Women's dresses priced at $20 in 1935 $66.13 in 2020

Women's Dresses Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Women's Dresses, 1935-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for women's dresses were 230.65% higher in 2020 versus 1935 (a $46.13 difference in value).

Between 1935 and 2020: Women's dresses experienced an average inflation rate of 1.42% per year. In other words, women's dresses costing $20 in the year 1935 would cost $66.13 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.52% during this same period, inflation for women's dresses was lower.

Price Inflation for Women's dresses since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1942 (20.20%), 2020 (-16.05%), and 1949 (-15.90%).

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

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 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 29.575 29.667 30.660 30.020 30.060 30.100 31.077 37.354 38.992 42.669 45.008 45.823 52.137 56.860 47.820 44.375 47.540 47.400 47.540 47.560 47.940 48.380 48.660 49.000 50.180 50.280 50.480 50.600 50.960 52.100 53.100 55.700 60.740 68.000 73.969 78.000 76.885 78.400 81.838 84.862 86.900 90.000 93.315 95.469 98.900 98.885 98.962 96.285 99.562 104.169 106.277 104.992 116.585 123.477 123.523 129.054 133.877 133.638 136.162 128.362 121.238 112.515 111.008 113.669 108.108 100.600 98.469 103.869 102.300 101.362 103.654 111.292 112.797 112.748 116.963 111.375 116.246 121.196 121.864 125.433 122.750 120.207 123.058 127.034 116.481 97.790

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Buying power of $20 since 1935

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Women's dresses, over time, for $20 beginning in 1935. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1935 $20.00 -
1936 $20.06 0.31%
1937 $20.73 3.35%
1938 $20.30 -2.09%
1939 $20.33 0.13%
1940 $20.36 0.13%
1941 $21.02 3.25%
1942 $25.26 20.20%
1943 $26.37 4.39%
1944 $28.85 9.43%
1945 $30.44 5.48%
1946 $30.99 1.81%
1947 $35.26 13.78%
1948 $38.45 9.06%
1949 $32.34 -15.90%
1950 $30.01 -7.20%
1951 $32.15 7.13%
1952 $32.05 -0.29%
1953 $32.15 0.30%
1954 $32.16 0.04%
1955 $32.42 0.80%
1956 $32.72 0.92%
1957 $32.91 0.58%
1958 $33.14 0.70%
1959 $33.93 2.41%
1960 $34.00 0.20%
1961 $34.14 0.40%
1962 $34.22 0.24%
1963 $34.46 0.71%
1964 $35.23 2.24%
1965 $35.91 1.92%
1966 $37.67 4.90%
1967 $41.08 9.05%
1968 $45.98 11.95%
1969 $50.02 8.78%
1970 $52.75 5.45%
1971 $51.99 -1.43%
1972 $53.02 1.97%
1973 $55.34 4.39%
1974 $57.39 3.69%
1975 $58.77 2.40%
1976 $60.86 3.57%
1977 $63.10 3.68%
1978 $64.56 2.31%
1979 $66.88 3.59%
1980 $66.87 -0.02%
1981 $66.92 0.08%
1982 $65.11 -2.71%
1983 $67.33 3.40%
1984 $70.44 4.63%
1985 $71.87 2.02%
1986 $71.00 -1.21%
1987 $78.84 11.04%
1988 $83.50 5.91%
1989 $83.53 0.04%
1990 $87.27 4.48%
1991 $90.53 3.74%
1992 $90.37 -0.18%
1993 $92.08 1.89%
1994 $86.80 -5.73%
1995 $81.99 -5.55%
1996 $76.09 -7.19%
1997 $75.07 -1.34%
1998 $76.87 2.40%
1999 $73.11 -4.89%
2000 $68.03 -6.94%
2001 $66.59 -2.12%
2002 $70.24 5.48%
2003 $69.18 -1.51%
2004 $68.55 -0.92%
2005 $70.10 2.26%
2006 $75.26 7.37%
2007 $76.28 1.35%
2008 $76.25 -0.04%
2009 $79.10 3.74%
2010 $75.32 -4.78%
2011 $78.61 4.37%
2012 $81.96 4.26%
2013 $82.41 0.55%
2014 $84.82 2.93%
2015 $83.01 -2.14%
2016 $81.29 -2.07%
2017 $83.22 2.37%
2018 $85.91 3.23%
2019 $78.77 -8.31%
2020 $66.13 -16.05%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for women's dresses, 1935-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1935 * 1935 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Women's dresses was 29.575 in the year 1935 and 97.790 in 2020:

97.790 / 29.575 * $20 = $66.13

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" as $66.13 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Women's dresses).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Women's dresses in 1935. In addition to women's dresses, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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