According to a new study, UK working women spend nearly two days a year (43.5 hours) stood in front of the wardrobe choosing what to wear to work.

A quarter of female Brits would prefer a work uniform

A quarter of female Brits would prefer a work uniform

The study, undertaken by womenswear retailer, Dorothy Perkins surveyed working women in the UK to uncover attitudes towards dressing for work, revealing that UK women find it stressful with over one in four women (25.8%) having admitted to preferring the idea of having a “work uniform” to get away from the burden of choice.

Those that said they would prefer a uniform unsurprisingly cited ‘not having to decide what to wear everyday’ as the top reason (94%), followed by ‘I don't like the pressure of deciding what to wear’ (32%) which was the most common answer amongst women aged between 26-30.

Shockingly, nearly one in ten women admitted to having lost sleep over panicking what to wear to work the next day, with women aged 31-35 found struggling most, citing getting ready for work as ‘very stressful’.

When asked whether they had ever gone home on their lunch break to change outfit, 20% of women admitted to doing so, with the most common reason being “I felt self-conscious in what I was wearing” (35%).

Emma Davies, Tailoring Buyer at Dorothy Perkins, said: “It’s no surprise that women prefer the idea of having a work wardrobe. With increasingly busy lives and time constraints, limiting their wardrobe to a few staple pieces mean cutting down the number of decisions that they already make in a day. 25% of working women are now creating ‘capsule wardrobes’ by selecting key pieces to create their own uniform. Finding a silhouette & shape that works for them is so important and that’s what we try to deliver in our range, offering key staple items that are updated through the season to help the time taken to get ready for work.”

As part of the study, Dorothy Perkins has identified three big names who have mastered the art of the capsule wardrobe:

Amal Clooney

Amal’s staple styling of a white high-neck blouse paired with pinstripe trousers and blazer is perfect proof that something simple and refined can work wonder day-to-day.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina opts only for black, navy, grey and white – taking the stress of colour co-ordination out of her daily routine.

Grace Coddington

To save her best and boldest ideas for the camera, she keeps things super simple when it comes to her own image. The fashion industry superstar has opted to wear only black for years.

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