According to a new study, women spend four months deliberating over what to wear in the office over the course of a working lifetime.
On a typical work day, women will deliberate over their attire for approximately 14 minutes. This is the equivalent of two and half days a year.
Over the average working lifetime of 47 years, that’s 119 days spent in front of the wardrobe.
These stats reveal the pressure that many women feel, in the workplace, to dress a certain way.
Earlier this year, a Parliamentary report found that many workplaces were putting unfair demands on women to wear high heels, revealing clothes and make-up.
Before that, PwC receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home from work without pay, for failing to wear high heels.
Her subsequent petition, highlighting PwC’s dress-code sexism, received more than 152,000 signatures and triggered an inquiry by the Women and Equalities Committee.
The inquiry found that the Equality Act 2010 is not yet fully effective in protecting workers from discrimination and that employers should pay compensation to workers discriminated against.
Moreover, a recent totaljobs study found that one third of women claim to feel pressured to look a certain way at work – and 76% constantly find it difficult to decide what is appropriate.
Just under half of those polled admit they have no enforced dress code to adhere to, which can make their decision even harder.
David Clift, HR Director at totaljobs, which carried out the study of 2,000 office workers, said: “This study really indicates the uncertainty around dress codes in the workplace and how it is leading to greater numbers of workers worrying about what they wear and what it potentially says about them.”