What is your clothes budget?

(136 Posts)
crosstraineraddict Tue 09-Oct-12 12:57:26

Mine isn't very big; I'd say maybe £50 per month, most of which is spent in Primark, or very occasionally TopShop.

So many people seem to have such big clothing budgets and it makes me wonder how they can afford it. I follow several style and clothing blogs each week and all the writers seem to have vast amounts of money to spend on clothes.

How much do you spend per month?

c. £300 pm. Bigger splurge at sales times

TheBirdsTheBirds Tue 09-Oct-12 13:06:31

No idea...more than it should be...too scared to add it up grin

TheBirdsTheBirds Tue 09-Oct-12 13:08:09

By 'more than it should be' I mean I spend more than I should, not that I have a huge clothes budget (I wish). I prob spend around £100 a month, sometimes more, sometimes less.

MarshaBrady Tue 09-Oct-12 13:08:20

Goes up and down depending on freelance etc income.

Usually buy more expensive stuff then have a break.

MorrisZapp Tue 09-Oct-12 13:10:17

I guess anywhere between 200 to 400 a month.

OpheliasWeepingWillow Tue 09-Oct-12 13:10:22

Since dd - me almost 0. DD about 200 a month and she is 8 months. Have lost my mind!

DuttonsForButtons Tue 09-Oct-12 13:13:52

I don't have a monthly budget at all, I only buy as and when I need and how much I spend is determined by how much I can afford.

Annianni Tue 09-Oct-12 13:22:17

I've spent approx £600 over the last month, but it was partly birthday presents and includes 2 coats and winter boots.
And I needed a/w clothes due to losing the last of my baby weight.

But i'll probably not spend anything this month.

And I didn't spend much over the summer, due to the lousy weather.

issimma Tue 09-Oct-12 13:23:49

I don't have a budget and I also don't have many clothes! Plan to work on this when out of maternity gear, and I imagine it'll be 50-100 a month. I'd rather buy one quality item than loads of cheap ones.

sooperdooper Tue 09-Oct-12 13:35:05

I don't have a set budget, I buy as and when I fancy some new clothes and when I can afford them - for those who buy a lot every month, do you have regular big clear outs too? I wouldn't have space for that many new clothes every month! smile

Itsgottabebags Tue 09-Oct-12 17:00:01

I don't have a budget really as I buy when I need to in the budget I can at the time.

I tend to buy accessories fairly regularly though

CremeEggThief Tue 09-Oct-12 17:11:53

I spend anywhere between £200-£400 two or three times a year, but from now on, I'm going to be sensible and budget £35-40 per month.

Hopefully Tue 09-Oct-12 17:16:55

Depends on freelancing, but I am a big believer in spending more (if necessary) and shopping less often. It probably averages out at a couple of hundred a month, maybe a bit more (£250?) if you average out big spends across the year. I am hoping that will drop when I finally have all the essentials I need for a couple of years (pencil skirts for work, winter coat, work shoes etc) - I have lost a load if weight this year and also gone back to work after 4 years off, so my spend is disproportionately high.

Incidentally, I reckon lots of people who don't think they spend a lot, actually do.

nomazeena Tue 09-Oct-12 17:19:55

HA! I was about to smugly say I didnt spend anything last month then I remembered I spent rather alot (£130) on a new north face parka off ebay thats coming from America and hasnt arrived yet.

New clothes to me are like treats and I spend according to how flush I'm feeling.

Like creme egg- it tends to be a splurge about 3 times a year - about £250?
I always seem to have something I'm researching and about to buy- keeps me quiet of an evening..

Hopefully Tue 09-Oct-12 17:20:10

Sooper I don't buy a lot, but would rather spend £100+ on a work skirt and not think about replacing it for a few years. One of those sorts of purchases a month and the cost of nice shoes/coat etc averaged out over the year and I'm at £200-ish. As I said, though, I wouldn't want to be spending that amount indefinitely, I am currently building up a work wardrobe.

nomazeena Tue 09-Oct-12 17:21:09

I actually cross posted that with hopefully- she must be a mind reader!

MummifiedBonkeyMollocks Tue 09-Oct-12 17:22:03

People have budgets? confused

I buy as and when.

Probably less than £20 a month evened out!

GockandJuice Tue 09-Oct-12 17:27:04

A budget?! Some months its none other months its 100, other months its 300. Depends on whether I've had vouchers/gifts/money from events and just depends if I feel like treating myself. Most of the time clothes are always bought for my son, I'm more a sucker for H&M boys than anything!

BreakingGlass Tue 09-Oct-12 17:34:00

Too much. About £80?

mummysmellsofsick Tue 09-Oct-12 17:36:07

Wow. I spent £22 this month in primark. Before that not a sausage since this time last year when I bought about £200 worth of bf friendly tops for my newly expanded boobs grin

chickydoo Tue 09-Oct-12 17:38:36

I always keep a note of things I buy in the clothes/ accessories dpt.
Sad I know, but i keep the lists on my phone, I can see at a glance when I got something, how much it cost....then I feel guilty if I have gone off it or have hardly worn it.
2010 I averaged at £200 a month
2011 was about £150 a month.
This year so far it's about £100 a month.
The way the economy is going I will be down to £50 next year. sad

CaroleService Tue 09-Oct-12 17:42:24


I'm going to copy Chicky and write down every purchase. It will be a shock.

TheBirdsTheBirds Tue 09-Oct-12 17:42:54

Sooper I have regular clearouts. If I haven't worn something for a year or so and it's not a classic that I think I might want again someday, I sell it on eBay or take it to charity shops. Only have 1 wardrobe and one chest of drawers so need the space!

