Two thirds of women keep clothes that don’t fit in the hope that they will again (and they have FOUR or more sizes in their wardrobes)
00:23 GMT, 15 March 2012
Women are often criticised for their habit of complaining they have nothing to wear as they eye up their bulging wardrobes. But in actual fact, they may have a point.
A new survey has found that eight out of ten women – that amounts to 20million across the UK – are hoarding millions of pieces of clothing that they can never wear.
And a deluded two thirds admitted they are keeping the clothes in the misguided belief they will one day be able to wear them again.
I haven't got a thing to wear! Women in the UK are hoarding millions of garments that no longer fit them
A quarter revealed that their weight had yo-yoed so much that they had been four different sizes across their lifetime – while one in 12 confessed that they still had all four different sizes hanging unworn in their closets.
TOP FIVE ITEMS OF CLOTHING WOMEN CAN'T THROW AWAY
1. Jeans (36 per cent)
2. Occasionwear (36 per cent)
3. Tops (28 per cent)
4. Skirts (23 per cent)
Among the women questioned who hold on to clothes that don’t fit them, four out of ten hope that those clothes will come in handy again at some point.
A quarter keep them because they were so expensive they don’t feel they can part ways. One in eight deliberately bought some clothes too small in the hope of slimming to fit in to them – and never did – and more than one in ten also admit to holding on to clothes for sentimental reasons as the clothes remind them of a happy time in their life.
The survey, commissioned in support of
clothing collection charity Give Up Clothes for Good in partnership with
Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, found that the nation's wardrobes are
fit to bursting with surplus clothes – and the organisations involved
are petitioning the British public to hand over their excess.
Emotional attachment: Women often find it hard to throw out favourite old clothes that they associate with good memories
Holding on to clothes that you don’t wear does more harm than good, warns top psychologist Linda Papadopoulos.
She commented: 'There are many reasons why people keep clothes they
Most common size for women 18 to 29 is size 10; women in
their 30s; 12; size 16 for women in their 40s; size 12 to 14 for women in their
50s; size 14 in 60s onwards
no longer wear but clearing out your wardrobe of sizes and styles that no longer fit and giving them to 'Give Up Clothes for Good' will help you to love and value the person you are today.
'You’ll feel even better knowing that you’ll be making a huge difference through your donation by helping to beat children’s cancers.
'People can also develop an emotional attachment or sense of nostalgia to clothes making them hard to let go of – whether it’s the dress you wore when you got engaged or that lucky suit you wore for a job interview.
Donating clothes to charity helps to release that reluctance to part ways with the item because you know that you’re giving a child the chance to have a better life as well as giving your clothes a new lease of life.'
'Give Up Clothes for Good’ is calling upon the nation to clear out its wardrobes from 1st to 30th April and drop off a bag of unwanted quality clothing at TK Maxx to help beat children’s cancers.
Each bag could be worth up to 30 and every penny will go to Cancer Research UK to fund the treatment and cure of childhood cancers.
Launched in 2004, ‘Give Up Clothes for Good’ has raised 10million to date and hopes to raise in excess of 2.5million this year.