Pink tax hits the wardrobe with shops charging women more for clothing that can also be found in menswear department

There is already a “pink tax” on items  such as razors  and deodorant, that makes them more expensive than the male equivalents. But now our wardrobes have fallen victim to the trend too.

In fact, some retailers are charging women more for items of clothing that can be found in the menswear department.

For example, a white tee at Gap will set women back £4 more than  from the men’s section.

Siobhan O'Connor looks at whether you can get style staples from the men’s section for less, and asks model Nina Uhl, 28, to rate them.

Women’s – Total £124.95

  • Oxford shirt, £39.95, Gap – Buy now
  • Jeans, £85, Levi’s – Buy now

Nina said: “Both shirts feel practically the same, the only difference is the shape – the women’s is more figure-hugging. But with oversized wear being a trend at the moment, I would rather save a few quid and buy the men’s shirt.”

Men’s – Total £109.95

  • Oxford shirt, £34.95, Gap – Buy now
  • Jeans, £75, Levi’s – Buy now

Nina said: “I couldn’t tell the men’s and women’s jeans apart. They look almost identical, but I prefer the men’s – they are comfortable.  I never thought to shop for men’s jeans before, but I’ll give it a go now.” A Levi’s spokesperson said: “We do not set prices according to gender.”

Women’s – Total £83.95

  • T-shirt, £12.95, Gap – Buy now
  • Chinos, £22, asos.com – Buy now
  • Jacket, £49, Topshop – Buy now

Nina said: “The chinos are very alike; the looser cut of the women’s pair would be better for blokes. But you can tell the difference in fabric, the ladies’ pair is thicker and feels more hard-wearing.”

Men’s – Total £73.95

  • T-shirt, £8.95, Gap – Buy now
  • Chinos, £20, asos.com – Buy now
  • Jacket, £45, Topman – Buy now

Nina said: “I actually prefer the men’s tee, it’s a better fit and the material still feels luxurious.

“There’s not much difference in the jacket, you can get away with wearing men’s and no one would know.”

Gap, Topshop, Asos and Topman did not  comment.

Women’s – Total £32.50

  • T-shirt, £2.50, Primark – Buy now
  • Dungarees, £30, boohoo.com – Buy now

Nina said: “It’s hard to tell the difference between the dungarees. And I have to say I actually think the women’s style is better suited for a man due to the looser cut. The quality of the two feel exactly the same.”

Men’s – Total £30

  • T-shirt, £2, Primark – Buy now
  • Dungarees, £28, boohoo.com – Buy now

Nina said: “I’d think that this was the women’s pair, because  they have a more tailored fit.” A  Boohoo spokesman said: “We’d completely get the point if we had like-for-like garments on at difference prices but none of the garments are exactly the same.”

Women’s – Total £32

  • T-shirt, £2.50, Primark – Buy now
  • Linen trousers,  £29.50, M&S – Buy now

Nina said: “These are the basic T-shirts on offer for men and women and they are practically the same, yet the women’s cost more.

“If you are looking for a tee that is slightly looser, I would recommend a men’s one – it also has slightly longer sleeves.”

Men’s – Total £21.50

  • T-shirt, £2, Primark – Buy now
  • Linen trousers, £19.50, M&S – Buy now

Nina said: “These trousers are flattering.”

An M&S spokeswoman  said: “Both our men’s and women’s collections offer linen trousers for £19.50.”

And a Primark spokesman explained: “These are from different ranges. The men’s T-shirt is 100 per cent cotton,   while the women’s  is made using a heavier cotton Elastane fabric.”

 

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