Who Do We Dress Up for Anyways?

I was recently having a discussion with a group of friends about dressing up.

The guys in the group were convinced that women dressed up nice to impress men to which I vehemently disagreed.

"No," I said, "that's not true. If women dressed up for men, we'd just walk around naked."

That got a laugh from the group but I honestly believe that people, and women in particular, dress up for both ourselves and other women. I know that when I carry around an expensive $500 Prada bag, men generally won't be the ones coming up to me going, "Oh wow! Is it real? It goes great with your shoes!" I mean, yes I have encountered a fair share of men who were fashionable and brand conscious, but for the most part, it's usually women who are impressed with my attire and my brand-name shoes/bag/dress etc.

I think that for women, fashion can not only be a way to make a statement, but also a tool to empower us. I know the fashion world is sometime seen as superficial but as someone who lives in DC, I see examples of fashion empowering women every day. I see powerful women in Congress or law firms, kicking ass in the office while wearing a pair of sexy stilettos. It's truly inspiring to see how fashion transforms a person, especially in such a political environment where not only brains matter, but appearance as well.

I dress up for myself and for my peers. Who do you dress up for?

14 comments

  1. I agree. I dress for myself. and myself only. Great post btw!

    xx
    Sharena
    http://fashionofanovice.blogspot.com

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  2. I agree with you! I dress up for myself and no one else, but of course I love looking nice for my boyfriend.

    -Vogue&Heels
    www.vogueandheels.com

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  3. I definitely don't dress for men- I dress for me and my girls! Haha. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  4. I dress up for myself and my hubby :)
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  5. This is really great post dear. I really share your opinion, if we would dress up for men we'd really just walk around naked.
    Personally I dress up for myself. It happens that someone asks me something like "It doesn't matter how you look, who do you have to impress?" Well, then I answer with "myself". Like you mentioned, it's really true that fashion still seems to be known as something superficial, but it really isn't. Looking good, wearing new shoes, or an expensive bag, or putting in some extra 5 minutes for your make up makes you actually FEEL good. And when you feel good, you're probably also more outgoing and happy and you enjoy yourself a lot more. It's like a cheap therapy!

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    Lory xoxo

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  6. great post!! i dress up just for myself !!
    xoxo

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  7. Totally agree with you!!! I dress up for my self and not for men definitely!
    super great post! always love to read your post dear.
    thank you for your nice comment. following you too♥

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  8. I love that quote..I totally agree that we dress up not for men but ourselves, fashion gives us a sense of empowerment !
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  10. Great post! I dress for myself and my daughter :)) she should see my mom a beautiful and bright!

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  11. You're so right!
    I constantly have that argument with my boyfriend xD
    We dress up for ourselves and other girls :)

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  13. Great post! Couldn't agree more!!

    XO
    http://thetickledglitter1.blogspot.com

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  14. totally agree with the points you've made. i mean most guys hate the trends that girls like anyway (i.e. maxi dresses/skirts). so wearing trendy clothes is definitely not for their benefit lol.

    x
    http://1finedai.blogspot.com/

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