Women's apparel priced at $100 in 1977 $107.95 in 2020

Women's Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Women's Apparel, 1977-2020 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for women's apparel were 7.95% higher in 2020 versus 1977 (a $7.95 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2020: Women's apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.18% per year. In other words, women's apparel costing $100 in the year 1977 would cost $107.95 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.43% during this same period, inflation for women's apparel was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Women's apparel since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2020 (-7.90%), 1987 (6.22%), and 1990 (5.41%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Women'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
CPI 93.200 92.669 94.377 96.054 97.154 98.323 100.154 101.515 105.285 104.400 110.892 115.338 116.623 122.931 127.554 130.062 132.738 131.000 126.662 124.262 126.108 126.369 123.708 121.900 119.854 116.054 113.115 113.254 111.838 112.454 112.064 109.273 109.928 109.489 111.348 115.002 116.223 117.589 114.411 114.577 114.242 113.523 109.240 100.611

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Buying power of $100 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Women's apparel, over time, for $100 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 $100.00 -
1978 $99.43 -0.57%
1979 $101.26 1.84%
1980 $103.06 1.78%
1981 $104.24 1.15%
1982 $105.50 1.20%
1983 $107.46 1.86%
1984 $108.92 1.36%
1985 $112.97 3.71%
1986 $112.02 -0.84%
1987 $118.98 6.22%
1988 $123.75 4.01%
1989 $125.13 1.11%
1990 $131.90 5.41%
1991 $136.86 3.76%
1992 $139.55 1.97%
1993 $142.42 2.06%
1994 $140.56 -1.31%
1995 $135.90 -3.31%
1996 $133.33 -1.89%
1997 $135.31 1.49%
1998 $135.59 0.21%
1999 $132.73 -2.11%
2000 $130.79 -1.46%
2001 $128.60 -1.68%
2002 $124.52 -3.17%
2003 $121.37 -2.53%
2004 $121.52 0.12%
2005 $120.00 -1.25%
2006 $120.66 0.55%
2007 $120.24 -0.35%
2008 $117.25 -2.49%
2009 $117.95 0.60%
2010 $117.48 -0.40%
2011 $119.47 1.70%
2012 $123.39 3.28%
2013 $124.70 1.06%
2014 $126.17 1.18%
2015 $122.76 -2.70%
2016 $122.94 0.14%
2017 $122.58 -0.29%
2018 $121.81 -0.63%
2019 $117.21 -3.77%
2020 $107.95 -7.90%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for women's apparel, 1977-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Women's apparel was 93.200 in the year 1977 and 100.611 in 2020:

100.611 / 93.200 * $100 = $107.95

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $107.95 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Women's apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Women's apparel in 1977. In addition to women'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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