Do you love shopping? What girl doesn’t! Whether it’s a new lipstick or a cute pair of shoes, it’s a lot of fun to splurge on your female self, isn’t it?
Even with all the online shops, there’s nothing like hitting the mall to do some good old-fashioned shopping in person.
But maybe you’re wondering where you should spend your hard-earned money?
In this article, I share the 5 best trans and crossdresser friendly stores to shop at. These retailers support transgender causes and/or have gender inclusive policies – meaning they are truly worthy of your business.
Note: I focused on U.S. retailers since that’s where I’m based. Please share in the comments if you have any international shops to add!
SEPHORA is like a candy shop for girls and I could easily spend half my salary there.
Besides the amazing assortment of beauty products, they also offer mini makeovers and beauty classes – including classes specifically for the transgender community. How great is it?
The classes are called Classes for Confidence: Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community. They consist of 90 minutes of one-on-one skin care and makeup training. Best of all, they’re FREE.
Go here to learn more and find a location near you.
LUSH is the best smelling store at the mall with their amazingly-scented natural beauty products.
Here’s another reason to love them: In early 2018, they ran a two week #TransRightsAreHumanRights campaign, featuring quotes from their transgender employees in all the windows of their North American stores.
They also distributed a guidebook called How to Be a Trans Ally in their shops and published related features on their site.
A few years ago, Target was at the center of controversy for its inclusive transgender bathroom policy. I’m pleased to see that they have not backed down and their inclusive policy is still proudly displayed on their website.
Aside from that, Target is a great place to shop for stylish, affordable fashion and beauty products – pretty much everything you could need for your feminine self.
Macy’s is another corporate giant that is out and proud with its inclusive policies, including gender friendly changing room policies. Macy’s is also a big supporter of LGBTQ Pride Month and LGBTQ-owned brands.
While Macy’s has closed a lot of stores recently, it’s still one of the best places to shop for cosmetics, lingerie, women’s clothing, and shoes. This is one department store chain I hope stays around for a long time.
Nike might seem like an unlikely store to have on this list, but I’ve included them for their very cool commercial featuring transgender vogue dancer Leiomy Maldonado. Check out the video below:
If you’re in the market for some cute workout leggings or a sports bra, Nike should definitely be the first place you look!
What are YOUR favorite places to shop at?
I love that these retailers support the transgender community on a corporate level, but they aren’t your only options.
Helpful sales people and supportive shops can be found almost anywhere if you look. (And if somebody doesn’t treat you with respect, take your business elsewhere!)
What are YOUR favorite places to shop at? Do you have any great shopping experiences to share?
Please share in the comments below!
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I have had great luck shopping both in Torrid and Lane Bryant on numerous occasions and I have even been measured and fitted for bras and swimwear.
Forever 21 has always treated me nicely and love their clothes. Some plus size clothes but mostly regular sizes so have to be very careflul of sizing and try items on.
I use in my shopping only usual female shops like 1001 dresses and my favorite internet shop Wildberries. I love shopping very much and my favorite thoughts many dresses, heels, good female handbags and too much cosmetics can’t be! So now I have 150 dresses, 30 skirts and more than 20 heels. Shopping is a little miracle in my life.
You make that outfit look great girl!
Thanks very much for your comment. There is another more in Boho style.
Being a larger woman I love shopping at Lane Bryant and Torrid. They are so helpful and treat me as one of the girls. Set me up in a dressing room and make suggestions on what would look good on me. he other women shopping take me as another girl shopping. For makeup, it is Ulta. Another place that lets me be the girl that I am. I just experienced having a facial. It was fantastic and the beautician has already scheduled me for a repeat next month.
This is more on a NJ area store but Bettie’s Bombshells. They have these amazing dresses, and love to girl out with you. Oh and the vintage recreation make up will make you drool.
I can’t say if this is true of the chain as a whole; but the cosmetics department at the Nordstrom near my home in North Carolina is very trans friendly.
I went there in boi mode on the recommendation of a local gurl who frequented the store. A young gay guy at the MAC counter matched my complexion for foundation and concealer, one of his colleagues there is a transwoman.
I plan to go back dressed to get a full makeover. How delicious.
I have been treated with respect and courtesy at both La Senza and Victoria’s Secret here in Canada. As far as outfits go I shop at Alia & Tanjay and the ladies there take care of me and enjoy doing it. They’re wonderful.
Soma is fantastic for getting fitted with the right bra. Friendly and helpful
Coming from the UK I would say the same thing about M&S, they are fantastic 10/10. showing patience and complete understanding.