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12 October 2011

Dressing or dressing-up?

This is a weird dilemma that came into my mind while commenting on blogs about wearing gothic clothes. 
 Many times Goths have used the expression "dressing up" with the meaning of simply "going to wear gothic attire". I did to, but the thruth is I'm not dressing up as for "I'm going to put up a costume of some kind". I just dress, meaning I wear my gothic clothes with the same non-chalance as I wear my non-goth clothes. 
There is a difference between dressing up and dressing, in my opinion. 



I dressed goth yesterday.
I dressed up goth yesterday.

In the first sentence (I know this sounds like a grammar explanation of some kind ahah!), what I understand is that the person saying it, was just wearing gothic clothes yesterday, right?
But in the second sentence, doesn't it sound like she or he is saying that they pretended to be a goth for a day?

It does sound like that to me. I don't know if you get what i mean..

Do you consider wearing gothic clothes like wearing a sort of costume like an occasional "dress-up",a "let's be goth for a day" thing?

I have often used the verb "dressing up" with the inner meaning that creating my gothic attire took me so much time and effort that it's almost like I was preparing the next halloween costume! Especially when planning to wear those highly sophisticated or extreme looks that do look like occasional dress-ups to the eyes of the majority of people..


So my question is, 
are you dressed or dressed-up goth?


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