Every morning up and down the country, British homes play host to their own closet dramas causing 49% of the nation to suffer from ‘wardrobe rage’ – irrational tantrums directed at closets when choosing an outfit.
The study by Marks & Spencer (M&S) revealed that it takes us 15 minutes each morning to decide what to wear, with the average closet containing 152 items. 46% of people admitted to owning more items of clothing than they did five years ago – yet we only wear 44% of these items regularly.
Deciding what to wear
Women spend on average 17 minutes choosing their daily style, a total of four days in a year. Men are speedier, clocking in at 13 minutes, but a staggering one in 50 takes more than two hours deciding what to wear getting ready each morning.
The reason for this may be that almost a third (29%) of Brits feel that their wardrobe is a mess and 48% confess that they need to declutter.
One in eight (12%) owns over 300 items of clothing, despite one in five (20%) regularly stating that they ‘have nothing to wear’.
Not only does this cause us undue stress, but it has also seen one in 10 regularly arriving late to work because of the time spent choosing their outfit for the day. One in five (21%) women even admitted that it has caused them to row with their partner and 14% have refused to go out as a result of struggling to choose an outfit.
Edit your wardrobe!
There are 3.6 billion clothes left unworn in the nation’s wardrobes – a whopping 57 items per person – with an average of 16 items only worn once and 11 still with the tags on. One in 20 of us even has over 50 items in our closets with the tags still on.
Marks & Spencer and Oxfam are calling on the nation to edit their wardrobes and donate – or ‘Shwop’ – and release the power of good in these once-loved items of clothing.
If just a fraction of these clothes were donated, Oxfam could help hundreds of thousands of people around the world out of poverty.
Just £5 raised from the sale of a shwopped cardigan could provide safe water for five people.