Because of the pressure put on women in our society, I think a lot about how I’m going to be perceived when putting an outfit together. It’s hard to strike the right balance between being sexy and cute and all the things girls are supposed to perfectly while still ultimately want to dress however I want to. Relationships—romantic, friendship, and even those with strangers—all are factors in what we ultimately decide to wear on a given day.
I know I am not the only one who struggles with this notion. So I asked some other college students about how their relationships affect how they dress and got some interesting responses!
“I’ve noticed the more confident I am with myself, the more experimental I am with my clothing choices. In big city environments I feel free to express my style. When I’m in a small town setting where everyone almost dresses the same I feel like an oddball and kind of tame myself.”—@anagabrielateran
“When you’re with your significant other you tend to dress up, I think! You’re more willing to spend time on yourself and your appearance because you want to complement the other person.”—@tabihoshmand
“I look at my friends all the time for inspiration and on occasion may end up dressing similarly to them!”—@ctrinkino
“I definitely think our relationships inspire our style, whether you’re borrowing from your significant other’s closet or your older sister’s closet.”—@amberiman
“If I know people aren’t going to be really dressy, I opt for a casual/less trendy outfit. If I know I will be around people who will appreciate certain fashion details, I’ll go full out. I never feel like I can’t dress the way I want in front of my boyfriend or family which I think is really special.”—@shelbyshowell
How do your relationships affect your outfits? Let us know in the comments below!