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Family and Consumer Sciences
The main objective of this project was to explore the idea of using clothing as a nonverbal communication tool. The symbolic interaction theory is used to explain how clothes obtain meaning and how this message can be communicated among college students in college environment. A social experiment was conducted using 10 college students to create a short documentary. The students dressed out of context for a day and wore outfits that contradicted their regular sense of style; outfits consisted of mismatching colors, coordination and prints and were worn to a course/class social setting. The findings indicated the students found themselves more self-aware about the garments they wore as well as the messages displayed when dressing out of context. This exploratory research supports clothing as nonverbal communication tool.
Martinez-Chavarria, Cesia, "The Clothed Minded: Socio-Psychological Aspects of Dress Through Non-Verbal Communication" (2018). Honors Theses. 2959.