Definition of dress down in English:

dress down

phrasal verb

  • Dress informally.

    ‘Sue dressed down in old jeans and a white blouse’
    • ‘More than 200 of our schools took part in a Manchester Evening News / UNICEF appeal which saw youngsters dressing down to raise money.’
    • ‘Shooting one scene involved Terri - a girl whose idea of dressing down is four-inch heels and a plunging neckline - taking a tottering walk down the street.’
    • ‘Charcoal, black - even neon green, these jackets are perfect for dressing up or dressing down.’
    • ‘But the star, more often seen dressing down in baggy, grunge-style gear, already appears to have undergone something of an image change.’
    • ‘The same juvenile impulse that once inspired liberals to dress down as slobs now inspires them to assume the role of high school snobs.’
    • ‘The survey also identified a trend now towards ‘casual dressing’, with more men dressing down in the workplace these days as opposed to wearing suits.’
    • ‘The annual Halloween Fancy Dress Night is a fundraiser for the Hospice, so guests should use their imaginations while dressing up or dressing down as the case may be.’
    • ‘While dressing down is all good and fun, award shows are about the red carpet.’
    • ‘Even if more companies are dressing down, I prefer to savour some things for my days off.’
    • ‘So you can offset all those gains by simply dressing down on Fridays.’
    dress informally, dress casually, be untidy
    slob around
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