How Many Minutes Does It Take A Woman To Choose An Outfit Each Morning?

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Jun 9 2016 / 17:22 PM

Marks & Spencer conducted a study to find out, and the result might just surprise you....

How Many Minutes Does It Take A Woman To Choose An Outfit Each Morning?
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It's not often we think about how long it takes us to get ready for work, though it's always been longer than we generally would like. Finding the perfect dress/skirt/trousers/jacket/ blouse/shoes/bag for our mood everyday can take time. About 17 minutes to be exact.

Marks & Spencer conducted a study of 2,000 men and women about the length of time it takes to choose an outfit, and they found that it takes women 17 minutes each morning to settle on an outfit for the day. Add that up over a year and it's four full days, and over the course of our working lives, a whole six months. 

Additionally (and reassuringly, we might add) the poll revealed that 62% of women admitted to having 'irrational tantrums' in the time that it took that to find an outfit (we've all been there) and 21%  said that they've argued with a partner over the sartorial stress. 

Unsurprisingly the survey showed that men spent less time sorting out an outfit every morning but did reveal that 20% have thrown their clothes in anger as a result of not being able to find the right piece. 

If you're like one of the women in the survey, be sure to check out our best dressed celebrities of the week for some serious style inspo to help take those 17 minutes down to seven (give or take...). - Maddison Glendinning