Young consumers’ innovativeness in apparel choices: A model including consumer self-confidence

Karin Jürgensen*, Rodrigo Guesalaga

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In industries with network effects, consumer innovators help to trigger the critical mass needed for a product innovation to be successful. Thus, firms can benefit from actions that increase consumer innovativeness in their target markets. Consumer innovativeness has been associated with variables such as hedonic shopping motivation, impulsiveness and status seeking. There is limited work on the impact on consumer innovativeness of consumer characteristics that reflect consumers’ self-confident ability to choose. This study proposes and tests a model for consumer innovativeness that incorporates variables from previous research and uncovers the importance of consumer self-confidence. We collect survey data from 534 Chilean girls, ages 10–15. After building constructs with the help of exploratory factor analysis, we analyze the data with linear regression estimation (via OLS). Our results reveal that consumer self-confidence is positively and significantly related to consumer innovativeness. Our findings also add evidence -from a younger age group- regarding the significance of status seeking, impulsiveness and hedonic shopping motivation on consumer innovativeness. Results suggest that companies could leverage consumer innovativeness by taking actions to increase consumers’ self-confidence. Innovative apparel choices in young consumers could possibly also be strengthened by communicating status achievement and by enhancing shopping enjoyment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-263
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2018

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  • consumer innovativeness
  • consumer self-confidence
  • fashion
  • product adoption
  • shopping enjoyment
  • status achievement
  • young consumers


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