They are one and the same for me, with a very slight difference to dress up from where I am coming from.
I dress up normally by most people’s standards, which is why everyone asks me why I am always so dressed up, but I don’t even think it’s something to remark upon the way others do, only because I think our culture in North America is to dress DOWN as a sign of power rather than up.
It’s a double standard, actually.
Wearing t-shirts, a hoodie with jeans and flip flops with messy hair means you’re a secret millionaire when you’re a man, but it makes you look lazy if you’re a woman.
This is what I normally wear and not just to work:
Still. I enjoy dressing up as my normal status quo, and I do it for myself.
I think it is a disservice to yourself and to others to not at least try to put some thought into what you wear, even if it’s wearing the same wrap dress over and over again rather than sliding into a slippery slope of yoga pants and stained t-shirts with a hoodie.
Now when I dress UP, I turn up the wattage big-time and people usually remark: “WOW” .. instead of “You clean up nice!” which is a bit of a backhanded compliment, meaning you are a bit of a slob most of the time.
Dressing up is when I think about the entire outfit from head to toe, including makeup.
I spend a lot of time on my makeup, more than usual (at least an hour), carefully concealing out my spots and achieving what I think looks like flawless, airbrushed skin.
The outfit when I dress up isn’t something I just pick out and build around on a whim of that day, it’s thought about in advance and planned out.
This is what I’d wear if I was dressed up; note how high the heels are!
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
The entire series can be found here: Women in Clothes Style & Fashion Survey