I began the week discussing cost per wear (CPW)…particularly in regards to my Eileen Fisher clothing. But, cost per wear is important for our entire wardrobe and there are tricks to keeping it lower beyond the price of the garments.
First of all, take inventory about every six months of your wardrobe. What pieces do you wear often…what pieces are you not wearing as often and then assess why or why not in each circumstance. It should not be a surprise if there are garments you have worn minimal times, the cost per wear is going to be much higher and needs consideration before you purchase something similar again.
I have my five adjectives that I want to communicate with my clothing. If the garment does not communicate all five of those adjectives, then I do not purchase it. That helps me define my personal style and keeps my wardrobe consistent, like a family.
I am wearing this outfit today to demonstrate two brands I wear often…Chicos (the top) and Soft Surroundings (the capri pants). I have some Chicos garments which have been in my wardrobe for 30 years and I still wear them. Soft Surroundings has been in my closet for at least 15 years. The CPW of these pieces is very low. But, of course, I have occasionally been off the mark…especially with the ups and downs of my weight. I take note of what works and what doesn’t and move along those that do not work. So often, I have been able to go past a garment in a store and leave it there because I know it will not be worn as often. When I do try on clothing, I always look at a three way mirror if available. Sometimes I will not purchase because of how different angles look!! A three way mirror can be a girl’s best friend.
My biggest mistakes have happened when I thought I was saving money and purchased a clearance item without taking time to scrutinize it. I mean really look at the messaging, the fit, and the way it works with my lifestyle and rest of my wardrobe. If I just go for it because it is on sale and not spend time with it…often a mistake will be made.
I also think about how many different things I can pair a piece with. You can see here this top has black, gray, white and purple in it…goes with many different items.
I will caution you yet again to not shop online or in a store when you are in a hurry. Take the time to evaluate and ask the right questions so your cost per wear will be low and spending justified no matter what the price is.
I hope this helps! Have a glorious Wednesday and…………………………………………………………………