining Your Unique Style


Part 1: Understanding Your Body and Building Confidence:

Body Positivity and Self-Love:

  • Accepting and appreciating your unique body shape
  • Finding clothes that flatter and empower you
  • Celebrating your individual beauty

Fit is Key:

  • Understanding different sizing systems and finding the right fit for your body
  • Tailoring and alterations: Making clothes work for you
  • Building a foundation wardrobe with versatile pieces
  • Underwear Matters: Comfortable and supportive undergarments can make a big difference in how you feel in your clothes. Choose styles that flatter your body and boost your confidence.
  • Accessorize with Confidence: Jewelry, scarves, and belts can add personality and polish to your outfits. Experiment with different colors and textures.


Part 2: Exploring Different Styles and Trends:

From Masculine to Feminine:

  • Transitioning your wardrobe: Repurposing old clothes and finding new favorites
  • Experimenting with traditionally feminine silhouettes and textures
  • Building a mix of classic and trendy pieces
  • Feminine Style Tips
  • Guide to finding flattering dresses, skirts, blouses for your body type
  • Mix feminine pieces with edgy accessories to make them your own
  • Tips for makeup, shoes, and hairstyles that enhance your look


Androgynous/Masculine Style Tips

  • Combining masculine and feminine elements
  • Suits, button-downs, loafers, oxfords, and other dapper pieces
  • Making masculine clothes work for your body


Beyond the Binary:

  • Expressing your gender identity through fashion: androgyny, genderfluid styles, and more
  • Showcasing your personality and interests through clothing choices
  • Finding inspiration from diverse trans and non-binary fashion icons
  • Using Fashion as a Tool for Self-Expression and Activism.


Part 3: Shopping Tips and Resources:

Navigating the Retail World:

  • Finding LGBTQ+ friendly stores and brands
  • Shopping online safely and inclusively
  • Thrifting and secondhand shopping for unique finds.

Building a Sustainable Wardrobe:

  • Choosing ethical and sustainable fashion brands
  • Upcycling and DIY projects: Expressing your creativity through clothing
  • Taking care of your clothes for long-lasting style


  • Owning Your Style Journey: Confidence and Self-Expression through Fashion
  • Resources and Support: Connecting with the Trans and LGBTQ+ Community


Fashion Tips for Finding Your Trans Style: A Guide to Building Your Wardrobe


Embracing Your Authentic Self - Why Fashion Matters Post-Transition

Transgender Clothing

The journey of transitioning genders comes with many complex emotions, self-discoveries, and changes.

An important part of this process for many trans individuals is finding their personal style and building a wardrobe that allows them to present their authentic selves to the world.

After years of hiding behind clothes that never quite fit, fashion can be an exciting way for trans women to embrace their femininity and womanhood.

Beyond just superficial aesthetics, clothing and self-presentation are intrinsically tied to identity. The right outfit can provide a confidence boost, help alleviate dysphoria, and serve as a powerful form of self-expression.

However, the fashion world can also seem daunting, confusing, and even exclusionary for trans women first exploring their styles.

Gender norms around clothing are deeply ingrained in our culture, and overcoming internalized transphobia and external judgment takes courage. But it is possible - and deeply rewarding - to cultivate a wardrobe you feel fabulous in.

This guide offers tips on how to thoughtfully build a closet of clothes that align with your feminine identity, flatter your body, boost your confidence, and allow you to present your most authentic self to the world.

With an open and discerning mindset, plus a willingness to ignore arbitrary fashion "rules," you can discover the styles that empower YOU. Let's embrace this journey together!


Breaking Free from Stereotypes - Defining Your Unique Style

Transgender Clothing

Mainstream media and cultural assumptions often box trans women into overly feminized stereotypes and tropes.

But womanhood is diverse. Gender expression exists on a vast spectrum encompassing feminine, masculine, and everything in between.

As you build your wardrobe during and after transition, resist the pressure to conform to a stereotypical "ultra fem" look unless that genuinely resonates with who you are.

Take inspiration from fashionable cis and trans women of all gender presentations and identities. Some trans women feel most confident in hyper-feminine clothes, while others prefer laidback or even tomboyish styles.

Honor your multi-faceted identity by making fashion choices that authentically align with your personality. Mix and match elements until you find your distinctive flair. Your style should celebrate YOU.



Part 1: Understanding Your Body and Building Confidence

Transgender Clothing

Body Positivity and Self-Love 

Transitioning brings immense physical changes that can impact your relationship with your body.

As your shape shifts, you may need to re-learn how to dress in a way that is flattering and affirming. But this process also offers an opportunity to improve your body image and cultivate self-love.


