Have you ever walked into a store, or public place, and felt like everyone could immediately tell you were trans? Are you looking for simple ways to be more passable and not get clocked? If you're looking for passing tips and tricks, we've got you covered.
What is Passing?
First off, passing is a very complex topic, and there are many angles to address. Being able to pass mainly boils down to how naturally "feminine" you can present at first glance. When someone sees you, do you blend in, or do you stand out like a sore thumb. Do you walk, talk, and dress as a cisgender female does? All of these are complicated discussions, and we've covered them in other articles - however this beginners passing guide covers the fundamentals.
"You don't necessarily have to be super pretty to pass"
Remember, being super pretty, and passing are two separate things. It is far easier to pass if you can blend in, while being cute and attractive at the same time.
Passing for Safety
Although there are many viewpoints on passing, safety plays a large part in wanting to pass effectively. Many trans women live in areas that are not trans friendly, so passing is of the utmost importance for their safety, and well-being.
How to Pass
In an ideal world everyone would address us by our correct pronouns, and being clocked would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, the world is not like that, so we have to do everything in our power to present female, and avoid the unwanted, negative attention.
Today, we're going to discuss simple tips that you can use in your daily life to help you pass as a MtF trans woman. This guide will share some awesome tips and tricks to help you to blend in, and present more feminine in your daily life.
Here are some essential MtF tips for how to pass more easily:
Tip 1. Don't Force a High Pitched Voice
Don't force yourself to talk in a high-pitch, as it comes across as unnatural and you will have a higher chance of voice cracks, and squeaking. Instead, slowly pitch up your voice over time, allowing your vocal muscles to adjust.
Women speak with a much more gentle, and delicate tone. Focus on speaking more softly, lightly, and airy. Don't raise your voice, and speak more slowly, this will help you sound much more natural, and feminine. Check out this post for more MtF Voice Training Tips
Tip 2. Shave Your Face and Epilate Your Body
Shave your face and epilate your arms, legs, and underarms regularly. If your facial hair grows out quickly, shave twice a day. No 5 o'clock shadow, or stubble should be visible. This can't be stressed enough when it comes to being able to pass.
Tip 3. Have Confidence
Imagine that everyone around you accepts you for who you are. Don't worry about what they think about you. This will help boost your confidence almost immediately. Being confident is a major contributor to being passable or not. The more you can appear confident, yet not overbearing, you will increase your ability to pass.
Tip 4. Smile More Often
Without sounding cliché, smile more! A bright smile, always brightens the room. a friendly smile can help to make others feel at ease around you, and less judgmental. In turn, they will treat you with a calmer, more gentle approach, and view you as more feminine.
Tip 5. Practice a Feminine Walk
If you want to walk like a woman, one of the most valuable tips is to walk with one foot in front of the other. Imagine a line is in front of you. As you walk, each foot should be touching the line. This is also how models walk on the runway, and is extremely feminine.
Lead with your hips, and not your shoulders. Keep your shoulders back, and pop your chest out. Sway your hips, but don't overdo it. A slight swaying of the hips from side to side as you walk will work wonders for passing. Keep your arms relaxed, flowing and delicate. Never ball your fists, or have tension in your arms.
Tip 6. Dress to Blend In
Dress for the occasion. There is no need to stand out from the crowd if passing is your purpose. You can still be cute, sexy and chic without having to overdress. One of the easiest outfits for passing is a pair of high waisted jeans, a tank top, and a flowy blouse.
Tip 7. Wear a Cute Pair of Glasses
It might sound strange, but glasses can help to cover some of your masculine facial features if you have not had facial feminization surgery (FFS). Whether you wear prescriptions, or just plain clear lenses, this simple trick works wonders in how passable you are. Make sure the glasses are cute and made for women.
The design options are cute, bright and playful! If you have an angular face, wear circle frames.
Tip 8. Cross Your Legs
When you sit down always remember to cross your legs. Men tend to sit with their legs open. Women on the other hand, tend to cross their legs. Sit up straight, and focus on good posture, without making yourself look larger.
Try to incorporate some of the tips and tricks for MtF passing in public. This guide acts as a foundation for you feel comfortable, and confident in your day-to-day life.
If you have any other passing suggestions for fellow AMAB trans women, let us know in the comments below!
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