from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Showy or elegant in dress or appearance.
- adj. Smart; stylish.
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- adj. elegant, smart or stylish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Showy in dress; attentive to dress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fond of dress; given to elaborate or showy dressing.
- Having an air of fashion or dress; modish; stylish: said of garments or materials.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in fancy clothing
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My feet are still unhappy with me since I wore the wrong dance shoes - the only "dressy" - ish ones I have are basically two-tone jazz shoes - no support whatsoever.
These are "dressy" dresses, though, made of polyester.
My store-bought long dresses are too "dressy" and made of rayon and other finer fabrics that are not suitable for housework.
Some people or maybe just me wear them because they're more comfortable and more practical than skirts, dresses, and "dressy" shoes.
While I am against the wearing of pajamas, bathing suits, or poly-leisure suits to services unless there is a very good reason for it, I recognize that some people either have a lifestyle for which certain clothing is "dressy" or their income limits them to, say, three changes of clothing.
Today I wore a long, straight purple kind of dressy, Indianish print skirt I've had for about six years, with a black tank and black v-necked cardigan over it.
Here in California, it's considered "dressy" if men wear long pants between March and November.
They did have to tell people not to wear "dressy" shorts though.
Perhaps the quaintest dresses are those of the people of Sætersdal, a district in the South of Norway, between Christiansand and Telemarken; and, when properly turned out, the men are quite as "dressy" as the women.
It may not be an expensive and overly "dressy" paper but it is pleasing to the eye and it's kinda like giving a Hallmark card.