With the more inclusive views on women, the visibility of revealing clothes in pop culture and media also increased throughout the years. This increase in popularity prompted a lot of women to also try it. In this article, we will tell you all about the reasons why women wear revealing clothes.
What are Revealing Clothes?
Revealing clothes can differ from person to person. As fashion is a subjective topic, the number of opinions and meanings will vary across the population.
With that said, these are the clothes that are commonly recognized as revealing.
- Short Tops – Any tops that may show skin that is believed to be covered are included. Some examples are off shoulders, crop tops that expose the belly button, and spaghetti straps.
- Low Cut Tops – Tops that reveal the chest area like V-neck belong to the list.
- Short Shorts – Shorts that don’t cover the knees are assessed to be incident due to the display of legs.
- Form Fitting Clothes – Clothes that accentuate the female form are considered revealing. Areas such as hips, breasts, and the backside are the area this type of clothing mostly emphasizes.
Of course, this list can be a lot shorter or longer based on different societal factors. This list is just a generalization and does not mean to be comprehensive and complete.
Now that we know what type of clothes are considered revealing, we can answer the question: Why do women wear them?
To Boost Confidence
It’s no secret that women are valued tremendously for their beauty and looks in our society. Whether you wear what people consider as revealing or conservative, women’s fashion is going to get judged.
For a large number of women wear revealing clothes as a source of empowerment, especially if you are in a more conservative community. Their subversive fashion sense is a testament to their confidence in themselves and their body.
Show Their Individuality
Fashion is a way to show who you are. It’s an art of self-expression and a way to demonstrate one’s individuality. This art also applies to revealing clothes.
A woman might have a short explanation of their fashion sense, it’s that they just want to. This is a very valid reason to wear these types of clothes.
Clothing pieces that show a woman’s individuality and self-reflection are an incredible way for empowerment.
Higher Economic Status
Believe it or not, according to these studies, people with lower economic status opt for more revealing clothes. It’s speculated that this is due to the fact that revealing cloth clothing is viewed as desirable. Women at the lower end economically are drawn.
If a woman shows up to a corporate job interview with just a pair of jeans rather than a pencil skirt, she has a lower chance of getting the job. Dressing in a revealing way can increase the economic and social status of women. Clothes that are big and not form-fitting are commonly associated with the working class.
As much as this point is a testament to how society treats women, it can also be a powerful tool for empowerment. The rise of women who become successful with their subversive fashion is a tremendous testament to their determination and drive.
It’s no secret that the majority of clothing for women is discerned as revealing. Crop tops and shorts are a staple of female fashion, especially in the 2000s. If women are limited to just fitting into what society deemed not revealing or proper clothes, they will have a lesser option for their wardrobe.
A rise in contemporary fashion these past years is very noticeable. Aesthetics such as alt, goth, y2k, and many more made it’s way to social media. Clothing pieces that are considered as revealing are more accepted in the mainstream.
You can watch this video if you want an in-depth guide on these fashion aesthetics.
With the rise of female empowerment, revealing clothing has become synonymous with this movement. Of course, wearing skimpy and subversive outfits is not just one way to prove empowerment as a woman.
Revealing clothing’s relationship with female empowerment comes a long way. For most of history, women were looked down upon and considered less than the opposite gender. This belief leads to more uptight and arbitrary customs against women.
Along with that is their clothing. A lot of fashion in the earlier times cover a lot of women’s skin to the point that ankles are scandalous to show. With the choice to wear whatever they want, women can be reminded of how far they achieved.
Imitate Their Favorite Idols
A lot of women, just like other people, want to imitate their idols. The majority of pop culture icons nowadays can have a more provocative sense of fashion. Icons such as Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, are known for revealing outfits and a sense of style.
One of the reasons some women might want to wear revealing clothes is to imitate the people they look up to. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a celebrity or icon. A family member or a friend that shows the greatness of being a woman can be a fashion inspiration too.
As they say, imitation is the best form of flattery. Taking fashion inspiration from someone you idolize is a great way to pay tribute.
The annual increase in temperature made wearing clothes that hide skin hard. Just imagine wearing sweatpants and long sleeves shirts in 38°C weather. That’s going to be uncomfortable.
Choosing appropriate attire for the summer season is great for your health as it decreases the risks of dehydration and heatstroke. Most shorts and tank tops are made to cool down a person and alleviate their body temperature.
Clothes typically used in hot seasons can be seen as revealing when it’s just a commodity for comfort and health.
Revealing Clothes for the Right Place
Everyone loves to blend in with the crowd. When going to the bar or the beach, one is not expected to wear clothing that covers everything. Form-fitting clothes and apparel that show skins are a staple to these places. Wearing bulky sweaters and jackets will make you stand out.
