What Does It Really Mean to Dress for Girls, Not Guys?

Lauren Eggertsen

"Dressing for girls, not guys": This is an idea you may or may not have heard of before. Personally, I have been familiar with the notion for quite some time. It really started making me think when I was younger, probably around junior high or high school. Growing up, I always dressed a little differently than other girls. There would always be a comment here or there about my outfit, whether it was good or bad, and no matter what the comment was, I didn't care. I always dressed (and still do) in a way that suited me and made me feel the most confidant; it didn't matter what other people thought.

As I got older and girls started caring more and more about what boys thought of them, I found that although attention from boys wasn't necessarily a bad thing, I never let that affect how I dressed every day. Other girls would notice this and say things like, "You know boys think high-waisted shorts are weird, right?" and "Guys hate those loose maxi dresses girls wear, so why do you wear them all the time? I guess you just dress for girls and not for guys." 

For a while, I thought that was true. A compliment on my See by Chloé color-block midi dress from a woman on the street meant way more to me than a guy telling me I looked nice that day. With that said, it didn't matter if I received validation on my outfit, what mattered was how I felt in it. Period. 

From the quirky details in a look that girls tend to notice to the inner confidence it takes to dress however the heck you want to, I decided to pick the brains of my fashionable colleagues to see what they thought. Not to my surprise, we pretty much all landed on the same conclusion. 

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