Author: Pedro Santos
As a transgender man, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to present yourself to the world. You want to look masculine, but you also don't want to stand out too much.
In this blog post, we will discuss 15 tips on how to look more masculine as a FTM (female-to-male) transgender person.
We'll cover everything from clothing and hairstyles to body language and attitude. So whether you're just starting your transition or you've been living as a man for years, these tips will help you look and feel your best in your own body!
Table of Contents
Considering GAHT to look more masculine?
- Wear clothing that makes you feel manly
- Use chest and hip binders to create a masculine shape
- Packing your pants
- Your hairstyle and facial hair are important parts of your appearance.
- Taking on masculine behaviors
- Your attitude is key
- Hobbies and interests
- Physical activity to increase testosterone
- Using masculine pronouns
- FTM top Surgery
- Changing your name
Considering GAHT to look more masculine?
Trans guys can masculinize their bodies by undergoing GAHT, but there are other ways to look more masculine. You don’t need to transition or even be on hormones to make some changes in how you look. Of course, how masculine you want to look is entirely up to you!
Here are a few tips for how to look more masculine:
1. Wear clothing that makes you feel manly
One of the easiest ways to look more masculine is to change the way you dress. Wearing typical "masculine clothing," such as a long sleeved shirt, jeans, and suits.
Avoid anything too flashy or feminine, like ruffles, floral patterns, or nail polish. And make sure your clothes fit well; baggy clothes can make you look larger and more masculine, while tight clothes can make you look smaller and more feminine.
The clothes you wear can also make a big difference in how masculine you appear. Avoid clothes that are typically seen as "feminine," like dresses, women's pants, skirts, and bright colors which can draw attention. Instead, opt for darker colors, clothing that is typically seen as more "masculine," like pants or jeans. Skinny jeans, muscle shirts, and baseball caps are good options too!
2. Use chest and hip binders to create a masculine shape
Another way to look more masculine is to stop wearing sports bras or tank tops. These articles of clothing are often what "women" wear, and by avoiding them you will automatically look more masculine.
If you're not comfortable going without a bra completely, try wearing a t-shirt or another type of shirt that covers your feminine features
Can also help you look more masculine. If you're worried about your chest, binding is an option (but be sure to do it safely). Chest binders can help appear like you have a flat chest and make it look more masculine. Hip binders can also help give the illusion of a narrower waist and make you look more masculine.
If you're interested in binding, or already have one and experience trouble breathing please be sure to do your research and find a binder that is safe for your body!
3. Packing your pants
Is another great way to achieve a more masculine look. Packing refers to wearing prosthetic devices (usually made of soft material) in your front pocket to give the appearance of a bulge.
This can help make you look more like you have male genitalia, even if you don't yet have surgery.
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4. Your hairstyle and facial hair are important parts of your appearance.
Your hairstyle can also make a big difference in how masculine you look. A masculine haircut is typically short, and cropped, while long hair is often seen as more feminine.
Trans guys who are not ready to cut your hair short, try styling it in a way that looks more masculine, such as slicked back or parted to the side. You can also use products like pomade or gel to give your hair a more structured look.
Try looking for a barber or hairstylist who has experience with gender affirming haircuts and who understands your style and how you want your hair to look.
Facial hair is another great way to look more masculine. If you can grow a beard, go for it! Otherwise, try a mustache or goatee.
For a trans man who can't grow much facial hair, there are products that can help, like beard oil or fake mustaches.
5. Taking on masculine behaviors
Your body language also says a lot about your gender identity. Men are often seen as more masculine when they take up more space with their bodies, so try to stand up straight and take up as much space as you can.
Avoid crossing your arms or legs, which can make you look closed off or insecure. And make sure your voice is deep and confident; speak slowly and clearly, without using a high-pitched voice.
For FTM guys who want to masculinize their voice, I suggest trying some vocal exercises or considering seeing a speech therapist to help you with pitch and resonance.
6. Your attitude is key
Your attitude is also important in how masculine you appear. Be assertive and confident in yourself; avoid being too shy or passive.
Be decisive and clear in what you want; don't hesitate or second-guess yourself. And don't be afraid to be a little aggressive; it's okay to get angry or argue with people, as long as you do it in a constructive way.
7. Hobbies and interests
Your hobbies and interests can also affect how masculine you appear. "Masculine" hobbies include sports, cars, and working with your hands. "Feminine" hobbies include shopping, cooking, and sewing.
Of course, you can like both "masculine" and "feminine" things; there are no rules about what men and women are supposed to like. But if you want to look more masculine, focus on the "masculine" hobbies.
8. Physical activity to increase testosterone
Physical activity is also often seen as more masculine. So try to get regular exercise and participate in sports or other physical activities. This will not only make you look more masculine, but it will also make you healthier and more fit.
Having more muscle mass can also help you achieve a more masculine shape. So if you're looking to add some muscle, and achieve broader shoulders then hit the gym and start lifting weights. You can also do bodyweight exercises like push-ups and pull-ups to build muscle without going to the gym.
Your body fat percentage can also affect how masculine you look. Men typically have less body fat than women, so if you want to look more masculine, try to lower your body fat percentage. You can do this by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
If you're interested in learning more about exercising, increasing testosterone and building muscle mass, be sure to check out our blog post on the Top 10 FTM Workouts That Will Increase Testosterone and Build Muscle
9. Using masculine pronouns
Another way to look more masculine is to use male pronouns when you refer to yourself.
If you're not out as transgender yet, you might not feel comfortable using male pronouns in public. But if you're around family, friends, or people who know you're transgender, using male pronouns can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin and make you look more masculine.
10. FTM top Surgery
For many FTM transgender men, top surgery is a great way to masculinize their appearance. Top surgery is a gender affirming procedure that removes breast tissue and creates a more masculine chest.
Top surgery can also help treat gender dysphoria which can have a profound positive effect on your mental health and quality of life.
If you're considering top surgery, be sure to consult with a qualified surgeon who has experience performing this type of procedure on transgender patients.
11. Changing your name
Another way to look more masculine is to change your name to a more masculine
If you're considering top surgery, make sure to do your research and find a surgeon who has experience performing this type of surgery on transgender patients.
If you're interested in learning more about how to treat gender dysphoria be sure to check out our blog post on How do I treat gender dysphoria without transitioning?
Following these tips should help you look more masculine as a transgender man. Just remember that there is no one "right" way to look masculine; ultimately, you should do whatever makes you feel comfortable in your own skin.
There are many ways that you can look more masculine as an FTM transgender man. You can grow facial hair, use male pronouns, get regular exercise, and participate in "masculine" hobbies. You can also consider top surgery to masculinize your appearance even further.
Pedro Santos is a writer, professional fitness coach, founder, and CEO of ENBYNYC, He is committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for trans people and amplifying their voices. To learn more about him visit his bio at https://enbynyc.com/pages/about-pedro