Sunday, June 13, 2010

The average woman...does not live here.

I recently read that the average woman wears $1,500.00 worth of clothing daily. The average woman on an average day. The price apparently goes up for special occasions. The average woman. I always thought I was pretty average...I live in an average small town, in an average-sized house. I have an average dog and an average cat, drive an average suburban. So I was disturbed to hear this. Apparently, I'm not average. I'm so far below average that there isn't even a word for it. I always thought I was stylish. Apparently not. Even with my wedding rings on, my outfits don't amount to that much.  

According to www.stylist.com:
The total reportedly includes underwear, $39; a skirt, $44; top, $33; knitwear, $57; coat, $94; tights, $6; shoes, $75; watch, $112; and jewelry, $552. A woman's purse, $155, and its contents -- including a $155 phone and cash, tickets, and passes amounting to $213 -- were also reportedly included, resulting in a grand total of $1,534.28.

$39 for underwear?  Really? Maybe before I had kids, I'd spend half that on a pair of cute panties and a fancy bra, but now? This average woman refuses to spend more than a couple of dollars on a pair of underwear and when I do buy them, I make sure they're comfortable...
I'll admit it. I'm cheap. If it's over $20 I won't buy it. (Unless it's a coat or jacket...) I'm a bargain hunter. But that can work against me, as well. I've purchased things I didn't even really like or need, because they're cheap.

"Hey! Look at this ugly shirt! It's only $2.00! I have to buy it! It's only $2.00!"

Of course, if I added all those $2.00 purchases up, I might be able to afford something for $21.00. So, needless to say, the shirt I have on right now did not cost $33.00 More like $8.00. My "knitwear", aka sweatpants (or yoga pants when I'm feelin' fancy) cost about $10.00. And my purse? I bought it at a purse party and I think I spent about $40 on it. I splurged. I felt like a real big spender. And I can guarantee that there is not $213.00 worth of stuff in it. There's some Kleenex, a crunched up fortune cookie, some crayons, gum, chapstick, a granola bar, sunglasses (which were $4.80 at Kohl's!), my generic leatherman (you never know when you might have to build something), a wet wipe from Buffalo Wild Wings and my wallet (which has about $6.00 in it). There's some other miscellaneous junk and some coins lurking in the bottom. But definitely not enough to equal $200.

Granted, it's Sunday and I'm more lax than usual, I am in a variation of my stay at home mom uniform. Yoga pants, t-shirt, sweatshirt, fuzzy socks (it's cold outside!)...my total outfit maybe cost $30.00. If I put shoes on, I'd still only equal about $50.00. So, I'm $1,484.28 away from being average.

Tell me I'm not alone.

41 comments:

Sharlene T. said...

You are soooooo not alone. That's ridiculous...wonder who they surveyed...come visit when you can...

Another Suburban Mom said...

Since I am wearing custom orthotics in my shoes, I now come to a grand between those and my engagement ring/wedding band.

However I would give the rest of my outfit including the purse another $200 TOPS.

If I am wearing my eye glasses though I may come close to that.

Shell said...

Hmmm...can I count my wedding rings? That would help get my total out of double digits.

Aging Mommy said...

I DID actually buy some decent bras recently that fit and finally defy gravity, but other than that, my daily attire now it is 90+ by 9am in the morning is a pair of shorts and a T-shirt and my outlet mall sandals. So my underwear cost more than the rest of my clothing, I wonder what that means?!?!

Raelene said...

LOL you are definitely not alone :) I must not be average either......those are some high standards!!

undefinedshape said...

Eyeglasses - almost $500 (because I'm freaking blind!)
Shoes - $3 - $45
Jeans - $22
Top - $25 AT MOST
Undies - $40ish (I prefer VS over anything...it comes at a cost though.)
Jewelry - around $450 because of my class ring. No engagement or wedding rings yet.

So my total only comes up to at most $1,082 but only on the days I actually wear my glasses. So...I too am below average (apparently.) So don't feel bad!

And I must ask...where in the world is it cold right now? Cause I'm moving there!!! Heat index of 99 degrees today with 76% humidity...ugh!!!

Janie B said...

What? Not in my world! Who can afford that?

Moderate Means said...

My jaw just hit the floor. $1500??? Seriously??? And that's not including glasses?

Let's see...
Glasses - $50 (after insurance)
Shirt - $4
Jeans - $29
Underwear - $3
Bra - $40
Shoes - $9
Wedding band - $50

Unless I accidentally paid $1300 for my ponytail band, I'm way below average. Way, way, way below.

I'm doing a survey at work tomorrow!

Stacy

twirl unabashedly said...

seriously-

a crazy-as-fucking-hell patient gave me the recovery center tshirt i am wearing, and my bottoms are my best friends cut-off's that i stole from her last night when her hubby poured bud light lime down the ass of my jeans. which was convienent, because i have been trying to steal these cut-offs for a while..

my bra was possibly 13 dollars, and my undies most likely came in a multi pack.

my jewelry probably adds up to 45.00 - excluding my engagement ring. this includes my hair scrunchie.


less than 60.00, and i'm not naked.
...them bitches be crazy.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I think people who wear that stuff must be crazy. Today, from top to bottom, I cost $65 max.

$1500 is nuts!

The Empress said...

This is fun.

shoes--25 bucks

pants--19.99

t-shirt 20 bucks.
total: 65 bucks.

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alessandra said...

