Ever heard of symbolic thinking? I don't think any girls actually consciously think about it...they just want to look their best. It takes time to put together a few coordinated outfits that are apropriate for whatever you are about to do (work, dinner with boyfriend's parents, etc) and then try them all on (make sure it fits right and is comfortable enough). And that's just clothes. You've got hair and makeup after that. Smokey eyes sends a different message than natural eye shadow. Bright red lips sends a different message than a light pink. (and the colors/look has to fit in with your outfit). Same thing goes with hair. Appearances are important because it speaks for you. Whether we like it or not, our appearance (and ultimately who we are) is judged by others.
Girls feel their best when they feel they look their best. It's difficult for guys to understand but putting on a little make-up and doing our hair makes a difference in how we look to the rest of the world. A girl that takes the time to look nice I think is a nice quality. Also, think about the girls ou check out on a day to day basis. How long do you think it took them to get ready? Girls dress nice to go out to look hot to other guys also. However, everything in moderation. If a girl takes a really long time to get ready it's a little ridiculous.
It has to do with self esteem. I don't get dolled up for a guy or to impress anyone. I take care of my appearance so that I feel confident around people. It probably has a lot to do with what we see in magazines.perfection. It's hard to measure up to that image that women portray in movies, on tv, and in magazines.
Unlike so many other things in our lives, we have total control over what we wear, both make up-wise and clothes-wise. We take a long time to get ready because we want to make sure we look good, and that sometimes takes a long time to achieve. And then when we look good, we have a lot more self confidence!
Because well...actually I take a long time too find the jeans I want too wear that has too match up with my airforces and a shirt that goes with my sneaker and the belt that goes with my shirt I can't walk outside having 5 different colors on me looking like a clown.
ok, here's why -- we love daydreaming so getting dressed up is a process in which we realize all our fantazies about the occasion. sometimes it takes me longer to get dressed for work than a night out, but sometimes it's the opposite. the thing you need to understand is that this process of getting dolled up, of putting that mask feels as good as masturbation (and I say masturbation and not sex with a partner because it's our private little thing -- omg, even a thought of dressing up turns me on, so I'm going to get dressed up right now (and stay home)... LOL -- glad you asked this quest!
I agree with diamond and also...they don't want you to lose interest so they gotta keep on dressing up and looking good so they keep your interest. that's why when girls get married sometimes they start dressing uglier and they cut there hair off or something.
i agree with lis here, girls do feel their best when they look their best. I mean, for me it gives me more confidence to go and talk to the guy I like :) plus, we take forever to get ready because we want to look perfect for you guys!