Nearly half of female workers spend £100 ahead of Christmas party

Around 45 per cent of women spend £100 ahead of their Christmas party, according to new research.

The survey, undertaken by Asda fashion brand George, revealed that some ladies splash out as much as £210 in the run-up to their Christmas party. reports that this cash goes on things like new clothes, beauty treatments and make-up.

For women, the biggest expenditure is often the purchase of a new dress, costing around £50; with two-thirds of respondents saying they buy up to three dresses in the days and weeks leading up to the event.

Fiona Lambert, brand director at George, said: “There’s nothing worse than panicking about what to wear to the annual office Christmas party.”

Aside from a dress, other items regularly bought ahead of the big day are party tights, manicures, pedicures, spray tans, fake eyelashes and new shoes. It is also common for people to splash out on a haircut specifically for the occasion.

In spite of this Christmas party spending, the latest quarterly Mumdex survey from Asda suggests overall festive spending may be set to drop, reports The matrix revealed that 45 per cent of mothers who shop at the store will spend less this year.

Judith McKenna, chief operating officer at Asda, said: “Consumer confidence is key to getting the economy moving again. With over 90 per cent of mums expecting the economy to be the same or worse next year we have a long way to go.”