Buying behaviour of “tweenage” girls and key societal communicating factors influencing their purchasing of fashion clothing

Isabel J. Grant (Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK)
Graeme R. Stephen (Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK)

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

ISSN: 1361-2026

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To examine the key communicating factors which influence 12‐13 year old girls in their purchasing decisions for fashion clothing.

Design/methodology/approach

A series of four, structured focus group interviews, consisting of six girls, with questions developed after analysing the available literature. A qualitative method of data analysis was conducted based around five related themes and the “reflective stage”, 11‐16 years of John (1999).

Findings

This stage is highly fashion‐sensitive. The findings show the key decision factors when buying are parental and peer group approval, and the purchasing of fashion items is strongly influenced by brand name and its associations. The findings revealed the respondents were prepared to pay a premium for branded clothing, placing a high emphasis on the product being deemed cool.

Research limitations/implications

The study utilises purely qualitative methods to explore the role of branding and purchasing influences from the perspective of these girls in order to gain a richer and deeper understanding of their behaviour. The findings provide the basis for further research into the buying behaviour of older girls.

Practical implications

The results of this study could be used by fashion retailers, marketers and their advertising agencies when planning a media campaign targeted at 12‐13 year old girls.

Originality/value

Understanding the importance of the selected themes can help fashion retailers study their consumers based on the key dimensions reported in this research and ensure that the key communication factors identified, are considered prior to developing a campaign for this target group.

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Citation

Grant, I. and Stephen, G. (2005), "Buying behaviour of “tweenage” girls and key societal communicating factors influencing their purchasing of fashion clothing", Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 450-467. https://doi.org/10.1108/13612020510620812

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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