Who uses virtual wardrobes? Investigating the role of consumer traits in the intention to adopt virtual wardrobes

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Haeun Bang, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Jin Su, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Over-consumption by consumers is a significant challenge to sustainability. Technology, such as that of virtual wardrobes, can suggest options that may reduce excessive consumption. A virtual wardrobe is a service that allows users to create and manage their wardrobes digitally. It also helps users to realize what they have in their wardrobes and can recommend appropriate styles of clothing for the users based on an analysis of the wardrobe. From the perspective of consumer characteristics, this research investigates what motivates consumers to adopt and use virtual wardrobes and proposes marketing strategies for addressing these behaviors. Fishbein’s attitude theory was used as a theoretical framework. By surveying 265 U.S. college students and using structural equation modeling analysis, the study shows that consumers’ socially responsible consumption behavior and personal innovativeness in information technology positively affect their attitude toward virtual wardrobes, which, in turn, increases their intention to use virtual wardrobes. However, their personal shopping value and fashion involvement have no significant impacts on consumers’ attitudes toward virtual wardrobes. The findings indicate that marketers of virtual wardrobes should highlight social responsibility and technological innovation in product and service promotions. By gaining insight into their wardrobes, consumers can be more strategic about clothing consumption, use, and disposal.

Additional Information

Sustainability, 14(3), 1209. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031209
Language: English
Date: 2022
sustainability, digital fashion, consumer trait, apparel, virtual wardrobe, wardrobe management, personal shopping value, fashion involvement, socially responsible, personal innovativeness in information technology

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