Orangesarenottheonlyfruit Tue 09-Oct-12 17:46:02

I average about 50 quid a month but I inherited a £1000 earlier this year and spent most of it on nice treats for me as I went abroad for a family wedding. So used that for a few better quality things than I could usually afford, including a rather glam wedding outfit and post-party outfit.
I feel rather bad about it now, although I have had loads of use from the things I bought.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 09-Oct-12 17:50:01

Roughly £250 a month, with some extra in September/October to cover winter boots and/or coat depending on what needs replacing.

MaBaya Tue 09-Oct-12 17:53:40

I tend to spend a fair bit on a splurge at this time of year. I just spent about a grand (eek) on a lovely Ted Baker coat, a fake fur from Topshop, two pairs of decent boots, four good quality winter work dresses, some jeans, 3 tops, leggings and tights and a cashmere cardi.

I spent NOTHING on summer clothes, though. Just recycled old stuff from last year, mostly cheap tat from H&M and Primani. I hate summer clothes and find it a waste of money in this climate. I probably average £1500 a year on clothes which I can bareky afford, but I do need to look presentable for work, so sod it.

MsOnatopp Tue 09-Oct-12 18:07:59

£50? I wish sad

Though I have worked out a new budget for next year which should give me 250 twice a year so works out at £41.66 a month but I will save for half the year then do a big (in my mind) shop for winters and again for summer in another half a year.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 09-Oct-12 18:10:08

It varies - have bought a couple of coats in the last month but have ebayed an awful lot of stuff.

And have ordered quite a bit but returned it all which is dull and tedious.

I need some new jumpers but can't find any I like.

lupo Tue 09-Oct-12 18:54:03

I have about £100 disposible income a month for going out and clothes. Love fashion and have built up a nice wardrobe already so just adding to it. Am trying to save two months money and buy some nice winter boots. I used to spend loads (pre bloody school fees) but now have to buy carefully. I do regular clear outs to charity and am getting to the stage where I only keep and buy things I truely love.

Yes like Hopefully I spend more on less IYKWIM, so that £300 may only buy me 1-2 items. It's not like I'm spending £300 in Primark every month and taking half the shop home. Obviously it's fluid too, i wont spend for the sake of spending, but that is roughly the amount I earmark for clothes. I do eBay stuff when I'm bored of it too, which brings in a bit of a return.

MarshaBrady Tue 09-Oct-12 19:09:45

Yes I spend more on each thing too. I usually think about the best version (to me) of the thing I like and try to go for that.

Then love the odd outnet bargain.

Haven't ebayed anything, I should really.

KOTK Tue 09-Oct-12 19:22:11

Wow, I'm absolutely amazed. In the last 3 years I've spent less than £200 on clothes - and I got married in the last 3 yrs so that includes my wedding outfit!, so I guess I'm averaging about £5.55 per month. I'm poor. blush

Viviennemary Tue 09-Oct-12 19:27:39

Not much. I tend to get a few new things in winter and summer and that's about it. I always think I must get some new clothes and then usually can't find anything I like or else buy something I don't wear.

Woozley Tue 09-Oct-12 19:29:34

I'm amazed too at people saying they spend hundreds a month. I have never spent anything like that even when I was earning £65,000 a year. I probably spent £500 a year on clothes and shoes then. I probably spend that now on me and the DDs.

Curtsey Tue 09-Oct-12 19:42:59

Probably average about 120 euro a month, despite best efforts to refrain. Always spend quite a lot in August/September/October getting set up for cold weather. Never buy summer clothes anymore- the bits I have serve me well year after year because they never get used!

Definitely don't have a budget and always feel guilty spending on clothes. I suspect I'd spend less if I did set a small monthly budget.

Milliways Tue 09-Oct-12 19:45:45

I too go months without buying anything, and replace work clothes / essential Jeans etc as and when needed. If I spend over £30 on any item I feel naughty.


I am saving up and planning on a HUGE splurge as I am to be Mother-of-the Bride very soon smile

Pascha Tue 09-Oct-12 19:51:50

Maybe £100 twice a year? So that's about £16-£17 a month I suppose.

JollyJack Tue 09-Oct-12 19:54:36

I spend about £100 before my summer holiday. And about £150 through the rest of the year. So £250 a year.

LittlePandaBear Tue 09-Oct-12 19:55:20

I spend around £100 a month, but that's meant to be for beauty items as well. I used to spend much more but I work part time since having DD and really don't have the spare cash to buy more these days - there are too many other things to spend my money on!

I was meant to be buying some new boots this month but I managed to spend £75 in Boots on posh make up, so either I stick them on the credit card or wait or avoid the shops/internet for the next month, argh!

There are just too many things that I want to buy and I increasingly hate everything in my wardrobe.

S&B just makes me want to buy more! grin

GuernseyFamily Tue 09-Oct-12 19:58:12

I haven't bought any of us (inc DS, DD & DH) any clothing in over a year. I put requests for secondhand clothing on a local ecycle page on fb which works quite well as I give away DS & DD clothes when they're too small.

DH is a SE Tradesman, his good clothes are later used for work. I wear a uniform at my office job. We ask for vouchers at Xmas / birthdays.

IF we do buy clothing, we buy the DC's a size bigger so it lasts longer, lol. We currently have debts to pay etc so have minimized our spending on everything!! :-(

I probably spend about £300 PCM but I know that I should cut down. It's a pointless use of money as I wear the same few outfits anyway.

azazello Tue 09-Oct-12 20:03:03

I spend about £250 per month but including make-up, moisturisers etc. I spend more now than I did when I earned £££. Then I would go to Jigsaw once per year and next for black trousers.

After DS was born, I lost a lot of weight and so needed to replace my boring frumpy wardrobe with things which fitted me and I started being much more interested in fashion generally. I'd like to get some more dresses but am otherwise not far off having enough.

noviceoftheday Tue 09-Oct-12 20:17:17

I don't have a budget but buy a lot at certain times of the year so eg spent nothing in July and August but prob spent about £800 last month on autumn things. Shoes and bags are my current thing though grin. This year I am averaging £600 per month on those.

