City Employee Perceptions of the Impact of Dress and Appearance

  title={City Employee Perceptions of the Impact of Dress and Appearance},
  author={Katherine Karl and Leda McIntyre Hall and Joy Peluchette},
  journal={Public Personnel Management},
  pages={452 - 470}
This study focuses on city employees and their perceptions regarding the importance of dress and appearance in the public sector workplace. Using the impression management literature and self-presentation theory, we examine the impact of mode of dress worn (casual, business casual, formal business) on their self-perceptions of creativity, productivity, trustworthiness, authoritativeness, friendliness, and competence. We also examine their beliefs regarding the impact of employee appearance on… Expand

Figures and Tables from this paper

Employee beliefs regarding the impact of unconventional appearance on customers in Mexico and Turkey
Purpose – The increasing prevalence of unconventional appearance attributes (e.g. tattoos, piercings, unnatural hair color, alternative clothing) is a concern among employers as these appearanceExpand
Clothes make the leader! How leaders can use attire to impact followers’ perceptions of charisma and approval
Abstract Sneakers at a product launch, a leather jacket when heads of state meet, sunglasses at a formal reception. While popular media relishes leaders who catch the eye by way of such distinctiveExpand
Good looks and good practice: the attitudes of career practitioners to attractiveness and appearance
ABSTRACT Empirical evidence attests the impact that career image has on objective career success, yet little is known of how career practitioners conceptualise and operationalise this information.Expand
The clothes we wear are the major tool that determines us. In that sense, the dress we wear must be carefully chosen. Clothing has its own power, the power of motivation that is with confidence andExpand
Do Clothing Style and Color Affect Our Perceptions of Others
Prior research has shown that women who wear red clothing or suggestive clothing are perceived as more attractive, having greater sexual intent, and having more negative qualities than women dressedExpand
Background In the last years, it has been seen a shifting on society's consumption patterns, from mass consumption to second-hand culture. Moreover, consumer's perception towards second-hand stores,Expand
Can You Tell That I’m in a Relationship? Attachment and Relationship Visibility on Facebook
It is proposed that attachment underlies relationship visibility and the centrality of relationships in the self-images that people convey to others is investigated. Expand
Dress, body and self: research in the social psychology of dress
A critical review of key research areas within the social psychology of dress addresses published research in two broad areas: dress as a stimulus and its influence on attributions by others, attributions about self, and on one's behavior and relationships between dress, the body, and the self. Expand
A lifetime in the workplace: Continuity and change in image management of working women in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota
Professional women engage with individual and social issues of ageing, appearance and identity throughout their lives. The challenges professional women have faced since the 1970s have changed as toExpand
A Study on Application of Enclothed Cognition in Apparel Design
This study verifies not just the visual impacts that clothing bring to the wearers, but also the spiritual satisfaction, and constructs the framework for apparel design that go beyond the function and usability benefit and also bring emotional benefit for the product as a reference in relevant creative fields. Expand


The impact of workplace attire on employee self‐perceptions
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,Expand
The Influence of Appropriateness of Dress and Gender on The Self-Perception of Occupational Attributes
This study investigated male and female perceptions of the role clothing plays in enhancing ten occupational attributes: responsibility, competence, knowledgability, professionalism, honesty,Expand
The importance of attitude and appearance in the service encounter in retail and hospitality
Purpose – For service organisations the interaction between front‐line personnel and the customer is crucial as they aim to create high quality service encounters. Much research has focused onExpand
Attitudes toward Appropriate Clothing in Perception of Occupational Attributes
The objectives of the study were to (a) investigate college students' perceived importance of occupational attributes related to the work of salespersons, clerks, and waiters/waitresses, jobs whichExpand
Body art in the workplace: piercing the prejudice?
Purpose – The prevalence of body art is on the rise; particularly among college age persons. This study aims to use group norms theory (GNT) and the justification‐suppression model of the expressionExpand
Perceived Importance and Usage of Dress Codes among Organizations That Market Professional Services
A survey was conducted to investigate the nature and use of employee dress codes of organizations that market professional services. The study sample consisted of personnel administrators employed inExpand
Casual Versus Formal Uniforms: Flight Attendants' Self-perceptions and Perceived Appraisals by Others
Flight attendants were required to wear a casual uniform consisting of khakis and t-shirts in place of a formal one consisting of a suit. Within a year, management eliminated the casual uniform andExpand
Clothing Style Differences: Their Effect on the Impression of Sociability
This research examines the effect of clothing style differences on the formation of the impression of sociability. A two-by-four factorial experiment was designed to measure the effect of fourExpand
The Role of Clothing in Extended Inferences
The purpose of this study was (1) to examine whether interpretative inferences about others, made on the basis of their clothing, go beyond personal char acteristics to include extended inferencesExpand
"The clothing makes the self" - via knowledge activation
This study tested the hypothesis that different clothing styles can influence self-descriptions by priming certain trait categories. We used a cover story to tell our participants to appear for theExpand