If you ever wonder where one of the girls on The Bachelor gets a certain outfit she has, the best person to ask is her directly, because the girls have to come prepared. Apparently, the ladies are told to bring fancy clothes, athletic wear, and clothes for any other possible occasion, for both warm and cold climates.
Mic reported that the third episode of the 20th season opened with one contestant whispering to another on the patio of the Bachelor Mansion: "Olivia said she spent, like, $40,000 on clothes. It's insane." While fashion and television blogger Dana Weiss, better known as Possessionista, told Mic in that same article that she doubts Olivia spent that much, the point is that all the contestants have to buy their own clothes. Weiss has relationships with ABC, stylists and even the contestants themselves, who will send her breakdowns of their outfits.
Weiss told Mic that all contestants must provide their own outfits. The only women who get any clothing perks are the two finalists, who each get a dress provided by the network for the finale episode. It's also worth noting that even though a contestant can be sent home after the first night, she must have packed enough clothes to last the entire length of the show. This means investing in a variety of outfits to prepare for various travel destinations and climates — from icy winter gear to tropical beachwear.
Jillian Harris, the former Bachelor contestant turned Bachelorette, confirmed this on her blog, writing "The girls do have to bring all of their own clothing and of course, they want to be wearing the best clothes EVER to be seen on TV in!!! I had re-mortgaged my house and I spent something like $8,000 on clothing." She addressed whether she thought a contestant could have possibly spent $40k on clothing, saying, "now that designer labels are even more important, I can see how someone can spend that … easily!!!!!"
Spending all that money just to get on the show… we'd be upset if we didn't get a rose too!