04 March 2010

Cost per wear

Cost per wear. The first time I read those words together was in a fashion magazine which was trying to justify why purchasing an outrageously expensive article of clothing actually makes sense. Really, the concept makes sense. Spending more money on an article of clothing that you'll use frequently and that's constructed well enough to hold up over time is a smart use of money.

For me, the top end of what I'm willing to spend on a piece of clothing is drastically smaller than what many fashion magazines would like me to spend.  Still, it's nice to pick up pieces that I'll use over and over and to different venues that I know will last. Again, another advantage of buying vintage. Clothes that can handle prancing around the world for 40, 50, 60 or more years can usually stand up to any abuse I may put them through and live to move on to another wearer. Take that for cost per wear.

On the weekend:

Vint Weekend
1970s graphic acrylic sweater by he limited available at Adore Vintage for $56
Orange lace sequin cami available at Wet Seal for $7.50
Boyfriend jeans by 7 for All Mankind available at piperlime for $198
Orange pointed flat available at GOjane for $11.10
1970s brass earrings available at Adore Vintage for $12
Brown faux leather handbag available at Tilly's for $25
Leather wrap bracelet by Rachel Leigh available at Zappos for $100

At work:
1970s graphic acrylic sweater by he limited available at Adore Vintage for $56
Sage lace button front cami available at TOPSHOP for $50
1960s drop earrings available at Adore Vintage for $13
Navy button down skirt by Steven Alan available at Net-a-porter for $170
1960s orb ring available at Adore Vintage for $18
1900 celluloid French Exposition change purse available at The Purse Place on Ruby Lane for $75
Faux leather Sheldun Boot by Madden Girl available on Endless for $54

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