NEW YORK – As times change, a new study finds that the line between men’s and women’s fashion is becoming much blurrier. Seven out of ten young adults believe that their style has become more gender-fluid than that of previous generations.
This is what emerges from a new survey that interviewed 500 women of Generation Z, 500 men of Generation Z, 500 women of the millennium and 500 men of the millennium to find out how the younger generations look at the trends in fashion and jewelry.
Fashion for everyone
Of all respondents, 70% said their style is more likely to change and less constrained by the traditionally “masculine” or “feminine” expectations of fashion. Sixty percent describe their style as “casual” and half believe it will still be “trendy” in 10 years. Another 40% don’t think their style will change during that time.
Millennials were a little more determined to keep their current looks, with 46% saying they will keep it for the next decade, compared to Generation Z’s 42%.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of De Beers Group, also revealed that 71% agree that it is more socially acceptable for men to wear jewelry today than it was a few years ago. Nearly two thirds (65%) of young people feel safer when wearing jewelry.
Half of all respondents wear jewelry for the holidays, followed by 46 percent who wear it to a graduation and 45 percent who wear it to someone else’s wedding. Overall, nearly three in five (59%) hope to receive an expensive piece of jewelry during the holiday season, including many men (61%) and women (59%).
Diamond ear studs are the most popular type of jewelry on wish lists, regardless of gender. One in three say that earrings are the most common jewelry they wear.
“While there are historical precedents for men wearing jewelry to denote status or wealth or for cultural reasons, current trends in men’s jewelry are more about individuality, self-expression and confidence,” says Sally Morrison, director of public relations at De Beers Group, in a statement. .
The term ‘trendy’ is evolving
While some respondents referred to the term as “up-to-date,” others said it goes deeper than wearing what is popular. One young adult even describes it as “when you are dressed to please yourself”.
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 assets are influencers (45%), music artists (42%), and fashion icons (41%). The survey finds that these “influencers” have that 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 the survey (55%) has between one and six jewels passed down from older relatives.
“As fashion changes constantly, particularly in the age of social media, personal style develops at a slower pace,” adds Morrison. “Finding precious talismans, like fine jewels that define who you are, is about personal identification and provides a true reference point for the changing trends we experience.”