Crossdresser female shape is needed to present convincingly as a female in public. Crossdresser’s passing is much discussed and yet many crossdressers don’t use padding thinking they don’t need a crossdresser female shape.

Women have curves where men don’t so for a crossdresser to achieve a feminine womanly shape requires some padding. The figure on the left has straight male hips while the figure on the right is padded creating a crossdresser female shape. If you were approaching from behind most likely the figure on the right would be assumed female.

Crossdresser female shape

The one on the left would seem out of place and create curiosity and possibly a closer look. The shoulders on the left image are very noticeable because they are the widest point while the image is not because the hip pads balance the image.


When Espy Lopez crated her original Classic Curves Hip Pads she told me how she came up with the right proportions. She used a computer to lay an image of a man over an image of a woman of the same height. She noticed that the woman’s hips were very close to the width of her shoulders.


This is done by padding the breast and hip areas of the male body to look emulate a woman’s body.

 How much and where is the question.

Women’s clothing is designed to fit based on the measurements in three areas bust, waist and hips.

First you need to figure out what size women’s clothing you will need. Crossdresser or T Girl padding is what takes your silhouette from him to her.

Crossdressers have two ways to approach this issue which are pad up or cut down. Crossdresser female shape by padding up is the easiest because you buy your clothes to fit your shoulder width or chest size then add padding where you need it. Cutting down requires a seamstress and adds as much as 50% to the cost of the dress which is avoided if you pad up.

Crossdresser female shape

The most important measurement for crossdresser’s female shape is the chest which will determine dress size.  The chest measurement (around your chest across your nipples) will be what determines the proper dress size. In women’s fashion it is also referred to as the band size. Your bust size will be your band plus the height of your breast forms

The waist is typically smaller than the bust but if not, you will need a waist cincher or corset to fit into the dress. The hip area will have plenty of room to add padding.   Hip forms will add 2 to 5 inches to the hip size.


So, let’s say your guy measurements are:




The chart below shows women plus size dress options using bust, waist and hip measurements. Based on the measurements above look at the chart remembering your CHEST is 43 inches not your BUST.

Lauren Ralph Lauren | Plus Size Dress 


Size Bust (in.) Waist (in.) Hip (in.)
1X 14W 43 35 47
1X 16W 44.5 36.5 48.5
2X 18W 46.5 38.5 50.5
2X 20W 48.5 40.5 52.5
3X 22W 50.5 42.5 54.5
3X 24W 52.5 44.5 56.5

The 14W won’t work because there is no room for breast forms and the size 16W only allows you a 1 1/2-inch breast form which is basically flat chested.  Your body will look out of proportion to that of a normal woman for the height and weight.

The 18W is a better choice because it allows you a 3.5-inch breast form for a more proportioned figure. Your BUST would be 43 + 3.5 =46.5. Your 38-inch waist will probably fit with SPANKS or a girdle.  42-inch hips leave you 8 1/2 inches for hip padding or 4 1/4 inches per side.


Gel hip pads which I strongly recommend are not available in 4 1/4 height because they are too heavy. I would only add 2 to 4 inches per side max to your hips which would make your hips 46 to 48 inches. You can have the dress tailored to reduce the waist and hips to make it contour your new crossdresser female shape better. Younger women today are more athletic and have smaller hips than their grandmothers.

I recommend Classic Curves International for hip pads.

Crossdresser female shape

I have used crossdresser padding by Classic Curves Gel Hip Pads for over 10 years probably closer to 15 and I love them.

Gel pads are almost indestructible and feel very natural. I have heard people say that they are too heavy. When you keep them in place with pantyhose or Spanx you don’t even know you have them on.


I recommend Super Gel Products for breast forms. I use them and they are made from the same gel as the Classic Curves Hip Pads. Crossdressers will find PALS breast forms are very reasonably priced. 

PALS Breast Forms by Super Gel Products

If you are buying a jacket or blouse along with a skirt the 18W would work for the jacket and blouse but the skirt could be a 14W depending on the manufacturer.


Another way to achieve crossdresser female shape is to buy miss’s sizes which has a larger selection and tops out at 18 usually. Use the misses size charts the same as the Plus Size Chart to find your size.  I have worn a Misses size 18 that fits my shoulders for years and had them altered to take in the waist and hips properly. That is expensive when you add it all up. If I buy a 16W from the women’s section, it usually fits perfect without alterations.  Buying skirts is a different story I buy 14W because I don’t like the larger hip that goes with the 16W.

Both crossdresser female shape padding products are solid molded silicone and not liquid silicone inside a plastic form. If the plastic ones get punctured, they will leak. You will have to patch it with duct tape or something else.

 I feel it is important to invest in good quality crossdresser female shape padding that is durable and will give you a consistent size. If you get it right in the beginning, you will save a lot of money in the long run. In my opinion if you buy either of these products, they will outlast you over time.


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