On Dressing for Yourself When Headed Out

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On Dressing for Yourself When Headed Out

There are two predominate theories when it comes to getting dressed to “go out” at night.

The first, is centered entirely around looking “hot” in order to attract a partner. Admittedly, dressing for someone else. Making someone else’s attraction your focus.  A stop into just about any bar in any major city would prove that, undoubtedly, this is probably the most predominate approach to Saturday night.

The second (and our prescribed stance), focuses on you. What makes you feel good. What makes you feel attractive, fun, the most you. You know the girl in the back of the bar playing pool in boyfriend jeans, a t-shirt and heels? Yeah, this is her M.O.

Neither approach is wrong, per se. And, to be clear, they aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.  You can, in effect, dress for yourself and still want to be attractive to someone else.

In fact, in our experience, dressing for yourself effectively makes you more attractive to others because of the whole confidence factor. You aren’t pretending to be someone you aren’t, wiggling around in something uncomfortable or self-conscious because you are overexposed. You are just unapologetically you. And in a world filled with self-conscious humans, that’s just about as hot as it gets.

After spending our early twenties trapped in short skirts and halter tops and never feeling quite right (if that is you to the core, God bless you, you won the lottery), we spent the rest of our days (single or not) experimenting with ways to dress up without letting it all hang out. Ways to take our street style to the bar, club or just a nice dinner with friends (we are old, we know).

Sure, exposed skin might ooze sex, but personal style is sexy. And so is this long-sleeved Zimmermann dress and Katie’s nighttime layering (those gloves, though…).

Given the choice, we’d way rather focus on the conversation than whether our bra is tucked in or our stomach is hanging out. At least that’s our approach, anyway.

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This is the second set of images from our photoshoot for Chloe Magazine coming out next month. The feature is all about what our Morning, Noon and Night in Dallas look like.  This particular set of images was taken in one of our favorite nightspots, Midnight Rambler.  

Look out for the complete issue of Chloe Magazine next month to get the full scoop on where we hang when we are in the Big D and to see unreleased images.

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In our experience, dressing for yourself effectively makes you more attractive to others because of the whole confidence factor.

In the post:

on Katie
dress: vintage Chanel available at To Be Continued Consignment (similar here)  |  vest: vintage Celine available at To Be Continued Consignment (similar here)  |  booties: Schutz (similar here)  |  gloves: Catherine Osti available at Elements (similar here)

on Lynsey
dress: Zimmermann available at Elements  |  bag: Anndra Neen available at Elements  |  sandals: Alexander McQueen available at To Be Continued Consignment  |  earrings: Lizzie Fortunato

  • Raspberry_Swirl

    So true! It might have taken awhile, but I learned that how you feel about how you look in an outfit really does affect how you project yourself. That’s the wonderful thing about fashion…how you dress really does affect how you feel and therefore you can come off confident and professional at work or sexy on a date. What the right clothes can do 🙂

    Both of you look FANTASTIC by the way…

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