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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

AKissIsNotAContract Wed 05-Jun-13 21:56:20

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.

Sleepwhenidie Thu 06-Jun-13 17:18:29

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?

Sleepwhenidie Thu 06-Jun-13 17:23:14

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

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