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 cutΒ 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.

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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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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!