Why Are You So Dressed Up?


I must have been asked, “why are you all dressed up today”, about 10 times in the course of the day.  What’s up with that?  I’ve got a simple cotton sateen dress and wedge sandals one; it’s not like I’m sporting a ball gown and tiara.

By contrast, when I wore the above outfit no one asked that same question of me.  Again, what is that all about?  Both are simple silhouette black dresses – check, the shoes are the same – check,  even the same jewelry, check.  The only difference is the cut and fabric of the dress.  Color me puzzled. Thoughts?

Dress in first picture – Ann Taylor

Dress in second picture – Target

Shoes – Jessica Simpson

Necklace – Lia Sophia

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11 Responses to Why Are You So Dressed Up?

  1. Natalie says:

    Is it the jacket? The jacket reads a little more casual I guess? I don’t know. I get similar questions any time I wear a dress or skirt these days. It’s hard to find that step up from jeans that doesn’t make me look like I’m trying too hard. And what most people don’t realize is that skirts and dresses are usually just more comfortable!

  2. Hannah says:

    I’m thinking it may have been the jacket…and possibly the hair. Those are the only two differences I see! Then again, I’m quite the amateur! 🙂

  3. Shybiker says:

    Interesting… My guess is that the first one looks like a fancy cocktail dress while the second one, because of its pleats, looks more casual. The absence of pleats in the first dress makes it look fancier.

    • katty says:

      Shybiker said it best! Also, as Kari said, the knit in the second dress gives the idea of wash and wear. Thanks for this exercise! It is great for learning what people see in an outfit and why.

  4. Kari says:

    I think it’s the jacket — the style of the jacket (kind of like a biker chick 🙂 dresses down the second dress. Imagine if you were wearing a shawl instead of the jacket. But I also think that it’s the fabric — a knit — is just less dressy. a knit is just wash and wear. That’s my guess and I’m locking it in. 🙂

  5. You look great… Love the Jessica Simpson’s. 😉

  6. Jill says:

    I concur with the others, the jacket makes the second outfit look more casual. In the first picture there is more of a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ thing going on, which I love!

  7. Paula says:

    I’m going to say the fabric makes the first black dress look more formal. Its more crisp. Just a guess–anyway both look fab!

  8. My guess would be it’s because in the first outfit you look supremely elegant and polished (yet NOT overdressed). I love the outfit and would definitely wear it if it were me.

    But personally, I can’t stand when people make silly comments like that!

    But the 2nd dress — as others have mentioned — looks equally polished yet relaxed and casual with the jacket and your hair pulled back.

  9. Taryn says:

    It’s simply, Ann Taylor just knows how to make anyone look amazing even if it is a simply cotton dress

  10. B.Inspired says:

    The first dress is definitely dressier, it has a more of a classic almost after 5 look, the neckline the skirt, as well as the material, it looks like it may be cotton and silk blend so it has a sheen? These are elements we’d expect to see you wear at a dinner party of some sort. The second dress is jersey, that is more of a casual dress. So that’s why when you wear the first dress people think you are ‘going somewhere.’ Both are very pretty!

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