Published On: Wed, Feb 7th, 2018

Shopping habits: Half of female shoppers have items they never wear | Life | Life & Style

Research out today for home retailer Wilko found that though many women love shopping for new outfits, they make a lot of mistakes.

Forty-six per cent of them have at least one pair of unworn shoes and 37 per cent have clothes with tags.

And over two thirds confessed that they have outfits they have worn once but will never see the light of day again.

They also have 18 pairs of shoes, on average, even though the vast majority (80 per cent) admit to wearing just three or four pairs on a regular basis.

So it is little wonder that more than one in four have deliberately hidden a rash purchase from their partner to avoid a bust-up.

But though men are much less likely to buy so much stuff, and are far more likely to wear the clothes they do choose, they also have their bad habits.

One in three have T-shirts that are at least 10 years old, according to the survey of 2,000 adults and 15 per cent have equally old pairs of jeans that they can’t bear to bin.

One in 10 still have socks or underpants dating back 10 years of more.

Only a quarter of men say they have more than 100 items of clothing compared to nearly half of the women surveyed, and they have half as many shoes as women – eight or nine pairs on average.

They are also much lazier when it comes to sorting through cupboards and drawers to bin the clothes they no longer wear.

More than a third of women (37 per cent) have a proper clear out every six months, compared with just a fifth of men with one in eight men saying they never bother to sort out their wardrobe.

But the survey also found that rare beast – the male fashionista. A tiny minority – just eight per cent of men – confessed they had secretly binned something they found hideous from their partner’s wardrobe.

Jenny Graham, storage buyer at Wilko said: “It’s remarkable how many clothes are bought but never worn, leading to jam packed wardrobes, drawers that won’t close and disgruntled partners.

“Having regular clear outs and selling items or giving them to charitable causes is a great way to downsize.

“Once you’ve got rid of anything you no longer need and identified what you want to keep, clever storage systems make it easy to see and access your favourite belongings and maximise space.”

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