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Do Tell: Who Do You Dress For?

I saw a woman on public transportation the other day who was dressed to the nines — very self-consciously so.

She had on loads of Diana Vreeland-esque bangles, black leggings, a black cape, black hat, black heels, a red skirt and red lips. She was also rocking a bowl cut. Girlfriend was striking, but at the same time, there was something a little theatrical and silly about her look, particularly because I tried to imagine her getting dressed.

Who was she getting dressed for, I wanted to know. Men? (I think it's probably a truism that most men are interested in getting a sense of what's underneath the clothes, not the edgy clothes themselves.) Her female friends? Or perhaps Anna Wintour?

Most of us get dressed in the morning wanting to look nice. Some women want their female friends to like what they're wearing, others want to look sexy to men. Who do you dress for?

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sugajen sugajen 8 years
I dress almost consistently for comfort. If I'm going out I dress for the guys put in the heels etc sacrifice some comfort. Out and about its for functionality and style, so me and the girls..
nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 8 years
I dress for myself. You care more about your life than anyone else does. I dress to feel good about myself, when I dress well then I feel confident about myself.
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
def. myself...i like dressing up
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
Well. I'm a slave to fashion. I love it all. I think with me I dress to satisfy myself and to compete. To be a step above others and be noticed. To be noticed by a women is OK, but really I think my true gut feeling is just to be noticed period. I hate it when I go out and someone else looks just killer in some fashion I haven't even shopped for yet. Sometimes the men can look great too, but its amazing how little they seem to be trying though. Another thing with fashion is it just makes you feel like your in the now, which is a nice mental place to be in as well.
tinyflame tinyflame 8 years
I dress for myself and for other women.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
i dress for myself and other women, because they are who i want to attract. i don't like attention from men or enjoy getting hit on by men, but it happens anyway because i admidettedly dress in a sexy and feminine way. i've thought about butching it up to attract more attention from women, but i don't really feel comfortable that way.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I like to be comfortable, and most of the time i dress for myself. Though when I see my boyfriend I so put in a little more effort.
Desert Desert 8 years
I dress mostly for myself, though I think girls come in second. I know that my partner doesn't get some of the clothes I wear but my sisters and female friends are most appreciative. Other than that, I would say it also have to be weather and situation appropriate, which is why I prefer winter fashion. Dressing for work in 40 degree heat is tricky. :)
cg130 cg130 8 years
I mostly dress for myself, but I like to put together outfits that will make me look good to guys, and to make my friends think I look stylish. I would never go out in sweats.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Me most of all, because I like looking sexy or put together or fashionable (whatever suits my mood) but I enjoy primping for someone I'm attracted to.
Merrygirl Merrygirl 8 years
I always like to look nice, clean, and interesting. To me dressing well is a way of framing and flattering yourself and expressing your personality. It gives people a hint of who you are at first glance, and gets them interested in you from the getgo. Girls like the one described above confuse me a bit since their styles seem to almost smother their personality, rather than help them wear it on their skin (literally!) They look like they're trying to be a fashion plate, not a person simply expressing themselves. That's all well and fine if the purpose of the evening is to go clubbing and be seen, but for everyday wear I just don't get it.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I dress for my gay friends; they are the only ones with a truly honest opinion. I don't dress for my bf because he honestly couldn't care less...though he does hate the gladiator sandals
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
For myself and on occasion for my boyfriend
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 8 years
I dress for myself most of the time, and once in awhile I'll throw something on I know my husband will love.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Myself (for comfort) and for men (somewhat, sometimes)
juicebox07 juicebox07 8 years
I dress for myself. If I think I look nice in something I'm wearing, it boosts my confidence and mood that day.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Same here -- me. Incidentally, my style is casual and feminine. Also, I like to work with flattering color harmonies.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Myself but I do try to wear what's appropriate as well. Nice clothes for an interview, something sexy for a date. As long as I feel confident about what I'm wearing I don't worry about what others think about my actual style.
AlphaChickee AlphaChickee 8 years
Before I get dressed, I think about who I'm meeting with or seeing that day. So, I essentially dress for my schedule and the people in it. There's no way I'd "dress for myself" if I know I'm going to be in a conference room with a big boss or on a date with a new guy. Of course, we all have our own personal style, which translates into us still being able to look the way we want to in different situations.
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
Me.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
the most important thing is that i feel comfortable and confident in what i'm wearing. of course i dress for myself, sometimes i just dress up on a day when i'm doing nothing as it makes me feel better about myself. i love getting dressed to go out with my girls- half the fun of a night out is getting ready together, trying on outfits, putting on each others false lashes (how did i live without them) and sipping on champagne together dancing around to some music! of course it's important to me also that my boyfriend finds me attractive :) ... so whenever we go out together or just if the mood takes me i like to dress up for him too. but i'm reassured that i don't have to because he loves me just as much in joggers and no makeup. (what i've just said reminds me of john mayer- comfortable :) )
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I dress for me and my boyfriend. He likes anything I put on so it is mostly for me. I have finally found a style that suits me and my body has finally filled out, so I love dressing for myself now. I like knowing that I put together a great outfit and that I look my best(even if it is just jeans and a tee). I went through some of the same stuff as spacekatgal but I am 5'2.5" with a small chest and wide hips for my size. I have learned to play up my assets
skigurl skigurl 8 years
depends on what i'm doing/where i'm going first and foremost i know to dress in something i feel comfortable in...otherwise i won't look good or confident but for work, i dress to look professional for stuff with my boyfriend, i dress for him and for stuff where there will be certain girls, i dress to impress them
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