Nadine Spirit has been blogging since 2010 and is a highly read author here on Sister House. She started her blog, Unordinary Style, with the idea of being able to show a fashionable side to cross dressers. Since that time her blog has evolved into showing her personal style, discussing a wide variety of transgender topics, as well posts about her personal life. At 5’9” and 155lbs Nadine has often been described as having a body that anything will fit on but one of the best lessons she has learned about clothes is that nothing magically fits on anyone. She has been known to fit into a S, M, or L and anything from a size 4 to a 12 and what she has learned from this is that the most important thing to good fitting clothes is to get out there, use the tags as a guide, and try, try, try!
Now you have an opportunity to learn some of her styling secrets
Interview with Nadine:
What is the secret to great style? The willingness to be open minded about your clothing choices. Too often people get stuck thinking that they only look good in certain types of items. Thus they will then stick to certain items like blue jeans only or super bright colors or dresses only. Maybe without even being aware of it then people will avoid even checking out different options. One of my favorite things to do is to grab a bunch of items I normally wouldn’t wear, go into the dressing rooms, and show them off for my wife. Quite often things have worked out that neither of us ever thought would.
What is the one thing you would spend a lot of money on? To date the most expensive piece of clothing has to be the pair of 7 For All Mankind blue jeans that I paid about one hundred fifty dollars for! My most expensive semi-clothing item? My Coach purses. A quality purse is well worth the price. Oh and kind of another semi-clothing related item would be my wig which I spent about $300 on. So yeah, I suppose that was actually three items.
What is the one thing you wouldn’t spend a lot of money on? Basic items like undershirts and underwear. There are so many great inexpensive options available out there.
How do you balance new trends with a more timeless look? I think it best to have a basic stable wardrobe that you can include newer trends into. Some of my favorite skirts are pencil skirts. I have many of them in various colors, but solid colors. These particular skirts can go with just about any top. So I can pair them with some newer, funkier, riskier top but not be over the top.
Who inspires you? One of my biggest inspirations is a close friend of mine, Vivian. She has fabulous style! Vivian is one of those women that enjoys dressing nicely because it feels good. She does it because she wants to, not because she thinks she has to. And I so appreciate the super cute looks that she puts together in both her casual clothing and her professional attire as well.
Do you have a signature piece or style? Black and white. I am obsessed with it.
What’s your secret to making yourself stand out? Well that is kind of the trick huh? Being transgender I would prefer to blend in than stand out but at the same time I have a definite bug to attempt and be fashionable. So I simply try and dress as a fashionable everyday woman would.
The one piece of advice most crossdressers need but don’t get? You don’t have to be boring in your outfit selections to be able to get out into public, but you also don’t need to be over the top either.
What’s the best piece of style wisdom you’ve ever received? Try on things that you don’t think would look good on you. You would be surprised at the number of items I have fallen in love with that I at first never thought would actually work on me.
What would you not be caught dead in? Pj’s and Ugg boots. Sure it looks like it would be comfy, but not out in public!
What are your favorite websites. I really like Already Pretty by Sally McGraw. I love her style! She is adorable with a bit of timelessness and funk swirled together into awesomeness.
How would you describe your personal style? A stylish everyday woman. Most of my closet is made up of nicer items, but I so love my female jeans as well. I often try and pair the jeans with a stylish top to try and bring up the outfit. Even the jean cutoff shorts I wear have a bit of a cute cut and a stylish look to them.
Finally, here’s a collage of Nadine’s latest looks
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