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Recently there has been a sufficient amount of literature regarding how clothing size affects the self-esteem of each gender in a variety of ways. The purpose of this literature review is to explore how standard clothing sizes affect the self-esteem of each gender, men and women, differently. The findings suggest a Eurocentric ideal that women are held to more of a thin ideal, while men are held to more of a muscular ideal. Additionally, when both women and men did not meet their expected ideals, it caused their self-esteem to become diminished. Overall, women cared more about the clothing size itself than men, but men’s self-esteem were still deeply affected by the clothing that they either chose or chose not to wear. The review first begins with an introduction section. Next, there are two broader sections describing the importance of self-esteem and the relationship between clothing size and self-esteem. Then, there are two sections describing the effects of standard clothing sizes on both men and women. Finally, there is one section that compares the effects of both men and women, together. This review concludes with a short overview of the literature, propositions for future research, and implications of the findings that were discovered.



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