Uniformity in Dress: A Worldwide Cross-Cultural Comparison

Human Nature Vol/Iss. 34 Springer Science+Business Media Published In Pages: 359–380
By Ember, Carol R., McCarter, Abbe, Ringen, Erik J.


Higher tightness in societies will predict higher synchrony of dress.


Societal tightness positively predicts all the latent dress variables: 1). permanent adornment, standardization and rules; 2). non-permanent adornment, standardization; 3). clothing standardization and non-permanent adornment rules; and 4). rules about clothing.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Bayesian modelingSupported90% HPDIUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Cultural TightnessIndependentNONE
Standardization of DressDependentNormal Garb, Ornament, Body Alterations