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  • Hovi, Heidi (2015)
    It has been a common image that Finnish adults dress casually, even yokel-like, influenced primarily other things by weather and sports, but there is no research-based evidence to support this conception. The focus of researches has been on women's clothing and qualitative methods. These were the reasons why I decided to study casual everyday clothing of Finnish adults in different contexts. I took into account comfortable clothing, and I studied definitions of and differences between comfortable and casual clothing. I also studied which environmental matters have an influence on everyday clothing of Finnish adults. I used the mixed methods approach, which integrates quantitative and qualitative research methods. I collected the data with an e-form survey. In the survey there were statements with the focus on quantitative data and open questions with the focus on qualitative data. I spread the survey on different channels of social media 24.2–10.3.2015. I got 521 replies, one of which was empty, so the final data consisted of 520 replies from all around Finland. To analyse the quantitative data, I used cross tabulation, correlation and regression analysis of SPSS-program. For the qualitative content analysis I used Atlas.ti-program. So-called yokel clothing is not mentioned among the respondents. The people who live outside the capital region dress in the same way as the people living inside it. Also the sex does not make a difference to how Finnish adults dress in general. Many of the respondents change their clothes when they come home. Their clothing at home is made of mainly flexible and soft materials, usually college fabric. They favour casual and comfortable clothing, but the definitions differentiate. Casual clothing is represented by the look of clothes, and comfortable clothing is associated to the feeling of clothes and to the moods they put a person into. The most popular dress combination among the respondents is jeans, a t-shirt and a knitted sweater or a cardigan. Thus the idea of Finnish windbreaker folks is a myth. Although there is a little margin of error in the results, they can be considered to cover the Finnish adults.