Wednesday, February 29, 2012

02/29/12 OOTD: Scorch

The last day. Let's do this.


Top: Van Heusen dress shirt from JC Penney
Jacket: Sheer stripe moto jacket from Ashley Stewart
Necklace: Looted from Mrs. Spookshow's jewelry box
Skirt: Made by Mrs. Spookshow
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in black
Shoes: Mia flamenco wedge pump from DSW

I've been looking forward to wearing this look for a while now. I wanted to make sure that I ended this month of OOTDs with something I was really proud of. This look is a perfect expression of my personal style. I really love the jacket here. I've never worn it zipped up before, but I really like how it's rockin' with the dress shirt. The star here, however, is definitely the skirt ... 


I found this fabric while on our trip to Tampa, Florida, earlier this month. When I go looking for fabric, I'm often rather hasty about it. I like to quickly look at a shelf of fabric, and only really bother with fabrics that immediately catch my eye. I couldn't grab this one faster. This fabric is actually part of the Project Runway line, specifically credited to my favorite designer of all time on the show, April Johnston. As if the deal wasn't already sealed with buying this fabric, ha.

I immediately knew I wanted to use this pocketed skirt pattern for this fabric, pairing it with a shiny black material for the accents. It actually took us a few trips to different fabric stores to find the right black fabric, but it was well worth it. Mrs. Spookshow rocked this one out as always; it's so awesome to have a costume designer for a wife! 


I previewed these shoes on Twitter last week (you do follow His Black Dress on Twitter, right?), and am excited to finally get to wear them. I picked these up from DSW with a gift card Mrs. Spookshow gave me for my birthday. At 5 inches these are the highest heels I have! The most exciting detail about these shoes for me, though, is that they are size 11m. I typically find I need to wear a 12, which often just barely cuts me off from most designer shoes. The reviews for this shoe said that they ran a bit large, however, and I find they actually fit me perfectly. The design is also killer, and I really love the criss-crossed straps.


So, this is the last look of my Fashion Freedom February event. It's been such a fun ride, and to be honest I'm not ready for it to be over. I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed this little event, taken the time to comment, and shared my OOTDs across the web. I want you to know that I have received many messages from people saying that what I've been doing here has affected them in positive ways, giving them confidence or courage to be themselves. That is why I write this blog. Without you, the readers, that message would not spread. Thank you for following & promoted this blog!

What happens now? Well, honestly I would really like to know what you would like to see on this blog in the future! Seriously. More OOTDs? Wardrobe remixes? What topics do you want me to talk about in future essays? Do you want to see more interviews? Got another challenge for me? Please let me know, either in the comments below or (if you'd like to do so more privately) email me at HisBlackDress@gmail.com. I want to know what you think! 

Thank you again for all the success this month has brought to the blog. I hope you've enjoyed the event, and I look forward to sharing more with you all throughout the rest of the year & beyond!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

02/28/12 OOTD: BOOM

Only one day left after this one. Here we go!


Top: Hellboy shirt bought at a Con.
Skirt: Jersey knit skirt from Target
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in grey
Shoes: Sayde anne short shaft boots from Payless

I can't believe the month is almost over. For my next to last look, I wanted to show another easy to wear, casual skirted look. This is probably a fairly iconic look for me, as I wear tee & skirt combinations similar to this quite often. I really enjoy pairing this Hellboy shirt with the red boots, so I probably wear this one a lot, actually. It's a very similar look to my Cult Classic OOTD from earlier this month, but I wanted to showcase again what I feel is just a very easy style for a man wanting to try skirts.


I've had a really fun journey giving up pants for a month. I've learned a lot about style and about myself. I've started to try to put my thoughts together for a sort of "wrap up" / "what have I learned" post, so look for that soon. I've still got one more look left for tomorrow, and I think it's a pretty good one! Seeya tomorrow!

