Turning our attention to the more than 85% of the cross dressers who are “straight” or heterosexual, let us first clear up one term. The vast majority of boys and men cross drssing in public on any given day are “underdressing” . Underdressing ranges from only wearing a single item such as panties or pantyhose to adding short or longline bras, girdles, corsets, camisoles, garter belts and thigh or knee-high hosiery under their male garb. In the colder climes, or winter time in the Southern states, sweaters and coats allows more underdressing with less fear of detecfion of bra straps and bulging breasts. Not uncommon for many to use colored toenail polish under socks, clear polish on fingers (Recall in the 1940s my father and other professionals had manicurists apply polish on their nails while having a shave and a haircut in the barbershop), and light mascara, foundation and lip gloss (or a neutral lipstick). Should mention that while many CDs shave their legs and bodies year-round others hesitate to do so in the summer months while wearing shorts or bathingsuits.
Once returning to their homes after work the scenario varies: For those CDs living with parents, their own wives or girlfriends and have not yet divulged their dressing habits — they will stash (secrete) their female lingerie until the next opportunity. However, those who have already “outed” to family members and been fully accepted will complete their dress-up more fully at home and remain that way until the need for male drab requires underdressing again. Obviously those who live alone don’t have such problems.. Discussion on how non-supporting wives and the children cope will be dealt with in forthcoming paragraphs.
Another approach adopted by many is to buy and wear jeans, pants, tops and shoes from stores’ women’s sections — just female-looking enough to be considered as unisex or “on the border” by the casual observer — and partially “out” by the wearer. Often CDs will keep a few items of male underclothing for that visit to the gym or a doctor’s office. Actually, many CDs do wear toenail polish and underdress when visiting the family doctor without the slightest coment by doctor or nurse — evidently not a problem.