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During New York Fashion Week, a handful of attendees were asked a very important question: For whom do women dress? Here's what they had to say . . .

Carine Roitfeld (left): "I don't know for everyone else. For me, it's for myself. When you feel good about yourself, you feel good about everyone else."

Anne Hathaway: "Most women dress for their most fashionable friend."

Isabel Toledo: Women dress for men. I do dress for myself because it makes me feel empowered, but I'm definitely looking for [husband] Rubin's expression, not his approval. I do use clothes to speak — how I dress is a form of communication for me."

Sophia Bush: I dress for myself. There are days when I don't want to be dressed up so I'm not. And there are other days when I really want to be done from head to toe. You've got to dress for you."

So, for whom do you dress?


Seraphine Seraphine 8 years
Easy question, I dress for me, and me only. I don't care enough about society's expectations, rules, or logic. Fashion, its purely for expression and I'm not going to express what someone else wants of me. Regardless of whom that is.
wanderine wanderine 9 years
I think women do dress for themselves, but also for the society. After all, there are expectations from soceity and other people. We are not alone on the planet.
groovacious groovacious 9 years
I dress for myself as an art of expression but I also dress for reaction.
preete preete 9 years
I really don't match my jewelleries or nails with my cloths.I do wear somethink that is totally differant from everyone.
preete preete 9 years
I dress for myself.My dressing style speaks abt my personality and who I m.
miamia09 miamia09 9 years
60%- for myself. Dress well and properly makes me feel good. 20%- for other women. Dont get me wrong, I'm straight. 15%- for society. 5%- for men. My bubby told me that I have a weird taste of fashion yesterday. And he explained that because to him, I always buy clothes not supposed to wear in everyday life. He's kinda of a science guy (yeah~~), so I choose to forgive him this time.
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
You don't have to match your nails to your clothes.
TheStyleElite TheStyleElite 9 years
i dress for myself because its fashion its my pasion and also because boy don't get it. i was on a date with a guy and i saw a blouse and it was on sale he said that he didn't like it. so i went to the store the other day alone bougth the blouse and wore it to work. everyone loved it specialy the boys at the office. so i think boys are weird they just don't get it and since when do you have to match your nails to your closeth? a boy told me that nails are suppose to match your closeth i was like wtf?
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
Maybe no one ever totally dresses for herself, but that's about as close as I can get to the truth. I definitely don't dress for my friends since our tastes are all so diverse.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I dress for myself. I like to feel good, and look good in the clothes I'm in. Truthfully, I don't relate to Anne's post. It's lost on me. Possibly, I may be the friend other women dress for. LOL ;)
Sophie827 Sophie827 9 years
I agree with Anne. When I'm trying on clothes I often think about what my fashionable friends would think of it. If I dressed just for myself I would probably wear pyjamas everywhere.
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 9 years
I dress for myself, my mom (she has excellent style), my boyfriend, and critical people (lol). I love experimenting with clothes, accessories, makeup, hair, looks, and color. Some people think I look weird, but I like it; and those around me seem to as well.
berrymix berrymix 9 years
I dress for myself. I love clothes and wearing things that I think are cute make me happy. But I do someimes dress for my boyfriend like when it's his birthday.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I dress for women, but also to fit in the environment I live in in general, and of course to feel comfortable. I have no illusions about the men around me (I study CS) - they absolutely do not notice what the girls wear, unless it's very unusual (like - bright pink swimsuit and knee-high gladiator sandals ;-) )...or revealing, which makes them uncomfortable.
Asche Asche 9 years
Ive met Isabel and Rueben Toledo. They are so kind and friendly.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I basically dress for myself and for my boyfriend, wich is easy because he always likes what I wear and I also love his style. Sometimes I dress for my mum too - she' s a very classy woman and I like to look good when I'm with her. For my friends... not so much.
smashingv smashingv 9 years
I agree with Anne, sort of. I've always told my bf that I don't dress for him - I dress for women. When it comes down to it, I am dressing for myself, in the style that I like, but I do love a compliment from a fellow female or male who happens to know a little about style. For me, it means something a little bit more for a woman to say they like what you are wearing or that you have great style because they generally mean it. Most guys I meet usually only compliment when I'm in something a bit more revealing (I'm talking strangers here).
jasmint jasmint 9 years
I dress mostly for myself.
petite42 petite42 9 years
Let's see.... In my teens, I dressed for my peers - to fit in. In my early 20s, I dressed for guys - to attract. In my late 20s, I dressed for comfort - because babies were spitting up all over me and nothing fit anyway. In my mid-30s, I started dressing for my most fashionable friends - because they looked so great and I was tired of being a schlumpadinka! In my 40s, I'm finally dressing for myself. Often I will end up outdressing my friends and my hubby, but who cares, since I'm dressing for me.
emalove emalove 9 years
I wear clothes that I like and reflect my personality. But of course I like to look nice and have other people think I look nice too. I think everyone does. Sometimes I dress for my husband too, like when we have date night.
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
I think that Anne Hathaway hit the nail on the head
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I dress for myself but I am still aware of how I would look to others. I don't think you can EVER truly dress for yourself there is always that little itsy bitsy microscopic thought in the back of your head where you think about what someone else would think.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
I like to say I dress for myself...but if I am very truthful with myself...I dress... for society.
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
For me I dress for the people at work, so that I'm taken seriously. If I dressed for men (which I guess I do sometimes) I would look like a floozy! And for myself, well - then I'd be in yoga pants and funny t-shirts all the time!
mlen mlen 9 years
i dress for myself, but i think anne makes a good point actually- if i know i'm going out with my fashionable friends then i make an extra effort!!
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