As a Fashion Psychologist, Dr. Dawnn Karen has contributed to mass media in more than 40+ countries.

Her most notable interviews include  The Washington Post (United States), Vogue Business (United Kingdom), Vanity Fair (Italia), Hello Mag (India), Damernas Varld (Sweden) Tatler (Hong Kong),  Bazaar (Kuwait), The Globe and Mail (Canada), The Financial Times (United Kingdom), Talk Radio Europe (Spain), Style Rotate (South Africa), The Morning Show (Australia), Good Morning Britain, Good Morning America, and many many more. 

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September 29, 2018

So much so that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridges work wardrobe has ... to neutralise mood,” explains fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen.

September 17, 2018

A fashion psychologist has analysed Meghan Markle's sartorial choices - and claims she's striking the perfect balance between her old life and her royal status.

US-based Dawnn Karen, 29, who is a qualified therapist, says the 37-year-old royal is trying to balance her new role as the Duchess of Sussex with being an actress and an African American woman.

September 09, 2018

Dawnn Karen asks me, as I interview her over the phone. ... She's also the unofficial mother of fashion psychology, a new academic discipline focusing on the ...

September 04, 2018

You probably remember your mom telling you “you are what you eat” at some point during childhood. Have you ever thought you might be what you wear as well? Fashion is self-expression, we all accept this very generalized statement as true, but now the emerging field of fashion psychology delves deeper into the idea of what fashion means for each individual.

With the doors to my wardrobe thrown open, Dawnn Karen is rifling through my jumbled collection of dresses, skirts and blouses while encouraging me to ‘open up’ about my feelings for each item of clothing.

The 29-year-old is not a stylist nor a personal shopper, but something entirely new — and far more terrifying — in the fast-changing world of fashion. She has come to my flat as a fashion psychologist: a therapist garlanded with academic qualifications who charges her wardrobe-weary clients £300 per session to sort out not just their clothes, but their lives. 

Why did you choose that clothes today? Some may say that it is a clothes that matches the TPO, aware of others' eyes, or just picked them randomly from the closet. 


August 08, 2018

Trends come and go but one thing they all have in common, at least to the wearer, is that they look good.

Now when we look back at pictures of ourselves wearing hipster jeans we can't help shuddering with remorse but, at the time, they were cool.

In 2018, however, there's a new type of trend emerging. For the last year, there's been a widespread and willing adoption of fashion that's already considered ugly.

August 03, 2018

Gliding across the White House south lawn Tuesday, adviser to the president and first daughter Ivanka Trump was sporting a look designed to turn heads: Wearing a bright red pant suit — complete with matching red heels — Ivanka was all smiles as she boarded Marine One for a trip down to Tampa, FL.

July 12, 2018

For Dawnn Karen, Melania Trump is the best thing that ever happened to her. Karen, 29, is the lone pioneer in the field that she has christened (and, indeed, trademarked) “fashion psychology”. Half stylist, half therapist — she has a masters in counselling psychology — she wants to get to the root of how we feel about what we wear, and what our clothes say about us. Since the election of Donald Trump, Karen has become an increasingly familiar figure in the US media, as she attempts to decode Melania’s erratic style choices...

June 21, 2018

Melania Trump flew to the Texas border in a display of compassion for migrant children — but distracted from her own message by wearing the equivalent of a neon sign.

Her wardrobe touched off an intense media debate as she sported a jacket with the cryptic message, “I really don’t care. Do u?” emblazoned on the back.

The first lady could be seen modeling the unique ensemble, a military-style jacket from Zara that retails for $39, as she boarded a plane bound for the Lone Star State on Thursday during an unannounced visit to a child detention center.

June 21, 2018

Just as the controversy over her husband’s immigration policies had begun to cool off, first lady Melania Trump touched off a new backlash. As she boarded a plane for Texas to visit immigrant children who were separated from their families at the border, a message blared from her $39 Zara jacket: “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”

The choice, her spokeswoman said, conveyed “no hidden message.”

But slogan T-shirts and other statement-bearing pieces have become clothing-as-lightning-rod in an era of political unrest, according to fashion psychologists and retail experts.

