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.

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This is my holy shit, so excited face! Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Maurices black off the shoulder top. Retail Price: $29. Purchase Price: $22.61. Times Worn: 2. Cost Per Wear: $11.31. On sale now for $12.49!

J Brand gray skinny jeans

Zara black patent leather pumps. Retail/Purchase Price: $69.90. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear: $6.99. Blister blocks to prevent these shoes from leaving deeper scars on the back of my ankles: priceless.

Coach black leather Romy satchel. Retail Price: $298. Purchase Price: $223.50. Times Worn: over 100. Cost Per Wear: $2.24.

H&M silver collar necklace. Retail/Purchase Price: $15. Times Worn: 30. Cost Per Wear: $0.05.

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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.

Necklace-Akira.

 

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!

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

MAD Outfit: Shirt Tails

Anyone remember the 80’s cartoon, The Shirt Tails?! While racking my brain for a clever title, I thought something like “Denim Shirtdress” or “Leather and Denim” seemed generic, yet effective. All of a sudden shirt tails popped into my head and that was it. I wore this outfit to Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away tour with Hunter Hayes. Great show with my mom, aunt and cousin! There was a hilarious moment unfortunately not captured on camera where I bent over asking my cousin if I could possibly wear this dress without tights and not have my behind hanging out. It felt a little shorter than expected when I tried it on, but I think it will be okay once temps inch back up in the spring.

Also this is the debut of my new Coach Legacy bag, the Rory tote. If you’re in the market for a new classic handbag with a twist, there’s nothing better than the Legacy collection right now. Lots of punchy colors for the holidays and great shapes and sizes too. Have a great week!

Shirtdress-American Eagle. Retail Price: $49.95. Purchase Price: $46.25. Times Worn: 1. Cost Per Wear; $46.25.

Belt-came with dress or skirt from Maurices.

Tights-George (Wal-Mart.) Retail Price: $5.97 per pair. Purchase Price: $5.97 per pair. Times Worn: 3. Cost Per Wear: $1.99.

Boots-Coach. Retail Price: $548. Purchase Price: $219.20. Times Worn: 51. Cost Per Wear: $4.30.

Handbag-Coach. Retail Price: $398. Purchase Price: $298.50. Times Worn: 20. Cost Per Wear: $14.93.

Sunglasses-Coach.

MAD Outfit: Proud to be an American

Quick post: This patriotic bib necklace arrived from BaubleBar just in time for Election Day. I threw it on with a denim shirt for a heavy dose of Americana, hit the polls before work and am now sitting here flipping between a special on the presidency on the History Channel and Brian Williams and team on NBC.

So this isn’t the greatest picture but hey I was rushed!

Shirt-American Eagle. Retail Price: $39.50. Purchase Price: $29.63. Times Worn: 4. Cost Per Wear: $7.41.

Necklace-BaubleBar. Retail Price: $28. Purchase Price: $28.00. Times Worn: 1. Cost Per Wear: $28.

Below is where I posted myself for the results! Also see my Coach Legacy Leather Duffle, my birthday present to myself this year. Retail Price: $398.00. Purchase Price: $298.50. Times Worn: 45. Cost Per Wear: $6.63.

MAD Outfit: Pastel Stripes

Temperatures have finally gone down enough to break out the sweaters and boots without having to wear a heavy coat yet. The second I spotted this sweater at American Eagle, I knew I could construct an outfit around these awesome gray Coach boots. Enjoy the fall weather while it lasts!

Sweater-American Eagle. Retail Price: $39.95. Purchase Price: $23.97. Times Worn: 1. Cost Per Wear: $23.97.

Jeans-American Eagle. Retail Price: $49.50. Purchase Price: $34.99. Times Worn: 5. Cost Per Wear: $7.00.

Boots-Coach. Retail Price: $548. Purchase Price: $219.20. Times Worn: 50. Cost Per Wear: $4.38.

Sunglasses-Coach.