Frawli Tue 09-Oct-12 20:22:21

About £50 a month, and that is the whole family, i.e. two adults, two children. This doesn't include school uniform as I budget separately for that.

Any extra clothes purchases have to come out of overtime or birthday money. I am drooling looking at some of these clothes budgets, my wardrobe would certainly benefit from a cash injection like that! I need to increase the amount as basically I didn't buy very many clothes for myself for about two years and now I've started to buy a bit more normally the budget isn't enough, but I can't spend a lot more as I don't have it.

MaryZed Tue 09-Oct-12 20:23:58

As little as possible.

I have three teenagers, which has completely screwed up my clothes and food budget.

I suspect I buy two pairs of jeans, one item of footwear, a couple of tops and a pack of pants a year. That's about it. Possibly one "outfit" for somewhere nice.

It's just as well I am a frump don't like clothes much grin.

NettoSpookerstar Tue 09-Oct-12 20:28:04

I don't have one.
I buy things when I see them if I have the money at the time.

I can't imagine spending £00 a month, not that I think it's wrong, I don't but where do you put the stuff, and how long do you wear it for, and how often do you clear out?

teacherwith2kids Tue 09-Oct-12 20:28:31

Probably about £100 - £150 per year.

Some years I spend nothing (except for the traditional 5 new pairs of socks and 5 new pairs of pants in Christmas stocking).

Some years - like when I first got into teaching and needed the right clothes - I spend a little more.

Tends to be 1 or 2 new things (from decent shops, to last) + few T-shirts each year.

NewNames Tue 09-Oct-12 20:29:01

Crikey. I have a really good wage and no kids and would never spend hundreds a month (although I might if I could afford it).

Seems super frivolous to spend money on clothes to me at the moment. I'm envy

NettoSpookerstar Tue 09-Oct-12 20:31:09

For those of you who spend a lot, upwards of £100 a month, do you buy one or two expensive things?
I could easily spend that if I had it. wishes she had itgrin

I'm not judging, honest, I'm just nosey.

Hopefully Tue 09-Oct-12 20:31:26

Netto I only have about 30 items of clothing in total, so finding somewhere to put it isn't a problem!

I expect to wear work trousers/skirts/shoes for a good 3-5 years (more for some items), work tops for a couple of years. Casual clothes a bit less as I spend a lot of time grubbing around with DCs. Maybe a year for tops and 2 for bottoms?

I only buy good quality clothes for everyone in the family - polyester has no place in our home smile

Yes netto, not that many clothes but they are more expensive. Same as bags/shoes.
I keep them for years ( poor attempt at justification blush)

myalias Tue 09-Oct-12 20:35:39

I don't have a budget just buy as and when I need anything.

Hopefully Tue 09-Oct-12 20:37:37

Actually, longer than I originally said - have just ensued work clothes I am bored of/aren't my style, and most of them are 6-8 years old.

Hopefully Tue 09-Oct-12 20:37:48


scarlettsmummy2 Tue 09-Oct-12 20:40:58

Including stuff for my daughters, probably 250 to 500. Far far too much.

Decameron Tue 09-Oct-12 20:47:41

I spend £200-300 per month on a couple of items, more during sales. Same as Amber.

Big wave to MrsCB - did you keep the Me&Em jacket? I ordered it too but didn't love it so back it went.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 09-Oct-12 20:48:42

I buy lots of kids stuff, mostly marks and Spencer's, generally in the sale. This month I have bought myself two dresses, one £69, one £45, a cardigan coat £45, suede high heals, £55, Freya underwear , £35. I also am on the look out for a new winter work coat, but that will have to wait until next month as I refuse to buy clothes on credit.

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Tue 09-Oct-12 20:49:42

I buy as and when.
I spent £600 on 3 pairs of boots last month, but that is it for shoes now till next May.
I probably spend £250 a month on clothes.

FairPhyllis Tue 09-Oct-12 20:50:42

There was a thread on this in early July, when I totted up everything I'd bought since January, and it did scare me a bit - it was $1065, which is about 660 pounds. Since then I've spent $380, which is about 240 pounds. So averaging about 100 pounds a month, but not specifically budgeted for, and I tend to buy in splurges rather than regularly. And that doesn't include haircuts and colour and makeup, skincare stuff etc. But I try not to buy things at full price and I have put on weight so needed things in new sizes.

I need to buy some new T shirts and tops, as I've started noticing holes in lots of things recently, and maybe a new pair of shoes and a party dress. But that will probably be all until the end of this year.

DorsetKnob Tue 09-Oct-12 20:51:36

less than £300 per year. Twice a year I will take DD to get clothes as she has got to the age where she likes to choose. She will only wear boys stuff so I make sure they are good quality so they can be passed on to DS, maybe £200 twice a year?

NettoSpookerstar Tue 09-Oct-12 20:53:29

No, no, nobody has to justify, I'm genuinely interested.

I started keeping a list in january of what I buy for me and the children.

So far since January I've spent £1400 on me alone!

I don't actually know where it goes. I tend to shop a fair bit In the spring and again in the autumn and then a few times throughout the year for Xmas party stuff, wedding outfits etc. I don't buy expensive things but not primark stuff either. most of my stuff costs anywhere from 20 to 40 for casual stuff depending on what it is. My problem is our work is casual/smart which means I seem to buy a lot of stuff to wear to work as I get fed up of seeing the same outfits so much. This winter I also would like three pairs of new boots and a winter coat which has busted any budget I have. In my defence I don't spend much on my hair or beauty stuff and very rarely go out so don't buy much going out stuff, it's just daytime stuff and basics.