June 08, 2018

This comment is not meant to be a generalization. However, in this writer’s humble opinion, African Americans, no matter where we are; what we are doing; or what we are saying; are some of the most expressive people alive. That is why other cultures feel it is “OK” to borrow ideas from us — otherwise known as cultural appropriation. This is particularly true when it comes to fashion. I have a habit of reading the New York Times’ Styles section on Thursdays and happened upon a profile of Dawnn Karen. Karen is a fashion psychologist; she delves into why we wear what we wear and how it makes us feel. After reading the piece I emailed her website about an interview for rolling out and she responded and here we are.

May 31, 2018

In case you missed it, sparkle has been a major trend on the runways in recent seasons. From Tom Ford's sequined "Beverly Hills" jumpers for Fall 2018 to Karl Lagerfeld's sea-faring glitter girls at Chanel cruise, there's no denying that the twinkly stuff and all of its various superlatives (gleaming! glimmering! shimmering! dazzling!) are having a serious moment. In fact, glitter boots were so pervasive last year — they made appearances at Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Isabel Marant and J. Crew, to name just a few — that several members of the Fashionista staff were inspired to purchase a pair. 

May 29, 2018

Just outside of The Museum at FIT's newly opened exhibit "Unraveled," a Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons "lace" sweater is on display. Hand knit and adorned with intentional holes, the 1980s piece has become a signature for the designer — so much so that replicas were exclusively for sale at The Met Store during the Costume Institute's run of "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between" last year.

May 15, 2018

Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. It's time to dress for yourself...even if that means wearing the same thing over and over again.

When you wear the same outfit daily, people may begin to question your hygienic practices, or question whether you have problems within your home, or question your income-level amongst may other judgments. 

The chitter chatter behind your back does not account for the many roles you play in life as a partner, parent, sibling, child, business owner, employee, student, hobbyist, worshipper, etc. In each role that we play, there is a corresponding uniform. Research conducted at Columbia University discovered that when participants dressed for their corresponding role, they felt a degree of competence in that role. 

May 10, 2018

Una pioniera della psicologia della moda. Così si definisce Dawnn Karen, 29 anni, un master in al Teachers College della Columbia University e una cattedra in psicologia al Fashion Institute of Technology di New York.

Consulente per diversi brand di abbigliamento, fonda il proprio mestiere su un’idea: non conta molto come i tuoi vestiti ti fanno apparire, ma come ti fanno sentire. Così, con la sua visione originale, ha contribuito all’evoluzione del Fashion Psychology Field – la psicologia della moda – considerandolo non solo un settore di studio e di analisi delle tendenze, ma come un vero e proprio campo di consulenza personale.

May 04, 2018

Last February, Dawnn Karen, a brand consultant, therapist and instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, arrived at a Marcel Ostertag fashion show wearing 12-centimetre studded stilettos and a black jumpsuit with a cape. "This cape makes me feel like Superwoman," she says. "It's that sense of control." She struts off to pose for photographers at the show's entrance.

April 20, 2018

A fashion psychologist suggested that Melania Trump has been sending people messages through her fashion statement. Melania Trump is a woman of fashion and when her husband Donald Trump was elected as the President of the United States, many of their political rivals wondered how she could carry herself as a First Lady, and not just a fashion model. She is known for her bright color outfits whenever she’s out in public and her fans have been trying to copy her style. Not only that her outfits have been the talk of the town, but also how she behaves when she’s in front of the people. Now, a fashion psychologist may have analyzed how the FLOTUS’ fashion statements convey secret messages to everyone.

April 20, 2018

On Saturday I woke up to find out, over coffee and the New York Times, that “fashion psychology” is now a thing. Dawnn Karen—a Columbia grad who, in 2012, made history as the first black female psychology professor (and also one of the youngest) at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology—is an academic and entrepreneur at the forefront of furthering the area of fashion psychology.

April 16, 2018

On Saturday I woke up to find out, over coffee and the New York Times, that “fashion psychology” is now a thing. Dawnn Karen—a Columbia grad who, in 2012, made history as the first black female psychology professor (and also one of the youngest) at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology—is an academic and entrepreneur at the forefront of furthering the area of fashion psychology.

