Women have hips. Men don’t. It’s simply a fact of life. You
crushing and squeezing the waist with a corset.
Something has to be added. That something is hip pads.
Get some. Or make some. Use them.
Just putting a dress designed for a woman’s figure on a
man generally results in something less than perfection.
Women’s clothes are designed with extra material around
the hips to allow for the wider pelvic area. On a man’s
body, that extra material simply hangs there with nothing
behind it, and the whole garment drapes poorly. The idea
is to fill that extra area with something.
The best hip pads I’ve ever used are those made by
DressTech. These silicone pads have perfectly smooth
tapered edges and are invisible even under tights or
leggings. But they’re heavy, and as you perspire or move
around, they can begin to drift downward out of position
unless they’re well-supported. I use a Bali high-waist long-
leg stretch panty to hold them perfectly in place, even
after many hours of moving around. (The panty also has
a convenient split panel in the crotch which makes it a bit
easier to cope when Nature calls your name.) The only
drawback to these forms is some lack of flexibility when
bending or sitting. And they’re expensive…$200-$300
depending on length and size. They’re worth every penny
if you’re into body-con outfits or leggings.
There’s a much simpler and cheaper alternative:
homemade soft foam pads. All you need is a pair of sharp
scissors, a single-edge razor blade, and perhaps a bottle
of any decent wine (making a pair generally takes me
about 45 minutes.) You can buy blocks of 2” thick seat
cushion foam at almost any fabric store for about $10.
Walmart has rolls of twin-bed size foam mattress pads for
about $20, enough to make 5 or 6 pairs of hip pads.
Simply draw an elongated teardrop shape on the foam
pad. Experiment with the length and with how far back
around your fanny you want them to extend. Use the
scissors to cut them out of the foam pad, then trim the
edges back about 3” all around. Once you have the
rough shape, use the razor blade to begin slicing away
the extra material until the pad is evenly tapered all
around. The edges won’t be perfectly thin and smooth,
but they don’t have to be.
I hold them in place with a pair of old pantyhose that are
cut off just above the knees. Once the pantyhose are in
place, the pad’s rough edges will smooth out. The 2”
foam should be dense enough and thick enough to then
put on a pair of regular pantyhose without crushing them
completely. (But avoid control-top pantyhose. They’ll
crush the pads flat, and that’s just exactly what we don’t
want to do.)
The width of the hip area will depend on your physical
body size and shape. There’s no perfect size, but good
rule of thumb is to have the hips appear approximately as
wide as your shoulders. This will also help make the waist
These foam pads will work nicely under most dresses,
skirts, and slacks. They’ll fill the empty space in the
clothes around the hips and thighs and allow the clothes
to drape as they were designed to do. They flex easily as
you bend or sit, and you can wear them all day without
There are all sorts of breast forms out there, and a lot of
them are very good. I can’t recommend any one make or
model over another, but there’s one piece of advice I will
offer: don’t buy cheap! You get what you pay for. Buy
something well designed and well made, and then take
care of them.
For my own personal preferences, I have two sets of
forms that I use almost exclusively, depending on the
outfit and the situation…the everyday go-to forms, Betty
and Veronica, and The Big Girls, Ginger and Mary Ann.
Betty and Veronica are generally sold under the name
Nearly Me, and they’re available from many on-line
retailers. They’re as heavy and soft as a real breast, and
the feel is almost perfect. The thin outer membrane has a
lot to do with the feel and shape. They will conform to
many shapes of molded cups, (well, maybe not a vintage
style bullet bra) and look especially good with soft-cup
bras. But they are heavy, and that thin outer membrane
is not well suited for adhesives. They must be supported
by a bra with a strong-enough band to prevent them from
dropping out of position. These forms also have a
concave back, so they fit snugly against the chest wall.
They must be kept stored in the shaped box they come it,
and you cannot sleep on them. Expect to pay about $150
for a pair of these girls. Handle them carefully. They’re
worth the money.
The Breast Form Store
When I want to really flash a lot of cleavage and go over-
the-top glam, Ginger and Mary Ann get the call. No
question about it, The Big Girls make an impact.
Yes, this is a product testimonial, and no apologies. Over
the past 40+ years, I’ve used almost everything from
water balloons and plastic baggies filled with bird seed, to
rolled up rolled up sweat socks and every kind of
crossdresser breast form made, and these are simply the
best forms I’ve ever used. Period.
These girls are made in the UK, hand-made for each
user, and the process could take a few months if there's
a waiting list. Plan to spend about $900 to $1100,
depending on the size and the exchange rate.
Yes, it’s a plate. Each one is matched to the buyer’s skin
type and color before it’s made. The material feels more
like real skin than anything else I’ve ever used, which
means it actually looks like skin instead of just smooth
skin-colored plastic. The surface even has tiny veins and
a few freckles.
As they arrive from the builder, they have a very high
turtleneck that can be hidden with a choker or scarf. After
wearing them a few times, I decided that I didn’t like to
tight feel around my neck and trimmed the front
downwards about 1½”. This not only made for a more
comfortable feel, but had the added benefit of increasing
the circumference of the opening, making it a little easier
to slip over the head. I can still cover the edge with a
choker, and I can also use many of my regular necklaces.
It extends down below the shoulder blades in the back, so
a backless top or dress could also be worn.
They absolutely must be worn with a molded underwire
bra (one is provided when you buy them). Like real
breasts, they will break down and sag over time if worn
without a bra. I do the braless look for short periods if I’m
doing studio photos, but never for more than a few
minutes at a time. They’re a big investment and I’d hate
to ruin them. They also have to be kept in the special box
they come in. The weight of the forms and the size of the
special box becomes an issue when packing luggage for
a trip. One added advantage…if people are staring at my
boobs, then they’re not looking at my face, and that’s
always a good thing.
Cleavage and more
|Some favorite tips for creating a figure that
actually looks like it belongs in a dress
THESE SILICONE PADS ARE ALL BUT INVISIBLE UNDER TIGHTS OR
LEGGINGS. THE BALI HIGH-WAIST LONG-LEG STRETCH PANTY KEEPS
THEM SECURELY IN PLACE ALL DAY.
A CUT-OFF PAIR OF PANTYHOSE WILL HOLD THE FOAM PADS SECURELY IN PLACE. EVEN THE
SECOND PAIR OF PANTYHOSE SHOULD NOT CRUSH THEM OR REDUCE THEIR BULK, BUT AVOID
CONTROL-TOP PANTYHOSE. THE PADS FLEX EASILY FORE-AND-AFT SO SITTING AND WALKING ARE
THE WIDTH OF THE PADS OUGHT TO BE ROUGHLY THE SAME WIDTH AS YOUR SHOULDERS, BUT WILL
DEPEND A LOT ON YOUR BODY SIZE AND SHAPE. THE SILICONE PADS ARE PERFECT FOR WEAR WITH
SOMETHING TIGHT AND SLINKY, WHILE THE FOAM PADS ARE MORE THAN ADEQUATE FOR MOST
SUITS, DRESSES, AND SKIRTS.
THESE FORMS ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL FROM REAL SKIN, EVEN TO THE TOUCH. HOWEVER,
THE MATERIAL DOESN'T BREATHE AT ALL, AND THE WEARER CAN PERSPIRE A GREAT DEAL WITH
THEM ON. I USE A CROPPED TANK T-SHIRT UNDERNEATH THEM TO ABSORB THE MOISTURE AND LET
THE SKIN BREATHE.