7 in 10 young adults consider their dress style to be fluid

NEW YORK – As times change, a new study reveals that the line between menswear and womenswear is increasingly blurred. Seven in ten young adults believe their style has become more fluid than that of previous generations.

That’s according to a new poll that polled 500 Gen Z women, 500 Gen Z men, 500 Gen Y women and 500 Gen Y men to find out how younger generations look at fashion trends and jewelry.

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Of all respondents, 70% say their style is more likely to change and is less tied to traditionally “male” or “female” expectations of fashion. Sixty percent describe their style as “relaxed” and half think they will still be “trendy” 10 years from now. Another 40% don’t think their style will change during this time.

Millennials were a little more determined to keep their current looks, with 46% of them saying they would stick to it for the next decade, compared to 42% of Gen Z.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of De Beers Group, also found that 71% of them agree that it is more socially acceptable for men to wear jewelry today than it was a few years ago. Almost two-thirds (65%) of young men feel more confident when wearing jewelry.

Half of those surveyed wear jewelry for the holidays, followed by 46% who wear it for graduation and 45% for someone else’s wedding. Overall, nearly three in five (59%) hope to receive an expensive piece of jewelry this holiday season, including as many men (61%) as women (59%).

Diamond earrings are the most popular type of jewelry on wish lists regardless of gender. One in three people say earrings are the most common jewelry they wear.

“While there is a historical precedent for men wearing jewelry to denote status or wealth or for cultural reasons, current trends in male jewelry are more focused on individuality, self-expression and confidence. in itself, ”said Sally Morrison, director of public relations at De Beers Group, in a statement. .

The term “fashionable” is evolving

genre fluid fashionWhile a few respondents defined the term as “up to date” others said it goes beyond wearing what’s popular. One young adult even describes it as: “When you’re dressed to please. “

When looking for fashion inspiration, the majority of respondents (46%) get their ideas from social media. Aside from friends and family, the top three types of fashion resources are influencers (45%), music artists (42%), and fashion icons (41%). The poll reveals that these “influencers” go by this name for a reason; 62% of respondents are likely to try a new style if they see their favorite celebrity or influencer wearing it first.

On the other hand, more than half of those surveyed (55%) have between one and six pieces of jewelry passed down from older relatives.

“As fashion constantly changes, especially in the age of social media, personal style develops more slowly,” adds Morrison. “Finding precious talismans, like exquisite jewelry that defines who you are, is a matter of personal identification and provides a real anchor for the changing trends we experience. “

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