How much do you spend a month on clothes?

(76 Posts)
snottagecheese Wed 05-Jun-13 21:30:39

I know it's a bit of a pointless question in a way, as it depends on people's incomes/budgets, which vary enormously. But having just splurged a bit and felt guilty (especially as I'm on maternity leave and only on statutory maternity pay), it made me wonder what's a 'reasonable' amount/proportion of your income to spend...

carlywurly Wed 05-Jun-13 21:45:15

Normally £200 ish but just had a £500 splurge on work stuff - got 3 tops, a pair of trousers, a sweater and 2 hobbs blazers amongst other bits smile
Some months I buy a couple of t shirts, others I buy a watch or bag which blows the budget. I never go into overdraft to do this though, and put money into savings before spending on clothes.
I do also sell on eBay to replenish my wardrobe.

ihatethecold Wed 05-Jun-13 21:48:13

Very little. Probably about £20

I just can be arsed with shopping for clothes anymore.

Used to enjoy it, now it's a chore.

The shops are full of shiteconfused

MirandaWest Wed 05-Jun-13 21:52:08

Have been spending a bit recently - couple of pairs of shoes and a coat which bumped the spend up a bit. Probably overall in a year is about £300 to £400 - really need to keep better tracks on it.

MonstersDontCry Wed 05-Jun-13 21:54:04

£0. Literally. I can't remember the last time I brought any clothes for myself. sad

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 05-Jun-13 21:54:36

It depends.
I don't have a specific budget or think "oh can't buy that this month".
I am not stock size, so sometimes I could buy 4 pairs of shoes in a week (at about £100each due to odd size) and then buy no more for a year. But those shoes will last me for years.

If I find something which fits, I buy it. I have to do lots of online shopping as shops do not stock my shoe size or leg length.

Twice a year I replace underwear (pants and socks) and new bras once a year.

DizzyPurple Wed 05-Jun-13 21:55:56

Not much! Occasionally have a splurge which to me would mean £50-100 perhaps but probably only a couple of times a year. I'm rather partial to charity shops although don't buy that much there for me. I get loads for dd though.

OnTheNingNangNong Wed 05-Jun-13 21:56:16

£22 is what I spent last month, on jeans, jumper, vest top and flip flops.

I really felt guilty having spent that much sad

I buy cheap clothes - mainly from H&M. But I do like expensive jeans and handbags. I usually buy one nice bag a year and a £200+ pair of jeans every couple of years.

Nagoo Wed 05-Jun-13 22:02:45

I used to spend £50 a month, now its way less than that. I wait until I NEED something and I will buy something that might cost a kit more than I used to spend in new look or whatever shop, but I will wear it a lot more and I spend less overall smile

suebfg Wed 05-Jun-13 22:03:24

Very little - probably equates to about £30 a month?

Nagoo Wed 05-Jun-13 22:04:06

new pants every 6 months envy , mine are about 8 years old blush

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 05-Jun-13 22:07:13

Acid fanjo nagoo blush

justasecond Wed 05-Jun-13 22:08:37

I spend more in A/W and hardly anything during summer, mainly because summer clothes are mostly synthetic crap with no sleeves and too wide necklines.

noisytoys Wed 05-Jun-13 22:08:55

About £200 twice a year plus a new coat this year for about £2-300 which will last a good few years

fedupofnamechanging Wed 05-Jun-13 22:14:40

Last month I spent £150 (bought jeans, t shirts, flip flops), plus about £30 on make up.

Have been chucking out all my old/worn/scruffy stuff and replacing with new over the past few months. Been buying a decent winter coat etc., so although it was expensive it will last years.

I will probably not buy anything for a few months now, as I have enough to last for a while.

randgirl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:15:44

I definitely don't buy something every month. I buy what I need, so usually just before summer or winter if there is something I need/like. Same with the dc, they only have what they need.

janmoomoo Thu 06-Jun-13 16:48:36

I am bad as my job involves me travelling all round London so I often have half an hour to kill in between appointments or at the train station. I will pop in some sort of clothes shop at least twice a week. I probably spend £100-£150 plus a month. Sometimes I feel guilty about how much I spend, but I do slog my guts out for work so deserve it need to look smart for my job (thats my excuse anyway).

HesterShaw Thu 06-Jun-13 16:50:04


Pressthatin Thu 06-Jun-13 16:52:27

I spend about £300 per year, so abut £25 per month but about half of that comes from the £150 of vouchers I get off my MIL for my birthday. So I actually spend about £12 a month. But I tend to spend this in two or three massive splurges rather than regular monthly or weekly shopping trips.

aroomofherown Thu 06-Jun-13 16:58:21

I spent £70 today, but I seriously have nothing as I have just moved and need to get some stuff out of storage. Also chub rub has ruined my only jeans that fit me hmm

I probably spend around £50 a month on average.

