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  1. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

    My pleasure. We often are plagued with negative thoughts about how we look, fearing we've gotten it all wrong, but that's not really the case. It's important to have a positive approach when it comes to wearing women's clothes in public. Without that approach, you won't go far. Thanks for the kind words. As for filling out the top of dresses I wear, nahhhhh, not my thing, I'm perfectly content with my shape as it is, no enhancement needed. Oh, by the way, I have what might well be an even more daring dress on tap for a future outing! Well, daring for me anyway! Stay tuned....
  2. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

    Jaunt #442, 6/17/2018: As my slow but inevitable transition to wearing dresses full time on my outings continues, I decided to conduct an experiment to see just how far I could push the envelope in terms of what I could wear and how I would look in it, with that in mind, I went with a currently popular style....a cold shoulder dress. This swing dress from JCPenney (under their a.n.a. house brand) was a cute light gray number I bought little over a month ago, but was waiting for just the right opportunity to take it out for a spin, pairing it with the Payless “Tegan” block heeled sandals. Like what I wore on Saturday, this dress was light, airy and looked good on me, as for the open shoulders, it took a wee bit of time getting used to that, but I’ve seen women wearing such tops and dresses, if they could do that, then so could I, and I did! My destination for today was the Philadelphia Museum of Art as they had a new exhibit on American art from the first half of the 20th century that I was interested in seeing, and going to the museum is always great fun because there’s so much to see and soak in. After parking in the garage and going inside, I wasn’t at all surprised to see the place was pretty full, it was Sunday, the weather was delightful, so that brought the crowds. Other than a few kids here and there, no one paid me any mind as I happily wandered the place, soaking in the culture. An hour in while gazing at European art from the 16th century, a twentysomething Asian woman came up to me and said, “Sorry to bother you, but I gotta say your dress looks so cool! I love cold shoulders, and that works on you!” I smiled and told her thanks, by the way, she was wearing a cold shoulder top and a short denim skirt, so it wasn’t just lip service. Seeing her gave me ideas for a future outfit I could try. I spent nearly four hours in the place and, as is always the case, I never saw everything, I never do as there’s so much stuff, but that just gives me an excuse to go back, and do so soon. Now, a trip downtown isn’t complete without a stopover at Rittenhouse Square Park, I had my new Kindle e-reader with me, so, after finding a parking spot, I strolled down to the park and, after finding a bench under some shady trees, I spent an hour reading while scores of people filed past without so much as a glance. Then I walked down crowded streets to One Liberty Place where I enjoyed a cool and refreshing cup of raspberry iced tea from Saxbys before returning to my car and calling it a day. I’ve probably said this before, but I’ve found that I’ve felt empowered and supremely confident while wearing a dress because of how bold it makes me feel, and I absolutely love that feeling. More to come....
  3. JeffB

    Who has bought some new shoes

    I've been pretty much hooked on block heels, and my latest acquisition are the Payless "Rae Chopout" mules in taupe with four inch block heels. The shoes were easy to wear, easy to walk in and comfortable for long stretches as I wore them to the sprawling King of Prussia Mall yesterday. They also come in black, but that color sold out.
  4. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

    streetheel: It certainly looks comfortable and casual. Nicely done. Jaunt #441, 6/16/2018: For the first time in quite some time, the weather gods took pity on the Philadelphia region and gave us a sunny Saturday from start to finish. With that in mind, it was time for my first jaunt in nearly a month, now, the original plan was to wear a skirt to the King of Prussia Mall, I have a goodly number of nice, knee length summery skirts, most of them prints with nice solid color tops to pair with them. However, that plan was quickly shelved because I couldn’t bring myself to wear such an outfit when I could opt for a dress instead, and I went in that direction, sporting a forest green swing dress along with my newest pair of shoes from Payless, the “Rae Chopout” mules in taupe and a black satchel bag. The dress came from JCPenney which I had bought around a year ago but never got to wear until now, it was light, airy, and the color suited me, as for the shoes, these mules with their four inch block heels were fun to wear and comfortable, they also came in black, but that color sold out. Bummer. I arrived at the mall shortly before eleven a.m., the place wasn’t too terribly busy, even for a Saturday, and, as usual, no one took notice of my attire. Big shock, right? In observing all the women, young, old and inbetween at the mall, there was one particular trend: casual to the nines and beyond with t-shirts, shorts with sneakers, sandals or the forever hated flip flops, very few wore skirts or dresses and no one wore heels higher than maybe an inch or two. That brought up my usual concern that I had overdressed, however, I dismissed that thought, I had long accepted the fact that I would rather overdo things than underdo them when it came to my attire because I love to look nice when out and about on my little adventures. In the food court which, surprisingly, wasn’t all that crowded at high noon, I chatted with the counterperson at Subway about the World Cup while he made my sandwich, I got a couple of odd looks from kids, but, other than that, nothing. In the Apple Store, I did get a compliment from a salesperson on my dress while purchasing a new charging cable for my iPhone. Then, at Old Navy, I bought not one, not two, but three new dresses to add to my ever expanding collection, spending all of just under fifty bucks on them. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but the final paradigm shift as a fashion freestyler is most definitely underway as I’m steadily transitioning from skirts to wearing dresses full time on my outings, and I’m not stopping that change from taking place. Why should I? Dresses are easy to wear, I feel supremely confident in them, and, more importantly, dresses look good on me in ways skirts don’t, it’s just that simple. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to do a wholesale purge of all my skirts to Goodwill tomorrow (however, I’ll admit the thought had crossed my mind), nothing that drastic, at least not right away, besides, I like the stuff I have, and I'll still wear skirts from time to time, it’s just that I like dresses more, and I plan to wear them more as they’ve become an important part of my freestyling identity. More to come....
  5. JeffB

