You will find that there are many different forms of crossdressing and also a great number of unique reasons why men and indeed women look to crossdressing as a social behaviour. Some of these reasons include the feeling of inner fulfilment, pleasure and satisfaction of crossdressing in the clothes and behaviour of the opposite sex. You will find that the there are also many external reasons for being a crossdresser these include the deviance of social norms and also to stand out from the crowd. There are also sexual reasons, for cross dressing, and this include all sides of the gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, (LGBT community) and not forgetting the large crossdressing hetrosexual transgender folk.
Crossdressers are generally both men and women who like to wear clothes of the member of the opposite sex but have NOT undergone gender reassignment therapy or indeed tend not to suffer from gender disphoria. Once a crossdresser is undergoing transgender treatment from a psychologist they are classed as a preop transsexual and indeed once someone has undergone transgender treatment and sex reassignment surgery (sex change) they are classed as postop transsexual.
It is common for transgender people, including both men and women, to feel the need to disguise their gender identity as that of the opposite sex. For women it has been known in the past for them to want to disguise themselves as the member of the opposite sex for work and employment reasons especially for male dominated employment where they can pass and work as male. On the opposite side of the coin men have worked in a female orientated professions having crossdessed as women.
It is widely acknowledged and accepted that a transvestite and indeed many crossdressers like to appear as a member of the opposite sex for the reasons that it makes them feel good, feel sexy, for fetish reasons, and to create a feminine image of their ideal partner.
Being a drag queen is another form of crossdressing and is widely acceptable in theatre, pantomime and other entertainment groups. A drag queen or female impersonator does however vastly exaggerate the female persona both in costume, makeup and outward expressions. You will likely associate a drag queen as having very colourful and loud clothing, lots of bright makeup, a big wig, and very high heeled shoes. It is not widely known but the term “faux queen” and indeed a drag king is a genetic female / women employing the same drag techniques.
There are many great resources on the internet including articles, books, clothing – women shoes and boots (large sizes), makeup and makeover books and videos, crossdressing guides, tips and tricks that will help you crossdress in a more effective manner.
Many crossdressers try to create a female image of themselves that is acceptable to the outside world and is known as “passable” or trying “to pass” as a member of the opposite sex. However, it is extremely difficult to get away with impersonating a women and effectively passing as the opposite sex without mastering many things include – acceptable clothing for morning, day and evening, how to apply makeup and how much to apply!!!, also managing to get large size shoes and boots that make your feet look small albeit you are size 12. It is also very important to create your female mannerisms, speech and voice feminization or female speaking techniques and sexual behaviour and characteristics.