I'm not sure you're going to get anyone on the thread to say they spend it's probably going to be a skewed survey smile and therefore not much comfort if you've spent lots.

What you spend is only an issue if you're getting into debt you can't repay or spending on clothes instead of paying for bills and food anyway?

I think if you asked the question in title OP (as you sort of do in post), on average, what proportion of your income do you spend on clothes? You'd get a clearer and more interesting picture...for me I would guess about 5% of household income (after tax) on clothes for myself.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 06-Jun-13 17:27:22

Around £100 per month

HappyGirlNow Thu 06-Jun-13 17:27:50

Oh god, I spend loads more than most according to this.. Probably between £300 and £500 some most months blush

cocolepew Thu 06-Jun-13 17:33:24

About £40 mainly from Asda grin

AwkwardSquad Thu 06-Jun-13 17:35:28

Rather a lot this month, as I've dropped two sizes and have very few clothes that fit. About £300-£400 but that does include shoes and a jacket. And I still don't seem to have any clothes!

EuroShaggleton Thu 06-Jun-13 17:38:50

It's erratic - often nothing all month, but occasionally i will spend £300 in a lunch hour sweep!

mrspaddy Thu 06-Jun-13 17:40:55

Probably only about 50 - maybe little more.
A lot of work clothes are reasonable - cheap and cheerful H&M etc. I teach so a top can get ruined fairly quickly. I buy my work trousers from Tesco and they are smart and last well.
I also have some really nice clothes - dresses from Hobbs, good coats in lot of colours..nice selection of little black dress, lots of shoes. I don't spend much on high fashion. I tend to buy classic clothes and wear them until I am fed up of them.
I like Julien McDonald for dresses and cost per wear is probably a pound.. or a few pence as I wear them everywhere grin

Sh1ney Thu 06-Jun-13 17:53:18

Depends. £250 ish

lizzypuffs Thu 06-Jun-13 17:56:35

It depends on what I need. Sometimes nothing other times £100. Never more than £150 though.

Mumelie Thu 06-Jun-13 18:12:42

Er too much usually!
Depends on time of year - at the beginning of Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter I might spend £500 + but then only £50 a month til the sales.
I also sell on eBay to make a bit towards my splurges and never go into debt for it.

Beaverfeaver Thu 06-Jun-13 20:49:46

I only buy when needed.

This month I bought a bag and will buy jeans.

After that I can't see me needing anything at all unless some shoes wear out

sparkle12mar08 Thu 06-Jun-13 21:39:54

£0 if we're talking habit spending.

I buy only what I need, when I need it, on a one-for-one replacement basis, i.e. jeans only if the pair I currently have develops holes, winter coat only when the last one falls apart (two in ten years so far), shoes only when they fall apart - I have only two pairs of court shoes (black & nude), one pair of leather winter boots, one pair of walking trainers, one pair of wellies, and two pairs of sandals. I replace knickers only when they actually have holes or are threadbare - three packs of M&S 5 for £10 high legs in 10 years. I simply can't afford to buy something just because I like it.

Over the course of a year I probably spend £200 in these sort of scenarios.

dexter73 Thu 06-Jun-13 21:42:59

£500 to £600 a month on average, not including shoes and handbags.

snottagecheese Thu 06-Jun-13 22:08:50

Sleepwhenidie - you're obviously right as most posters have said they don't spend much, but it didn't occur to me that there wouldn't be a broad range, since MN is anonymous so why would people worry about saying they spend a lot? Also, I sort of assumed that people who read/post on the S&B threads might be quite keen shoppers. I'm finding this thread particularly interesting as all my assumptions appear to be wrong grin

I think maybe there are people who would, rightly or wrongly, judge what people spend lots of money on, so, anonymous or not, most people would rather avoid such

dexter73 Fri 07-Jun-13 07:45:41

I don't actually spend that much on clothes each month! People aren't going to post on here if they spend a lot on clothes as they would get a lot of grief about it. Any thread where someone has a healthy amount to spend on clothes or especially handbags, always gets posters who criticise and say why don't they get stuff from Primark and buy a goat/bench etc. with the rest of the money.

Crumbledwalnuts Fri 07-Jun-13 07:47:48

Nothing unless I need pants or bra or something wears out. I have far too many clothes. Have to do that one out one in thing. But clothes shopping isn't interesting. (BandQ anytime instead!)

