Men's apparel priced at $20 in 1977 $27.70 in 2021

Men's Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Men's Apparel, 1977-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for men's apparel were 38.51% higher in 2021 versus 1977 (a $7.70 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2021: Men's apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.74% per year. In other words, men's apparel costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $27.70 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.40% during this same period, inflation for men's apparel was lower.

Price Inflation for Men's apparel since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (5.43%), 1980 (4.44%), and 1988 (4.10%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Men's apparel:

Year 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 84.300 84.146 85.515 89.315 94.162 97.777 100.169 102.038 105.100 106.408 110.385 114.915 119.100 123.092 126.992 129.077 129.838 129.000 128.423 130.500 133.108 134.938 134.515 133.123 128.892 125.669 122.077 121.369 121.377 119.831 118.176 118.380 118.608 117.493 119.763 124.332 126.674 124.970 123.950 122.635 121.452 120.745 120.248 115.718 116.767

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Men's apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1977. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1977 $20.00 -
1978 $19.96 -0.18%
1979 $20.29 1.63%
1980 $21.19 4.44%
1981 $22.34 5.43%
1982 $23.20 3.84%
1983 $23.76 2.45%
1984 $24.21 1.87%
1985 $24.93 3.00%
1986 $25.25 1.24%
1987 $26.19 3.74%
1988 $27.26 4.10%
1989 $28.26 3.64%
1990 $29.20 3.35%
1991 $30.13 3.17%
1992 $30.62 1.64%
1993 $30.80 0.59%
1994 $30.60 -0.65%
1995 $30.47 -0.45%
1996 $30.96 1.62%
1997 $31.58 2.00%
1998 $32.01 1.38%
1999 $31.91 -0.31%
2000 $31.58 -1.04%
2001 $30.58 -3.18%
2002 $29.81 -2.50%
2003 $28.96 -2.86%
2004 $28.79 -0.58%
2005 $28.80 0.01%
2006 $28.43 -1.27%
2007 $28.04 -1.38%
2008 $28.09 0.17%
2009 $28.14 0.19%
2010 $27.88 -0.94%
2011 $28.41 1.93%
2012 $29.50 3.82%
2013 $30.05 1.88%
2014 $29.65 -1.35%
2015 $29.41 -0.82%
2016 $29.09 -1.06%
2017 $28.81 -0.96%
2018 $28.65 -0.58%
2019 $28.53 -0.41%
2020 $27.45 -3.77%
2021 $27.70 0.91%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for men's apparel, 1977-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Men's apparel was 84.300 in the year 1977 and 116.767 in 2021:

116.767 / 84.300 * $20 = $27.70

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $27.70 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Men's apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Men's apparel in 1977. In addition to men's apparel, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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