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Five Month of Our Lives: Choosing What to Wear


The average woman spends almost five months of her working life choosing what to wear, a study has revealed.

Researchers found deciding what to wear for work, at weekends and for nights out mean women will spend more than an hour of each week simply considering their outfits.

Over the average year, this amounts to the equivalent of almost three days – and almost 20 weeks between the ages of 18 and 65.

It also emerged 45 per cent of women find the process of deciding what to wear to work stressful thanks to fears their outfit will be inappropriate for work or won’t adhere to the dress code.

And more than half even claimed they spend so much time fretting about their work outfits, they would be better off if they had to wear a uniform to have the decision taken out of their hands.

Simon Jersey, which 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.

Regardless of where you work and what job you do, if you don’t wear a uniform to work, picking the right outfit can be a minefield.

You don’t want to wear something which is inappropriate or too casual, but at the same time you don’t want to appear over-dressed.

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.”


Now if you excuse me, I need to go and find what to wear tomorrow!

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