I do not believe there is a standard anyone must meet in order to identify as or look like a woman. I do not believe that anyone, trans or cis, can be too tall, too broad shouldered, too thin, or too anything to be the gender we identify as.
I’ve worked hard to be able to present how I would like to, whether it was taking makeup lessons or losing weight. Losing weight and dropping from a size 20 to a size 12 helps me live a healthier life and I like how I look in clothes more than ever, whether it is a suit or a bodycon dress. The only drawback to losing weight was losing a little curve when I wore a dress.
All of that has changed with Jolie Thigh Pads from The Breast Form Store.
I would like to thank The Breast Form store for sending these pads to review. When I opened the package I was really surprised at how soft they felt. Since they are self-adhesive I did not need to use any tape or spray. However, if you are going to wear a dress or a skirt but not pantyhose or tights, I would recommend using an adhesive just in case.
The color of the pads looked natural against my skin color and are available in several skin tones.
They are made of silicone and they felt soft and…well, real. Even before getting dressed I could see the immediate impact on how they made me look. The pink lines on the photo below indicate approximately where I am wearing the pads. The pads themselves are bigger than I would have expected (sixteen inches long and eight inches wide), but they really give off a nice little…oomph to my figure.
For the first day I wore them with leggings. I wore them for about eight hours at home and the difference was remarkable. I looked curvy. I felt curvy. I had hips! Leggings are wonderful and they hug your body so the difference between wearing the pads and not wearing them was instantly noticeable. They gave me an hourglass shape I never had before.
The pads moved with me. They were as part of me as anything could be. Except for checking myself out in every mirror of the house, I forgot I was wearing them. Under my leggings they felt like, well, my thighs and hips. No matter if I was sitting legs crossed or walking or going up and down stairs, the pads moved with me. I never noticed them. They did warm comfortably to my skin but they never felt sweaty or heavy. They were…my thighs.
I wore them all day and forgot I had them on. When it was time to change, I wondered how it would feel to remove them. After eight hours they were a part of me and never became loose or slid from where I placed them. They were easy to remove and were stored in the plastic packaging they came in.
The next day I wore them with my femme jeans. Like leggings, these jeans hugged my body and the difference was very clear. No matter the angle, I could see how much curvier my body was. The pads had a natural effect on my shape. I felt…amazing. We all know how we look can impact how we feel and I hadn’t been this excited about dressing in years.
Over the next few days I raided my wardrobe and tried on a lot my dresses with the pads. Dresses are often designed for someone with hips and the pads helped make my dresses look amazing. Skirts hung differently. My hands rested naturally on my new hips and every outfit looked better than before.
After a week of wearing them in male mode at home, it was time to dress up and go out. I had plans to see a play for a few weeks and I had a dress already picked out. However, the pads changed my mind. Instead I wore one of my favorite leather dresses. Leather is pretty unforgiving and I was excited to see how I looked. I looked amazing. Before this dress kind of just… hung on to me, but now the dress hugged my new curvy body. I was afraid that it would be obvious I was wearing pads but they stayed in place and tapered and blended nicely to my body.
The only thing I had to adjust was changing the size of tights and pantyhose I wear. Normally I would use the little chart on the packaging to determine my size. If I was in a gray area, I would usually get the size that was for my height. Now that I have hips I need to factor in my new curvier shape instead of my height.
I’ve often said that it takes time, money, mistakes, and patience to create ourselves. Mastering new skills, whether it is painting a piece of fine art or perfecting your makeup, we should be prepared to invest energy, time, and money. Depending on the size you choose, these pads range from $300 to $350. That may seem expensive, however keep in mind that these pads are designed to last a long time. I think of the pads as an investment.
I have worn my pads for the past few weeks and I absolutely love them. If you are looking to fill out a dress or add more curve to your figure, I cannot recommend these pads enough.
Thank you to The Breast Form Store for providing the Jolie Thigh Pads for this review.
Makeup by Corrie Dubay
Photography by Shannonlee McNeely