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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?


7 comments:

Dirgesinger said...

I always wear my goth clothes as normal - I mean I cant do it otherwise because I only have black clothes. Some of them are "normal just black", but here you are counted as freak even if you just wear plain black. bah. So, wht i wanted to say is I always dress goth:)

† Nanna † said...

I love the outfit of the girl of the photo ^^

Someone stoled my other google account, grrr, that's my new account. Sometimes I think why the people hack the account of the others. Maybe because who do it isn't interesting... :S

Anonymous said...

Well I must admit that for me is more like a dress-up because I can't wear gothic clothes everyday..only occasionally..so it's a sadly a dress-up for me..but I so wish I could dress gothic everyday... :(

BallerinaDark said...

@Dirgesinger: same situation here :) people wearing black all the time are looked at like freaks...people should definitely learn to open up their minds..! :)

@Nanna: sorry for your other account! I went on panic once when i could log on to this account of mine but fortunately it was only me typing constantly the wrong password xD *stupid me*

@anonymous: I hope you will someday! :D

MissGracie said...

When I say I am 'dressed up' that means I feel extra fancy. When I'm just dressed, other people still consider me 'dressed up' for something special.

I think both of those sentences make it sound like you're pretending. If you dress goth regularly, you're just 'dressed'.

Ashlee said...

"Dressed up Goth" does sound like the person in question is pretending to be Goth, but I think that when people say "dress up" they mean dressing better than usual. For that reason I would have to say that I dress Goth and dress-up Goth about 50/50, although I'm trying to dress up Goth much more often.

Minakitty (Mary) said...

I guess I would have to agree with what Miss Gracie posted. I wear dresses and skirts exclusively, so people who do not know me assume I'm dressed up, especially since many things I wear involve some sort of lace or embellishment. When I think 'dressed up', I think of club/concert wear, which is much more ornate (and of course takes much more time!).

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