Tartan Dress & OTK Boots ( & #Passion4Fashion Linkup)

 Who do you dress for? Do you dress for yourself alone, for your husband or partner, is it dress for other ladies approval or situation dictated like work etc, or is it a bit of all of these things on different days?

I’ve been pondering this question of late as I had a funny experience with a couple of very different outfits.

This week i had a bit of time with Salvatore, one day i walked down the stairs in a pleated midi skirt and sweater only to see him burst in to laughter at my apparently funny outfit, he compared me to Olive from Popeye and declared that my outfit clashed and that i must be loosing the plot(all said in jest of course, he knows i wear what the hell i like and the man has seen some bizarre outfits from me over the years, you only have to look through my archives for that proof ?. ) 

The very next day i walked down the stairs in this outfit, short step hem dress, tie waist and Over The Knee boots. I had a much better reception from the husband with exclamation of “wow, you look great” and “Now that suits you”.It made me giggle. 

That day i noticed i had observational looks from the opposite sex more than i normally have, which is uhh never, and again i giggled to myself.

It seems cliched really. Men still love the short dress, the “kinky boots” and the sexy feminine vibes.

Me? Well i prefer my midi velvet skirt and thick cosy jumper. Ladies who follow me on instagram will often love the outfits i do and the husband hates.. it seems we really are from different planets when it comes to getting dressed.

I don’t dress for male approval and love to express my personalty through my clothes. Don’t get me wrong i loved this outfit, i did indeed buy it all and put it together, but i sure as hell didn’t style it for a mans approval.

This is of course not to say that if you do dress to please your other half that that is a bad thing, i loved making my husband happy and seeing his delight in my outfit choice, but its just not something i aim for regularly.

We are all very very different. 

But i have to say, it was really interesting to see two different reactions in the space of two days.

So ladies, who do you dress for?

Outfit details:
Biker Jacket

An InLinkz Link-up


  1. November 3, 2017 / 7:00 am

    I dress for me only! I do take note of what the other half says though! The dress is gorgeous Rachel. Have a great weekend xx

  2. November 3, 2017 / 8:17 am

    That's a beautiful dress! I definitely just dress for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I love pretty clothes, so that's what I wear ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. November 3, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I dress for myselfโ€”but thankfully my guy likes my style. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for hosting the linkup, and have a fantastic weekend!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  4. November 3, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    That is a fabulous dress! I love how the layers and cut compliment the pattern so well!

  5. November 3, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Leg envy right there. Love this look and only wish I could wear similar. I do dress how hubby likes me to dress when we go out together, but there are times when he doesn't like something and I still wear it! Thanks for sharing and hosting Rachel. Jacqui

  6. November 3, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    You look lovely and so on point for the Autumn season, I am really loving the dress and boots. I dress for myself to boost my confidence I like looking nice and as I get older I see myself getting bolder and more sure of myself and I hope you do too??

  7. November 3, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I absolutely dress for me! Although my husband often does enjoy what I wear. He has gotten quite good, in fact, during my blogging journey, in helping me with accessories if I get stumped. In any event, that dress you are wearing is so fabulous! And I need to have it!


  8. November 3, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I love tartan! Fabulous! And you styled it so fabulous with those boots. A very stylish look!

  9. November 3, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    You look fantastic Rachel, I can see why this is such a winner with your husband! But, I also love the sound of the other look you describe. I pretty much dress for myself these days, I care less about others as I age. Of course I want to appeal to my husband, and we always talk about clothes a lot and what we're currently in to, but I still wear things he's not that keen on if I feel good in them. Xx

  10. Anonymous
    November 3, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    That Tartan dress is gorgeous.

  11. November 5, 2017 / 12:00 am

    I love the tartan dress! It looks fabulous with the leather jacket and long boots! I dress for me, and even though my husband laughs at /questions some of my outfits I really don't care!

    Emma xxx

  12. November 6, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Swit swoo! You look great! As for dressing, I like to think I dress primarily for myself but if Mr P compliments my outfit, it makes my day x

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