Does Dressing Well=Politeness?

Yesterday evening, I was browsing Pinterest, and I came across this quote:

And it got me thinking.  This may sound selfish, but I usually dress for myself- in clothes I like, feel comfortable in, clothes that make me feel good about myself. I never really sat down and thought about how what I wear correlates to me being respectful. But, after thinking on this a little longer, I realized that being "well dressed" doesn't always necessarily mean wearing a cocktail dress everywhere. I think that the key here is to wear what is occasion-appropriate, and I do try to do that. For instance, it's disrespectful or impolite to wear white to a wedding, because it comes across as trying to upstage the bride. Or it may come across as insensitive if you visit a friend in the hospital in a cocktail dress, when she's wearing a hospital gown and probably not feeling good about the way she looks. After I thought about that, it made me think of a bunch of other scenarios where being over or underdressed could be considered disrespectful to the person (or people) you are spending time with. 

Anyways, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this, and I'd love to hear yours! Do you take being polite into consideration when you get dressed, or do you wear whatever you want, no matter what? I don't think there's a right or wrong answer, and maybe I'm just overthinking things (it would not be the first time!) but I'm curious about this now! 


  1. This is such an interesting way to think about it. I totally agree, actually. I think that dressing appropriately and looking like you've put in at least a bit of effort is definitely a politeness thing.
    xo Josie

  2. This is an interesting view point and I have to say I agree. It's not about wearing a cocktail dress everywhere, but rather dressing appropriately for the occassion. Fashion has always been a form of expression and I am all for that. However, sometimes it can be taken a step too far when clothes are ill fitting and someone is literally spilling out of their clothes in all directions.