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Understanding Taiwanese female baby boomers through their perceptions of clothing and appearance

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posted on 2022-12-07, 18:08 authored by Osmud RahmanOsmud Rahman, Wan-Tian Chang

The objectives of this study are twofold: (1) to provide insights and in-depth information regarding the impact of attitudes of female baby boomers in Taiwan toward aging through clothing, and (2) to understand how female baby boomers in Taiwan behave in different contexts in regard to clothing choice, usage and consumption. In order to understand how baby boomers think, feel and behave during the process of aging, clothing was selected as a vehicle to illuminate the complex relationships among various attributes—physiological and psychological change, dress and appearance, body image, lifestyle, and social activities. The qualitative research method was used to collect data from 14 mature female consumers ranging in age from 50 to 59 years. According to our findings, social activities and appropriate clothing styles can provide aging consumers self-assurance/-gratification as well as a healthy state of mind and spirit. It is evident that many Taiwanese baby boomers were concerned with modesty, age appropriateness, and physical and psychological comfort when it comes to apparel consumption. Although their bodies transformed with age, most of our informants expressed an acceptance and sense of comfort with their physical change, and they felt “young-at-heart”; therefore, chronological age is not a good indicator of consumer attitudes towards the evolving stages of life.

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