Monday, February 27, 2012

02/27/12 OOTD: Pawn

The month is almost done. I'm a bit sad. Here we go!


Top: Merona dress shirt from Target
Necklace: Geo stud necklace from Domino Dollhouse
Ring: Studded double finger ring from Domino Dollhouse
Skirt: Made by Mrs. Spookshow
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in black
Shoes: Wedge bootie by Madden Girl

Going out to dinner with Mrs. Spookshow & the parents tonight, and this is my outfit. Unfortunately, I waited until late afternoon to take the photos on an already rainy day, so I'm not entirely happy with the quality. It will have to do, though. Mrs. Spookshow made this skirt for me a while ago, and I suppose I've been saving it for one of my last looks. I want to end the month with some really cool OOTDs.



I just got this necklace from Domino Dollhouse on clearance. I had eyed it earlier in the month but didn't order it. When I saw it on clearance and heard they wouldn't be available again, I just had to have it. One of the big things that has come out of this month event for me is accessorizing with jewelry. It wasn't previously on my radar, but I've really enjoyed the subtle ways that jewelry can enhance a look. The ring is also Domino Dollhouse, and I love it too!


This shot shows off the skirt better, thankfully. I'm really happy with how this skirt turned out. Mrs. Spookshow is great!

Anyways, it seems I gotta run out the door to go to dinner, so that's it for this one. Only two more looks for the month, whoa. Seeya tomorrow!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

02/26/12 OOTD: Gloom

Black & navy on a cloudy day? Check. Sunglasses in the rain? Check. Here we go!


Dress: Merona sleeveless belted knit dress from Target
Jacket: Tough cookie jacket from Domino Dollhouse
Sunglasses: Zip it sunglasses from Domino Dollhouse
Belt: Faux feather belt from Forever 21+
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in black
Shoes: Multi-strap pumps by Comfortview

So it figures I'd pick a dark outfit on a gloomy, rainy day, when getting good photos of it would be impossible. Ah, well. I felt pretty damn cool anyways. Even though it's not sunny here in Florida today, I couldn't resist the sunglasses. You can't really tell from this photo, but they have a zipper detail on them that works really well with the zippers on this jacket. The belt I'm wearing has black feathers on it, but it was impossible to get a detail shot of that with the lack of light. You'll just have to trust me that it's cool, ha!


It was really rainy so I had to take this photo inside. Sadly, the lighting situation doesn't do it much justice, but it will have to suffice. These shoes have a great color, anyways.

I'm disappointed that I couldn't get better photos of this one, because I kinda really dig it. Blame it on the rain, yeah, yeah.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

02/25/12 OOTD: Return

Time for number 25. Here we go!


Dress: Belted shirtdress by DKNY Jeans
Tights: Charnos diamond opaque tights
Shoes: Lena strap peep toe wedge from Torrid

This is what I'm wearing today. This photo is actually from back in October, but since I'm wearing the same outfit I didn't see a need to take new photos when I've already got good ones. I wanted to do something different with the belt ... but it didn't pan out. I've got a pretty swish buckle I want to wear with this, but that's going to require finding a new belt to put it on. As soon as that happens, expect a remix of this.


I've always been really happy with how the dress, tights, and shoes all work together here. I've never really been big on pattern tights, but I've started to take a bit of a liking to these.

Sorry for being brief today. Mrs. Spookshow & I have been very busy around the house. Only four more looks to go. I've got some great new skirts to show off!

Friday, February 24, 2012

02/24/12 OOTD: Boss

It's day number 24. Here we go!


Top: Dress shirt from JC Penney
Vest: Moto vest from Forever 21+
Skirt: Royal purple kilt from Sportkilt
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in purple
Shoes: Ankle boots by Easy Street

I wanted to try another kilt look today. My wife often suggests a dress shirt & vest with my kilts, and while I've never felt that's really my style, I thought if any vest would work for me it would be this one.  This outfit kinda made me feel like a crime boss from a comic book, and I think I channeled that a bit with the poses, ha!


