Average number of years people keep clothing items in the UK 2015, by item

This statistic presents the projected lifetime of selected clothing items in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2015. Among the selected items, consumers in the UK are expected to keep coats for longest amount of time, at 4.58 years, followed by dresses (3.62 years) and jumpers (3.46 years). The average for all clothing items in the list is just over 3 years.

Projected lifetime of selected clothing items in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2015*

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Release date

July 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

*Part of the source's 'SCAP Sustainable Textiles Consumer Tracker Survey'. Figures based on respondents' answers to the question: 'For each of these items I want you to think about the last one you wore when answering. Firstly, how long ago did you acquire the item? Secondly, how much longer do you think you will continue to wear it?'.

Number of respondents varies based on clothing item:
Coat - 547 respondents;
Dress - 528 respondents;
Jumper - 551 respondents;
Jeans - 546 respondents;
Blouse/shirt - 528 respondents;
Trousers - 549 respondents;
T-shirt - 554 respondents;
Top - 518 respondents.

**Figure has been rounded.

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