cost per wear

Cream Laser Cut Top & Black Skort

Shoot Location: All America Park, Quincy, IL.

I love all things leather. This cream faux leather laser cut┬átop 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.

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Speaking of cute, versatile pieces: let’s talk about this black faux leather skort. I was so excited that skorts were a thing again. It was a big throwback to my early elementary school days.

Also, these Coach aviators, aka the only pair of sunglasses I’ve worn for the last two years.

I’ve worn these Zara booties so much, I’ve had the toes and heel taps replaced twice. If anyone knows of a similar, closed toe style, let me know! I can’t repair these forever.




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Zara cream faux leather laser cut top. Retail Price: $69.90; Purchase Price: $39.90. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear:$3.99. Similar top here.

Zara black faux leather skort. Retail Price & Purchase Price: approximately $49.90. Times Worn: 15. Cost Per Wear: $3.33. Similar skort here.

Zara black suede ankle booties. Retail Price & Purchase Price: $69.90. Times Worn: 50+. Cost Per Wear at 50 Wears: $1.40.

Coach aviator sunglasses. Retail Price: $150. Purchase Price: $75. Times Worn: 300+. Cost Per Wear at 300 Wears: $0.25. (WHAT?! #costperwearallstar)


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.



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



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.

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!