I picked up this dress shirt while we were in Tampa earlier this month. I've really needed some new ones since losing a load of weight, as a lot of my current ones are just really baggy ... and that's not a good look. The new ones I've purchased are a little tight, but I'm working on it. I continue to love this ring.


I was surprised to find that I've never photographed these boots. I was going to wear my grey flannel flats with this outfit, but I felt the boots just might work better overall. I'm very surprised I haven't ever featured these boots in an OOTD, as I actually wear them a lot. They only have a 2 inch heel, and they are insanely squishy and comfortable, so I often rock these when I know I'll be walking a lot, or just if my feet need a break.

That's all I can really think to say about this one. I think this one is another fairly easy outfit for men to rock, that isn't as far "out there" as most of my other looks. I gotta admit that my closet is getting a bit barren now, since I don't want to really repeat any skirts or dresses. It's certainly starting to get difficult to put together really awesome looks. Only five more to go...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

02/23/12 OOTD: Cut Out

Another Mrs. Spookshow original today. Here we go!


Dress: Made by Mrs. Spookshow
Necklace: Nicked from Mrs. Spookshow's jewelry box
Belt: Plate stretch belt from Torrid
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in black
Shoes: Matti slip-on boot by Comfortview

A few OOTDs ago I mentioned that Mrs. Spookshow was working on another dress for me. Well, here it is! It's got some cool cold shoulder details (which we'll check out in a sec), but the coolest bit is ... pockets! I enjoy dresses & skirts with pockets if only because it gives me something to do with my hands in photos, haha! 



Here's a closer view of the chest / shoulders. I wanted to show off the cut outs on the sleeves because I've always loved cold shoulder tops. This dress also has a slit in the back, but I forgot to take a photo of that. I thought this necklace would go well with the outfit, and help tie in with the belt. 


I've had this belt for ages, but never found a look to make it work. I actually like it here, though. Mrs. Spookshow made a cloth belt out of the same fabric as the dress, but I thought this belt would work better with the shoes. Interesting but pointless factoid: This is the first time I've worn opaque black tights. I usually prefer my black tights to be sheer, but I thought the opaques would look better here. I actually kinda love 'em, so I might have to get some more pairs (these mysteriously have a hole on the foot, despite never being worn, grr!). 

I've featured these shoes before (waaaay back on OOTD #3) but they were paired with a maxi skirt last time. While they provided a cool pop of color for that outfit, here I think they really come into their own. The cuffs do unfold to make them taller, but I've always had a thing for booties, so I keep it down. 

That's another OOTD down. I've had fun wearing this outfit today. Only six more days left. For those of you wondering, it looks like it'll be four more skirts & two more dresses to close out the month, unless you guys would like to see more dresses. Let me know in the comments below! See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

02/22/12 OOTD - Solo

Runnin' a bit late today, but here we go!


Dress: Jersey colorblock dress from Macys
Vest: Moto Vest from Forever 21+
Necklace: Feather dream necklace from Domino Dollhouse
Belt: Oval stretch belt from Torrid
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in marine
Shoes: Sayde anne short shaft boots from Payless

I originally had a different outfit planned for today, but it didn't work out. I've been avoiding this dress in the closet, simply because it's often very unforgiving on my figure. Nothing a rockin' vest can't fix though! I got assaulted by bees (!) while taking this photo, and while I didn't get stung it did mean I only got one photo. Anyhow, I think I got it in one.



I had to bring the alternate photo inside today, and while the color doesn't turn out as good, I wanted to try to show the outfit a bit more than in the other photo. I added the belt to this look at the last minute, and actually think it was a good addition. I think I'm starting to learn more about when to belt or not to belt (and that IS the question, ha!). These shoes always make me happy. There's just something about bright red boots that is awesome. 

