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Why Women Should Only Dress For Themselves

While I was scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard instead of doing homework (one of my favorite hobbies), a post entitled, “Trends Guys Hate” caught my eye. The post, of course, went on to make fun of said trends that guys apparently dislike and I was interested in the enlightenment it could offer.

After reading the article, I concluded that I would never take any of the fashion advice seriously. If you're interested to see what I mean, check out the link. For the people who want to get straight to the good stuff, here’s a quick rundown:

Men hate headbands because they’re for little girls.

Men hate high-waisted shorts.

Men hate red lipstick because “it makes women look older.”

Men hate delicious smelling body mist because “smelling like cupcakes is a turn off” (But why WOULDN’T you want to smell like a cupcake?).

Men hate sneakers because they “always” prefer a girl in heels.

Men hate knock-off bags (and apparently they can tell, too. Sure…).

Those were only six of the whopping 22 items that men apparently despise seeing on a woman. Oh, and men apparently hate yoga pants? That one seems a little off. I mean, what's not to like about a woman in skin-tight, flattering stretch pants?

In thinking about this, it occurred to me that there is a major problem here. Why are we, as beautiful, strong, independent women, supported by The Queen Herself, Beyoncé, basing our clothing choices on what men (or anyone else, for that matter) find to be pretty, sexy or desirable?

Are we really going to condemn someone for adventurously trying out kick-ass fashion trends just because a number of people aren't on board?

Buy something for yourself and wear it because when you look in the mirror, you love what you see. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that the sexiest thing a woman can do for herself is to exude confidence and self-esteem.

Channeling that through what you wear is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Some people feel sexy in expensive designer blouses and others feel sexy in a new dress they got on sale at Forever 21.

Preferences are all relative to what each person likes, which is totally acceptable. What’s not okay is to tell someone what he or she can and cannot wear.

So ladies, put on your favorite red lipstick and head out on the town wearing your new high-waisted shorts and knock-off bag (seriously, no one will notice). You look fabulous — don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Top Photo Courtesy: We Heart It

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