Do you shop for clothes online? Did you see this article in mX on Monday? I’d love to hear about what’s in your wardrobe and what you think the dollar value of your unworn clothes are. I know mine is quite high due to weight gain, I can only fit into about 20% of my clothes (working on it though!)
ONLINE SHOPPING Hoarding is the fashion
by Nadia Salemme
SHOPPERS who splurge on fast fashion are hoarding more than $1000 worth of clothing in their wardrobes. The average online shopper owns clothes worth $1205 that they haven’t worn for more than 12 months, according to e-retailer ASOS.
The figure was calculated in a global survey of ASOS customers, typically aged 18 to 25. And a poll of Melbourne women by mX today backed it up, with shoppers estimating they had between $1000 and $3000 worth of clothes they hadn’t worn in at least a year. They blamed garments that no longer fit, dud online purchases they never returned, and dressy outfits they could only wear to special occasions for the piles of expired fashion. One shopper estimated she had about $3000 worth of clothes that she no longer wore, including two dresses bought online and worth $100 each that she hadn’t returned. ‘‘That’s probably driven it up for me,’’ she said.
ASOS Australia spokeswoman Prue Thomas said there was a ‘‘got to have it, got to hoard it’’ attitude among young shoppers in their 20s ‘‘There’s a feeling of, the more we have in our wardrobe, the better it is. But on the flipside of that, it feels good to cleanse your wardrobe and do a big chuck out,’’ Thomas said.
Salvos spokesman Frank Staebe urged shoppers who hoarded clothes to donate them to the Salvation Army. Shoppers who wanted to recoup some of the cash could sell clothes on auction sites eBay or ASOS Marketplace, a secondhand and vintage site that has ‘‘hundreds’’ of Australian users. Thomas said ASOS Marketplace was developed so fast fashion ‘‘wouldn’t become landfill’’ and shoppers could sell clothes they never wore.
reprinted with permission from mX newspapers.