and Goodbyes


With the idea of cost per wear applying to apparel, the idea of cost per use for beauty products is equally intriguing to me. Ala Eva Chen, here are the items I finished in February.



February 2017 Buys…


Hi, all! Welcome to the first in a new series on MAD About Style. Each month, I’ll be sharing what I purchased and if I got a sweet deal on it. Follow along to see what the cost per wear/use of each item works out to be! (more…)

Off the Shoulder Top & Grey Skinny Jeans

I love this top and these jeans so much, I wore this exact outfit two times in three weeks. The first time I wore this outfit was to dinner with my alumnae advisor council. I volunteer as an advisor for the Delta Rho chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi at DePaul University here in Chicago.

This is the street I grew up on in Quincy, Illinois. Something seemed right about shooting my new outfit posts in the place where it all began.



MAD Musings: What Price Constitutes Good Cost Per Wear?

It’s shocking how I didn’t think of this before. This space is all about getting the most out of your wardrobe, both wearability and financially.

At what price is cost per wear most valuable? Under $5? $1? All the way to zero?

If it’s down to an even $0.00, it’s harder than you think. For example, I’ve worn my favorite American Eagle black wash tomgirl jeans about 15 times. The current cost per wear is $2.50. Wearing them between 35 and 40 times decreases the cost per wear to around $1.00. In order to get them to $0.00, I would have to wear them over 1,200 times!

Wearing a pair of jeans over 1,200 times is a lot. Clothing takes a beating from wearing and washing. The cost of clothing depreciates just like a car does when you drive it off the lot. Now, an expensive item that would incur a high initial cost per wear, such as a classic style handbag, is worth the investment. It is something that, with proper care, can last for years and years.

So at what point do we consider things we’ve paid for to be of the best value? Til they fall apart and are not wearable anymore? A certain amount of time? A cost per wear? Til you fall out of love with it? For me, it is a combination of these.

Share your thoughts on what constitutes getting the most value out of your wardrobe. I’d love to hear from you!



Classic Duffle

I admit it: I love the smell of new leather. Just like some people crave new car smell, I crave new leather smell. It just smells so clean and full of possibility! I got the sense of new possibilities when I unwrapped this lovely birthday present to myself back in August: the large Coach duffle from the revamped Legacy collection. I choose this camel color as the perfect neutral addition to my ever-expanding handbag collection. The long strap gives great conversion to a cross body position and the tassel is just adorable. The cream sweater and suede boots were easy and comfortable with the bag. Threw on a tri-colored necklace and I was ready for my day. Enjoy all!

Classic Duffle

Classic Duffle 2

Sweater-American Eagle Outfitters. Retail Price: $44.50. Purchase Price: $44.50. Times Worn: 8. Cost Per Wear: $5.56.

Jeans-American Eagle Outfitters.

Handbag-Coach. Retail Price: $398. Purchase Price: $298.50. Times Worn/Carried: 65. Cost Per Wear: $4.59.

Boots-Maurices. Retail Price: $20. Purchase Price: $20. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear: $2.



MAD Outfit: Autumn Florals

Hello all! Today’s post breaks my favorite fashion faux pas: wearing white pants after Labor Day. I know some people still swear this is unacceptable; I say whatevs! White pants/skirts/shorts are a great neutral year round so don’t be afraid to bust them out!

Autumn Florals 2

I love rolling up a pair of skinny cut pants to reveal the glory of the shoe, in this case a killer pair of booties with a tassel-pull zipper from Coach.

Autumn Florals 1

Shirt-LC Lauren Conrad (Kohl’s). Retail Price: $44. Purchase Price: $30.80. Times Worn: 4. Cost Per Wear: $7.70.

Pants-American Eagle Outfitters. Retail Price: $39.50. Purchase Price: $29.63. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear: $2.96.

Belt-Fossil (Macy’s).

Booties-Coach. Retail Price: $298. Purchase Price: $201. Times Worn: 6. Cost Per Wear: $33.50.