    Mr. X's travels

    Nice to meet other sailors here! I served from 1976 to 1996. I was a Storekeeper and outprocessed at Willow Grove air station after the Navy Base closed for business in 1993. I was very proud to have served and got to visit many amazing places, my favorite being Japan from August 1977 to December 1978. Mr. X: Well done on your first public outing in a dress. Pretty cool, eh? Wearing dresses are easy and a whole lot of fun, once upon a time, I wore them infrequently, now I'm wearing them more often as they suit who I am as a freestyler.
  6. JeffB

    Mr. X's travels

    Well, I don't expect anyone else to document their travels in the sort of exacting detail as I have, that's just how I roll, thanks to disciplines learned while I was in the military (Navy). Still, I greatly appreciate others here who chat about their outings as Mr. X does, regardless of how they talk about their adventures.
  7. JeffB

    Mr. X's travels

    Pretty cool, Mr. X. You do shorts well!
  8. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

  9. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

    The weather's been sloppy with rain this weekend, so I'll have to wait a week before I can go out.
  10. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

    I agree fully! I'll see what I can do about wearing heels more often.
  11. JeffB

    Mr. X's travels

    Sharp outfit there. Awesome looking sandals!
  12. JeffB

    Who has bought some new shoes

    Impressive! Most impressive!
  13. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

    Thanks for the kind words. My weight loss regimen made what you saw possible. Thanks! While I've come to enjoy my flat sandals, I've been loving the block heels I've worn of late as they're more fun than I thought, especially with my dresses.
  14. JeffB

    Which bathroom do you use?

    The men’s room of course. I’ve never had any trouble, regardless of how I’m dressed.
  15. JeffB

    The Jaunts of JeffB!

    Mr. X: Glad to read you feel that way. While I focus more on the outfit, shoes are still important to me. Jaunt #440, 5/28/2018: Normally, my routine on a holiday (in this case, Memorial Day) is to relax and take it easy, especially during spring and summer, case in point: a long walk or a leisurely bike ride in the morning, then chilling out on my front porch in the afternoon with a book. However, this occasion was entirely different as I woke up that morning aching to go on a jaunt in a dress. And that was exactly what I did, heading out on a partly cloudy and cool holiday in a black denim jacket over a cami print dress from Old Navy, the Payless “Tart” block heeled sandals and a black handbag. It should be noted that this made my tenth outing in a dress for 2018, equaling all the times I wore dresses in 2017, and there’s a full eight months left to this year. I guess a new paradigm shift is underway as I’m slowly transitioning from wearing skirts full time on my jaunts to dresses, and I’m elated at that as I feel a special sort of....freedom and empowerment when I’m in a dress that I don’t feel in a skirt, it’s like I’m silently saying to the world: here I am, dressed how I love, DEAL WITH IT! As for my footwear, the original plan was to wear a pair of flat sandals, but I’ve really come to enjoy the block heeled versions I’ve bought recently as I appreciate the styling, and the height. Regarding the destination, I still had some cash leftover from my visit to Parx Casino on Saturday, so I went to the other are slots parlor, Sugar House Casino which is only ten minutes away from downtown. Sugar House is a different animal from Parx as it has a multi-story garage, the style of the place is different as it’s a tad larger, so was the atmosphere in a way as it was packed with holiday gamblers. I did have a few people give me a glance here and there as I entered the place, as normal, I had lunch before I hit the gambling floor. Unlike Saturday, I didn’t have much in the way of luck on the penny machines, never winning more than twenty to thirty bucks at any one time, sort of a bummer, but I never go to slot parlors to strike it rich anyway, I go there to have a little fun. Leaving Sugar House with about fifty bucks of their money, I drove back into town and my regular haunt, Rittenhouse Square Park, but I conducted a little experiment to see if I’d get noticed. With the weather having warmed up some, I shed the jacket and strolled to the park, funny thing, I had more people stare at me when I had the jacket on at Sugar House than I did without while surrounded by scores of people. Go figure. Now, I don’t know when my next outing will be (I never plan that far ahead), but maybe, just maybe I’ll wear a skirt. Or, maybe not. I’m just having way too much fun in dresses. More to come....

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