WOMEN spend the equivalent of almost a month in every year worrying about their appearance.
Fretting about clothes, hair, weight, curves and skin takes up an average of 12 hours and four minutes a week, or 26 days per year, a study found.
Choosing what to wear occupies much of the time.
Typically, a wife or girlfriend takes 50 minutes a week picking her outfits – and another one hour and 32 minutes worrying if they look okay.
Other common concerns include being too fat (1 hour, 46 mins), too thin (22 mins), whether to cover up “lumps and bumps” (1 hour, 26 mins), feeling bloated (1 hour, 1 min), and stressing over frizzy or greasy hair (57 minutes). Having a good complexion and skin colour is important to many girls, who agonise over spots, tan and tone for up to 2 hours and 22 minutes a week. Breast size is on the worry list too, regardless of whether they’re deemed too large (37 mins) or too small (32 mins).
Michele Duncan, spokeswoman for the study commissioned by Lycra Beauty owners Invista, said: “It’s surprising to think women are spending such a large amount of their time concerned about their appearance.
“Simple things such as choosing the right shape-wear can go a long way to alleviating those body shape concerns, leaving you to be able to get on with your day, worry-free.”