Oh, my....I truly don't think my wife's basic views of my femininity have changed.
However, she found the sales receipt for my new dress. Hearing that, I suggested that we should keep it, and that it should be the one I always take on trips. In the event I should lose it somewhere, I'd be losing one she doesn't like, instead of one she's OK with me wearing around the house. She apparently found that logic to be solid, because she walked right over to the garbage can, crumpled up the receipt and threw it out. Then she dug out her sewing kit, promptly patched the defect, said "here's your new dress," and handed my garment back to me.
So with our (or my) next trip, each night I'll be wearing my (relatively) short and very feminine house dress, with embroidered placket. Success! And exactly what do you think the chances are that I'll lose the first dress my wife bought for me (with embroidery, no less...)? Somewhere between Slim and None...Slim left town yesterday, and None's packing. Not going to happen...
Then she added, resignedly (is that a real word?): "There's no way anyone who sees you will mistake what you're wearing for anything other than what it is - a women's house dress. But, at least it's a pretty blue, for boys."
No matter who may see me, I'm certainly going to enjoy wearing my dress!