How to dress to impress your friends
When a friend of yours asks if you’re dressed up to impress them, you can have a little fun.
The phrase ‘dress to impress’ is a phrase used in social media and is often used in online dating sites to indicate you’re a good match.
“You could say you’re wearing the dress to look cool, or to be funny, or it could be to be a role model,” said Victoria University of Wellington’s Associate Professor of Media Studies.
“The dress can be a symbol of status, and you can use the dress for any number of reasons, including to show you’re not a fake,” she said.
“If you’re dressing up as a superhero or wearing a costume that you are not, then you could be doing it for a very legitimate reason.”
Professor Victoria said dressing up to show your true self was a “trivial” and “very low-risk” action that people usually took.
“It’s just about being a little bit more confident, being a bit more comfortable, being more open and showing your true personality,” she added.
“And that’s what people find sexy.”
But a new study shows people have an innate sense of who they are, and dress in ways that reveal that, if they are truly interested in you.
Dr Kate Karras from the School of Communication at Griffith University has been studying the way people dress to better understand how we can change how we think about ourselves and others.
“People think they’re cool because they have a big head, but they can’t quite put on a shirt,” she told ABC Radio New Zealand.
“They think they are attractive because they wear clothes, but it’s a lot more about how you dress, and it’s not about what you’re doing,” she explained.
“When you wear a skirt or a dress, it’s actually just about how it’s fitted.”
“You might think that your best friend would be wearing a dress to show off her body, but she probably doesn’t.”
She probably thinks she looks cool because she has a big, full head, and that’s the point, she’s got big boobs and a big butt.”‘
We are not interested in a man who looks like a woman’Professor Karrs research shows people dress in the way they want to, and are willing to go to great lengths to do so.”
I think there is a sense of self-esteem that is created when you dress up in something you want to show,” she continued.”
So, when we dress up, we are not looking to impress, we’re not looking for a man to be attracted to.
“We are looking for something to be attractive, we aren’t looking for someone to think that they’re going to be sexually attracted to us.”
Professor Kerras says that, even if a woman doesn’t dress up to attract a man, they’re likely to be uncomfortable and look awkward.
“One of the things that’s interesting is that when you do dress up and you don’t make a statement, when you don�t really wear the costume, and people don�re thinking about how they would feel about you, that may cause people to feel uncomfortable,” she noted.
“Women will not be interested in men who look like women, and vice versa.”
Our bodies are very different from our sexual partners, so I think it’s important to understand that, and I think the way that you dress reflects that.
“To find out more about Dr Karra’s research into what people think about what they wear, and how to get more comfortable in your own skin, check out the University of New Zealand’s website.
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