Seven more looks to go! Seeya tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

02/21/12 OOTD: Soar

Hard to believe I'm already at the last look of week three. Here we go!


Poncho: Found on clearance at Catherines
Dress: Moto dress by Z. Cavaricci
Bag: Found on clearance at Target
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in marine
Shoes: Mossimo flannel flats from Target

I've featured the moto dress on the blog a lot, so I wasn't sure I would wear it again for this February event. I found a way to sneak it in with this poncho, though, ha! 


I got this poncho & the shoes when Mrs. Spookshow & I were out shopping in Tampa, Florida (see this post). I loved it as soon as I saw it, and had to have it. Mrs. Spookshow agreed, mostly because she wanted to wear it too, ha!


Of course I had to take this photo, it's just too cool looking not to. I really like this poncho, it's just so fun to wear. I think a large part of my desire to cross the department divide with my style is because there's just so much more variety on the other side. Fun clothes like this need to be on my body.


I picked up these flats while we were in Tampa, as I mistakenly didn't pack any. Even though I often like the look of a pair of flats, I usually forgo them in favor of heels because they make my legs look better. This photo is actually making me rethink that a little, as I think my legs look pretty great here. Maybe I'll try to give flats more of a chance in the future.

His Black Dress Reaches Over 10,000 page views

It was a little over a week ago that I posted about reaching 5,000 page views. Now, His Black Dress has hit over 10,000 page views! I've received a lot of activity here on the blog recently (as well as at other HBD sites), and want to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to interact with me! I love to hear from you! The message of men's fashion freedom & having the courage to be yourself is spreading rapidly, let's keep it going!

Thank you, everyone!

Tumblr'd

On my birthday, I sent my OOTN photo to Domino Dollhouse to post on their Tumblr. When I woke up the next morning, I was shocked to discover all the attention that photo received over on Tumblr, not to mention the amount of traffic it created here on the blog. Just a few days after I had posted an announcement about reaching 5,000 page views total for the blog, that activity on Tumblr led to over 5,000 page views here in a single day! Over that next few days I've went from 17 followers to 55 and rising!

The support, encouragement, and love I have received on Tumblr (and here on the blog) was the best birthday gift I could imagine. I've gotten the opportunity to interact with so many people here, and received some very inspirational messages. I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed this blog, commented on my posts, sent me messages, & shared my photo on Tumblr. I really appreciate it very much. The entire reason I write this blog is to try to encourage people to be themselves. Sure, the blog is also about raising awareness for men wearing what they want, but at the very core the idea remains to give people inspiration to be who they want to me. Thank you, everyone, for helping me to share that message.

The activity on Tumblr, as well as several messages from readers, has prompted me to start my own Tumblr. While it's going to be more of a personal space for general things that I like (a place to get to know Michael Spookshow more!), and not just focused on men's fashion freedom like this blog, I will be posting all of my OOTD pictures there.

You can find my Tumblr here at His Black Dress.

To all the readers who found this blog through that original post on the Domino Dollhouse Tumblr, I ask you to take a moment to visit my new Tumblr and reblog your favorite OOTDs of mine.

Here is a link to my OOTD tagged posts over on Tumblr: http://hisblackdress.tumblr.com/tagged/OOTD

I want to give a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who supports this blog. I love having the opportunity to talk to you all, and show you a glimpse in to the life of a boy in a dress. Thank you!

Monday, February 20, 2012

02/20/12 OOTD: Scuro

I can't believe I'm already on OOTD number 20. Only 9 more days.


Top: HIM tee, hacked up
Skirt: DKNY Jeans tiered skirt from Macys
Tights: Charnos diamond opaque tights
Boots: Military boots by Ros Hommerson

So, I went back to my darker roots for this look. There's a certain similarity with this outfit to yesterdays, which is completely intentional. Whereas yesterday I challenged myself to not wear any clothing from the women's department, today I'm wearing nothing from the men's department. I still think I've managed to keep the looks similar, though, with the tee, skirt, boots combination.