Here are some tips:

  • Expect changes and be patient with your body. Hormones work gradually over years. Find clothes that make you feel good at every stage.
  • Appreciate yourself as you are right now. Don't beat yourself up over perceived "flaws." Your body lets you experience the world, and it deserves your gratitude.
  • Choose clothes that highlight parts of yourself you feel confident about. This might be your shoulders, legs, waist, or décolletage.
  • Dress for your own joy and comfort first. Don't worry about arbitrary beauty standards. Confidence is always stylish!


Fit is Key

Transgender Clothing

An ill-fitting top or pair of pants can ruin your look and confidence. As your body feminizes, understanding fit and finding flattering silhouettes will help you build a wardrobe you adore:


  • Pay attention to size charts and garment measurements when shopping. Women's sizing varies widely between brands and styles.
  • Get properly fitted for a bra. A supportive bra that fits well makes all your outfits look better.
  • Invest in pieces that cinch your waist to create curves. Fitted tops, dresses, and belts work wonders.
  • Tailor new pieces for an ideal customized shape. Hem pants and sleeves, take in waists, adjust necklines.
  • Stretchy fabrics like knits move with your changing shape. Seek tops, dresses and skirts containing spandex.


Underwear Matters

A sturdy bra and smooth shapewear can transform how clothing fits and provide an extra confidence boost. When underwear shopping, prioritize comfort and support:


  • Bras: Get professionally fitted. Opt for wide bands and padded cups to mold your shape. Racerback, T-shirt, and strapless are versatile options.
  • Shapewear: Light control garments create smooth lines under clothes. High-waist options accentuate curves.
  • Boyshorts: Minimize tucking while providing coverage. Look for cotton with stretch.
  • Lingerie: From sexy to sporty, it's designed to showcase your body. Have fun exploring new styles!


Accessorize with Confidence

  • Jewelry, makeup, handbags, and other accessories enable you to put together polished looks while showing off your personality:
  • Statement necklaces and earrings draw the eye and complement your face.
  • Patterned scarves and hair accessories add flair to basic outfits.
  • The right handbag pulls a look together. Seek both practical and stylish options.
  • Play with color. Vibrant accessories enliven neutral outfits.
  • Cinch waists with belts. Add texture with fabric wraps and sashes.


Part 2: Exploring Different Styles and Trends

Transgender Clothing

From Masculine to Feminine - Transitioning Your Wardrobe

Building a feminine wardrobe often happens gradually over the course of transition. Be patient with yourself as you learn to combine elements of your old aesthetic with exciting new pieces.


  • Start by incorporating a few versatile feminine staples into your everyday outfits like fitted t-shirts, ankle boots, and cardigans.
  • Donate or repurpose masculine pieces that no longer suit your style. Turn oversized shirts into dresses!
  • Make shopping a fun adventure. Browse stores with an open mind and try styles outside your comfort zone.
  • Strike a unique balance. If you still love certain men's pieces, rock them with confidence. Femininity has no strict rules!


Feminine Style Tips

Transgender Clothing


  • Get eyebrows shaped and eyelashes tinted every 2-3 months. This provides a basic feminine look that survives sweat and tears.
  • Use concealer, BB cream or tinted moisturizer, and blending sponge. Blend really well, especially if you have facial hair.
  • Try neutral lipstick and matching lip pencil that matches your natural lip color. This coordinates with any outfit.
  • Use clear or neutral nail polish that matches your nail bed color. Color coordination is a key female gender cue.



  • For a feminine public image, clothes need proper fit and style for your body shape.
  • Discount stores and thrift stores can help you feel comfortable starting out. Visit LGBTQ-friendly areas if self-conscious.
  • Wear androgynous outfits like jeans, plain t-shirts, and unisex shoes and jewelry when starting out. This eases stress.
  • Be ready to spend hundreds of hours clothes shopping due to the learning curve and finding proper fit.



  • Don't rely on size labels. Learn to quickly assess size and fit without trying on, to reduce anxiety.
  • Measure chest, sleeve, waist, thigh and calf against well-fitting existing clothes to identify what may fit.
  • Only keep what is comfortable and an improvement over what you already have. Over time you'll learn what brands and styles fit you best.



  • Determine your body shape - rectangle, hourglass, pear, triangle or apple. Follow advice for flattering styles.
  • Tops fitting chest, with room for shoulders and loose at waist work for all. Jeans work well too.
  • Proper fit and style help you be perceived as female.



  • Coordinate colors. One bright color plus neutrals like white, grey, black makes it easy.
  • All neutrals are drab unless you add colorful accessories for contrast.
  • All brights is challenging to coordinate and goes wrong easily. Stick to one bright piece.
  • Accessories like jewelry must coordinate with bright clothing colors.



Transgender Clothing

  • Choose tops and details to flatter problem areas and draw attention to your best assets.
  • Use ornamentation, prints and patterns to highlight or distract from features.
  • Accessories like pendant necklaces and bracelets can direct eyes to feminine attributes.
  • Find staple pieces like jeans and shoes that work for you. Then build outfits around them.


