The average cost of a Christmas party outfit is £91.50, research shows, so take a look at where we are splashing the cash.
British women are set to fork out an average of £91.50 on their Christmas party outfits in time for the party season— more than double what they’d spend on a regular night out.
Research carried out by party dresses retailer QUIZ (www.quizclothing.co.uk) has found that more than half of women will buy a new outfit for their Christmas party. 42% of women will spend between £30 and £59 on their outfit alone, excluding shoes and accessories. 40% of women will spend between £1 and £29 on shoes alone.
Accessories seem to be a lot cheaper, with the majority of women surveyed (32%) spending between £1 and £14 on makeup and accessories, including handbags and jewellery.
41% will spend between £15 and £34 on beauty treatments before their party, with haircuts being the most popular (19%) followed by getting their hair coloured (12%) and manicures (10%).
It seems like many women are trying to keep costs to a minimum this year. A quarter of respondents said they would spend nothing on shoes for their Christmas party, suggesting they will re-wear a pair they already own. Likewise, 41% won’t pay for a beauty treatment – such as a haircut, manicure or pedicure – before their Christmas party.
On average, the majority of women (37%) will attend just one Christmas party this season, while 23% will attend two. 27% said they won’t be attending any Christmas parties at all.
For a regular party or night out, women spend £37.50 on their outfit on average. They spend £1-£29 on their outfits and shoes respectively, with a further £1-£14 going on makeup and accessories. Despite this, 8% of women will buy a new outfit for every night out with the girls, which could be a reason why the average spend is lower – women are looking for affordable, fast-fashion.
Interestingly, 71% of women said they wouldn’t pay for a beauty treatment before a typical night out, suggesting that women like to treat themselves ahead of their Christmas party.
Scottish women will spend the most on their Christmas party outfit, spending £60-£89 on their clothes alone compared to the UK average of £30-£59. However, Scots said they will spend nothing on their makeup and accessories, suggesting that the money they will save will be used to spend a little more on their outfit.
With so much expense and preparation going into this year’s Christmas parties, here’s to them being the best yet!