Who Do You Dress To Impress?

“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked all the time.”

-Betsey Johnson

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Some people believe that everything a girl does for her appearance (from painting her nails to picking out which shoes match her blue mini the best) is solely driven by the want to look good for males. As Betsey sees it, a girls will to look good goes far beyond boys.

Of course if I’m going on dinner date or out to the movies I’ll take the time to show my best face. Who wouldn’t want to in a situation like that? But the mascara I use or the clothes I chose to wear daily isn’t based off of a man’s preference. If I think it makes my eyelashes look 10’x fuller or a certain shirt complements my basically non-existent features then I’m going to use that to my advance to make myself feel good. Remember when we talked about making a good first impression? Those ideas weren’t limited to one particular sex; perhaps a girl is dressing to impress a boss or interviewer or sports recruiter (who very well could be a female).  It’s been said that “men aren’t huge fans of high-waisted pants, UGG boots, boyfriend jeans, and maxi dresses” yet celebrities everywhere are still taking advantage of these tends. Most guys (at least the ones I know) don’t understand fashion and are perfectly content with waking up 10 minutes before school, putting on a random shirt and jeans and not thinking twice about it. Girls on the other hand worry about what they wear, how many layers, what the weather will be like (at all points in the day), what statement they’re trying to make, etc., etc…..

The expensive Sephora makeup or the new clothes I buy, I wear because it makes me feel good and they are a part of me. My makeup is basically my face and I just don’t feel comfortable enough to go out into public without my face on. Plus it hides all my flaw which boosts my confidence. Then when it comes to clothes, I love shopping. I love buying cute shoes and sweaters and putting together outfits and getting compliments on them;(which are in-fact a majority from girls.) I love accentuating my figure and feeling fresh/polished in an outfit that I worked my butt off to afford. If a guy happens to appreciate my efforts, so be it, I’ll admit that getting a compliment from an unlikely source (men) can be a confidence booster, but I don’t strive to receive them.

When I get ready in the morning it’s for myself. I want to put my best face forward everyday so I can feel confident and give everyone an idea of who I am. Whoever wants to pay attention…go for it, I love an audience.

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What college guys had to say on certain fashion trends:

  • “Ripped jeans….maybe you had a hungry dog or something, but i really don’t get them. My mom would be mad if I bought some tattered jeans for twice the cost”
  • “Yoga pants that have writing on them is just overkill. We’re staring at your butt already. Words on there just confuse our brains. Mixing learning with sex hurts”
  • “Maxi dresses…do you actually want to look pregnant? Is showing ankles in public inappropriate again? Is this dress named after the maxi pad?”
  • “Heels just make girls trip on the cobblestone. Not into them”
  • “You should learn how to flatter and enhance yourselves with clothing instead of trying what Lady Gaga did last week”

Comfort in Disguise

The appearance among millions of girls in the United States is associated with the concept of covering themselves in makeup. From the ages of children to adults, makeup has always been part of the culture in the United States but now more than ever. Television ads, magazines, celebrities and the want to look like a “barbie” is what drives the makeup fascination. Many girls are mesmerized by how models look in magazines and want to be like them. At girl’s younger years, they feel as if wearing makeup makes them look like princesses, and dolls they play with. But the major influence in a child’s want to wear makeup comes from the reflection of their mother. It is very typical if the mother wears lots of makeup than the child wants to also. As years go on, girls continue to use makeup as a way to change what they look like. Makeup is a way to disguise what girls really look like without any mascara, eyeshadow or lipstick. Many girls, in america think that beauty defines them in the way that they look because of the way the social media is evident in our society.

Youtube, one of the most popular social medica sites in the world, has a huge influence on the way in which girls see themselves as beautiful. The new thing now is girls called “Beauty Gurus”. Beauty Gurus are girls on youtube that vlog (video blogging) about the type of makeup they use and the way  in which they use it. These Beauty Gurus get millions of hits a day, and many of those views of our girls looking at how to change the way in which they look.

Here’s a video

In this video, it shows how someone would transform their face from wearing no makeup to putting lots of makeup on and feeling beautiful.

Comfort in wearing makeup, allows girls to transform themselves into a person with different feature. For instance, mascara makes girls eyes look bigger and lipstick defines girls lips. Many girls dont’ go out in public without wearing makeup because they feel that without makeup they look ugly. Makeup makes girls feel good about themselves, and comfortable in their skin. There are many brands of makeup out there, brands that are very expensive. Some mascara tubes can cost up to $66. However woman and girls are able to still feel just as beautiful as the celebrities that wear expensive makeup by going to target or cvs to buy makeup that isn’t as expensive.

However, although makeup has always been a huge part as the definition of major celebrities many of them have a different view on makeup in the way that they think Beauty is defined.

“The key to beauty is always to be looking at someone who loves you, really.” – Julia Roberts

“I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven’t looked in a mirror for days, and I’m doing things that make me happy.” – Anne Hathaway

“A lot of people come to me, and they’re like, ‘Will I look like you after I have a baby?’ And I say, ‘Well, how were you before?’ You can’t kid yourself.” – Heidi Klum

“Just recently I’ve learned to be okay with myself without wearing makeup. I think it was a special someone telling me that I didn’t need it. I started taking care of my skin and realised I didn’t need as much as I thought I did.” – Vanessa Hudgens

“Being beautiful is all in the attitude, it’s about confidence.” – Ciara

“You know when I feel inwardly beautiful? When I am with my girlfriends and we are having a goddess circle.” – Jennifer Aniston

Even celebrities say that, makeup is not the true definition of beauty however with this said they still use makeup in a way in which to disguise themselves in feeling comfortable infront of people. I am sure that none of those celebrities would go to a concert or event without wearing makeup.

Makeup has also been used to feel comfortable since ancient times, in 4000 BCE Egyptian Queens used makeup to show their prestige. It was a way in which they displayed themselves as being beautiful and perfect because they were the Queen.