Trans Must-Have Shopping List: For the stealth, binary, dysphoric or questioning

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Not all trans people aim to “pass” (that is, be immediately read as a specific gender). Yet for those who do — regardless of why — it can be one of the biggest challenges of transitioning, especially early on.

Whether you’re journeying towards the male spectrum or the female spectrum, here are six helpful tools from credible websites to get you heading in the right direction.

 

Feminine

Breast Forms

Maybe you’re not able to start hormones, or maybe the results aren’t yet as drastic as hoped. Give your breasts their missing cushion with this breast form. It may be tempting to jump to a size H, but try to find a size that matches your frame. And remember; better quality equals better results!

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Platinum Seal Classic 1 Attachable Breast Forms

Price: $224 - $274

Check the rest of the website to find the right quality or price!

TheBreastFormStore.com/Platinum-Seal-Classic-BreastForms.aspx

 

Make-up

Knowing how to cover stubble is a huge benefit that will get you by as you ponder your options. Start with a bit of matte red lipstick for the base to counteract the blue hue of stubble, blend well, then apply foundation… Once you master the right blending, you’ll feel like yourself within minutes each morning.

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Borghese 7-Pc. Ready-To-Wear Color Collection

Price: $59

Also look online for foundation and matte lipstick

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Panty Girdle

This versatile garment aids in keeping your hips snug, your belly flat, and your physique well tucked. This particular girdle has a zipper for easy removal, and is built for firm control, comfort, and flexibility.

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Power Shaper by Underworks

Price: $57

Be sure to size yourself carefully

Underworks.com/Power-Shaper

 

Masculine

Binder

If done wrong, binding your chest can be almost as uncomfortable as not binding your chest. This style was my personal favorite with even-coverage and lots of stomach breathing room, but various styles are available, so be sure to look around. And remember — if your breathing feels restrained, go up a size.

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Econo High Power Compression Chest Binder by Underworks

Price: $17

Be sure to size yourself carefully

Underworks.com/Men-Compression-Shirts

 

Packers

Surgery is expensive, and not all trans guys are convinced that results are worth it. While you decide, hang onto that bulge and feel a bit more complete with this top-of-the-line packer. Four-in-one packers are available as well.

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FreeTom Prosthetics

Price: $162 - $243

Clearance options available

FreeTomProsthetics.com

 

STP

Many packers are already designed as STPs, but they can be quite an investment. If you’re resorting to a sock bundle to pack, you’ll need something else for those outings at the dance club when all the stalls are taken. This model allows for easy pocket-transportation, but plastic varieties are also available.

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Mr. Fenis

Price: $25

Sells out quickly - check back often!

FTMessentials.com/Collections/STP-Devices

 

Bonus

Voice Training App

Working your voice into a different frequency is no small task, especially for trans women. While trans men may have an advantage if they choose hormone therapy, not all guys fit in right away to their new vocal cords — and of course, HRT is not for everyone. No matter the situation, these two apps are here to help!

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Eva MTF and Eva FTM
Price: $4.99
Available on iOS
ExceptionalVoiceApp.com


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