I also spend a lot on the kids hence why I've started the list in a bid to see where I actually spend the money and cut down.

TunipTheVegemal Tue 09-Oct-12 21:00:38

I don't have a budget. I literally haven't bought any this year. Not because I can't afford to, I just seem to have plenty of clothes already and haven't needed anything.
Also everything is so expensive I always think 'well yes that's nice but I'd rather spend the money on quilting fabric/books/chicken wire/expensive balsamic vinegar' or whatever other luxury I am into at the time.
I went to stay with my parents in the summer and came back with a load of clothes from my teenage years which still fit and look nice (luckily I was a very square teenager). I'm a bit scared I'm going to turn into one of those crazy women who sallies forth to parties in 40 year old fashions. blush

almapudden Tue 09-Oct-12 21:01:39

It really varies. This month I have bought a trench coat from Banana Republic (should have been £120 but the shop had a promotion on so only cost £100), some smart black wedges from Dune (£70), a printed dress from Oliver Bonas (£60), three vest tops and a pair of jeans from New Look (£28) and a jumper from Aubin & Wills (£70 but I had a Selfridges voucher so only £45).

Which makes just over £300, but I won't buy anything else until Christmad, probably.

timetosmile Tue 09-Oct-12 21:04:20

Are we counting children too? Or just what we buy for ourselves.
I am shock at some of the figures on here, but each to their own!
This autumn/winter I have bought 2 new pairs of jeans (not bought any for the last 2 years) a knitted tunic dress, and 2 pairs of leggings - all asda or sainsbo's.
I need a new pair of boots and PJs but that's it and DM is getting me the boots for Christmas
I do tend to pick up jumpers and tops in charityshops though, but that's negligable.
So I guess....£80-100 from Sept to the end of the year....and tbh I'm happy with that...I bought a lovely winter coat for £150 last year, so I'll spend it if I want/need something.

JollyJack Tue 09-Oct-12 21:05:59

I was on a discussion earlier about how we spend sooo much on food shopping every month. Possibly the fact we only spend £50 pcm total on clothes/make up/haircuts for two adults and a toddler allows me to spend fecking heaps a little more on food and other groceries.

issimma Tue 09-Oct-12 21:06:12

I tried to buy things this month, but returned pretty much everything shock. So, still not many clothes to wear, but I refuse to spend my minimal clothes budget on things that aren't great.

M&S maternity burgundy jeggings - really shiny, like 'going out' trousers from 1999.
M&S navy and taupe bird jumper. The birds looked more like birdshit, and the taupe exaggerated this.
Clarks boots that looked cowboyish and foxy online; proper mumboots in RL.
2 x boden tunics (one mat, one normal) - really thin fabric, possibly ok for august, not for autumn.
2 x boden maternity leggings - fall down constantly. Shame as the normal ones are fab.
New Look cardigan - hole in it after one wash.
JoJoMamanBebe tunic - hole in it after one wash. honestly it's not my washing machine

DorsetKnob Tue 09-Oct-12 21:09:05

Out of curiosity those that have larger budgets, for me that is anything over £50 per month, do you spend more on better quality items or do you have huge wardrobes stuffed full of clothes?

Notcontent Tue 09-Oct-12 21:09:22

I don't have a budget but it probably works out at about £250 a month or so.
But that sum doesn't buy me much! I buy a few things from charity shops, and a few basics like t-shirts from places like uniqlo - the rest goes on just a few more expensive things that I really love.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 09-Oct-12 21:09:33

Hello Decameron - no i didn't like the jacket so back it went.

I think I actually have shopping fatigue shock Or rather bored of polyester everywhere even in Whistles for £150 - I don't think so girlfriend wink

HoopDePoop Tue 09-Oct-12 21:20:20

Used to be £300 pm when I worked... now a SAHM it's £75 and I'm a lot better at shopping now that I have to be more careful.

I Ebayed and charitied absolutely loads of clothes so I only have things I like in my wardrobe, which makes it easier to see where the gaps are iyswim. So this month it's boots.

I do regret not buying more investment-y pieces when I had the budget for it, I was a shopaholic and still am, but then I'd splurge in River Island or Topshop or whatever, often an impulse handbag or whatever, and now it all seems like such a waste. There's a Cos coat I am utterly coveting this year but it's £150. I wouldn't have had to think twice before - why the hell wasn't I shopping like the posters on here who bought less but better?! Sigh, back to Asda coats this year...

coffeecake Tue 09-Oct-12 21:24:12

Spent £500 last month on the whole family and thought that was a lot. But actually that's not much for September.

Dorset knob(love the name) when I look at my wardrobe it doesn't seem that I Have that much choice, I'm always thinking 'oh that bloody thing again' I must be a funny shape and can't get on with asda or new look jeans and as I don't have much time for shopping I now just stick to the shops I know I like stuff so oasis, next, warehouse. I never buy designer clothes as I would rather have more choice than quality. That said I do have things I've worn for the last ten yrs. I normally have a winter and summer wardrobe which means at least twice a year I get to wear stuff I'm not sick of. Over the past two months I've bought;
Next khaki Capri £20
Converses £45
Rain Mac £18
Xmas party dress £80
Plain long sleeve t shirt oasis £18
Red shell top oasis £30
Navy cardi next £20
Boyfriend jeans next £30
Boots clarks £88
Oasis jeans £40(in my defence I haven't bought new jeans for two yrs)

I would like a new coat and a pair of ankle boots but probably no new clothes until after xmas(unless I buy a few long sleeve t shirts when it gets colder) I have a clear out of my wardrobe every 6 months as I find there are things I buy because I have to ie new t shirt for holiday but then after the summer realise I never liked them so get rid of them. I have two double wardrobes(no draws so everything is hung up)

NewChoos Tue 09-Oct-12 21:30:43

I splurge every few months probably circa £500. I would imagine it's around £2000 over the year, I think I contributed to the thread a couple of months ago but I can't remember what my total was now...

