WOMEN will spend almost one year of their lives deciding what to wear, a study has found.
Choosing outfits for work, nights out, dinner parties, holidays, gym and other activities mean the average female will spend 287 days rifling through their wardrobe.
The biggest chunk of that time is used up picking a killer ensemble for Friday or Saturday nights out or selecting the right clothes for a holiday.
Experts found on average women spend 16 minutes every weekday morning deciding what to wear and around 14 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
Sarah Gilmore, spokesperson for clothes giant Matalan, which compiled the results after polling 2,491 women, said: ''What you wear has a direct impact on how you feel about yourself and it is important a woman feels exceptional in her outfit.
''Whatever the occasion your clothes portray an image and we understand this is fundamentally important to women.''
The study - which was based on an adult lifetime from the age of 16 to 60 - found most women will spend around 20 minutes deciding what to wear before hitting the town on a weekend night.
Weeknights out can take up to 20 minutes a time too.
Deciding on what clothes to take on holiday uses up to 52 minutes each time a sunshine break looms.
While on holiday, ten minutes a morning will be taken up trying to find an acceptable outfit with another ten minutes spent picking evening clothes.
On top of that dinner parties, Christmas parties and black tie events - at around 36 minutes a time six times a year - adds up to three and a half days.
Picking an outfit for the gym or other sporting activities will account for 14 minutes for each visit.
The survey also found ladies spend around 64 hours a year gassing about clothes to female colleagues.
As well as that they will also spend around 15 minutes once a week chatting to mates on the phone about clothes they have bought or intend to buy.
And blokes can expect to have their ear bent by their partner for around 16 minutes a week on the subject.
The study also found on average women will try on two outfits each morning before coming to a final decision.
And one in two women spend 15 minutes the night before work working out what to wear.
Sarah Gilmore added: 'It is important to have your wardrobe ready for all occasions.''
HOURS PER YEAR
Getting ready for work 64
Weekend mornings 24
Weekday nights out 34
Friday/Saturday night 17
Christmas/dinner parties 3.5
Packing for holiday 1.7
While on holiday 6.6
TOTAL 156.8 hours
156.8 hours x 44 years = 6,899 hrs (287 DAYS)