Are you Listening?
What you wear can inform a passersby of your type of employment, your ambitions, emotions, spending habits and [gender choice]. However, there is more...
If you still consider yourself to be just a "crossdresser" what does the process really represent to you? I am assuming you are past the teen self-arousal part and seriously go out in what I call "escapes"; dinner, meeting with the like-minded, and the occasional mall shopping expedition. Your goal is to blend in and be seen for your fashion prowess.
In a Forbes magazine article “What Your Clothes Say About You”: the following applies:
A study this year from Northwestern University examined a concept called "enclothed cognition. Researchers define it in their report as "the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer's psychological processes," meaning what your clothes are saying to you, not about you. And how they make you feel.
Enclothed cognition gives scientific proof to the idea that you should dress not how you feel, but how you want to feel. Which clothes make you feel powerful? Sexy? In control? Wealthy? [Feminine?]
Thus, the current research suggests a basic principle of enclothed cognition depends on both the symbolic meaning and the physical experience of wearing the clothes.
One of the most difficult actions of my life was not choosing a profession, choosing a partner, or becoming self-employed. It was to venture out presenting as another gender. This was somewhere around 1982. I had to admit to myself that this feminine persona, not yet named, wanted to be real, seen.
I had convinced myself that once would be enough – Let’s get this thing over with and grow up; move on. After all, it is just clothing? What I was missing was not how I want others to see me, but how I think about myself.
The Forbes article concluded with this:
"The clothes you choose are sending a message to those around you, but also to you, yourself."
Are you listening?