I was originally planning something different for this skirt, but my closet is looking a bit barren for unique choices at this point and my plans for other looks trumped saving it. I'll probably post another OOTD with this skirt after this February event is over showing some of my other ideas for it. 


Mrs. Spookshow took this picture for me, as I wasn't sure what to do for alternate shots today. To be honest, I'm feeling a little bit uninspired today. Hey, it happens. Regardless, I think this is a cool goth / rocker look. Even though I've moved a little bit away from this style, I still try to keep some of the edginess in my current style. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

02/19/12 OOTD: Bounty

Havin' a bit of fun with this one today. Here we go!


Top: Gift from Mrs. Spookshow
Skirt: Blackwatch kilt by Sportkilt
Socks: ?
Boots: Distortion boot by Harley Davidson

Yesterday on Flickr, Ihopeyouareok commented on one of my photos and said, "So I love all these outfits, and think you look great. But I'm dying to see you pull off the skirt but with traditional male dress otherwise. Socks, sneakers, t-shirt, jacket, but still the skirt kind of thing! Have you found the heels and tights just work better?" Well, this one is for you!

I figured today would be a fun day to do this, since it's sort of going to be a bit of a masculine day for me (whatever that mean). I'm going to spend the day playing Warhammer 40k, a tabletop wargame, with a friend of mine, and then tonight we are watching the WWE Elimination Chamber ppv. 

This outfit brings to mind one of the articles on fashion freedom I wrote last year, Boys in Dresses: A Primer. In it, I talked about the "spectrum" of boys in skirts, ranging from guys who wear kilts all the way to androgynous boys. While I'm not androgynous, I certainly fall much closer to it in the spectrum than to the traditional masculine kilted look. Here, however, I'm channeling the Bravehearts, ha!

Lurky cat is watching. What you can't see is that the other one is also staring at me off camera. I often have an audience when I take these photos. Also, skeleton garden gnomes!
This outfit is definitely outside of the norm for me. This may be the only outfit picture where I am wearing absolutely nothing from the women's department, ha! It's also the only picture of my legs without tights. I do not like wearing skirts without tights, it just feels awkward and utterly weird to me, but I wanted to keep this one on the Braveheart side, so here you go. I don't dislike this look, but it's just not entirely me, I feel. Regardless of that, I think it works really well for guys in skirts. 

No disintegrations!
Yep, dork alert. I got this Boba Fett helmet for my birthday, and just couldn't resist fitting it into a photo here. It occurred to me after the fact that Boba does not actually use two blasters (that was his father, Jango Fett), but oh well. As if you needed more reasons to love me, I'm a huge geek.

That's it for today. Tomorrow I might have a new custom made dress from Mrs. Spookshow to show!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

02/18/12 OOTD: Adore

Another day, another outfit. Let's do this!


Top: Colorblock dolman top from Forever 21+
Skirt: Pleat tier skirt from Roaman's
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in purple
Shoes: Meg ankle boot by Gwyneth Shoes

I've wanted to put this top and skirt together for awhile now. I like this top a lot, though I didn't feel I had worn it to the fullest potential until this look. This skirt remains one of my favorites. I can't really explain it, but these pleated tiers make me feel like I'm on fire. This skirt can completely change my attitude, simply by being on my body; I love it!

A few people have commented on the skeleton dog in these door photos. He was a Christmas present from my mom to Mrs. Spookshow & I. She added the blue googly eyes herself, which I think really sets him off. We've got all sorts of fun, spooky decorations outside all year round ... actually, you can spy another in this next picture...


(I try to find more creative places to take these outfit photos, but the locations I use are really where the best lighting is. I apologize for repeating them so often, but I think great outfit photos trump grainy, dark shots in cooler places.)

