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Appearance, Dress, and Social Psychology in the Contemporary Society

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. 

Topics for this special issue may include (but are not limited to):

  • Issues related to body image, body satisfaction, and mental health
  • Self-perception and dress
  • Social comparison in the era of social media
  • Social identity and its interaction with dress and appearance
  • Stereotyping and appearance
  • Strategies to teach social psychology of dress
  • Updated theoretical framework to understand appearance management, impression formation, and social perception
  • Visual communications and miscommunications through appearance and dress

Edited by
Hyunjoo Im, University of Minnesota,
Kyu-Hye Lee, Hanyang University,

Submission deadline
31 March 2020

Submission instructions
The APC for articles accepted for publication in this collection will be sponsored by the Society. Before you start the submission of your article, please contact to receive further instructions and a submission code for APC coverage of your article.      

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Fashion and Textiles ( The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Fashion and Textiles submission system ( To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on Appearance, Dress, and Social Psychology in the Contemporary Society. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient.
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article.
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage.
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

Associated Society


Fashion and Textiles is affiliated with The Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles


Fashion and Textiles is supported by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies Grant funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea (Ministry of Education).

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