When dressing in what society can deem a provocative way, it’s best to know where and when to choose these types of clothing.
To Please Others
It’s safe to say that people want to blend in with the crowd. As stated above, wearing revealing clothes for the proper place is one of the reasons why women wear revealing clothing.
Although, keep in mind that women wear revealing clothes to please themselves and not others. Our modern society has this misconception that women want to please others, especially men.
As stated above, women wear revealing clothes for themselves and not for others. Assuming and believing so is absurd and objectifying.
Because They Can!
Lastly and the most important reason of all: because they can. A women’s choice to wear revealing clothes should not be a point of contention and long as they don’t hurt other people. They have the right to wear whatever they want without the harsh judgment of society.
Women have always suffered from unfair treatment all over history. If wearing clothes the society deemed as revealing or improper is how they want to cope with it, let them be.
Every human has the right to do whatever they want to as long as they don’t hurt others and break the law.
Always stay respectful. Don’t let prejudices dictate your point of view. Keeping a kind and open mind is the key to more knowledge and sympathy.
Now we know why women wear revealing clothes, we should now learn what are NOT the reasons women wear skimpy clothing.
Women Want Attention
It’s a common notion that women wear revealing clothing to gain attention. This belief isn’t just limited to the opposite sex but extends to other women as well.
People mostly do things they want for themselves, which also applies to women. It’s not good to assume their motives.
Offering Sexual Interest
Unfortunately, a large number of sexual assault that happens is diminished to one question: What are the women wearing?
This mindset is very damaging to everyone. It assumes that women who dress in a certain way deserve to be objectified and have their rights taken away when this is farther from the truth.
Whether a woman chooses to wear clothes that are provocative or conservative, everyone deserves a level of respect. Implying that someone shouldn’t be given so just by the standard of their clothing is detrimental to our society’s development.
Respect is the key to treating others with sympathy and kindness. Once you know that these people have the same rights as you, it’s much easier not to pass prejudices against others.
Don’t equate a person’s worth to their clothing.
There are a lot of reasons why women wear revealing clothes. Whatever type of clothing someone chooses to wear, it’s better to not pass any form of judgment and prejudice.
We hope you learned a lot from this article. If you have more questions about fashion and clothing, be sure to comment down below.
Jessica Oliver is a fashion enthusiast with more than ten years of experience in the industry. She previously managed her own clothing store in New York before becoming a mother of three. With a passion for sustainability and a desire to share clothing care and recycling tips.
54 thoughts on “9 Reasons Why Women Wear Revealing Clothes”
They have no respect for themeselves! Looks cheap! If they have any respect they would wear more less,revealing fashion!
It all about good moderation.
Is everything alright at home Linda?
Rverything alright in your head where logic should be Emily
You wouldn’t say that to men. Because you only see women just a body. They do respect themselves. And clothes has nothing to do with self respect. It just fashion.
Real Men don’t walk around with pieces of clothing stuck inside their internal body parts.
Men are more modest than women and usually go about their everyday business.
Your skin is more hot being exposed to the sun…look how they dress in middle Eastern countries.. women AND men.
Facts man, I guarantee that if a man was half naked they would tell him to put a shirt on or to leave but if it was a women, they will see that as okay.
Yeah I would. If a dude was walking around shirtless with a fit body he’s also seeking attention. Not saying something’s wrong with that, but let’s fucking call it what it is.
Clothes has nothing to do with self respect. Women are human beings.
Yeah I agree with you and nobody said women are not human . But think again . Men are naturally attracted to women . It is natural sexual attraction . So it’s normal if u wear revealing dress they will be attracted. And they may share ur appearance with other man explicitly. They may use some word u don’t like . I don’t know if u know this that most European girl will reply that the revealing cloth that they wear is to make man attracted to them . Suppose u have gold and u wear those while going to a quit place and u know that there are robbers there , but u still do it . There is 99% chance u will get robbed right?
My wife has a sexy body & dresses revealingly! I love it but it does cause problems. Some men think that is an invitation to get touched. Her butt gets felt & so do her boobs. She never makes a scene. One night a black man reached in to removed her bra.
One boob fell out & she put it in.
I was not about to challenge him because he was big, & he got a big kick out of it & my wife just laughed it off.
Best response!! Thanks. And I agree that you can wear what you want but to think it’s not going to get reaction is crazy. Your wife was perfect in my eyes. You too. Great responders.
