Go get your armour ...

Oh by the deities, not a political post!

Much as i'd love to lay into the various trans exclusionary voices abounding in the media at  the moment that isn't what this post is about. 

As those who have had the (dubious) pleasure of taking ballet class with me will attest I tend to  dress in a somewhat stereotypically femme way for class  i.e plain one or two colour leotard, pink tights and matching shoes topped with a wrap skirt or an overdress, and tend to style / groom myself with just enough make up to achieve certain practical considerations and my hair up - in a ponytail so far  but increasingly  that is  getting  long enouigh to be  made into some kind of bun ... 
 not  quite  straight out of the RAD Specifications of 'recommended'  exam wear but not that far from it either...  I do talk about my current favoured 'every day' leotard in my Attire post.

Yes it's my armour especially when I was first growing my hair out, and even after i stopped wearing a wig, and before I was really  feeling the  changes from my medication regime. now it's just become part of my style...

That's not to say I don't wear leg warmers / other warm ups (and sometimes keep one leg warmer on longer than the other) , I do have a pair of  of those  little velvet shorts which have been known to make an appearance in pointe class in particular.


The recent cold weather meant barre often began with a fleece gilet on to keep my core and back warm as we warmed up ...

 Edited to add  (16th Jan)   - so why is it my Armour ?

if you  feel  less confident in yourself you want to build up an image  in your head ...

If you are concerned you are not  going to be corrected identified you  make efforts to code you appearance ...  yeah I could do class in shorts or leggings and a t-shirt  but  if i'm feeling  un-confident in my face and bearing in mind  my hair will be up and back in some  manner  because loose hair  does get in your way and in your eyes ...

This is completely no names no pack drill moment - but the one time i have been misgendered in class i  was in make up , leotard, pretty  wrap skirt and pink tights ...  the individual involved has subsequently apologised  and we spent  a number of hours  socially   the same day but  it  is still a remarkable occurence.

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