BreakingGlass Tue 09-Oct-12 21:32:45

I said £80 before. I asked DP....and she worked out that I spend about £160 a month. blush she's so much worse, though

DorsetKnob Tue 09-Oct-12 21:32:56

I have seen a lovely pair of boots that i would like but they are going to have to wait until next month as I have bought a dress for a wedding this month (if it ever turns up) My shopping opportunities are very limited unless prepared to drive so I guess that helps a lot.

Lancelottie Tue 09-Oct-12 21:34:33

Can't think of anything I've bought this month apart from socks.
-- except a wetsuit. Does that count?

Dorset in all honesty I have quite a large wardrobe full of expensive clothes blush

However, I do love clothes and we're not in debt for it so what the hell. You can't take it with you!

justasecond Tue 09-Oct-12 21:46:04

I'm too scared to work out my per month spend. I love clothes and shopping really is a hobby of mine. I always spend more this time of year as the clothes are so much better for me in A/W. I am muslim and prefer to dress modestly so summer fashions are generally not for me. I like Zara, Cos, Massimo Dutti and occaisonally Whistles. I spend zero on beauty treatments, hairdressers etc so have a bit more disposable cash. I agree with Amber, you can't take it with you!

alemci Tue 09-Oct-12 21:50:47

mine varies from month to month but i have spent about £100 this month. will probably wait for the sales now as i don't really need anything.

bought some knitwear and a top.

I spent about £100 in sept/October but that was all birthday money. Hardly anything in the summer and probably nothing now until I get some Christmas money. The £100 was spent in Primark over 3 occasions. I got shit loads grin

ceeveebee Tue 09-Oct-12 22:22:39

It varies. I rarely buy anything at full price but splurge in the sales. I spent nothing in August, but spent about £500 in September (I was returning to work and bought three new dresses, two pairs of shoes and a couple of tops - mainly House of Fraser and Banana Republic). I also spent about £50 on a couple of new bras and several pairs of tights as I always feel better dressed if in new undies and new tights! Also spent £35 on spanx. .

awaywego1 Tue 09-Oct-12 22:25:54

Between 50 and 100 but I buy most of my clothes from charity shops or eBay so have a ridiculous amount of crap am going to try to just buy one decent thing a month.

harrassedswlondonmum Tue 09-Oct-12 22:36:33

Less than £180 a month on average for a family of 6, including school uniforms, kids shoes, but not including teenage daughter who buys her own clothes out of an allowance and babysitting earnings. I know this with confidence because I record everything we spend! We spend far more on food.

MissBoPeep Tue 09-Oct-12 22:37:09

Am I naive? If you spend £100s each month when on earth do you wear it- or are you buying designer stuff?

I don't buy regularly- I tend to buy a reasonable amount twice a year.

I don't buy a lot and as I work from home mainly only need a couple of what I'd call "office wear" outfits.

I do buy reasonable quality- White Company, Jigsaw now and then, Boden, etc. But I never have more than 4-5 dresses for summer or winter, half a dozen pairs of trousers which includes jeans and more formal wear, quite a few cardis, Ts and jumpers, and a few pairs of boots.

I might go out and spend £250 on a winter coat and £90 each for 3 dresses, add in a pair of boots for £150, but then that can do me for the whole season except for perhaps another jumper of cardi to replace things that are worn out.

I've still clothes sitting there that don't get worn- so what do you do if you buy loads?

ThickCut Tue 09-Oct-12 22:44:48

<gulp> money is very tight for us and has been for a long time. My budget is £100 A YEAR!

Dinglebert Tue 09-Oct-12 22:56:32

Hardly anything. I like nice coats and bags, but I don't really care what's underneath.

azazello Tue 09-Oct-12 23:05:21

Miss bopeep, I probably get very much the same as you, but I buy in in bits over a few months rather than 1 big shop. I also work 4 days in an office so need more smart clothes which are more expensive.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 09-Oct-12 23:11:51

Dorset I'm a mixture. Each year for the last 4, I have been either pregnant or BFing and I have gone up and down 3 dress sizes - so I have had a huge turnover of items and spent a phenomenal amount of money on bras as my boobs have changed size.
I am hardly wearing anything now that I wore two years ago, but I've just dug 2 lovely pairs of trousers out of a crate that I last wore when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with my first baby!

I have bought lots of cheap things over these 4 years, but I am cutting right back on that now and spending more per item. My spending this year has been skewed by the number of family weddings we've had, so my budget has gone on posh frocks, a smart coat (worn twice), a new pair of heels, different bras to go under said frocks. In a normal year I wouldn't need to buy half of that!

Shodan Tue 09-Oct-12 23:18:20

I don't know how much I spend on a monthly basis- I buy things as and when I need them. I'm trying to build up an idea of what suits me and from where and also to buy better quality items which will last.

In the last month I have bought a cardigan from Debenhams, 3 Genie bras, several tops from Uniqlo and one top from Tesco's- so about £100. I need boots and am trying to move away from always wearing jeansandatop so have asked DH if I can have a shopping trip for my birthday next month.

TellMeLater Wed 10-Oct-12 06:44:31

My budget is £200 per month. I've lost weight this year and I've had to replace most of my wardrobe and there wasn't much in it previously as we had a couple of lean years saving for a house deposit.
Getting slim (have gone from size14 to a 10) has meant that I can buy more from the lower end of high street for the first time ever, the cut was never floating enough before. I always buy good quality footwear, coats and handbags, rarely designer, mostly high end High street. My budget includes make up, sports gear etc. Currently in need of underwear, nightwear and dresses - I don't have one winter dress - just can't find anything warm and casual, that suits - I don't work, so most of my clothing is casual.

