The Dilemmas of Aging and Down-aging : The Fashion Attitude of Senior Street Look

  • Ro, Juhyun (Dept. of Fashion Design, Kookmin University) ;
  • Park, Juhee (Dept. of Fashion Design, Kookmin University)
  • Received : 2017.06.03
  • Accepted : 2017.06.16
  • Published : 2017.06.30


This study aimed to analyze the dilemmas of aging and down-aging by the senior street look, and to examine the styling, psychology, and attitudes of the elderly through socio-cultural discussions. It was conducted through a multidisciplinary literature review and empirical analysis of seniors featured in fashion photos collected from SNS. With respect to seniors' fashion attitudes, firstly, they make personal/social records of dress as a means of recording aging and to reminiscence. Secondly, they attempt to down-age kidult play using mature humor. Thirdly, they try to express a perfect, moderate, and mature beauty to positively adapt themselves to aging. Fourthly, they adopt a regional and ethnic look to escape from the dilemmas accompanying aging and down-aging. This may be regarded as an attitude for repositioning themselves and planning a new life by escaping from a long-standing frame. Finally, they show a desire to stop and enjoy the moment of aging. While recording their cherished everyday lives, they enjoy the present rather than becoming concerned about the past or the future and use styling as a cure for their lives.


Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea


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