That isn't to say that I didn't want to be a girl - I just didn't want to be "girly."
When I hit high school, I continued to wear standard, comfy clothes, even while working to attract various guys who I thought were super hot (one of which, by the way, I ended up marrying, but that's a story for another time). Same with college - if I had to dress up, it was usually smart pantsuits or a sweater and khakis more often than skirts or dresses.
It was only a few years ago, after heading back to work in an environment that didn't require a uniform and wasn't my own business (t-shirt printing businesses generally allow for more casual wear than most other types of businesses), that I discovered a slightly embarrassing fact about myself - I actually LIKED wearing dresses, skirts, blouses, and other types of fitted ladies clothes!
Part of that was my new found obsession with JC Penny's clearance racks - suddenly I was able to afford to put together cute outfits. Another part was the fact that I was getting complimented frequently on my new found style. Who doesn't like to be complimented frequently?
Suddenly, I was unstoppable - as proven by the fact that I hit "Platinum" designation on my JC Penny's credit card - and I found myself drifting towards more "frilly" types of clothes. Not necessarily dresses and skirts only, but every type of fun, cute, feminine outfit.
It figures that by the time I figured out I actually have a decent knack for women's outfits I'm 50lbs heavier and not quite as lithe as I used to be!! But now I embrace that "girly" side of myself, rather than shirk from it. I can still be strong, independent, and intelligent while looking darn good at the same time. ;)