Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

What I Wore – The Stats

The turkey coma is abating!

After a weekend away in which our munchkin was in a trying mood (mental development phase for the win…) we’re happy to be home and back in the swing of things. By back in the swing of things, I mean I took the day off work and I’m doing things I want to do. Like blogging.

Consistency is a work in progress over here.

Back to the subject matter! September 30th marked the last day of my first full year of wardrobe tracking! For those of you not familiar, I downloaded the StyleBook app on my phone last fall, and have been tracking what I wear on it ever since. To say it has been enlightening would be an understatement.

This is going to be a two part post, because TL;DR.

Let’s start with the happy stuff! My most worn!

To say my jeans are work horses would be an understatement. I wore blue jeans 179 days last year. That’s almost 6 full months split between those three pairs! Even more impressive is the fact that I only just started fitting into that top pair in January, so it doesn’t even have a full 12 months of wear on it in these stats.

You know what’s even more impressive? I bought those jeans a month after I met my husband… in 2011. They have earned their keep!

And the sadness list. It isn’t lost of me that a lot of my workout clothes were only worn once on this list, lol. This drives home for me the fact that I am not a allowed to buy more exercise clothes, especially since I’m not exercising! The whole “If I buy it I’ll have to use it” train of thought doesn’t work on me, and I recognize that now. I didn’t recognize it for many years.

Anyway, a lot of this is accessories (I rarely add them), clothes I wore in the early months postpartum, and nicer office clothes. These are going to get some scrutiny this year, but they’re not on the full out chopping block yet.

Anyway, back to the happy! After a year of tracking, eleven of my items made it to under $1 per wear! Unsurprisingly, a lot of the items are cotton t-shirts and thrifted items that are inexpensive to begin with. That’s not the case for everything though! Those red flats are my 6th most worn item of clothing, originally cost me $42.49, and have no signs of slowing down any time soon. Further down the list you can see my skinny jeans from 2011 also made the top 25 list. Not bad for a single year of wear!

On the slightly more painful end of the spectrum, my worst cost per wear. Some office wear, some postpartum wear, and some expensive purchases.

Fortunately, the devil is in the details. Those burgundy pumps? I wear them to the office in the autumn (which I didn’t go to last year), and I’ve been wearing them since 2009. That trench coat beside it? I bought that in 2010. A lot of these items are season specific, and I was the wrong size during that season last year. One item even shows up on my most worn list! My Mulberry purse was a gift from my husband in 2015. I expect the cost per wear on a lot of these to drop quickly now that I’m back at work.

I’d say this post has gotten long enough for today. Next post I’ll share some of the things I learned about my wardrobe (and myself) through tracking all of this.

As an aside, if you want to start tracking your stats don’t get too hung up on the app’s recommendations for taking perfect pictures. You can see above that I definitely didn’t. If I needed a perfect image in order to do my tracking, this project would have died off a long time ago. Snap a picture you recognize, and get that data going in there. You can change it to a “perfect” picture at a later date (or not).

Do you track your wardrobe’s stats? What is your most worn item?


4 Responses to “What I Wore – The Stats”

  1. Jess says:

    This is so so interesting! I’m definitely intrigued to do it for myself because I feel like I wear certain things all the time but have no way to track it (aside from occasional IG OOTD posts).

  2. Val says:

    This is awesome that you used the app for a year and collected the data!!! I would love to have this info on my wardrobe but know it is on the priority B list for now.

    There are some items that were quite an investment that made it to your top worn or under $1 per use. Shows it’s definitely worth it to spend the money on certain items. I am excited to read your next post on what you learned etc.

  3. Mica says:

    This was fascinating to see! I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this app btu I’ve never downloaded it as the first step of photographing everything seems a bit daunting to me! I’m slowly downsizing my wardrobe, but I do know I have a lot further to go. It’s nice it calculates cost per wear for you too. I don’t do that often, I tend to do it with my handbags sometimes if I’m selling them. In a few cases it’s negative cost per wear as I sell them for the same or more than what I paid for them, so that’s always nice. I gloss over the ones I sell at a major loss, haha!

    Hope you are having a nice start to the week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • The Minuteglass says:

      If you find the step of photographing your entire wardrobe daunting, you could always photograph things as you wear them? If you’re trying to determine which items should stay and which ones should go, you could use an item’s absence after a set length of time as a marker?

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I'm Cassie.

I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.