Who loves going shopping!? I do, (not!) I dislike going shopping for clothes and other items. It is too much stress and work to look for jeans, shorts, shirts, sweaters, and other items that are needed to make up an outfit. I feel like men have it easy when it comes to shopping for clothes or it is faster for men to pick out their outfits than women, but then I feel like I am stereotyping guys and girls.
Not all guys have a layback attitude about their outer appearance because my guy best friend takes a lot of care of how he looks and what he wears. He would take twice as long to get ready than me. I feel that it doesn’t matter as long as the person feels confident about himself or herself. This article may feel that I am contradicting everything I say to some extent and stereotyping males and females, but I just want to make clear that due to how the media advertise and portrait clothing and other stuff, it impacts the way males or females shop for their every day outfits.
Women Shopping/Picking Style: Let’s start with the hundred of clothing that a women can chose from. Women are expected to wear from dresses, tan tops, shorts, jeans, and shirts to many other clothing styles. Yet, just picking the outfit means that the shopping is not over; it is also necessary to pick out the shoes and the accessories. Once that is finish and you still have the energy to keep going, the hairstyle and make up is the next and final step. Yes, all of these steps are necessary for a woman complete their journey shopping. For women, it is all about appearance and how they are going to look, so trying many combinations of clothing is essential. I know I have a difficult item with all of these steps.
Society puts a lot of attention on how women are expected to look and wear, so I feel that women have a more difficult time picking out clothing that makes them feel confortable while at the same time being classy. I do not want to say that women dress a certain way to please others, but women are over sexualize in our society that if a women wears a short skirt they are harassed by men or if they wear any “sexy looking” clothing they are classify as sluts.
Men Shopping/Picking Style: For men, shopping for clothing is not such a difficult task. Talking with me guy best friend about this topic a few weeks back when we were getting ready to travel to Miami for spring break with two other best friends of ours, he stated that it is easier for men to pick clothes because it is only a T-shirt and pants/shorts. Then shoes are also important, but they are just sneakers or sandals. The hair is easy to manage, no make up and no accessories.
This made me wonder why does society still put so much emphasis on the appearances of women? Women are still being over sexualized and it is enforced in our everyday lives, and women who do not like to wear “sexy clothing” are considered unattractive and ugly.