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International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research

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Appearance, Dress, and Social Psychology in the Contemporary Society

Edited by Hyunjoo Im and Kyu-Hye Lee

We use dress to manage our appearance which reflects, shapes, and even changes our identity. To understand the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of our intimate relationships with clothing, many researchers studied the dress-related behaviors with the lens of social psychology. These studies expanded our understanding of the fundamental processes and mechanisms of dress and appearance effects on us. 

The contemporary society introduces complexity that requires further understanding of the social psychological mechanisms that shape people’s behavior. The social media exposes people to dresses and appearances of themselves and others constantly. Perceptions and understanding of some traditional identities such as gender and race has changed. More people accept gender-fluid identities and the multiracial population is growing fast. Such changes in our society call for updating our knowledge of this area of study. 

Therefore, recognizing the relevance and importance of social psychology in explaining dress-related behaviors, we aim to seek original and novel research to deepen our understanding of the dress behaviors in the contemporary society. 

New articles will be added here as they are published:

  1. Over the past 25 years, understanding males’ interest in and outcomes of muscularity has developed into a major area of study. Research has been fueled by the development of measures of both the attitudinal an...

    Authors: Sharron J. Lennon and Kim K. P. Johnson
    Citation: Fashion and Textiles 2021 8:20

    The Correction to this article has been published in Fashion and Textiles 2021 8:35

  2. While the popularity of athletic footwear or “sneakers” has been widely assessed within academic literature, few studies to date have examined the influence of a specific sneaker subculture called “Sneakerhead...

    Authors: Delisia Matthews, Qiana Cryer-Coupet and Nimet Degirmencioglu
    Citation: Fashion and Textiles 2021 8:1
  3. On January 21, 2017, several million protesters took part in the “Women’s March on Washington” and its more than 400 sister Marches held in cities throughout the U.S. and across the globe. One enduring image o...

    Authors: Nancy L. Malcom, Addie K. Martindale, V. Ann Paulins, Julie L. Hillery and Alexandra Howell
    Citation: Fashion and Textiles 2020 7:32
  4. With this interpretive study, we sought to understand how weaving as an activity contributed to constructing women handloom weavers’ cultural identity in the region of Ri-Bhoi, a district in Meghalaya, India, ...

    Authors: Rebecca Maria Dias, Jennifer Paff Ogle and Sonali Diddi
    Citation: Fashion and Textiles 2020 7:31