A bit of online shopping here, a quick dash to Topshop in your lunch break and just that one – okay, two – pair of shoes that were on sale. Before you know it, you’ve blown your pay cheque, a sadly too-often occurrence. But have you ever stopped to think about how much your whole wardrobe actually costs?
Luckily – or unluckily – for us, we can now find out the value of all that shopping, as well as seeing how we compare to the rest of the country. Scary.
This is due to River Island’s new ‘wardrobe calculator’, which aims to tell you what your wardrobe is really worth. The online tool works out how much your clothes are worth, as well as comparing you to the rest of the UK to see if you’re a massive splurge or a modest spender.
The fashion brand also surveyed 1,000 consumers to find out the value of their closets – and it turns out that on average our shoes alone cost £3,600. Yikes.
The only comfort is that we spend more on footwear than on anything else, with our shoes taking up nearly a quarter of our total clothing budget.
Second in place is handbags, with women in the West Midlands owning a whopping 14 each on average.
Unsurprisingly, it turned out that women owned nearly three times as many pairs of shoes as men, and that twice as many women as men will spend over £100 on their wardrobe every month. Well, obvs.
‘Our calculator can just be used for a bit of fun, or it can make you stop and think about how much value there really is in your wardrobe,’ says Josie Roscop, Marketing Director from River Island. ‘Maybe you’re thinking of having a clear out and looking for items to upload to eBay – some of it could make you quite a bit of money in the run up to Christmas.’
After seeing how much our wardrobe is worth – and how much of it we don’t even wear – a trip to eBay sounds like a very good idea indeed.