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Women use cars as ‘second wardrobe’Back

CarbootEver turned to your car boot for some all-important fashion inspiration? According to a recent survey, you are not the only one, plenty of women do it.

A poll has revealed that women regularly use their cars as a second wardrobe. It claims that beauty products and spare clothing are kept in women’s cars in case of that all important “emergency”.

The survey, conducted by a nationwide network of car breakers known as claims that more than half of young female drivers use their car as a ‘second wardrobe’, with the majority claiming to keep extra clothing, accessories and even make-up in their vehicle.

It was in fact 54 per cent of 1,621 female drivers aged between 18 and 25 from across the UK who admitted to keeping their vehicle stocked up with clothing and beauty products, just in case they found themselves in need of it.

The top five items found in the female respondent’s cars were:

1. Makeup – 62%
2. Tops – 54%
3. Dresses – 51%
4. Shoes – 44%
5. Beauty/hair accessories – 31%

The study went on to analyse the value of the fashion and beauty items found in the women’s vehicles, with as much as 77 per cent admitting that they thought the items they carried were actually quite valuable – the average value of the said items being £205.

Looking at the reasons why young females carried such items in their cars, the study found that 48 per cent of the women surveyed considered it essential to carry around these items in case of an unforeseen emergency whilst as high as 33 per cent of women also said it was due to the fact they couldn’t ever decide what to wear. A further 27 per cent cited the reason as being covered for all eventualities.

Matt Bott, the operations director at, said: “With the fast pace of modern life, it makes sense to keep back-up items in your car in case of emergency. The vagaries of the British weather means that you can never be too sure about the appropriate choice of clothing.

“Make-up being number one is no surprise, as the majority of women like to touch up on their handiwork from time to time. We would advise keeping the majority of it in the boot though, as an expensive pair of straighteners on the back seat could be a prime target for thieves.”


Posted by Leana Kell on 01/11/2013