Crumbledwalnuts Fri 07-Jun-13 07:49:07

Dexter: I wouldn't give anyone grief for spending on shopping. They're keeping the wheels of the economy turning, not like me.

KeatsiePie Fri 07-Jun-13 07:57:05

We budget $30 a month for clothes, which I think would be £15 in the UK right? (American.) That's for DH and me both, so we sort of take it in turns depending on who needs something. But that doesn't cover shoes or winter coats, just regular clothes. It's not very much but it works for us as I am just finishing grad school and he works in a warehouse. When we had a professional-dress type jobs we spent more.

dexter73 Fri 07-Jun-13 07:59:08

I wouldn't either but there have been several rather heated threads on here before where people have been. It's seems strange to me that people can get so worked up about what others spend their money on!

KeatsiePie Fri 07-Jun-13 08:05:13

OP you shouldn't feel badly about splurging a little. If you don't normally spend much I think that every so often you will have to lay out a larger amount.

Morgause Fri 07-Jun-13 08:08:29

It probably averages out at £300 - £400.

I have a big splurge at the beginning of Autumn and Spring then bits in between.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Fri 07-Jun-13 08:16:10

At the moment, very little as I am constantly skint. It does have advantages though as I look more closely at things and decide if I really like them rather than just buying stuff for the sake of it.
I am looking for a new job just now and when I get one I am going to get a whole new work wardrobe - personal shopper, the lot. Can't wait!

ginmakesitallok Fri 07-Jun-13 08:17:16

I've spent loads this month, getting stuff for holidays, but tend to spend more on the kids clothes.

invicta Fri 07-Jun-13 08:18:41

I don"t have a regular spend. I buy wheni need them. Ie. old clothes worn out, or in the sales, or for a special event (or because I've put on weight!),

bella65 Fri 07-Jun-13 08:20:02

No idea because I don't clothes shop monthly- does anyone?

In the autumn I have spent £250 on a coat and £150 on boots , plus a few nice jumpers and trousers etc, then in summer I might buy nothing except a couple of T shirts, new pair of chinos and one cheapish dress.

I suppose I am lucky that we have a lot of savings and I work, so whatever I want I can buy- but even if I couldn't I'd buy what I needed, not what I wanted, within our budget.

Hopefully Fri 07-Jun-13 08:20:41

On average about £200 a month. Some months it's next to nothing, other months I'll spend £400 on big buys, but it averages out at that over the year. Last year it averaged at more like £250 a month as I started back at work for the first time in 5 years so had to buy work clothes from scratch.

Smudging Fri 07-Jun-13 08:22:37

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ghosteditor Fri 07-Jun-13 08:26:58

Before dc arrived I used to budget £50 a month which was enough for what I needed. But I used to spend most of my disposable income on sport (£100-£150 a month) so my time and money went on that.

Now dc here I have changed shape, thrown loads of stuff out, have no spare money, so am getting by with buying almost nothing. I'm still ok for work clothes but am terribly bored and restricted with my other clothes, but we don't have money for shopping, it's all being sunk into the mortgage. Plus, I hate shopping wink

sydlexic Fri 07-Jun-13 08:38:14

If I am over my ideal weight then nothing. If I am a size 8 then hundreds.

That is a bit sad really.

Bexicles Fri 07-Jun-13 09:23:38

Around £100 a month, never impulse buys though. It's usually one or two things I have had my eye on for a while.

freddiefrog Fri 07-Jun-13 11:07:18

All in, including clothes, make up, hair gubbins, etc, around £200 a month

bigkidsdidit Fri 07-Jun-13 11:12:56

Usually 100 a month ish. But am paying off my overdraft finally this year (have been living in it for 10 years blush ) so nothing. Surprised I don't miss it yet and it's been a whole since I bought anything. Not going to the shops at all or buying magazines means I don't really know what I'm missing!

lljkk Fri 07-Jun-13 11:20:50

Under £20/month. Plus about £7/month on shoes (that's an average, so really 1-2 nice new pairs a year).

I could afford a lot more. Am not interested, hate waste, trying to declutter.

birdsandbees123 Fri 07-Jun-13 11:30:51

About £300 pa.

santamarianovella Fri 07-Jun-13 11:45:34

dexter grin at "buy a goat/bench with the rest of the money" you are right,i read these sorts of comments on any thread that discusses buying designer bags/clothes.

i do two big shopping sprees a year and buy few things in between specially when on sale,but i would not say that i shop on a monthly basis.i do tend to spend much more on my autumn/winter clothes though.

bella65 Fri 07-Jun-13 12:28:18

I think a better thread but be ' do you buy what you don't need?'

