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How to Figure Out Your Cost Per Wear

When shopping for my wardrobe basics, I believe in purchasing quality over quantity. After purchasing an item, I want to feel like I’ll get my money out of that item. I try not to splurge on trendy pieces because I know I won’t wear the pieces enough to get my money’s worth out of them.

Just because something is on sale does not mean you need to buy it.  Ask yourself how many pieces already in your closet can you wear this item with.  If you can't see several outfits with this item and you know you won’t wear it very many times, leave it.

One way you can figure out if an item is worth you purchasing it is to calculate your cost per wear.

What is cost per wear?

Cost per Wear (CPW) = total cost of the item/ the number of times you will wear it

This is a quick calculation you can do to help you decide on whether or not you should make a purchase. Let’s take a look at the cost per wear of a few staple pieces you should definitely have in your closet.

White Button Down Blouse

Let’s say you purchase a white button down blouse for $218. You will wear that blouse at least 1 per month for a year.

CPW =  $218/12

CPW = $18.17

Your cost per wear for that blouse is $18.17.

The Classic Trench

Here’s a trench coat for $148. You will wear that trench at least 10 days per month f0r four months (40 days).

CPW = $148/40

CPW = $3.70

Classic Pump

Let’s say you spot that classic pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps you have always wanted. The pumps are $595. You will wear those pumps to work at least once every week for a year.

CPW = $595/52

CPW = $11.44

Once you have calculated your cost per for an item, you can make a decision on whether you feel that item is worth the cost. This method works for some people and tends to keep them from over shopping. However, some people tend to use it to justify a purchase they were going to make anyway. Hopefully, it will help you make informed decisions when purchasing your wardrobe basics.

What are your thoughts on using the cost per wear method? Let me know in the comments. You can also reach out to me on social media.

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