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Wed 10-Oct-12 07:34:05

dorsetknob I have fewer items, rather than an overflowing wardrobe.
I don't posess designer items and "going out" clothes such as dresses.

My main expenditure is shoes as I said earlier, as I have long narrow feet and buy from Crispins, which is not cheap but the shoes and boots are beautiful and last for years. I expect my boots to last for at least 5 years.

I shop wherever I can find clothes to fit my 6 feet frame!
Mint velvet, Esprit, Next for trousers...i do have some J Brand and Citizens for Humanity jeans, which were about £200 each, but are fab...am still wearing them 2 years on.

I pay about £60 for a bra, but £5 for Debenhams no vpl pants.

I declutter every 3-6 months, and usually ebay...have just made £300 doing that this month.

noviceoftheday Wed 10-Oct-12 09:18:38

dorsetknob, I tend to mostly buy quality classics for Autumn/Winter and low end of high street for Summer. Over the last 4 years I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding so my purchases have more tended to be clothes for that which haven't been exciting. Weekends have been Primark tops with say, Gap jeans (no point having an expensive top for baby to be sick all over!). I am finally out of that phase so while I didn't buy anything for last few months, last month, I bought a Jaegar belted coat for going out (£300), a John Lewis everyday coat (£180), Phase Eight lace dress (£100), Kaliko lace top (£60), M&S knitted dress (£40) and slim fit trousers (£100). I also got 2 Russell & Bromley ballet pumps (£200), LK Bennett t-bar shoes (err £200?) and Merrells boots (£145). I will prob spend a similar amount this month and then nothing for a while.

Chubfuddler Wed 10-Oct-12 09:23:46

I've stopped buying cheap clothes. They are false economy. I do but more expensive brands in the sales though (my idea of expensive is probably many mners idea of cheap though - boden, Great Plains, whistles, jigsaw, me & em etc).

issimma Wed 10-Oct-12 09:25:39

mrsduvall I am your height (nearly!). Can you pm me your ebay username so I can add you to my favourite sellers grin.

MissBoPeep Wed 10-Oct-12 09:34:03

MrsDuvall- we are similar.

I don't have a clothes " budget". Maybe I am lucky- I could spend £500 a month if I wanted to, but TBH when would I wear it all? I don't really get this budgeting idea, but maybe I am out of touch. My DCs are adults now so I only buy for me. I buy what I need rather than what I'd like so am quite frugal on the whole. I don't do statement brands, or designer , ebay everything I don't wear after a couple of years, or a mistake purchase, and never buy anything unless there's a gap in my wardrobe and I know that something I buy will really be worn a lot. I can go for months without buying anything.

I'm amazed too people spend £100 or more a month. More like £50 a month for me too, OP.

TellMeLater Wed 10-Oct-12 10:30:43

MissBoPeep just because you have an allocated clothing budget doesn't mean you have to spend it! - we budget for all expenditures, so we spend our money in a balanced way - ie not spending all our money on clothes and having no money left to pay the bills, go out, have holidays etc. It's perfectly sensible. smile

I budget because I am a magpie, and if I didn't I would just buy everything I fancied! At least setting a limit (irrespective of how much that limit is, ahem, stretched) keeps me relatively in check.

TheBirdsTheBirds Wed 10-Oct-12 11:14:16

This thread has inspired me to write down everything I spend on clothes/hair/beauty. I don't have an allocated budget, just spend as and when I feel like it (depending on freelance income). I guessed upthread it would average out at around £100 a month, but I bet it's more. If so I'm going to aim to get it under £100. I don't spend in Primark, but don't do designer either, just higher end high street.

Hopefully Wed 10-Oct-12 11:16:54

I'm like Amber - need keeping in check! I also (very) occasionally buy quite expensive clothes, and having a budget means I average that out over the year rather than forgetting about it.

FairPhyllis Wed 10-Oct-12 11:22:41

dorsetknob I don't buy designer things. Usually I shop from nicer high street shops like Banana Republic or Great Plains or Warehouse. Or from Boden, but I never pay full price for anything from Boden. And if I do mail order I almost always try to get free shipping and returns. The scary thing is that even shopping from the high street adds up very quickly now.

I think I do get a lot of wear out of most things I buy - I went through my T shirts last night and found a fair few that were quite scraggy or had holes in. I was also very irritated to find that a moth has chomped its way through some nice jumpers angry. I will look to see if I can mend them though.

I do spend a lot on shoes because like MrsDuvall I have long narrow feet and have to buy from specialist shops - I can't buy shoes on the high street at all. I think I mentally don't count shoes because I have a policy of buying any I find that happen to fit me and are not actually hideous - when you have weird feet you never know where your next pair of shoes is coming from ...

Mind you every now and then if my DM visits she looks sadly at my wardrobe and says "you've got all this stuff!" so I probably do have too many clothes confused

FairPhyllis Wed 10-Oct-12 11:26:50

Oh yes and there is HUGE variation between seasons here so I do need serious winter kit and barely-there clothes in the summer, otherwise I would perish ...

Mspontipine Wed 10-Oct-12 11:30:35

I buy the odd nice scarf from Primark smile Apart from that .... I don't think I spend more than £100 in a year on clothes. Most jeans come from charity shops, I have lots of furry coats, also from c. shops.... hmm sometimes get lucky in the Next sale and feed in a few new tops etc

Ds has more, what with growing etc Maybe spend about £300 on him.

Brycie Wed 10-Oct-12 11:33:41

I'm with Duttons. Nothing, until I need pants or something wears out.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Wed 10-Oct-12 11:34:43

I'm frugal through necessity rather than nature. Heading into 3 teenagers territory, which is one thing, but I usually find that this time of year it's hard to justify spending on myself when Christmas approaches and one of the DCs has a birthday.

