Men and women have always been attracted to each other, according to research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
This article is part of the series on ‘The Power of Fashion’, the latest edition of which is published by Psychology Today.
“Our research shows that men and women, young and old, find women attractive, while men find men attractive, regardless of age,” lead researcher Professor Peter K. Smith said.
“Our findings suggest that, when it comes to social acceptance of fashion, men and men’s fashion are inextricably linked.”
The researchers recruited 50 college-age males and 50 college age females between the ages of 18 and 29 and asked them to describe how they would describe themselves.
They were then shown images of a male or female in the style of clothing they were describing.
“When we asked participants to describe themselves as a ‘dresser’, for example, they rated themselves as more attractive than they were in the image of a woman,” Professor Smith said, adding that this is consistent with other research showing that the way people present themselves on a daily basis influences their self-perceptions.
“We found that women were more attracted to women’s clothing, while the opposite was true for men.”
The participants were also asked to indicate their preference for certain types of clothing, such as the same color of jeans or the same type of shirt as they were wearing.
They chose the dresser, shirt, or pants in all of the photographs, regardless which model was depicted in the photograph.
“This means that men’s and women’s fashion preferences are not necessarily based on what is shown to them in the clothes,” Professor K.
“We know that men often prefer a more formal and formal style of dress than women’s, but there are differences between men and female dressers.
We are interested in finding out what these differences are.”
The team found that men are more attracted than women to men’s clothing.
For example, in a fashion photo, men would be more likely to describe a man as wearing a dress and a woman as wearing jeans, while women would be less likely to do so.
The team also found that the men who were described as dressers rated themselves higher on a scale of attractiveness than those who were dressed as casuals.
For instance, a dresser might be perceived as having a higher self-esteem than a casual, while a casual person might be regarded as more socially awkward.
In terms of the social acceptance that they have for each other in their lives, men were more likely than women were to say they were not afraid of the opposite sex, with women more likely (52.5%) than men (49.1%) to say this.
Men also showed greater interest in other men than women in their fashion choices, while those who dressed as dressERS were less interested in men’s style.
“Men are more likely, in general, to be more sexually attracted to other men,” Professor Adam M. Levine, who was not involved in the study, said.
“Men tend to have more romantic partners, and these men are attracted to a variety of women.”
For example, men are often attracted to attractive, attractive women, but they are less likely than their male peers to seek sexual contact with a partner of the same sex.
“In the social context of fashion and men, women tend to be perceived to be less attractive than men.
We would expect men’s dressers to be viewed as more sexually attractive than casual dressers.”
The research was supported by a grant from the Department of Psychology, National Science Foundation, and a fellowship from the European Research Council.