be well-dressed or be dressed well

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Hi everyone,

could a native speaker tell me if the constructions "to be well-dressed" and "to be dressed well" are synonymous? For example,

He was very well-dressed. VS He was dressed very well.

Are both idiomatic or is one more preferable to the other?

Thanks in advance.
  • Franco-filly

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    English - Southern England
    I think I prefer "well-dressed" as a stand-alone description. I might say "dressed well" if I followed it up with another clause i.e. He was dressed well, in a wool suit and silk tie.
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