Men's apparel priced at $20 in 1977 $29.88 in 2022

Men's Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Men's Apparel, 1977-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for men's apparel are 49.38% higher in 2022 versus 1977 (a $9.88 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2022: Men's apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.90% per year. In other words, men's apparel costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $29.88 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.53% 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: 2022 (6.58%), 1981 (5.43%), and 1980 (4.44%).

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Buying power of $20.00 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:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1977$20.00-
1978$19.96-0.18%
1979$20.291.63%
1980$21.194.44%
1981$22.345.43%
1982$23.203.84%
1983$23.762.45%
1984$24.211.87%
1985$24.933.00%
1986$25.251.24%
1987$26.193.74%
1988$27.264.10%
1989$28.263.64%
1990$29.203.35%
1991$30.133.17%
1992$30.621.64%
1993$30.800.59%
1994$30.60-0.65%
1995$30.47-0.45%
1996$30.961.62%
1997$31.582.00%
1998$32.011.38%
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$28.800.01%
2006$28.43-1.27%
2007$28.04-1.38%
2008$28.090.17%
2009$28.140.19%
2010$27.88-0.94%
2011$28.411.93%
2012$29.503.82%
2013$30.051.88%
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$28.032.11%
2022$29.886.58%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI84.30084.14685.51589.31594.16297.777100.169102.038105.100106.408110.385114.915119.100123.092126.992129.077129.838129.000128.423130.500133.108134.938134.515133.123128.892125.669122.077121.369121.377119.831118.176118.380118.608117.493119.763124.332126.674124.970123.950122.635121.452120.745120.248115.718118.156125.929

Adjust men's apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Men's apparel was 84.300 in the year 1977 and 125.929 in 2022:

125.929 / 84.300 * $20 = $29.88

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $29.88 in 2022 (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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