Choosing outfits for work, nights out, dinner parties, holidays, gym and other activities means the average female spends a total of 287 days deciding what to wear.

The biggest chunk of that time is used for picking out outfits for Friday or Saturday nights out, or selecting clothes for a holiday, a study found.

Experts found an average woman would spend 16 minutes every weekday morning deciding what to wear, and about 14 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

"What you year has a direct impact on how you feel about yourself and it is important a woman feels exceptional in her outfit," said a spokeswoman for clothes giant Matalan, which compiled the results. "Whatever the occasion your clothes portray an image and we understand this is fundamentally important to women."

The study, which polled 2,491 women, was based on an adult lifetime from the age of 16 to 60. They found most women spend around 20 minutes deciding what to wear before going out on a weekend night. Week nights out can take up to 20 minutes a time too.

Deciding on what clothes to take along on holiday uses up about 52 minutes each time. While on holiday, ten minutes will be taken up trying to find something acceptable to year, with another ten minutes spent picking out evening clothes.

Other than that, dinner parties, holiday parties, and black tie events, taking up to around 36 minutes about six times a year, add up to three and a half days.

The study also found that average women will try on two outfits each morning before making a final decision. Also, one in two women spend about 15 minutes the night before, working out what to wear for work.

[via Telegraph]