Well… they get it. Most females like to dress in the current trends, they stay up on fashion and like to look modern. Some are even more advanced. Those women are aware of their body shape and styles that flatter. They know which colors enhance their image, and how to apply makeup to get a fresh-face glow. But when it comes to how a guy sees a women’s outfit we, of the female sex, are usually utterly clueless.

This week I am giving presentations to various high school classes about fashion and media. And what I am finding, talk after talk, is that the girls can’t understand how guys could possibly see anything differently then they do, especially when it comes to the area of dress.

Girls see a cute teal top. Guys see the way it hugs the form. Girls love the feel of their strapless dress. Guys notice the way it keeps slipping down. Girls see the fade of the jeans and the distressed look. Guys are aware of the way it accentuates the girl’s backside.

When girls are finally aware of the different mental capacities, it’s as if their eyes are open for the first time. But it’s a lesson that is not easily taught nor easily accepted.

Earlier in the week as I was trying to explain this inspiration hit. I asked the girls what would they do if their day was full of images of Taylor Lautner as he appears in most of the Twilight movie – shirtless. Or Channing Tatum (pic below). What would they do if these two highly attractive actors were hanging around them all day. The girls admitted with no hesitation that they would stare and most likely trip over each other to get closer. That, I told them, is just one-tenth of how guys function. A graphic example, yes. Slightly vulgar too. But it made the point better than a 45 minute lecture could have.

What have you found effective when it comes to explaining the importance of dressing well? What convinced you to care?


Katie Hinderer

Katie Hinderer is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Over the years she has transitioned from traditional publishing...