Don't rush like a man. Enjoy the art of finding the perfect outfit, makeup, jewelry or accessory. You are a woman, not "a transgender." Act like a woman from within, not stereotypes. Understand what a woman like you truly likes, and implement that.

Many transgender women mistakenly try to wear stereotypical feminine clothing like high heels or micro miniskirts. But these are caricatures, not real life. They might work on a magazine cover but not grocery shopping.

People gender you through subtle cues. The goal isn't to stand out, but fit in. If you dress your age and personality, people will automatically know you're a woman, not someone trying too hard. The key is belonging through authentic self-expression, not exaggerated stereotypes.


Androgynous/Masculine Style Tips

Transgender Clothing

Not all trans women feel aligned with hyper-femininity. Combining masculine and feminine pieces allows you to create versatile looks that speak to your multi-faceted identity.


  • Oversized button-downs or blazers add structure. French tuck or belt them to define your waist.
  • Boyfriend jeans and slouchy chinos offer a relaxed vibe. Roll up cuffs to show ankle.
  • Plain men's t-shirts and hoodies become statement pieces when paired with feminine skirts or heels.
  • Minimal leather sneakers or oxfords lend an edgy feel.
  • A sleek menswear-inspired suit paired with bold lipstick epitomizes androgynous panache.


Fashion and style tips for trans men:

fashion tips for trans men

General tips:

  • Keep hair clean and styled in a way that suits you. Nice hair makes you look mature and put together.
  • Wash face and take care of skin.
  • Simple necklaces can express personal style.
  • Stick to basic, solid color shirts and jackets for a mature, grown up look.
  • Always have good belts on hand.
  • Dark jeans or simple slacks are flattering and can be dressed up or down.
  • Shoes are personal preference, but sneakers are a good option.


Tips for passing:

  • Avoid very short haircuts, instead grow out natural curls or waves which look masculine. Keep sides cropped to show hairline. Long hair can be worn in a bun or down.
  • Wear dad hats or durags, avoid large hats that swallow your head.
  • Wear one simple stud earring.
  • Bind safely if desired. Dark or patterned shirts across the chest can hide the chest without binding.
  • Look for t-shirts that fit tightly on shoulders/arms but fall straight down from the chest. Medium sizes around 150 lbs often work well.
  • Button ups can help some guys pass, leave unbuttoned partially.
  • Look for jackets that widen shoulders and slim hips.
  • Find boxers that don't cause muffin top but fit hips.
  • Best passing jeans are men's cuts from H&M and American Eagle. Measure for accurate sizing.
  • Always have dark dress pants, they hide curves extremely well.
  • White crew socks are a classic masculine look.
  • Don't size up on shoes, just get your normal size. Small feet don't necessarily get guys clocked.
  • Use smaller packers, avoid looking like you have a constant erection.


Beyond the Binary:

Fashion is a powerful tool for expressing your gender identity, whether you identify as trans, non-binary, genderfluid, or anything else on the spectrum. Don't be afraid to push boundaries and experiment with different styles. There are no rules!


Using Fashion as a Tool for Self-Expression and Activism:

Your clothing can be a statement of your values and beliefs. Choose brands that align with your ethics and support the LGBTQ+ community. Wear your colors and flags with pride!


Part 3: Shopping Tips and Resources:

transgender fashion tips

Navigating the Retail World:

Finding LGBTQ+ friendly stores and brands can make your shopping experience more comfortable and inclusive. Look for stores with knowledgeable staff and inclusive sizing options. Don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it!


Building a Sustainable Wardrobe and Owning Your Style Journey

Thrifting and Secondhand Shopping:

Shopping secondhand is a great way to find unique pieces, express your individuality, and be kind to the planet.

Thrift stores and vintage shops offer a treasure trove of hidden gems, from classic designer pieces to quirky finds.

Embrace the hunt and have fun discovering pre-loved treasures that tell their own stories.


Building a Sustainable Wardrobe:

Fashion can have a significant environmental impact. Choose ethical and sustainable brands that prioritize eco-friendly materials and fair labor practices.

Look for brands that use recycled materials, organic cotton, and sustainable dyes. Upcycling and DIY projects are another great way to express your creativity and reduce your environmental footprint.

Give old clothes a new lease on life by adding embellishments, dyeing fabrics, or turning them into something entirely new.

Taking care of your clothes is also essential for a sustainable wardrobe. Invest in quality pieces that will last and learn basic mending and repair techniques.


Conclusion: Owning Your Style Journey:

Transgender Clothing

Finding your trans style is a journey of self-discovery and self-expression. It's about owning your confidence, embracing your unique beauty, and using fashion as a tool to tell your story.

There are no right or wrong answers, just endless possibilities. Experiment, have fun, and don't be afraid to break the mold. Your style is a reflection of your inner self, so let it shine!


Resources and Support: