Crazy Fashion Secrets You Never Knew About The Bachelor and The Bachelorette
With The Bachelor finale happening on Monday, most viewers are captivated with thoughts about whether the dreamy Ben Higgins will be popping the question to Lauren or JoJo. And while it’s gonna be interesting (hello, he said “I love you” to both women), we’ve been spending some time thinking about the fashion—specifically, how much the ladies shell out for outfits they’ll wear throughout the show’s approximate six-week run time. Per our investigation and some number crunching, we came up with a rough figure of $6,000 per woman, keeping in mind that all contestants arrive at the mansion with two allotted bags and a destiny-driven conviction that they’re in it for the long haul.
This season might have been the first time that the cost of the required outfits was actually mentioned, with some girl-to-girl gossip about a contestant who said she spent around $40,000 on everything she packed (meanwhile, season 13’s Jillian Harris said she spent $5,000). Even if the style commitment has required the occasional iffy financial move, including re-mortgaging houses and cashing in 401(k)s, contestants don’t have to totally splurge. Ladies are loaned clothes, bags of freebies greet them when they arrive, and there’s even some sisterly sharing going on.
Still, a girl’s gotta be prepared, and it’s not crazy to imagine you’d want to look your best if you were both meeting your prospective husband and appearing on national TV. To get to our $6k estimate, we studied the outfit IDs Sharleen Joynt, a contestant on the last season of The Bachelor, has been sharing, plus info on what went into her suitcase when she was searching for love. Plug average retail prices for the sorts of brands mentioned (e.g., ASOS, H&M, Bebe) into the incredibly organized packing list from The Bachelorette‘s Desiree Hartsock, and voila, your number.
More wardrobe secrets?
The girls have to be ready for anything.
“Before dates, a producer will tell you more or less what you need to wear. Nothing that will give away the activity, but vague things like, ‘Something comfortable you can walk in,'” Joynt wrote on her blog.
Even if they packed their own closets, professional help is available.
The show’s had a longtime relationship with stylist Cary Fetman, who is on-call for the full duration of taping. “There are a couple of dates in the middle of the season where I step in and help dress someone,” he’s said.
No stripes. Or small prints.
In order to be camera-friendly, contestants are told not to pack white, big patterns, stripes, or small checked prints.
The women don’t chose their outfit for the finale.
Instead, ABC picks up the tab and decides what each hopeful will wear.
Kate Middleton wore a shirt that was on The Bachelor.
Fun, huh? During her hometown date, Lauren layered a black moto jacket over a plaid Zara shirt that the Duchess wore when hanging with Prince George at a petting zoo.
The bachelor or bachelorette get to keep the clothes after their season.
Even though Fetman has the star bring a suitcase of their own pieces, a round of shopping happens before production begins. “In the end, each Bachelorette leaves with a nice, new wardrobe,” he’s revealed.
Ben’s wardrobe is pretty stylish too.
Armed with a stylist, his outfits are probably a touch more fashionable than what he’d wear IRL. Recent looks have included Rag & Bone, Joe’s Jeans, and John Varvatos.
We’ll leave you with this: No matter how expensive it costs to get outfitted for an appearance on The Bachelor, it’s even crazier when you’re the star of the show. When Emily Maynard was The Bachelorette, ABC allotted $350,000 for her wardrobe (a figure which Fetman said they still went over).
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