Time to meet another fabulous Already Pretty contributor, friends! Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Nadine, creator of Unordinary Style. When Nadine started blogging in 2010 she identified as a transvestite, but she has since come to identify as transgendered. She’s been incredibly open, honest, and patient as she shares her personal style and identity journeys with her readers, answering their curious questions and mulling her own. She’s also witty, kind, insightful, and has impeccable taste. Please join me in welcoming Nadine!
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I think I am still in a bit of shock to be here contributing to my favorite blog, Already Pretty. What I am sure of is that I am super grateful and extend my warmest thanks to Sally for the gracious invite and her help in getting started. I also just want to say hi to all of you wondrous readers, so “Hi!”
Dress – White House Black Market – Similar
Sweater – White House Black Market – Similar
Belt – Mossimo – Similar
Shoes – Franco Sarto – Similar
Being as I am a sucker for just about anything black and white, I totally fell for this dress when I saw it. But as is the case with many items I pick off the rack, I held my breath and waited until I could determine if it actually fit or not. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has a side zipper. All too often items that will fit my waist will never actually make it over my shoulders, plus once or twice I have found myself desperately stuck in some garment I magically got over my shoulders only to find myself helplessly stuck! But zippers so help to rectify those problems. And side zippers? Well then I can actually zip them up myself. Plus the side zipper virtually disappears; bonus! Needless to say, I love this dress.
As of late I have been trying to become more comfortable with my arms showing. At one point I would never go anywhere without something covering them. Being transgender, I was convinced that if too many people could spot too many tells on me, I would be sure to be chased down and pitchforked and torched, just like Frankenstein’s monster! But more and more I think it is just an aspect of my body that I should stop being paranoid about and learn to love. Besides, where exactly would people keep torches and pitchforks nowadays?
How about you? Are there parts of your body that you tend to try and hide?
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Hi, I’m Nadine Spirit and I have been a lifelong gender non-conformer. I have always understood that I am a bit different than most but it was not until sometime in my thirties that I came to understand that I am transgender. While I spend most of my time presenting as a male I am always presenting in a gender non-conforming manner.
I started my blog, Unordinary Style, with the idea of being able to show a stylish side to those who identify as transgender. Since that time my blog has evolved into showing my personal style, discussing a wide variety of transgender topics, as well as posts about my personal life. My personal style continues to evolve as I attempt to continually push myself to pick stuff off of the racks, take it into the dressing room, and try on as much as I can. I am a firm believer in ignoring tag sizes, never paying retail prices, and due to a terrific allergy – that nickel should never be in any jewelry!