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The Perception of Colors in Fashion: A Cohort Comparison of Baby Boomers and Generation Y

Authors
  • Hyo Jung (Julie) Jung Chang (Texas Tech University)
  • Su-Jeong Hwang Shin (Texas Tech University)

Abstract

Colors of clothing affect psychology of consumers and the psychological effects and meaning of colors may vary by generation and culture. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate if baby boomers and generation Y have different interpretation of colors, and how their color perceptions are related to self-esteem, social motivation for fashion consumption and fashion involvement. A quasi-experimental quantitative survey method was used for this study. Respondents consisted of two generations including 50 baby boomers in age 65 or older and 50 generation Y individuals. Results showed that baby boomers, generally, prefer bright colors such as orange whereas generation Y prefers dark colors such as black. Also, self-esteem and fashion involvement are important factors of understanding their different color perceptions. The results from this study can be useful for apparel manufacturers and retailers to understand each generation's different perceptions of clothing color.

How to Cite:

Chang, H. J. & Shin, S. H., (2017) “The Perception of Colors in Fashion: A Cohort Comparison of Baby Boomers and Generation Y”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
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