The impact of workplace attire on employee self-perceptions
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2007
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Human Resource Development Quarterly
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 345–360, Autumn (Fall) 2007
How to Cite
Peluchette, J. V. and Karl, K. (2007), The impact of workplace attire on employee self-perceptions. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 18: 345–360. doi: 10.1002/hrdq.1208
- Issue published online: 29 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2007
This study examined employee preferences for different styles of workplace attire and how wearing various styles of clothing affected their self-perceptions. Respondents felt most authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire but friendliest when wearing casual or business casual attire. Significant two-way interactions were found between dress preference and mode of dress worn on self-perceptions of productivity, trustworthiness, creativity, and friendliness. Suggestions for future research and implications for HRD professionals are proposed.