London spends £87 per work outfit and 23 minutes to get ready


Londoners spend £87 per work outfit and 12 per cent take more than half an hour to get ready in the morning.

The UK spends an average of £75 per outfit for work while the nation’s workers are taking 21 minutes a day to select their workwear with male employees taking longer than women, according to a recent survey.

New research, by Suit Direct has revealed the nation’s spending habits with participants admitting to how much they spend on occasion outfits, how long they take to get ready and the frequency of returning clothes.

The poll of 2,000 Brits found that the average work outfit costs £75 with men spending £95 per outfit, compared with women who are spending nearly half that amount with £55 going on work clothes per outfit.

Workers in London are spending up to £1,000 on a work outfit, with many spending over £100 (10%) and £200 (6%).

Those in Leeds are spending the most on their work clothes with residents forking out £97 per outfit. Other big spending cities include Sheffield who splash £91 per outfit, Belfast (£89), Birmingham (£87), London (£87), and Edinburgh and Manchester (£77).

With the UK willing to spend heavily on their attire, the country seems spoilt for choice when choosing what to wear to work. The average time taken by Brits to choose their clothes is 21 minutes with men taking 25 minutes and women just 17 minutes.

In the capital, workers are taking an average of 23 minutes to get ready in the morning, with seven per cent taking over an hour and some over three hours (3%).

Birmingham takes the longest to select their workwear, taking half an hour, followed in second place by Southampton who take 29 minutes to plan their daily outfit.

Cardiff followed with 28 minutes, Leeds (27 minutes), Edinburgh (25 minutes), London (23 minutes), Norwich (23 minutes), Bristol (21 minutes), Sheffield (20 minutes) and Newcastle (18 minutes).

The focus on spending more money on workwear appears to be a recent thing with the latest generation of workers. Generation Z spend the most on clothes for work at an average of £99 a year which is £45 more than their parent’s generation.