I've been having a lot of fun taking these alternate detail shots, and today was no exception. Today, I just felt like getting my feet off the ground. I love the way this shot turned out, and even though it was meant to show off the shoes (and my legs too, come on) I think it captured the skirt excellently. Here you can really see all the texture differences and such that make it one of my favorites.

Hope you enjoyed this OOTD. As always, I'd love to know what you think!

Friday, February 17, 2012

02/17/12 OOTD & OOTN: Birthday!

It's my birthday! Yay! Today I'm posting my first OOTN, as I've had my birthday dinner outfit planned for a while, but didn't want to wear it all day. Let's start with the OOTD!


Overshirt: Merona button shirt from Target
Undershirt: Red racer back tank top from Amazon
Jacket: Black military jacket from Torrid
Ring: Studded double finger ring from Domino Dollhouse
Belt: Oval stretch belt from Torrid
Skirt: Zigzag maxi skirt from Macys
Tights: Hudson lilly put 20 denier tights in red
Shoes: Portia bootine from Payless

Wow, that's quite a list! Since I had my OOTN already planned, I put this outfit together wanting to include some nods / allusions to my evening look. I actually really like the way this turned out! It's a lot of layers for Florida, but regardless it's fun. As you can see I've picked up another long skirt, as I really liked my first one, and I really liked the zigzag design. It's apparently quite on trend now, as well, though I don't really follow that much honestly. I think the little pops of red here are a lot of fun, and were very intentional. 

I feel like the belt works really well here. I've not had a lot of luck fitting this belt into my outfits, as I'm just never quite happy with the effect. For what was really only meant to be a nod to my evening look, I really like this outfit just on it's own!

Let's get into the OOTN, shall we?


Top: Made by Mrs. Spookshow
Ring: Studded double finger ring from Domino Dollhouse
Skirt: Bow out skirt from Domino Dollhouse
Tights: Hudson lilly put 20 denier tights in red
Shoes: Funtasma bloody pump by Pleaser

I discovered Domino Dollhouse earlier this month, and when I saw this skirt I knew I had to have it. It's great quality, and I really love the design of it. It gives me a very fun, Tim Burton feel. Shipping was reasonable and very fast, which was great, as I hate waiting for stuff, ha! They've definitely made me a fan of their store, and I'll be keeping my eye out for other items that I can rock from there. Check out Domino Dollhouse for some really great threads! Thanks, Domino Dollhouse! 



One day, the thought struck me that I don't have any just plain high heel pumps. Even though I've always been more drawn to boots, I felt like I should definitely do something about that! I got these shoes with an Amazon giftcard from Endless.com, and wound up only paying $3.49 (which was for the overnight shipping, ha!). I was originally just looking for some red pumps (I feel like I have a lot of black shoes already, so anymore I try to purchase colors only), but when I saw these I knew they were perfect for me. They have a 4 inch heel, which I'm not completely used to walking in, so they can be a bit killer, but nothing a boy can't handle!

Mrs. Spookshow & I are going out for dinner this evening, though I haven't decided where yet. It's sure to be fun, and I'm really excited. Hope you enjoyed these outfits as much as I have! Seeya tomorrow with another OOTD!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

02/16/12 OOTD: Lazarus

Wow, 16 days in so far. It feels like this month is going by very fast, it's a bit surreal.


Top: Made by Mrs. Spookshow
Necklace: From Mrs. Spookshow's jewelry box, again.
Skirt: Pinstripe skirt from Lane Bryant
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in purple
Shoes: Mossimo flannel flats from Target

It's really interesting how this look came together today. See, I knew I wouldn't be going out anywhere today ... so in a sense I didn't want to "waste" a good OOTD sitting around the house. This skirt has just been hanging in the back of my closet, and to be honest I wasn't even sure I would wear it this month. Today, I thought, "Well, why not" and pulled it out.

Despite the neglected status, this skirt is actually kind of important to me. I wore this skirt in the very first skirted picture I posted on Flickr. Let's check that out ...