Your wife should have been pissed off and put that man in his place. Why does she dress that way?
either way, women look good. when I get home and make love to my wife, I will see the girls in my head
agree. how does a harlot get business? displays the merchandise. women dress provocative because they want to promote lust. no self-respect, just sad
You are the only one who has no respect, respect is measured in character, brain and heart and not in skirt size, a woman should not be ashamed of the body she was born with! There are enough miserable people like you who make women feel that their bodies belong to the world and not to themselves and the fear of the female body in general is ridiculous.. The fact that a woman is sexy does not mean that she wants sex or that she should be seen as a sex and nothing else because of the feminine curves she has. And whoever does that, his mind is very narrow.
I thot they wore those clothes bc tgey wanted to, for themselves, they like how they look in them, personal reasons, i didnt know about these other reasons, in fact i dont believe them.
Reveling clothes are worn for attention and is exciting for some women. Some men also find it exciting when their partner wears revealing clothes.
I agree Linda. Decency and propriety have gone out the window. Women should feel empowered and yet respect themselves and respect others. There’s a time and a place for everything and only your significant other should be able to see your underwear or you bra in the confines of your own house or apartment.
I agree.There are people who have low self esteem that feel uncomfortable seeing young girls wearing revealing crop tops.Women who do wear revealing clothes are wearing the clothes for themselves because they think they look good and are comfortable I have a daughter who likes t shirts because she thinks it’s comfortable me I pick clothes that look good but I don’t show revealing skin it’s about respecting yourself.
They respect themselves and wear what they want and in relation to respecting others? If they have a fear of the female body they should move to a desert island of men or better yet to Iran.
Women just want to expose their body and look cheap. I feel like if they want attention, people should pay attention to their personality. Not their body. This especially applies to the boys.
I believe its what’s in the inside that counts..the soul the person..not what the person wears.
I have met people from all walks of life…I see the soul not the clothes
Men wants to see things like that.
They want to see girls wearing revealing clothes just to satisfy their eyes’ lustful desire. And women must be aware of it, but some of them says men should be taught how to respect and not to look lustfully on women even they knew it’s because of their clothing. Men in it’s nature cannot be manipulated that easily, for you know we have a mind that thinks million times a day and it cannot be controlled or something like that. Wear a well and not revealing clothes to respect men and yourself.
No one can change mind and attitude but by God alone.
walks like a dick quacks like a duck; most likely if you act like an exhibitionist you probably are an exhibitionist whether you are male or female
I meant duck not dick sorry
Being a victim of sexual violence myself, nobody deserves to be assaulted for the clothes that they wear. But to say everyone deserves respect regardless of what they wear in public is ridiculous. Not only is it disrespectful to oneself, but is just as disrespectful to ones peers to use sexuality to garner undeserved attention. If you want to be taken seriously and don’t want your loved ones to be unjustly disrespected, maybe leave the yoga pants for the gym.
I used to dress like this, and i got assaulted so now that i dont dress this way anymore i am and feel safer, what does that tell you?
Who the hell is anyone to judge what you wear, if you wanna wear short shorts go ahead. Tank top go ahead. All these little rules and what-nots for some puny earthlings in the middle of space. God. No one cares and just have some respect for others despite their personal attire. Be wary of your personal choices and surroundings though as there are many sick perverts who don’t have any respect.
Omg ! I think u guys will never learn how nature works !
Why do men try to compel women to hide their bodies and faces in public? One reason that is never discussed is obvious to anyone who pays attention to male attitudes: Women have to cover up because the men cannot be trusted to leave women alone, even if they only show a part of their faces. To them, women are objects to be used.
Finally a comment I agree with, like wear what you want to wear. If a girl wears revealing clothing it’s because she is confident and it makes her feel good about herself. It’s not our fault if you’re perverted just have a little god damn self control.
I was at king soopers yesterday and saw 2 girls in the span of 1 minute wearing short shorts pulled up to their belly button with their ass cheeks hanging out the bottom. And your saying that’s not for attention but for female empowerment? Give me a break. I love women but that’s trashy and pathetic honestly. Why are so many female role models ones that promote that culture of less clothes and selling your body to claim female empowerment when it’s really decreasing female empowerment. Fighting for the right to vote, get equal pay, same high level jobs as men, respect for contributions to society and accomplishments was/is true female empowerment. Not teaching our young daughters and nieces that showing their bodies off for likes and followers is what will gain them the equality that they deserve, but that fighting for real issues through hard work and intelligence will. Watch/listen to a Cardi B or Nicki Minaj music video then look at a 12 year old girl and tell me in a few years that’s what you want her to be like and follow as an example. Brains and personality SHOULD be more important then each fashion trend aimed at removing more and more material for a false outlook on equality.
