"A woman only wears makeup for those who appreciate her."
It is ancient saying from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) that has been ingrained in Chinese people's minds for generations.
In ancient China, the styles and colors of women's clothes were often connected with men's taste.
Emperors' personal choices largely decided what would be fashionable. If the clothes, makeup or hairstyle of a concubine got special appreciation from an emperor, her style would be a trend that was followed by both the noble and common women.
But intentionally following the style to win popularity among men was soon attacked by young Chinese people on the internet.
Chen Cangcang, a young fashion blogger, posted a story on Douban titled Following 'Easy to Get Married' Style is the Most Cheesy Thing I Can Imagine.
In the story, Chen said an independent woman would not take marriage as the only thing that mattered in her life. She will not dress up for marriage. Nowadays, only ignorant people would believe that marriage is more important than work to a woman.
Many women also disliked the look and the intention to win men's hearts through one's style of dress.
"I would rather not get married than pick up 'easy to get married' style," a Douban user Jimaojianzi said.
Although most female netizens said they would rather be themselves, some people showed suspicion.
"Don't undervalue the intention to wear clothes according to guys' taste. Both men and women would deck for their beloved ones and to make them happy. Who else they can dress up for? Animals?” said a netizen named Jason in a comment on Douban.