The way we dress is often a reflection of how we are feeling for the day. For instance, sweatpants and an over worn shirt project someone as being lazy or keeping it cozy. And we often attribute someone in a tailored suit as a successful person. It’s all assumptions, of course, but now there are scientific studies to back these pressing fashion psychological questions, kind of.
One study performed by leading fashion psychology researcher Dr. Karen Pine suggests that women turn to jeans when they are unhappy.
“Jeans don’t look great on everyone. They are often poorly cut and badly fitting. They can signal the wearer hasn’t bothered with their appearance. People who are depressed often lose interest in how they look and don’t wish to stand out, so the correlation between depression and wearing jeans is understandable. Most importantly, this research suggests it is possible to dress for happiness, but it might mean ditching the jeans,” explained Pine.
Uh, what? This definitely doesn't apply to all women, or all jean-wearers. And if it's the cut and fit that are sending signals, doesn't that mean all it takes is a little bit of education on how to buy a better pair of jeans? We see a lot of street style shots of women look amazing in jeans. The trend right now is loose fitting jeans with a tear or two, and women look happy AF.
We're not 100 percent fluent on Pine's research methods, but it seems premature to make blanket statements like "women wearing jeans are unhappy." What do you think? Are women who wear jeans sending a message about not feeling happy?