Common examples of over-dressing: your clothing is beyond what is appropriate to the occasion or place. what you are wearing separates or even excludes you from a group. ('normal' is what everyone else is wearing and you are not.) your clothing is indicating that you are living beyond your means. (example- magnificent wardrobe but spartan apartment or old beater car) you are, by your clothing, upstaging a host, groom, boss or other professional superior. people are perceiving you as a pretentious prick. (Yes, behaviour, but clothes can also have this effect on some people.) all dressed up and no place to go.