The average woman spends five months of her life choosing what to wear

July 6th 2015 / Katie Robertson Google+ The average woman spends five months of her life choosing what to wear


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Do you spend roughly an hour each week perusing your fashion choices? You could be wasting as much time as 70 hours a year on what to wear...

A study of 2,000 women has revealed that choosing outfits for work, weekends and nights out takes up more than an hour and half of each week. Over the average year, this amounts to the equivalent of almost three days - and almost 20 weeks between the ages of 18 and 65. In total this equals up to a staggering five months of their working lives.

Fifteen per cent of those asked admitted to having had mornings where they had left the house for work, only to turn around and go home again so they could change their outfit. While one in ten have gone home at lunch to get changed because they weren’t happy with what they were wearing. It also emerged that 45 per cent of women find the process of deciding what to wear to work stressful thanks to fears their outfit will be inappropriate or won’t adhere to the dress code. Indeed, more than half even claimed they spend so much time fretting about their work outfits, they felt they would be better off if they had a uniform so that the decision was taken out of their hands.

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Simon Jersey, who provides uniforms to more than half a million UK workers and commissioned the research, said: “Many of us have a huge variety of clothes in our wardrobes, and picking what to wear can be a nightmare at the best of times. Not only do you have to consider the dress code of where you work, or where you are going, you have to consider whether an outfit is practical for your plans and also whether they will be suitable for the Great British weather. Over time, it seems many women get around this by developing their own sort suit of uniform, whether it’s by wearing the same clothes on a loop, or keeping their work and personal wardrobes completely separate.”

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