Can I join in? They are MAD.LOL!

When did I become my Mom said...

You are NOT alone! Average where? Average in their pretty little heads, clearly.

I think I'm about $60-something...

mudmama said...

Hmmm, very interesting! I have times when I splurge, but most days I am target' clad. That estimate does seem high!

chele said...

You're not alone. I'd love to know what city this survey took place in. I work in an office and even on my best day I'm probably hovering around $850 because of the business suit, shoes and jewelery.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

HA! Even when I lived and worked in NYC my clothing didn't cost THAT much. Although when you're plus-sized, your clothes do tend to run a bit pricier, like my tank-top right now was probably $14. Sports bra: $29. Underwear: $7? Shorts (from Walmart like 5 years ago!): $7-ish? What's that like under $60? But if you add my glasses (since I'm blind as a bat) it'd be WAY more!

Brian Miller said...

that is crazy...
shades -$5
jeans - $20
shirt - $10
flip flips - $7.50

Titanium said...

I can climb up over $1500, but only when I'm rigged up in full mountaineering gear. And only if you're tallying replacement costs.

Damn.

Kristy said...

What?! What?! Ok, quick, right now I think I am wearing...$27. That includes a hair tie, socks, underwear, "lounge" pants, and a shirt. This is all I plan to wear the rest of the day. There will be no purse toting or bra wearing. This is me. On an average day. Close to a loitering homeless person I suppose.

Angela said...

If you count my rings and earrings and stuff, I'm really up there -- in the multiple thousands. But if I go out without them... my entire outfit MIGHT cost $100. Maybe $200 if I actually put on the ridiculously-priced maternity pants and shirts. Usually? It's workout pants and a nice loose shirt.

and i dont know the last time i carried a purse. just a diaper bag or a backpack shoved full of toys snacks and diapers. i think i might have a coin purse in there.

Sarah said...

My My My! I guess I'm below average too (and also a bargain shopper). Men like it better when their women are thrifty anyways. I don't even think I'd leave the house if I was wearing stuff that cost that much, just in case I lost or got a stain on something.
Ridiculous.

Karen Mortensen said...

I am not the average woman either. Who spends 39 dollars on underware?

brainella said...

I'm not sure my clothing would even get that high! :) Though I will say, when I put my wedding rings on, the total does rise.

Most days I'm worth about $11.98. :)

Naturally Single Mom said...

Right this second, I am wearing a t-shirt that I inherited from my ex's wardrobe (we'll estimate the retail value at $5), Old Navy shorts bought on sale for $5 (I don't buy ANYTHING unless it's on sale...just can't bring myself to do it.) A bra purchased at least 5 years ago for under $20, boring cotton underwear, 3 for $5, and Old Navy flip flops - $2. I don't think I even own a complete outfit that would add up to $100, even WITH shoes included. I'm all excited today because Victoria's Secret started their clearance sale, and I'm going to go buy a bra or two, since every one I own is more than 5 years old!

Nocturnal Queen said...

You are definitely not alone. $1500 is ridiculous, in my opinion.

Amo said...

Wow, I am waaaaay below average. All of my clothes come from Old Navy or Target and my underwear? $6 for a package of five cotton panties from Target. My underwear is worth about $1.20. My life isn't the Real Housewives of New York. It is more like the Real Housewives of Anytown, USA.

panamamama said...

Man, me too. I love thrift shops and hate shopping. Your purse sound IDENTICAL to mine. Scary. Down to the fortune cookies and leatherman (although mine is a mini one.) Scary.

little miss can't be wrong said...

whaaaaat!!! i cannot believe that. this is one of those times that i'm very, very happy not to be average!!

also, i'm a new follower. love the allegory!

Bryna said...

I call bullsh!t on this one...

$23 undies
$20 pants
$31 sneakers
$15 top
$100 watch
$? necklace
$400 wedding band
$20 purse
$5 wallet
$5 in the wallet
$125 cell phone
$744... Totally below average.

And what's in your purse should SO not count!

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

just had to leave another post... i've been reading all day! i had to add you to my blog roll... thanks for writing!

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Bossy Betty said...

No alone at all! That is nutty!

Katie's Dailies said...

The clothes I have on right now are so old, I can't begin to remember how much they cost!

Happy weekend! : )

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

You are not alone at all. I barely wear anything but clothes from the sale racks at Target anymore. And the yoga pants I have on now are almost worn through at the knees, so even though I may have paid $20 for them originally, they are probably not worth more than 20 cents now.

Holly said...

Holy cow that seems like a lot to be wearing around. I have never been a fancy underwear person...a 5 pack of Hanes and I am happy...I do have to buy expensive bras (to hold the girls up). I am going to to have to play along and see how much I am wearing on a regular day...It surely cannot be 1500!

Mrsblogalot said...

I'm about $42.50 soaking wet.

This would be a good day.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Are any of us truly average? I prefer to think of myself and my friends as unique. Roland

Angie Muresan said...

I don't know if I should laugh at the absurdity of that survey or the hilarity of your post, Dawn. In any case, I'm laughing.
Missed your sense of humor. One of the best. Ever.

Erin said...

I am wearing:

a Target tank top-- $8
a Target belt $16.99
shorts from Loft $24.99
faux pearl earrings from Target--don't remember how much, but they were cheap.

old navy flip flops-- $2.00
victoria's secret panties $5.00

and the only other thing is my wedding ring.

hmmm.

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