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Revealed - the cost of keeping up with fashion

Now that the weather is (supposedly) heating up, are you looking to get a new wardrobe? Before you do, stop!

With the average woman typically spending £64 per month – or £768 a year – on clothes, research by Barnardos suggests your fashion habit may be costing more than you think.

Many of us are guilty of only wearing something once and then chucking it into the back of our wardrobes, never to be seen again. In fact, Barnardos found the majority of fashion purchases see the light of day just seven times.

Even more surprisingly, a third of women (33%) consider clothes to be ‘old’ after wearing them fewer than three times.

Putting on weight; buying clothes on a whim; and even having been pictured on social media wearing an outfit were all reasons given for ditching clothes.

Cut down your clothes spending, so you can use the money elsewhere

The research suggests we're wasting our cash by buying so many new clothes. Have you thought about where you could be spending (or saving) the money elsewhere?

Working out what you spend on items, whether that’s clothes, your supermarket shop, or takeaways is always a good idea. Sit down and think about both your incomings and outgoings. Is it the best use of your money? Where could you cut back?

Once you know this, you could also work out how much you potentially save for other things. If you have a savings goal, such as a holiday or saving up for a new house, this could help your goal become a reality.

Find your hidden outfits

If you're worried that cutting back on clothes spending will make you a fashion pariah, you might find you have some long lost outfits ready to wear.

When was the last time you had a proper look in your wardrobe? It’s easy to forget about the gems you may not have worn for a while. Take the time to sift through and see what you have handy. This may stop those despairing sighs of ‘I haven’t got anything to wear!’

We all have our vices, but thinking about costs doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love altogether, especially if clothes and shoes are your passion. Think of alternatives, such as shopping at charity shops, or maybe even meeting up with your friends and swapping unwanted clothes with each other.

Sell unwanted items

If you really aren't going to wear those shoes again, see if you can make some extra cash by selling them. Though you won't make back what you spent, it might be enough to fund a new skirt.

If you're a bit handy with a sewing needle, you could even consider "upscaling" and modifying your older clothes before selling them on.

What are you guilty of overspending on? Have you tried to cut back?


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  • Mrs Ann Dawson / 2 July 2015

    I spend nowhere near the average of £64 on clothes. I donate a lot of my "old" clothes to charity shops - where I find "new" clothes to wear. Better still go to the supermarkets and pick up knock down clothes for your everyday wear. You can save vast amounts doing it this way.

  • Sarah / 15 June 2015

    Rubbish! No way do most women spend £768 a year on clothes. That must be a skewed figure.