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…)
Shoot Location: All America Park, Quincy, IL.
I love all things leather. This cream faux leather laser cut top almost didn’t make the cut when I purged my closet of all things not black a few months ago. But I just couldn’t part with such a cute, versatile piece.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Pants-American Eagle Outfitters. Retail Price: $39.50. Purchase Price: $29.63. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear: $2.96.
Booties-Coach. Retail Price: $298. Purchase Price: $201. Times Worn: 6. Cost Per Wear: $33.50.