And it’s kind of good news
Hands up who doesn’t buy a top (or two) as a treat come pay day? And then a pair of shoes as a little pick me up on a bad day?
But then the guilt inevitably sets in. Should you be spending money on clothes when you have rent, groceries and other slightly less exciting things to factor in?
Well, put your mind at rest, because we finally have an answer to the whole ‘how much is too much?’ question.
According to Elite Daily, most financial experts say around 5% of your annual salary (after tax) is an acceptable amount to spend on clothes.
So, say you’re on an annual salary of £28k, that would mean about £1,110 to spend on clothes a year. Monthly, that’s a pay of £1,850.60, which equals a clothing budget of £92.50.
Which isn’t too bad really. Depending on where and how savvily you shop, you can definitely get a new outfit for that price.
Obviously, you don’t have to spend that amount on clothes if you don’t want to (eating is obviously quite important), but it might make you feel a little less guilty next time you fall in love with a pair of shoes.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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