Shopaholic Britons have £200 worth of clothes they never wear, survey reveals

Shopaholic Brits have £200 worth of clothes they never wear in wardrobes, survey reveals

  • Nearly two-thirds of people have at least one item of clothing they have never worn
  • Six in ten admit to neglecting certain objects because they got buried in a drawer
  • However, almost half of us want to buy items that we can wear over and over again.

The average shopper has 26 barely worn pieces of clothing worth £200 in their wardrobe, a survey has found.

In a world of fast fashion, many admit to buying items on a whim, with 65% saying they have at least one item they’ve never worn.

Up to six out of ten people admit to having neglected certain objects simply because they are buried at the bottom of a drawer.

The average shopper has 26 barely worn pieces of clothing worth £200 in their wardrobe, a survey has found (stock image)

However, almost half of us want to buy items that we can wear over and over again.

Ashley Burghardt, of stylist Stitch Fix UK, who commissioned the OnePoll survey, said: “People are looking for ways to make their wardrobe work harder, longer.”

‘Quick buying’ is a common problem, with 31% of 18-24 year olds buying trends on a whim, only to realize the purchase isn’t for them.

The study also revealed that the average adult believes that one-fifth of their clothes don’t fit.

Although much of the wardrobe is neglected, respondents will complain about wearing nothing on average once every five days.

The study also found that 32% admit to having arguments with roommates or their relatives over unworn clothes. While more than a third are looking to refresh their wardrobe in 2022.

And 37% agreed that owning fewer items – the ones they really like – would reduce the stress of getting ready.

In a world of fast fashion, many admit to buying items on a whim, with 65% saying they have at least one item they have never worn (stock image)

In a world of fast fashion, many admit to buying items on a whim, with 65% saying they have at least one item they have never worn (stock image)

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Elizabeth J. Harless