Monday 11 December 2017

Katie Byrne: the fabric of our lives

Can clothing change our personalities?

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

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.

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