Katie Byrne: the fabric of our lives
Can clothing change our personalities?
There's nothing like the feeling of new clobber. It puts a glide in your stride, a wiggle in your walk and a pep in your step. May I take your coat, madam? No chance!
Studies bear this out. Clothing changes the way we carry ourselves and, according to researchers at California State University, the way we think. They found that wearing formal clothing makes us more inclined to think broadly and less inclined to fuss over minor details.
Sometimes it's more dramatic than that. My brother recently had to pull a friend aside to tell him that his new leather jacket "had gone to his head", while my friend had to stage an intervention of sorts when her fiancé turned into a deranged William Wallace the moment he put on a kilt at the Burning Man festival.