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. At one point, Sephora even offered skincare and makeup classes specifically for the transgender community.
While these classes are no longer listed on the site, they have launched a dedicated online group called Trans is Beautiful. I love Sephora’s philosophy of inclusivity and acceptance.
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 go shopping at Victoria Secrets, barefoot shoes, wish and alie express, nice clothes and good prices, my cosmetics I sometimes go to cvs pharmacy by one get one half off plus coupons from Sunday paper brings it the cost down even more
I’m an Aussie an over here I’ve found brasnthings to be a very helpful store, their basically our Aussie version of Victoria secrets. The staff are amazing an very respectful an I let them know the first time I shopped there for bras an panties that I was shopping for myself an the staff were totally cool with it an took my measurements and have helped me numerous times on picking out panties an bras. They even helped me trying on bras in the change room too make make sure I got a style that fitted well an looks good. Another store I’ve shopped at an found the staff helpful in picking out panties was at Cotton body stores.
“John”…Isn’t it great to go Bra shopping in person…I always try on my Bras before I buy them…Bra brands run different in size…The majority of my 100 plus Bras, are of course “Playtex Bras”.
Sure is heaps of fun PaulaPlaytex :). Was nervous as hell the first time I went in store as I used to buy all my panties and a couple bras online but the girls at the store quickly made me feel comfortable an told me not to be shy as it’s a lot more common than I’d think for guys to shop for womens lingerie for themselves. Definitely helps having a bra fitting done in store to get the right size an the help of the staff in selecting some bras as I never knew how many different styles there was beforehand. Women are so lucky with the massive range of styles they have to choose from 🙂
Also, Ann Taylor, and Lord and Taylor, when they were open
Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, Nordstrom in both Colorado are very good to me and hopefully other crossdressers.
Good topic! I have had good experiences at Target and Macy’s, and frankly, most stores. These days, they are all happy to see anyone spending money. I concur with the other respondents on Nordstrom Rack, JC Penney, Torrid, Forever 21, and most especially, thrift stores. They are all hospitable, except that the latter are sometimes a bit reserved just due to the nature of the employees: mostly not really used to dealing with the public (it’s not a trans issue). Apart from that, which isn’t a problem anyway, I just LOVE thrift stores! The usually great prices, and the glorious surprises lurking in the aisles, are such an attraction! In some stores, you get acquainted with the regulars, which adds a social dimension as well. Even the religious thrift stores don’t look down their noses at me.
HI!!!! I love, love, LOVE Torrid. Perfect for girls size 14 and up and they treat you as if you are a real woman, including writing your name on the dressing room door. Super inclusive whether you are in boy or girl mode!
I had a fantastic shopping experience just last week in Arizona . I was dressed fem and stopped in at the premium outlet mall by Phoenix Az off the 10 freway . Went to the Torrid store to shop for some new clothes , the manager ,Carie, Explained how welcome I was and set me up with a dressing room and help bring the clothes as I tried them on I was thoroughly impressed and had a fantastic time (2 hours)and spend a lot of money I would go there and do that again every day if I could I have gone to other Torrids and have had mixed reactions , never rude , just not outgoing with assistance. I also visited lane bryant with good results there. I think if your confidence is there , it shows ,
and your treated better . So my advice is to look at them and smile. Say hello . That goes along way !
I wore my new clothes out and walked around the outdoor mall ! .
Victoria’s Secret ,dress barn , Soma , Lane Bryant. Macy, Sear , K-Mart
And love Fashion Bug. : (