What are the differences between Dressed up and Handsome? As in:

You're all dressed up!

Does dressed up mean like handsome?


The idiom to dress up means to wear fancy or formal clothing. For example:

Can I wear jeans and a t-shirt to the restaurant, or do I have to dress up?

The word handsome describes a person who is physically attractive, usually with the connotation of having pleasing proportions or being well put-together. It's more often applied to men than to women, at least in modern use.

So while being dressed up is not quite the same as being handsome, it is often true that being dressed up might make someone more handsome. It's not necessary though - someone who looks uncomfortable or awkward in fancy clothes might be all dressed up but not any more handsome than they would be in more comfortable casual clothing.

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