I am pretty frugal with clothes even though I could afford them simply because my lifestyle does not necessitate anything other than smart casual at best- i work from home.

I spend more on maintenance- dentists, hair, make up and skin care- not £££s but a steady stream- and also on private health care insurance/ top ups they won't pay for.

Clothes come bottom of the list and I buy less but better quality which lasts a couple of seasons at least- good coats, boots, cashmere knitwear, bags ( not Mulberry darlings even though I could, think it's a rip off).

I just don't buy much- can't see the point if it's hardly worn.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 07-Jun-13 12:44:29

For the last year I have averaged about £350 a month. I have been losing weight though so things have needed replacing when otherwise they would't. That includes makeup and skincare.

Why would buying what you don't need be a better thread Bella confused? You could apply that argument to so many things people spend their money on - great food, a new sofa, exotic holidays...people derive enjoyment from different things. If all of us only bought what we really needed the economy would grind to a halt!

saythatagain Fri 07-Jun-13 12:55:26

Nowt...well, not nowt literally but it's been years since I went shopping properly iyswim. It's been that long that I've lost all interest in it, which I suppose is a good thing really.
I agree with pp's; I ain't exactly helping the economy but there's not much I can do about that. <keeps fingers crossed for that elusive lotto win>

Amazinggg Fri 07-Jun-13 13:01:45

When I worked, about £250 a month - now a SAHM and nearer £40 or so, maybe one item a week costing a tenner from a charity shop or Peacocks / New Look. Tbh I have shedloads of clothes though so am trying to go a full year without buying any at all. I have managed two weeks so far and am ridiculously proud of my progress smile am wearing a Wildfox tee today I have had for months and never worn...

JollyShortGiant Fri 07-Jun-13 13:02:07

About £20 a month including shoes. That is from our money. If I have birthday or Christmas money I might spend an additional £50 on a pair of shoes or a jacket.

£20 a month is about 0.6% of our income, after tax.

foxysocks Fri 07-Jun-13 18:38:00

anywhere between £0-£200 per month, depending on what I need, what I want and what other expenses I need to cover. I never get into debt, all essential bills are covered and we save monthly too.

kalidasa Tue 18-Jun-13 12:37:13

Interesting thread. The last 12 months I have spent £275 a month on average, but that included the latter half of pregnancy and also our (tiny) wedding. The 12 months prior to that it was only £110 a month on average. I expect to stay in the £200+ range for a while though as I am now back at work but with a bigger bust/slightly different shape.

twistingthenightaway Tue 18-Jun-13 13:58:16

I've been tracking my spending over the past year and it all works out at £54 a month, for spending on me and DS - so for me alone it's probably about £25 a month, including shoes but not including beauty/cosmetics. I love getting new things but I've started a strict 'one in, one out' policy for my wardrobe so I've been avoiding buying new stuff as I don't want to have to get rid of old things! The stuff I have bought are mostly for specific purposes (gym stuff, things to wear in a different climate, for a particular occasion) rather than impulse buys.

It is a tiny percentage of our joint income, less than 1%, so we could spend more. But we have a real savings habit as we're keen to overpay the mortgage at the moment.

NewChoos Tue 18-Jun-13 13:58:27

I spurge a few times a year. Probably averages to £150-200 monthly.

NewChoos Tue 18-Jun-13 13:58:45

splurge even!

freerangeeggs Tue 18-Jun-13 15:44:49

"If I am over my ideal weight then nothing. If I am a size 8 then hundreds."

This exactly!! At the moment I just lost weight and am down to an 8 so I have spent a FORTUNE on clothes. AND I DON'T CARE

Vibbe Tue 18-Jun-13 15:51:49

It depends - I have hardly bought anything this year so far, as I don't need anything other than what has worn out.

So some months I spend nothing at all, other months I'm happy to spend loads.

amigababy Tue 18-Jun-13 16:04:27

on average £120 a month but that's across me, dh and a teenage dd.

Corygal Tue 18-Jun-13 17:20:42

Barely anything for 4 months because the weather has been so awful - hooray.

I got a James Perse maxi and a Velvet maxi, both new and lovely, but both came from ebay for less than a packet of fags.

JazzDalek Tue 18-Jun-13 18:39:54

I buy in dribs and drabs, so I'm not sure. Probably averages out at £1000-£1200 over a year.

That looks awful written down. I'm an emotional spender sad

IsaacCox Tue 18-Jun-13 19:22:20

Some months £0-£100 others ££££.

MadBusLady Tue 18-Jun-13 19:48:40

About a quarter of my disposable income, after mortgage, bills etc but before food (which is probably half).

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