Self‐presentational motives and public self‐consciousness: Why do people dress a certain way?

Marzena Cypryańska-Nezlek , John Nezlek , Emilia Mochort


Objective: This study examines the self‐presentational motives underlying people’s selection of their daily dress and relationships between these motives and public self‐consciousness. Method: Participants in this study, 61 working adults, described their motives for choosing what they wore each day for 2 weeks. They also provided trait‐level measures of self‐consciousness, social anxiety, and self‐monitoring. Results: Multilevel modeling analyses found positive relationships between public self‐consciousness and the strength of various self‐presentational motives for why people chose the clothes they wore each day. In contrast, there were few relationships between the strength of these motives and private self‐consciousness, social anxiety, and self‐monitoring. Participants felt better about themselves when they received compliments from others about their attire and when they were more (vs. less) satisfied with how they had dressed each day. Conclusions: The results suggest that dispositional public self‐consciousness manifests itself in daily life in the form of motives for choosing daily attire, specifically for motives that involve self‐presentation.
Author Marzena Cypryańska-Nezlek (Wydział Psychologii)
Marzena Cypryańska-Nezlek,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, John Nezlek (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
John Nezlek,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, Emilia Mochort
Emilia Mochort,,
Journal seriesJournal of Personality, ISSN 0022-3506, e-ISSN 1467-6494, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in Englishattire, diary study, self‐consciousness, self‐monitoring, self‐presentation, well‐being
ASJC Classification3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)140
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.374; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.483 (2) - 2017=4.152 (5)
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