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I love looking put together for my own confidence, but sometimes I get some snarky comments about “making us look bad” or “being super dressed up.” Here’s how I respond. 

I like to get ready almost every single day. It helps my confidence, my productivity, and my entire day.

If you’re the same way, I’m sure you’ve received a comment or two over the years about being “so dressed up” or “making others look bad” or some other snarky comment about being dressed.

Here are a few ways to respond to these kinds of comments!

How to respond to snarky comments about getting dressed

First off, if someone says a negative or backhanded comment about your outfit or being dressed up and put together, it may be coming from a place of feeling insecure about themselves, and not being equally dressed up. So my highest priority is to be kind in response and not fall into the snarky trap.

Here are some examples of these backhanded comments:

  • “Wow, you sure are dressed up.”
  • “I wish I had the time to get dressed up like that.”
  • “You’re making us look bad.”

If you feel like the comments are coming from a place of insecurity, make sure you respond in a kind way, and leave out any snarky tones. No need to dish it back.

Here are my two go-to response that are simple, easy, and give them a clear answer without over-explaining or making them feel bad.

  • “It just makes me feel better when I get ready for the day and dress up a little!”
  • or more simply, “I just love dressing up!” 

These statements are unapologetic, but also don’t point fingers back at them for their snarkiness or their outfit choice.

Don’t apologize for being dressed up, or taking the time, or prioritizing your time differently than others. And definitely don’t start dressing differently because people make comments, if you truly love getting dressed everyday. Dress how you want to feel and own it!

If you are insecure about being dressed up more than your friends, tell them what you’re going to wear to go out when you’re deciding where to go, and see if they level up with you! Sometimes they don’t dress up because they just don’t know what to wear. You could say, for example, “Let’s go to XYZ for dinner tomorrow. I’m wearing jeans and a nice blouse!” This can start an easy conversation that will help those who are nervous about what to wear.

I’d love to know what you do to respond to these kinds of comments! And next time you get a comment like this, try one of these simple responses.

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How to Respond to Snarky Comments About Looking Put Together

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I love looking put together for my own confidence, but sometimes I get some snarky comments about “making us look bad” or “being super dressed up.” Here’s how I respond. 

 

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I like to get ready almost every single day. It helps my confidence, my productivity, and my entire day.

If you’re the same way, I’m sure you’ve received a comment or two over the years about being “so dressed up” or “making others look bad” or some other snarky comment about being dressed.

Here are a few ways to respond to these kinds of comments!

 

How to respond to snarky comments about getting dressed

First off, if someone says a negative or backhanded comment about your outfit or being dressed up and put together, it may be coming from a place of feeling insecure about themselves, and not being equally dressed up. So my highest priority is to be kind in response and not fall into the snarky trap.

Here are some examples of these backhanded comments:

  • “Wow, you sure are dressed up.”
  • “I wish I had the time to get dressed up like that.”
  • “You’re making us look bad.”

If you feel like the comments are coming from a place of insecurity, make sure you respond in a kind way, and leave out any snarky tones. No need to dish it back.

Here are my two go-to response that are simple, easy, and give them a clear answer without over-explaining or making them feel bad.

  • “It just makes me feel better when I get ready for the day and dress up a little!”
  • or more simply, “I just love dressing up!” 

These statements are unapologetic, but also don’t point fingers back at them for their snarkiness or their outfit choice.

Don’t apologize for being dressed up, or taking the time, or prioritizing your time differently than others. And definitely don’t start dressing differently because people make comments, if you truly love getting dressed everyday. Dress how you want to feel and own it!

If you are insecure about being dressed up more than your friends, tell them what you’re going to wear to go out when you’re deciding where to go, and see if they level up with you! Sometimes they don’t dress up because they just don’t know what to wear. You could say, for example, “Let’s go to XYZ for dinner tomorrow. I’m wearing jeans and a nice blouse!” This can start an easy conversation that will help those who are nervous about what to wear.

 

I’d love to know what you do to respond to these kinds of comments! And next time you get a comment like this, try one of these simple responses.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Christy says:

    I tell PEOPLE that dressIng well is Good manners and shows respect for OTHER people. 🙂

  2. Allison says:

    I tell people that “It makes me feel good wheN I Look presentable.”

  3. Nicole Olesh says:

    What of ots not your girlfriends, but Rather your husband that mskes comments about being too dressed up because he only has one level of dress (nice but casual)?

  4. Nicole says:

    What if its not your gIrlfrIends, but rather your husband that makes comments about your level of dress?

  5. MaureeN says:

    My Friends usually ASK WHERE I got my clothes. My daughters usually ask if they can borrow it. I think FRIENDS whO make slight REMARKS are InsecurE. Just wear what you enjoY! Its really not your problem! They will prObably ask you to go shopping with them next time!

  6. Terri says:

    This reminds me of backhand comments I received during my teen years and 20s. “Wow, you sure are skinny. You have the skinniest legs,” etc. I knew I was being insulted but never knew how to respond. Being told I’m dressed up for an occasion nowadays is easy to deal with in comparison. I love your response that you just love dressing up. It’s simple, effective, and nice.

  7. Jodi says:

    Hi merrick! What an interesting post and conversation piece. I personally haven’t experienced such comments as I tend to dress more casually but good to know what to say for future me.

  8. Jessica Perry says:

    My responses back are very similar to the ones you have listed here. I choose not to be snarky back because it serves no purpose.

    I will sometimes get comments about my hair too – “Oh, your hair always looks so nice!” I usually respond with, “Thanks, I washed it today!” lol 😉 They usually look surprised that I admitted that and laugh with me.

  9. heardle game says:

    This essay is excellent. One of the best entries I’ve ever read, in my opinion. I was aware of the insult, but I never knew how to react. Nowadays, it’s simple to deal with being told I’m dressed for a special occasion. Your remark that you simply enjoy dressing up is fantastic.

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