That said, I have a list of things I reckon I need this year, so will aim to get them somehow. Have spent the last couple of winters with minimal knitwear, due to changing weight, plus I need a coat and boots. Oh, and some new ballet shoes. So that's about £400+ depending on where I find them.

Last month I spent about £150 on 2 pairs of trousers and 2 tops from Oasis, and a scarf from Monsoon.

I don't consider them expensive shops, and I'd gladly go down the designer route, but since DH holds back on buying clothes for work I couldn't justify expensive clobber for my bit of volunteering.

shineonucrazydiamond Wed 10-Oct-12 14:01:02

Hard to say but maybe £250-300 a month. Too much probably.

October1st Wed 10-Oct-12 14:29:07

I buy things from charity shops all the time so it does add up as I seem to be always buying but when I look at the makes I am buyin the style I like I save £££s compared to what they are in the shops

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Wed 10-Oct-12 14:38:55

Why is it whenever I go into a charity shop the place is full of polyester blouses and bobbly viscose jumpers? I do have a friend who, whenever I compliment her on something she's wearing, invariably says it's from a charity shop.

Not sure whether I believe her - although I suppose it's possible she drops in every week or so which would make a successful trip more likely.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 10-Oct-12 14:49:13

Shiney - what is too much though? Can you afford it without starving your children? If the answer is yes then <shrug> spend away grin

BoPeep - I am the same as Amber, if I didn't give myself some kind of vague budget then I would go overboard.
For example today I went into town, DS2 was asleep in the buggy so I had a mooch round some shops, which I never do. I have seen 3 dresses in Monsoon which I am coveting big time, and at least one of them really needs ankle boots (which I don't have atm) so now I am contemplating a pair of those as well.
But I've spent most of my budget already, so that is why I came out empty handed.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 10-Oct-12 14:50:34

Shotgun that happens to me with charity shops too. My aunt has a huge amount of clothes, all purchased in either charity shops or Matalan, and she always looks really fab and pulled together - and about 45 rather than 63!
I never see anything I like in either of those places so I've rather given up.

Hopefully Wed 10-Oct-12 15:43:02

My sister buys a lot from charity shops, but she is child-free and pops in to a couple most weeks for a quick browse. I think it a very different thing racing around with two screaming DCs trying to sift through the acrylic shite. I tend to order pretty much all my clothes online TBH.

foofooyeah Wed 10-Oct-12 15:48:47

My budget at the moment is 0.

I love reading threads in this section and making up imaginary outfits.

I dont resent those who spend more, I damn well would if I could. In three years time I shall be much more solvent and shall have a mini splurge at the start of each season.

dinkystinky Wed 10-Oct-12 15:52:31

I have a splurge a couple of times a year and spend between £300-£400 to buy stuff but my criteria is to only splurge on stuff I love (and often its tops/dresses/suits or shoes for work) - I can go for months at a time without buying anything/going in a shop to buy stuff and have a great wardrobe with a good mixture of clothes I love.

I would like to state for the record that I am a great fan of TK Maxx, Outnet, EBay and charity shops. I also go to sample sales and am at Selfridges first thing in the morning on boxing day without fail, so although I spend a lot, my wardrobe is worth significantly more.

Absy Wed 10-Oct-12 15:59:31

I have literally no idea, but I have recently spent more than I typically would as the moths ate my jumpers, and the idea of going through winter with 1 unholey jumper was a bit depressing. So I bought 3 jumpers (which will, unless the moths come back with a vengeance, last a few years). Then I cleared out my wardrobe and got rid of a buttload of stuff, bt have no money to replace it for about 6/7 weeks.

Probably about £200 a month. More if the kids need anything. They usually do.

Absy Wed 10-Oct-12 16:03:25

If I bought everything I posted on here, or fantasised about in my many hours faffing around on the internet, I would spend A TON more.

Chubfuddler Wed 10-Oct-12 16:40:06

I do find good stuff in charity shops quite often (not necessarily high end stuff although I do occasionally) but I go a quick shifty round the charity shops on the town where I work about twice a week.

Tertius Wed 10-Oct-12 20:11:08

Don't know as go for long periods without buying anything then suddenly need to replace essentials and do buy... Then weddings etc add necessary wasting.

Believe the cost per wear thing worth keeping in mind but it's hard to do....

Doshusallie Wed 10-Oct-12 20:24:09

Am feeling guilty tonight because I spent £140 online from new look last week another £50 online from Next just now!!! Shoes and troos and jumpers. I buy clothes every month it is my real weakness, I am a hoarder. My wardrobe is overflowing. My sister told me to work out what I have spent on clothes in the last 12 months and I daren't it will be a ridiculous amount that could be spent on something much less indulgent. sad. I do love all my new things though....

Doshusallie Wed 10-Oct-12 20:25:15

Am feeling guilty tonight because I spent £140 online from new look last week another £50 online from Next just now!!! Shoes and troos and jumpers. I buy clothes every month it is my real weakness, I am a hoarder. My wardrobe is overflowing. My sister told me to work out what I have spent on clothes in the last 12 months and I daren't it will be a ridiculous amount that could be spent on something much less indulgent. sad. I do love all my new things though....

Doshusallie Wed 10-Oct-12 20:25:40

Look that's how guilty I am feeling I had to tell you twice.

Meggles76 Wed 10-Oct-12 20:31:00

More than I should. I make all the justifications that I work hard, deserve a treat, don't have credit cards etc... probably around £300 per month.
Next year we need to spend some money on the house. We are also spending money on tuition fees for DC so will need to reduce spending to about £100 per month max.
I need to stick to the rule of only if I love it. Hence, I am on my way to the post office tomorrow to return a load of stuff to Johnnie Boden!!

