Comparison of patterns of dressing for two generations within a local context

Marilyn R. Delong, Haeun Bang, Laureen Gibson

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This research explores the dressing patterns of two generations of women with similar educational levels, and both located in the upper Midwest, USA. Based upon a review of the theories about dressing, the expectation was that differences in patterns of dressing would arise between the two groups that differed in age and generational cohort group. This is significant in today’s milieu in which sustainable best practices from fast to slow fashion are encouraged and differences in generational groups could change the approach to intervention. The total sample of 115 females included two groups, the first numbered 55 with an average age of 73 years and the second numbered 60 with an average age of 20 years. Participants responded to a survey focused on the contemporary American woman. The two groups were asked the same questions about how they desired to appear, how they strategized about their wardrobe and putting together of ensembles, and their shopping patterns. Analysis included a comparison of responses of each group. There were a few differences in patterns of dressing based upon age and generational cohort group, but the number of similarities pointed to other influences such as the similar location of the two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-117
Number of pages19
JournalFashion, Style and Popular Culture
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Dressing patterns
  • Generational differences
  • Generational groups
  • Local context
  • Wardrobe strategies
  • Women


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