Here is what I had to say about this look at the time: "I've always been interested in freestyle fashion. My goal is to not be hindered by what rack a garment came from, and to present myself in a fashionable, tasteful, unique way. I see no reason why a man cannot wear whatever he pleases."

Well, my attitude certainly hasn't changed since then, though I feel my style definitely has. At the time I took this picture and started on this fashion freedom journey, I didn't ever imagine that I'd be here now. I've gained a real appreciation for color, and tried to add it to my wardrobe where I can. I've learned so much about my body and how to dress to flatter it (although I'm still learning there, too), and just about accessorizing in general. 

I've really spent the year since I took that picture reinventing myself, embracing the styles I love and finding the courage to be myself. It's been very rewarding.


Here is a closer shot of both the necklace and the neckline of the top. This is another garment I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this month, and then I thought it might be fun with this skirt. I actually think they work pretty well together. 

The name of this OOTD comes from the LZ in the picture, which always makes me think of Lazarus for some reason. The letters were there when we bought the house, and I've always wondered what the story is behind them. There's also some significance to resurrecting my first skirt for this set, as well.

I wanted to do something different for the shoe shot today, and I really like how this one turned out. I bought these shoes over the weekend when Mrs. Spookshow and I were in Tampa, as I desperately needed a pair of flats and had forgotten to pack any. Truthfully, I would have bought them even if that wasn't the case, but shh. I really like these shoes, although they did have to spend a few days with my shoe stretchers because they were digging into my heels. They seem much better now, though, and will probably be a staple shoe for me in the coming months.

I wasn't expecting much from this outfit, but I've got to say that I'm actually really loving how it turned out!

I want to mention that I feel like this outfit was inspired by some of the outfits I've seen over the year on the Fatshionista Flickr group, though I can't point out any particular lovely lady for the inspiration here. I've really enjoyed looking at the beautiful outfits and women on that page, and it's really helped me to both evolve my style and learn to love my body. I want to say thank you to all the women who have welcomed me there, and allowed me to post my outfit photos to the group. I've felt a lot of kinship there, even though I'm not a woman, but just a larger person who also loves fashion. So thank you, ladies.

I hope you enjoyed this retrospective post; it's given me a lot to think about. I'm probably just feeling oddly reflective and such, because tomorrow is my birthday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

02/15/12 OOTD: Luster

Today I wanted to try on a new dress I bought. Let's get right to it.


Dress: Merona woven dress from Target
Jacket: Sheer stripe moto jacket from Ashely Stewart
Tights: Levante eXtra in black
Shoes: Belted bootie by Barefoot Tess

This dress is a new purchase from Target that I couldn't wait to try. I purchased it in this silver color, and also in a rust red color. I really like the asymmetrical neckline on this one! It's no secret that I love dresses; there's just something about the ease and simplicity of wearing one that I love. As I've said many times, however, it can be really hard to find dresses from the women's department that can work on a man, particularly in the chest region. I think that throwing on a jacket can really help, so that is what I often do.

Rather than just show this dress with the jacket, however, I want to show you guys how it looks without the jacket as well. 


I like the look with the jacket better, though I'm not sure if that isn't just because of body image issues I have. I've come a long way with accepting my body and loving it, but one area I'm still uncomfortable with is my chest. I'm a fatty, and unfortunately for boys that tends to gift us with, well .. (for lack of a better term) moobs. It's a bit of a struggle for me, because while I don't want to fool myself into thinking I don't have them, I also don't want to really flaunt it either. Throwing dresses into that mix only complicates it, since many patterns are designed to, well, accentuate the chest. That's why I often default to a jacket.

All that being said, I don't dislike the way this dress looks without a jacket, though I also worry that maybe I'm a bit too lenient on myself. I know that I don't see myself with the same eyes that others do, so it's hard to know if I overlook or overthink things.

