Originally, the following story was published on Style Caster on February 3, 2016
When I first heard about fashion psychology as a field, I was intrigued. In college, I studied fashion and design at Parsons in New York City, and while professors constantly droned on about the repercussions of fashion on the environment, fair labor, and economics, rarely did they ever mention the idea that style might in fact have an effect on our inner psyche. Nevertheless, its something Ive always thought about and wondered from time to time. For example, how does wearing all black affect ones mood? Does wearing bright yellow really make you happier? And what about wearing something made with sustainable practices and fair labor versus a fast-fashion throw-away? Does it make a real difference on your conscience?
I decided to find out by getting touch with Dawnn Karen, the youngest professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, who teaches psychology classes that weave in details about how fashion really makes you feel. Her online school is one of the only ones of its kind where students from around the world can gain accreditation for studies in the field. Shes currently working on a textbook and hopes to have a class centered on the science behind how clothes affect us next year and loosely defines the idea of fashion psychology as the study and treatment of color and fashion and its effects on human behavior while addressing cultural sensitivities and cultural norms.
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