Social and Psychological Aspects

The Impact of Student Outfit Choice on Class Participation

  • Emily Law (North Carolina State University)
  • Cynthia Istook (North Carolina State University)


The psychology of clothing has been much researched, yet remains a very complex subject. Studies have shown that clothing can influence people's perceptions of others, even regarding expectations related to intelligence and academic achievement. This pilot study was performed to uncover the ways in which a student might be impacted by the clothing they chose to wear to class every day. The results of this study were consistent with the hypothesis that students' classroom participation would be impacted by their outfit choice. Students were more engaged in class when wearing more professional clothing than when attired in casual or leisure wear.

How to Cite:

Law, E. & Istook, C., (2016) “The Impact of Student Outfit Choice on Class Participation”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
08 Nov 2016
Peer Reviewed