Styling Tips for Trans Mascs: Where do I start?

Transitioning from female to male (FTM) or existing within that spectrum is a journey that involves more than just physical changes; it’s also about finding a style that makes you feel comfortable and confident! We’re here to help you with some practical tips and advice on how to dress and style to express your true self.

This guide will go over:

  • Tips to build a masculine wardrobe
  • Suggestions on gender-affirming gear like binders and binding tape
  • Tips for finding the right haircut for your style
  • The importance of accessorizing

Building a Masculine Wardrobe

Creating a masculine wardrobe is a big step in expressing your gender identity confidently. Here are some essential tips to get you started:

  • Choose the Right Fit

Baggy clothes can make you look smaller and less defined. Instead, go for clothes that fit well but aren’t too tight: in other words, go for a boxy fit instead of an oversized one. Structured fabrics like cotton are great for creating a more masculine silhouette.

  • Find the Right Basics

One of the many things cis folks take for granted are basics. As a trans masculine person, finding basics that help you feel confident and affirmed in your gender can be challenging. Luckily, there are brands now that design clothing with trans bodies in mind! Finding a good pair of boxersjockstraps, or tanks can make a huge difference.

  • Experiment with Layering

Layering can help hide curves and create a more masculine silhouette. Try wearing a crew-neck t-shirt under a button-down shirt or polo. Hoodies and jackets are also excellent for layering and can add to a masculine look, driving attention away from the hips.

  • Essential Items

Invest in versatile pieces like button-down shirts, well-fitted jeans, and a good pair of boots or sneakers. Avoid low-rise and slim-fit pants as they can accentuate curves. Higher-rise pants with wider legs are a great option. And finally, a good pair of boots can help you feel confident and boost your height.

Gender-Affirming Gear to complement your wardrobe 

Chest binding is the process of compressing your upper body to flatten the chest. This can be achieved by using a binder or binding tape. Using a chest binder is a great way for trans folks and other gender-non-conforming individuals to ease their anxiety and gender dysphoria.

There are two common binder types:

  • The short-length, which provides compression from the chest to the midriff
  • The full-length, which stretches over the stomach and hips

A short-length binder would be an excellent choice for people who mainly feel dysphoric about their chest, while a full-length binder can also compress the stomach and hips for folks who seek an overall more masculine silhouette.

On the other hand, Binding tapes, often made of hypoallergenic materials, are among the most common binder alternatives because of their much lower price. In addition, since the tape doesn’t go around the back, it can be a more comfortable choice to wear when working out or during hot summer days.

Haircuts and Grooming

Your hairstyle plays a crucial role in your overall appearance. Here are some tips for choosing a masculine haircut:

  • Face Shape Considerations 

The first thing we recommend is figuring out your face shape. If you have a softer, round face, avoid buzz cuts as they can make the face appear rounder. Medium-length, messy styles with trendy cuts like shaved sides and longer hair on top can be more flattering for a round face shape.

  • Experimentation

Don’t be afraid to try different styles to see what works best for you. Hair grows back, so experimenting can help you find the perfect look!

  • Facial Hair

Shaving regularly, even before starting testosterone, can help prepare your face for growing facial hair in the future. It can also be a special self-care moment to help you feel assured and confident! Use a good razor, shave cream, and aftershave to protect your skin from irritation.

If you want to learn more, stay tuned for our blog on Haircuts and Grooming for Trans Mascs.

Accessorizing and Personal Style

The key with accessories is to build a collection of pieces you feel confident and comfortable wearing that align with your style. Don't be afraid to experiment to find what works best for you!


Jewelry can be a great way to add flair to your look! Stick to chunkier, simpler designs in darker tones like black, brown, or gunmetal gray. Some options to consider:

  • A nice watch is a classic masculine accessory. Look for styles with a larger face and thicker bands, leather bands are also a great option.
  • Leather, beaded, or chain-link bracelets can give off a rugged vibe. Wear one or stack a few together.
  • Simple pendant necklaces on a chain are a great addition to any look. Dog tags or geometric shapes work well.
  • Signet rings or those with darker stones like onyx or hematite have a masculine aesthetic. Don’t overlook earrings! Studs, small hoops in metals like stainless steel or titanium, and single-dangle earrings can be a great addition to your rotation.


  • Baseball caps: An American classic, baseball caps come in endless styles to suit your taste.
  • Beanies: Slouchy beanies or fitted skull caps have a cool, casual look.
  • Bucket hats: This '90s trend is having a renaissance and gives off skater/streetwear vibes.

Belts & Buckles

A good belt pulls an outfit together while allowing you to express your style. Some tips:

  • Look for wider belt widths (1.5 inches or more) in materials like leather or canvas for a masc look.
  • Simple buckles with geometric shapes or subtle embossed designs are a safe bet.
  • For a bolder look, experiment with a larger buckle! Southwestern designs can add a cowboy vibe to your outfits.
  • Match leathers - choose a belt and boots/shoes in similar tones.

Balancing Trends with Timeless Pieces

While trendy pieces can highlight your adaptability, investing in timeless clothing items is more cost-effective and versatile. Investing in a nice watch, wallet, and belt can do wonders for your confidence. 


Finding a good tailor can make a huge difference in how your clothes fit, boosting your confidence and helping you feel more like yourself. 


Styling as a trans man or trans masculine person involves finding the right balance between fit, comfort, and personal expression. By following these tips and exploring different styles, you can build a wardrobe that makes you feel confident and true to yourself. Remember, the most important thing is to wear what makes you feel like yourself 😉