Friday, November 11, 2011

Everyone Loves a Boy in a Dress

Okay, so I'm pretty addicted to watching traffic sources on this blog. Maybe not as addicted as I am to shoe shopping, but close, ha! It's just really interesting to me to see how people find their way here. This post is inspired by the most common search phrase that brings traffic to the blog ...

Boys in dresses. Specifically, this boy in a dress. As of this writing, I own seven dresses. It's probably silly, but that's a bit exciting for me since it means I could wear a dress a day for a week. Anyways, for this post, I'm going to showcase my three favorite dresses, and talk a little bit about them.

Before we dive in, I'd like to share some of my thoughts and feelings about dresses. For as long as I can remember, I've always been fascinated by them. There's just something so aesthetically pleasing to me about the shape and movement of a dress. My favorite thing about a dress, though, is the feeling of wearing one. 

For a large part of my life I was uncomfortable with my body, and as a result of this I nearly always wore pants. The feeling of a pair of pants digging into my waist uncomfortably (to say nothing of being uncomfortable elsewhere) was a feeling that I long thought I would have to experience for the rest of my life. It eventually irritated me so that I just couldn't take it anymore. Skirts alleviate most of those problems, however there is still that feeling of constantly having something digging in around my waist. Even though it often isn't as bad as a pair of pants might be, it's still a bit of an annoyance to me. 

Thus, enter the dress. In short, dresses offer reprieve from all of those issues, and they feel incredibly freeing. Combined with my love for their look, well, it's really a no brainer for me then. I'm a man, and I love dresses!

So, without further adieu, let's have a look at my top three favorite dresses!

Dress #3: Viking Purple Knit Dress


I loved this dress from the moment I saw it at Target. However, I initially put off buying it because I still wasn't sure about dresses for my body. I'm so glad that I did eventually buy it, as it's quickly become one of my favorites. The color of this dress is amazing, it's really the perfect purple! My favorite thing about this dress, however, is the versatility I feel it has. While I think it looks okay on its own, this dress really shines when I pair it with a jacket or other top, as the purple is strong enough to still shine through for a great pop of color.

Dress #2: Grey Shirtdress

This is the second dress I ever purchased. I think that shirtdresses are an easy choice for a guy, as it can often look pretty similar to wearing a button up shirt with a skirt or kilt, a style many skirt wearing men choose. I really like the casual feeling of this dress. I chose this dress as my second favorite because I feel it still presents a largely masculine look. This isn't really important to me, as I tend to not worry much about labels, but that aspect of this dress means that I could see this look being more easily adopted by men than some other dresses. Plus, I think I look pretty good in this dress.

Finally, that brings us to my number one favorite dress, which should be no surprise to my fans (do I have fans? Supporters maybe?)

Dress #1: Moto Dress

This dress was easily my number one choice. In addition to being my first dress, it's also my most featured dress on Flickr. This dress perfectly captures my style, and I feel that it really speaks about who I am. It's got great attitude and edge, and just feels rockin'! This dress is so comfortable, and I love the way that it moves. Truth is, I could probably go on and on about this dress. 

There is one reason above all, however, why I love this dress so. This is the dress that gave me my confidence. You see, this dress was the first dress or skirt I wore that was above knee, and I was very self conscious about that. I worried that it would look silly, that maybe it was too much leg for a guy to show like that. Then I realized, I may be a man but I can still have damn sexy legs, so why shouldn't I show them?! Although it took me a while to feel confident in this dress, once that happened it was like the floodgates were opened. This dress made me realize that it's okay for me to feel attractive, in fact that's what confidence in fashion is all about! 

This dress has been a bit of a looking glass, through which I've managed to accept and love my body for everything that it is, and that's why the moto dress is my favorite dress.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post as much as I've enjoyed writing it. 

As always, you can check out my most recent outfit photos on Flickr:

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