Beaverfeaver Wed 10-Oct-12 22:57:59

I have spent just under £500 this month, but it is my birthday and I always like to stock up on winter boots, jeans, dresses, jumpers and underwear at this time of year as I love the seasons clothes,
Don't tend to spend much the rest of the year, but might treat myself to a nice pair if Kurt Geigers every so often.

I tend to want specific clothes and put them on Christmas/birthday list and that keeps me going,

I live in small cottage with lack if storage so I tend to have to clear out the old before I buy new, so it's a good deterrent to not splurge too often

Bumblequeen Wed 10-Oct-12 23:18:04

I spend roughly £20-30 per month as we have high outgoings. It is a pain as this usually means I can only buy a cheap pair of trousers/top in New Look/Dorothy Perkins.

Last month I had a budget of £100 as dh received some unexpected money. I bought three pairs of boots in New Look for £70! I tend to only look in the sale section.

Some of you are very blessed to have budgets of £200-300. However I know if spending in high end shops you will only walk away with 3/4 items of clothing.

I am just glad that shops such as New Look/H & M/Primark exist as where on earth would I be able to shop and still look reasonably fashionable?

I struggle to find anything I like in primark or h and m. They look lovely on everyone else but like shite on me and I think i Lack imagination to put an outfit together. That's why I like oasis, it's all there together and I can buy the outfit already matching iykwim.
I don't tend to buy much december to march as I hate the sales and the weathers too depressing for shopping. I'm also quite tight so won't pay boden prices for clothes. I honestly feel that £100 a month doesn't actually buy you much these days. I would struggle with £100 a year budget.

I guess as long as you don't get into debt for it and all the bills are paid etc its all relative. I like clothes and shopping and there's always something I need. Even now whilst thinking i should cut down and save the money I'm debating a new winter/waterproof coat at £150 !

Bumblequeen Thu 11-Oct-12 00:21:10

I recycle my clothes from previous years. My weight does not really fluctuate and I stick to stylish classics rather than the latest fads. If I had a lot more money to splurge I would choose more fashionable 'right now' clothes but I have to think smart for the long term (boring!)

I feel my look is not at all exciting, I do not stand out in a crowd. I jazz outfits up with accessories (love big earrings) and thin scarfs.

I would love to change my look regularly i.e. brogues, slouchy trousers, fitted jacket on one day and a tea dress, thick tights on another day. You need to have an extensive wardrobe for that!

Hopefully Thu 11-Oct-12 06:31:21

True that £100 a month doesn't buy much any more. A pair of Clarks boots with a discount code cost me £80, and I bought four tops in H&M yesterday for £50-odd. Throw in the odd extra pair of trousers, some workwear and a complete wedding/party outfit at £150-200 once a year and you're easily up to that. Clothing is just expensive now.

I am also astonished at how hard it is to get cotton/wool etc on the high st now. I went out specifically to buy high cotton content tops yesterday as a blog experiment and in an effort to buy cheaper ones than my usual ridiculously expensive go-to brand, and H&M was literally the only place to offer cotton, decent length (in only a couple of styles) and something other than black or white. I remember buying an 80% wool coat from Topshop when I was at school. It was a big investment at £90 or something, but you can't even get 80% wool on the high street any more.

Hopefully Thu 11-Oct-12 06:32:22

Bumble I find expensive clothing a real incentive to stay the same weight! No way can I afford to replace the Hobbs/Brora/expensive suiting in my wardrobe!

Bumblequeen Thu 11-Oct-12 08:01:52

Hopefully - cannot afford to lose or put on weight, well no more than a few pounds!

I add to my existing wardrobe rather than try to create a new one.

I have friends who buy a complete new wardrobe for every season. They only wear up to the minute fashion

My winter wish list;
Riding boots
Ankle boots (non mumsy)
Stylish coat
Long cardigan x2
Skinny jeans x2
Plain tops to layer
Tea dress x2
Black lace dress for Christmas

That's it for now!

crosstraineraddict Thu 11-Oct-12 09:10:03

Bumble, Primark have got a gorgeous black lace dress in stock for £13! Definitely a bargain if you're wanting a lace dress

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 11-Oct-12 09:11:45

Ooh if we're doing wish lists, here's mine:
Ankle boots (ditto re. non-mumsy)
Dark red ballets
Couple of dresses, probably knitted
Fitted shortish cardi with long sleeves
Couple of non-slouchy lightweight jumpers
Fitted feminine coat in decent fabric (non-boxy/manly/long).

Realistically, will probably manage the ballets, plus one dress and maybe a couple of bits of knitwear.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 11-Oct-12 09:36:00

Hopefully - I have found that FatFace have got a high cotton content in a lot of their clothes this season - whether they are your style I don't know. I have got a really lovely mulberry coloured jumper dress that is mostly wool and cotton with a bit of stretch and the styling is quite nice - zip up the back and a tulip shape to the bottom of the dress.
John Rocha have some organic cotton long sleeved tops but they were vile with horrid frilly bits around the neckline.
Seasalt online have 100% cotton clothes.

Shotgun - look in Monsoon for dresses. They have got lots of knitted ones, many at under £60 which is pretty good IMO. Minimal polyester involved as well.

shineonucrazydiamond Thu 11-Oct-12 10:12:04

Ali - oh I don't worry about starving the children! As long as I have nice clothes then I'm happy and that's the main thing, right? grin

I recently lost some weight and have reached the holy grail of size 8-10. I am amazed to find myself liking some of the stuff in Primark. I have always been vocal about how much I hate it but I decided to have a look in there the other day and ended up spending a fair bit. They have some great slouch tops and i bought two lovely jackets. Also really liked some other tops and a couple of the dresses.

I mainly buy from New Look, TopShop and Fat Face though

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