61% of Americans regularly feel ‘wardrobe panic’

March 22, 2018

Do you ever feel like you have nothing to wear, although your closet is full of clothing? You are not alone. In fact, the average American spends eight hours a month in his or her closet trying to find a suitable outfit, based on findings of a poll of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the Trunk Club, a personal styling service.

The new data, released on March 7, reveal that most people experience “wardrobe panic” 36 times a year—and more than 2,800 times in a lifetime. Indeed, 61% of Americans admitted that they regularly think they have nothing suitable in their closets to wear.

And they don’t mean nothing “new.” In fact,6% of respondents own nine or more items in their closets that still have the tags on them! And 13% of U.S. men and women  concede that they have nine or more items in their closets now that they only have worn once.

Coabi Kastan, head of Styling for Trunk Club said there is a solution to the apparel anxiety attack: “As you approach building your wardrobe, start with the essentials. When you build the fundamentals of your wardrobe first, you’re able to lessen the ‘wardrobe panic’ that’s so common.”

For men, Kastan said, these essentials include:

  • Dark jeans
  • Crisp white shirt
  • Brown shoes and a brown belt
  • V-neck sweater
  • Navy blazer

For women, start with:

  • Dark denim
  • Leather jacket
  • Sleek flats
  • Cashmere sweater
  • Silk blouse
  • Striped shirt
  • Black dress
  • Tailored blazer
  • Structured leather bag
  • Beige pumps

“These building blocks allow you to create great and versatile outfits for any occasion and will help you feel more organized while getting dressed each morning,” Kastan added.

Finally the inability to properly clear our closets might simply be because we’re sentimental. Seventy-four percent of Americans admitted they have pieces of clothing in their closets they don’t ever plan on wearing or think they’ll wear anytime soon, but they really don’t want to part with them.

Research contact: kyled@trunkclub.com

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