I am with you.Good statement.
get me pregnant. That’s the root of this. We exist to make more people.
Studly man dresses in suit to look stronger and taller. They wear hats to raise their “height”
The most misleading words written in this article are that woman DON’T dress to get attention from men:)))))! I have way too much experience with women from all backgrounds and social statuses to even consider this a serious article. Write what you want and still you can’t change nature.
I love seeing women in reavling clothes especially when most of the book is showing. Really makes me want to have sex.
I don’t have a problem with some tight clothing but having the whole lower half of your boobs hanging out with a see through super short skirt with a thong on underneath. A lot of girls look more like they’re going to work at a strip club. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many girls dress like that these days and then cry about guys not committing. They can already see all the goods so what’s the point ?
Fashion is a language. For people to ask “What was she wearing?” is no different than asking, “What was she saying?”
The deep underlying drivers of revealing women’s fashion are: 1) the change in the sex ratio which has left us with many more single, heterosexual, stable women than single, heterosexual, stable men; 2) hypergamy, where 100% of the women are competing for the top 20% of men (according to studies of Tinder users). It is not clear what can be done about these factors, even in principle.
I have a genuine question; maybe more than one. It’s a core idea I’m trying to understand here. This article states that wearing tight/revealing clothing gives a boost of confidence to the woman. Confidence to do what? What is it about wearing clothing that is (as the author points out) provocative, that gives a boost to a woman’s confidence? I’ve always understood that confidence comes from being prepared, practicing, and learning. How does wearing tight/revealing clothing give confidence?
Genuinely asking to understand…
All these are trash and rubbish you spoke.
Tell me how many women sell their bodies in the guise of fashion. shorts, revealing etc.?
How many prostitutes in number on this planet? more than 60 million
How many part-time hookers and escorts do sex work? more than 20 million
all in the name of shorts and revealing dresses they disguise.
Woman in the highroads/ public places looks for rich men, and make a relationship to extort money
What ever needs a woman has, she should be able to show it either in dress or opinion.
Why do women wear revealing clothing? The answer is in the story above!
Don’t judge people negatively because you think they are being cheap, tasteless or downright immoral. Those judgements are vanity and speak more about the person judging than anybody else.
People generally wear the clothes they feel comfortable or appropriate for themselves, unless they do it to conform.
If you’re going to complain, talk about all those men wearing baseball caps. Talk about the attitudes of people who judge YOU.
I feel sad when I see women exposing themselves, because righteousness exults a nation but sin is a reproach to any nation.
you guys are making this to complicated the truth is women should where what they want, end of story but if it makes the women confident. what does it make them confident about.
I think the author of the article is quite naive in many of his or her statements. I find it interesting that there is no author name or bio on the article as well. He/she states a few times that women dress to please themselves, not for attention. Did the author do some real research on this topic? To make a black-and-white statement like that for the entirety of women is grossly inaccurate. It also seems to imply that she is speaking for younger women. So this leaves out the opinions, if she even researched those, of women across the range of ages.
I think some of the replies are important to not ignore and one is that men are attracted to and turned on by provocative clothing. And the comment that face it, there are men who commit crimes against women who are not well balanced so telling the entirety of men to control themselves around a woman who is dressed provocatively is unrealistic. Dressing this way in many cases/environments is just plain dangerous. Like a few others, I am disturbed about the way so many younger women are making themselves look with tight revealing clothing of their breasts and butts, heavy drawn-on eyebrows that look like caterpillars, and false eyelashes that look like giant spider legs. It’s unattractive. I do also bemoan the amount of time and money women spend on doing themselves up like this. It takes away from using those valuable resources for other, IMHO, much more important things. I think women are going backward when they dress in a revealing way in some environments. I don’t see this look as one of empowerment at all. Many women look clownish and ridiculous and that isn’t empowerment. They won’t be taken seriously. Empowerment comes from the ways we carry ourselves, speak, act, and think. And educate ourselves about the ways of the world.
Very well said
I think a lot of these ladies suffer from cognitive dissonance.
It’s either they are unaware of their biases, or they are just naive about how the world works.
seeing a woman with revealing clothing, or tight clothing, form fitting yoga pants, the list goes on, seeing this makes a man lust, I personally can’t stand women that do that, that want to cause men to lust after them, no man is going to commit to a woman like that. they just want to hit it and get it
Could someone please explain to me why some, not all, women pay hundreds of dollars for their hair and clothes and look really nice then glare at men for staring at them. because to me that sounds a bit weird. like, why look really sexy then when someone stares at you act like then violated the law. men and women were made to be together you cant change that
Nice blog post.