What Is Cost Per Wear?

Photography | Paul Masamo
Cost Per Wear, nancie Mwai (5)

I have worn these pants twice before on the blog, check here(Office Inspired) and here(Casual Look). However today, I’m styling them with a little bit of ratchetness with my deep v plunge bodysuit. I love these Rebecca Minkoff pants so much, I got them 3 years ago, when I got them I didn’t intend to wear them as much as I do. I think I’ve over done it. So how does Cost Per Wear Apply to this?

Cost Per Wear is a life changing formula that helps you know the worth of an item you’re buying. It’s very easy to understand, nothing like the Pythagorean Theorem…so chill. Let’s get into those numbers!

Cost Per Wear (CPW)= Total Cost Of Item / Number of Days you’ll wear it

Here’s an example, you buy this amazing dress for kes 3,500 and you wear it once per year, the CPW is kes 3,500. Here’s another example, you buy a pair of simple denims for kes 5000 and you wear them twice a week, the CPW is kes 48. You’re getting more out of your denims than the one dress that you bought.

In all honestly I don’t use this formula when shopping, as much as I hate shopping, it is supposed to be fun not a math class. However this formula has helped me avoid unnecessary purchases. For those who have been around this blog from back in the day know I used to sell second hand clothes. What happens is, every cute thing you see, you want to buy. Even though it’s not your style or doesn’t fit. When clothes are cheaper we tend to over spend on unnecessary things. It’s okay to accumulate clothes, accessories and shoes that you use but don’t waste space on stuff that you don’t even use in a period of 1 year.

What I do is, every 6 months I clear my closet, any item I did not wear for 6 months needs to go. I either sell them or give them away to charity. You need to save your coins!!

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Wearing: Neon 27 Black Bodysuit, Urbano Gallery Pink Bag, Rebecca Minkoff Corey pants, Sam Edelman Claire Pump, Samsung Gear S2. 
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10 Comments

  1. 17/02/2016 / 14:15

    We get so possessive over clothes-especially for most of us who are impulse buyers-I have to confess…its about time! After doing the CPW math…that spring clean is overdue!

  2. 17/02/2016 / 16:34

    Killing it! I love love the outfit,the photos,the poses,you nailed it!

  3. 17/02/2016 / 20:49

    Well,If Mr. Q found out this formula!!
    I also give away what I do not wear and I am currently trying to build a capsule wardrobe.

    Great piece and nothing ratchet about the look; Daring!!

  4. Vee
    18/02/2016 / 00:15

    Thanks I have learnt something new on CPW. Alot of my dresses have higher CPW than say my blazers or jeans. Especially evening/party dresses which most times cost much yet are worn once a year ( if lucky to get another event, maybe twice but you don’t want too many repeats , lol) . It’s really tough being us.

    • 18/02/2016 / 18:49

      It is…let’s not even talk about CPW on shoes!

  5. Michelle Elenee
    18/02/2016 / 23:13

    Didn’t know about the CPW, so that’s something very new to me. I’m getting better in purchasing only clothes that I will wear often. Gone are the days when I could just walk in H&M for instance and buy all the cute cheap clothes. Only to wear them a few time or never wear them. I’ve been cleaning my closet very slowly this winter and I think, I’ll soon be left with what suits my style and not what I think it’s cute

    Btw, I love the pictures so much 🙂

    Michelle

  6. Silvia_njoki
    22/02/2016 / 10:38

    sexy!! fire!!

  7. Perpetua Adoyo
    25/02/2016 / 18:35

    I agree with Silvia there is nothing ratchet about this outfit…stunning!

  8. john kidenda
    27/04/2016 / 15:27

    I absolutely loved this post! I started applying a minimalist approach to my dressing this year. I like how cost per wear adds a ‘value metric’ to the assessment of what should remain in my wardrobe. #Greatstuff

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