Fear of Clothing

Learn about Fear of Clothing. Get more information about symptoms, causes, and panic disorder.

More articles in: Object Phobias

Red striped shirt lying in green grass.Many people wear clothes that fit well and are flattering. They wear clothes that are comfortable and tend to reflect the character of the one wearing them. This could be stately, confident, causal or perhaps even something that indicates a personal embarrassment. Those who fear clothing are said to suffer with Vestiphobia.

The idea of a clothing fear may seem odd simply because we may be more likely to believeĀ  that an individual would fear nudity to a greater degree. In fact the idea of going without clothes may instill its own set of fear.

What Causes Vestiphobia?

We will get to what I believe is the most common reason for this fear in a moment, but let’s take a look at some of the other usual suspects in fear.

A personal experience may cause an individual to feel fear. That fear can escalate to a phobia if left unchecked. I’ll give you a personal example. I’ve been bitten by both a brown recluse spider that found its way into a pair or jeans as well as a yellow jacket wasp that crawled into a shirt. I can envision a scenario where those instances could leave me gun shy about putting clothes on in the morning. I could in essence view my clothing as the source of pain and discomfort. This is especially true if I already had an existing fear of spiders and wasps.

In an odd scenario it might be possible to have a parent who feared clothing. They may have endured wearing their clothes during the day, but they may have shed much of their clothing once they were safe behind closed curtains. This behavior may have been viewed as normal and their fear was accepted as normal.

Your phobia causing you panic attacks? Get rid of panic attacks today.

However, what I believe to be the greatest potential source of clothing fear is the fear of small spaces or claustrophobia. This is the fear some men feel if they are asked to wear a suit and tie. This is the fear some women experience if they are asked to wear any tight fitting clothing. The fear may not actually be clothing, but the fear of being pressed in from all sides and feeling as if there is no way to escape.

Symptoms of Vestiphobia

clothing 2As alluded to in the last section one of the symptoms of this fear is a sense of panic related to the wearing of clothing. There may be some clothing that brings about a greater response than others, but a vestiphobe may wear clothes only for decorum sake – and it can become harder every day just to fit in.

Other symptoms may also include…

  • Air hunger
  • Trembling
  • Fainting
  • Feeling as if you are being strangled
  • Screaming
  • Crying

The sense of panic may be uncommonly strong in a vestiphobe. Because this is true they will likely avoid social interactions.

How to Overcome Vestiphobia

This fear may be best dealt with in sessions with a trusted therapist who can help you deal with the feelings of oppression related to your fear of clothing. Multiple therapies exist that could help.

The fear of clothing is also referred to as:

  • Clothing fear
  • Vestiphobia

Post by

A consistent observer of life, Jeff writes on a variety of subjects that deal with the human condition and how we work to gain comfort in our own skin. Humans are incredibly complex and each is unique from any other - much like snowflakes. It is this sense of compassionate analysis that Jeff brings to FearOfStuff.com


Overcome Fear Of Hei

Welcome to this new series all about helping you overcome [...]

Challenge Of Overcom

Overcoming alcohol addiction is no small feat, but for the [...]

Emetophobia Part 1 o

Hey guys welcome to this special 4 part all about [...]

Emetophobia - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this unique blog series about [...]

10 Ways to Handle St

This post is dedicated to all those people out there [...]

Challenge Of Overcom

Overcoming alcohol addiction is no small feat, but for the [...]

10 Ways to Handle St

This post is dedicated to all those people out there [...]

Making treatment of

In my current line of work I have been researching [...]

Phobias Strikes in N

I had spent the last few days getting myself trained [...]

What Causes Us To Ha

In this blog post I would like to tackle a [...]