April 11, 2018

Last February, Dawnn Karen, a brand consultant, therapist and instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, arrived at a Marcel Ostertag fashion show wearing five-inch studded stilettos and a black jumpsuit with a cape. “This cape makes me feel like Superwoman,” she said. “It’s that sense of control.” She strutted off to pose for photographers at the show’s entrance.

March 25, 2018

¿Los niños deben elegir qué ropa llevan? La psicóloga Dawnn Karen explica que no darles libertad puede marcar su personalidad. Dawnn Karen sostiene que «a través de la ropa se expresan emociones» y por eso en 2012 esta exmodelo, graduada por Columbia, comenzó a desarrollar el campo de la Psicología de Moda, planteado ya en el siglo XIX por el profesor de Harvard, William James. También se convirtió en la primera mujer negra en dar clases de Psicología en el FIT (Fashion Institute Technology, en Nueva York) y, a través de su Fashion Psychology Institute, ofrece asesoría y cursos para ahondar en la relación entre carácter y ropa.

March 25, 2018

Logomania and colourful suits aside, one of the other major trends to emerge from the autumn/winter '18 runways is major nineties nostalgia.

From Clueless-worthy plaid suits to Matrix-inspired vinyl trenches (complete with super skinny glasses), the fashion set are clearly obsessed with style icons from the final decade of the last millennium.

But the runway isn't where the fascination stops, with celebrity street style mirroring the same sentiment. In fact, we've lost count of how many celebrities paid sartorial homage to Cher Horowitz or channelled Trinity's distinctly futuristic aesthetic this season.

March 02, 2018

While frontrunning actresses often opt for timeless silhouettes (a smarter choice for Oscar’s history books), the less-likely-to-win stars are presented with a unique challenge: Do you pull out all the stops and go for the glam gold — or do you choose a more subdued look in deference to someone else’s big night? 

January 31, 2018

Since the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has proven she can blend her sartorial vision with what's appropriate for the British Royal Family. And she's already proving to be a retail phenomenon with a huge impact on the fashion industry, too.

December 15, 2017

If you’re among those who shop for cosmetics online, you may have noticed fragrance descriptions like this:

His telegrams came repeatedly and she persisted in ignoring them. He knew what she was capable of, but she refused to work his way. This time, despite herself, she gave in. The ultimate request: she must deliver his commissioned painting in person. The private plane would arrive in the morning. For the moment, she rode her horse freely along the river.

November 20, 2017

As the weather gets colder and the days get grayer, it’s easy to catch a case of the winter blues, especially when it comes to getting dressed. Gray, black, navy and other deep tones tend to dominate our wardrobes during the winter months, with bright, flashy colors taking a back seat. 

August 18, 2017

Imagine if your job required you to work in a minimal amount of clothing.

Now, imagine if your workplace also required you to interact with the public in that skimpy outfit.

In addition, what if your company’s marketing labeled your attire as one of its main attributes?

That’s what waitresses in so-called “breastaurants” such as Hooters and the Tilted Kilt face every day at their jobs.

August 02, 2017

There’s a reason people say “dress for success” and “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” There’s truth to both. If you dress like the intern, others see you as the intern — and (perhaps most importantly), you see yourself as the intern.

August 02, 2017

Is the Facebook CEO's signature style the key to his increased focus and productivity? We were about to find out.

For the tech-savvy and fashion-forward alike, Mark Zuckerberg is known for two things: Facebook and grey t-shirts.

The Facebook CEO famously wears the same outfit every day — a grey shirt and pants —  because he says cutting out decision-making on the less important things in his life, such as his wardrobe choices, helps increase his overall productivity. 

August 01, 2017

Research published by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has confirmed that wearing high heels increases the risk of developing bone and muscle problems. So why do many women continue to wear them? BBC Newsday put that question to Dawnn Karen founder of the online-based Fashion Psychology Institute.

July 17, 2017

Melania Trump and Michelle Obama have at least one thing in common — they are no strangers to style.

Smithsonian Channel series 'First Ladies Revealed' pays tribute to America's leading ladies

Throughout history, first ladies have helped to shape America.

Mrs. Trump is a former model who frequently flaunts fashions by some of the most elite designers (think the likes of Valentino and Hermes). Meanwhile, Mrs. Obama...

July 10, 2017

It’s been almost 12 years since Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, but it’s still one of the first things people ask Nicole Lovince about when they learn she is from the Big Easy. It was also an event that charted her course to Bowling Green State University.

