by guest blogger, Julie
No matter if you’re a luxury-exclusive lady, a hoarder of high-low, or fascinated with fast fashion, the way you choose to curate your closet says a lot about what you value and how you view your pocketbook. The Fast Fashioner can’t comprehend spending hard earned dollars on a single purchase of posh heels while the Luxy Lady doesn’t see value in opening her wallet for terribly trendy $20 blouses she deems unwearable by season’s end.
So, how do we stay true to our style whilst remaining a fiscally responsible fashion seeker? It all comes down to a little equation called Cost Per Wear or CPW.
Cost Per Wear = Item Cost/How Many Times The Piece is Worn.
For example, a seemingly budget-blowing, well-made designer handbag that’s non-seasonal can be used 8 seasons on average, but a more money-friendly high street purchased purse, while on trend, is built to last only one season. Which investment is actually more frugal: the Fab or the Grab?
$1500/730 (average wears) = $2.05 cost per wear
High Street Handbag:
$350/90 (average wears) = $3.88 cost per wear
OR…you find yourself fancying trendy punches of pink floral this season. You’re well aware that this hunger for flower power will pass at season’s end, maybe squeezing 7 wears out of the piece. Should you shoot for the stars and invest in the couture or pinch your pennies and opt for an online deal??
$600/7 (average wears) = $85.71 cost per wear
$70/7 (average wears) = $10.00 cost per wear
Now that you’re thinking about the value of clothes you covet, not just the price, how do you find “Can’t-Live-Without” pieces that are ROI high?
1. Look for figure flattering items that accent your assets. These pieces will become your grab and go most loved items because you look amazing in them.
2. Seek classic, well-tailored and constructed pieces. No one ever fell into an expertly-made money pit.
Regatta Stripe Dress $239
3. Get your hands on timeless, versatile pieces…think Little, think Black, think Dress.
Leticia Dress $498
4. Covet comfortable basics in premium fabrics…because the only thing better than basics, are basics that last.
5. Sack yourself a seasonless bag that takes you from fall to summer in neutral colors and materials. This takes the “think” out of accessorizing.
6. Develop a fetish for hand finishing. Whether it’s a hand knit piece or hand finished detail, these garments are often made out of sublime fabrics and higher quality threads. No need to mention the great care and attention to detail. The price tag might be slightly higher, but expert experienced hands can execute much more than a well-oiled machine, producing pieces that will outlast any production line-made good.
And remember, smart shopping doesn’t mean price chopping! If you keep CPW in mind you’ll be able to wear your clothes more wisely because you’ve looked beyond the price tag and found the true value.