Anyhow, this is my look for today. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

02/14/12 OOTD: Race

(I've been so busy today that I missed taking photos of this outfit in ideal lighting. I debated delaying this post, and taking new pictures tomorrow, but I just don't want to do that. I know these pictures aren't the best quality, but I think that staying on track and keeping the pace is more important than fretting over being perfect. I hope you will agree.)


Although Mrs. Spookshow & I have agreed not to make anything of Valentine's Day, I did take some inspiration from it today with this look. Number 14, here we go!



Dress: Cotton shirtdress from eBay
Necklace: Mrs. Spookshow's jewelry box
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in wine
Shoes: Lena strap peep toe wedge from Torrid

This is a combination I've worn before, but I just couldn't think of a better way to wear it today. I feel that shirt dresses like this one can work easily for a man, as it's very similar in style to a button down shirt, just with a skirt attached. It's easy to wear and is very comfortable.


I thought this necklace would go well with the red tights. 


This dress gives me a very retro vibe, so I think it's fun to play that up with shoes like these. Overall, I think it makes for a nice look. 

Apologies for being so brief today, but I'm still quite busy. Things will return to normal tomorrow, so seeya then!

Monday, February 13, 2012

His Black Dress Reaches Over 5,000 Page Views

A few moments ago, His Black Dress reached another exciting milestone ... over 5,000 total page views! Activity on the blog has soared since the beginning of this year, and I can't say thank you enough to everyone who has taken the time to read, interact with, & share this blog! When I decided to start a blog about men's fashion freedom I didn't know if there would be any interest at all in what this boy in a dress had to say, and I'm really happy to know that my message of having the courage to be yourself has been reaching people. I'm looking forward to continuing to share my thoughts & experiences with you all.

Thank you, everyone, truly. 

02/13/12 OOTD: Bombad

Havin' some fun today with OOTD number 13!


Overshirt: Darth Vader tee from Walmart
Undershirt: Stripe long sleeve tee from Walmart
Skirt: Sportkilt
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in off black
Shoes: Sayde anne short shaft boots from Payless

This is what I wore today to go see Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D. It's gotten a bit chilly again here in Florida, so I wanted to try some tee layering. I didn't know how cold the theatre would be, but it worked out fine. I really enjoyed the movie, but then again I actually really like both Episode I and 3D, ha!

Mrs. Spookshow and I decided to try out a local mexican place for lunch, which turned out to be pretty good. Both the theatre and the restaurant were nearly deserted, so I don't have any reactions to share today. It was a fun little early afternoon date for us, though.

Since this outfit is pretty similar to some others I've posted this month, I thought I'd just have a little fun with the bonus picture. I know I'm a huge geek, but I can't be the only one that's got a pair of 3D glasses at home, right? This picture is for those of you who rock enough to have some! So put on your red & blues and check out what might be the first 3D picture of a guy in a skirt ever! 



Sunday, February 12, 2012

02/12/12 OOTD: Murder

Another late afternoon OOTD, as we just returned home from our trip to Tampa, Florida. Number 12!


Top: Gift from  Mrs. Spookshow
Skirt: Made by Mrs. Spookshow
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in grey
Shoes: Red mary jane flats by Andres Machado

Another tee & skirt combo, and I think it works pretty well. I really like the tee; Mrs. Spookshow seems to have a pretty good grasp on my style. This skirt is the first she ever made me, and I think it's pretty cool. It's got some great pockets that are covered by the shirt here, but fear not, I've taken pictures of them.


First, a closer shot of the tee. Not much to say about it, it's just cool.


Pockets! This is one of the fun details of this skirt. It also has a waistband in the same trim as the pockets, but I didn't feel like tucking in the shirt to show it this time. Grey tights seemed like a good choice here, especially since it's actually a bit chilly today. I was originally planning to debut these flats with a different outfit, but after all the running around in heels this weekend my feet needed a little break today. I definitely prefer my legs in heels (who doesn't?), but it's nice to rock some flats occasionally as well.