June 14, 2017

Some things, like peanut butter and chocolate, obviously go together. But other pairings aren’t so observable. Bowling Green State University alumna Dawnn Karen has recognized the potential of one unique combination, and is on her way to making it the next peanut butter cup.

Fashion psychology. There is a lot of buzz around this concept, which Karen defines as styling from the inside out by bridging the gap between perception and reality.

June 13, 2017

Fashion has always been political, and the protest tee has been a staple in closets around the world for decades. Vivenne Westwood used tee shirts to promote anarchy and spark a British punk rebellion in the 70s and 80s. Katherine Hamnett pushed political agendas and advocated for worthy causes with bold block lettering. If first impressions are everything and clothes tell a story, shirts emblazoned with slogans are a way to let the world know what you stand for without saying a word.

June 05, 2017

My closet looks exactly like Donald Duck’s: two dozen identical white shirts all in a row.

About three years ago I decided to start wearing a uniform to the office, so I went to J. Crew and ordered three of the same suit in the same fabric and a score of white oxford shirts with button-down collars. My uniform, I thought, would free me from the daily anxiety of standing in front of my closet wondering, “Does this match?” or “Am I wearing this sweater too often?”

June 02, 2017

I am not immune to wanting to “get the look” from a television show. I will confess to researching Audrey Horne’s classic tapered sweaters from Twin Peaks, deciding to power clash thanks to Sharon Horgan’s unimpeachable patterns on Catastrophe, and watching the first two minutes of a Khaleesi hair tutorial before realizing that, nope, I was woefully out of my depth. But the dour visual landscape of Margaret Atwood’s pioneering 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, while classic dystopian fare, has always remained at a reassuring remove: heightened, eerie, and unshoppable.

May 05, 2017

I've always loved gorgeous, sexy underwear. Growing up watching Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, I had the idea that when I was a grown-up, sex-having woman, I'd always stroll around in a matching set of hot lace underwear, with the occasional corset thrown in for good measure.

April 30, 2017

Let your headgear do the talking.

April 14, 2017

The cap is red with a noticeably boxy front and a shoelace strung around where the dome meets the brim. In large white lettering, it reads “Make America Great Again,” and it signals to strangers almost everything they need to know about you. “If there's some type of message or signifier on a hat, seemingly the person unconsciously embodies that message,” says Dawnn Karen, a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology who teaches classes on fashion psychology.

April 10, 2017

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been hard on myself. I was that kid who would get chest pains and nausea before a big state exam, a job interview, or whenever I was asked to read out loud in class. If you watch NBC’s This Is Us, think Randall. That was me. I always thought, if it wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t enough. Fortunately, I wasn’t as hard on myself when it came to my looks. But last year when my Dominican hairstylist told me it was time for me to cut at least four inches off my heat-damaged ends, all those feelings of panic and anxiety suddenly began to take over.

March 31, 2017

Dawnn Karen can tell you what you should wear and why you want to wear it.

The 27-year-old Karen is a fashion psychologist—the only one in North America—and one of the youngest teachers at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Fashion psychology examines what people express through clothing. Like a shrink, Karen uses talk therapy to understand how her clients feel about themselves, how they view the world, and how they believe the world sees them.

How the Hipster Barbers of Brooklyn Feel About Giving the ‘Nazi Haircut’

March 23, 2017

Eighty percent of the hipster clients who enter Tomcats Barbershop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn leave with a trendy haircut called the “undercut.” This style, also known as the “high and tight,” involves the sides being buzzed short or closely shaved while the hair on top is left longer. “If I describe the cut to clients but they can’t really imagine it at first,” says David Arce, a barber at Tomcats, “I’ll say, ‘Oh, you want the Hitler Youth?’ People then immediately get it.”

March 23, 2017

Laurie Hernandez is a 16-year-old Olympic gold-winning gymnast — and her incredible talent doesn't end there. Hernandez also has her own beauty contract, won her season of "Dancing with the Stars," and is a best-selling author.

The Puerto Rican teen also made history as the first US-born Latina to join the US women’s gymnastics Olympic team in over three decades. Even though the Olympics are over, she's still championing her culture — in the form of her hair.