Have you ever considered how much money you spend on clothes? Keeping up with different seasonal fashion trends and buying outfits from good, quality clothing stores can become quite costly. If you need to buy a new outfit for a wedding, a job interview or even a night on the town; it all adds up. Not to mention if you need to replace your favourite jeans that eventually started to wear away, or those work shoes with the hole in that make your foot wet every time it rains. Throughout the year you could end up spending quite a lot of money on clothes without even realising. 

A recent survey from clothes retailer Chums reveals just how much 10 different UK cities are willing to spend on an outfit and surprisingly London is not top of the list! Birmingham was the city likely to spend the most on clothes, with men and women willing to spend up to £361. 

How much money are women willing to spend on an outfit?

Women of Manchester were willing to spend up to £511 in total on clothes, including up to £199 on items of jewellery. Now this may seem a little or even a lot, depending on how much you spend, but if the clothes that you buy last a long time, this can be justified within the price. Belfast women were willing to spend the least on clothes, a bag being the most they would spend on an item at £49. All of the women surveyed were willing to spend up to £39 on a jumper and the same for jeans too.  

How much money are men willing to spend on an outfit?

Men in Birmingham spend the most out of the 10 cities that were surveyed at £401, which is £130 more than Cardiff men who would spend the least at £271. Men are generally likely to spend more on shoes that they’ll wear every day like a pair of canvas shoes or trainers. From looking at the data from the survey, it seems men are more interested in simple, practical clothing rather than a quick fashion trend that will pass within a matter of months. 

Are you spending too much on clothes?

How much someone is willing to spend on clothes could depend on a number of things. For example, someone could spend less because they have items of clothes that they wear time and time again; perhaps they’re a bit thrifty or just prefer sustainable fashion. Spending more on clothes doesn’t necessarily mean you are buying too much and it’s wasteful. It could be that you prefer good quality clothes that are going to last you years and can be styled in many ways. 

If you’d like see how everyone else’s spending compares to your own, join in the conversation on social using the hashtag #FashionSpend.