Numbers – How often can I wear what I have?

It has been a while since I did some number crunching.  I’ve been very busy working (in uniform) and had little time to blog, or wear my ‘street’ clothes for that matter.  Today I have some time to get back to analyzing my wardrobe.

I’ve still been buying even though I’ve been very rarely wearing my clothes lately.  I keep an eye open for items on my list even if I don’t need them immediately.  This is great in amassing a nice wardrobe, but can get out of control if you lose touch with what you really can wear versus just collecting nice clothes.  Luckily, I have also been very on top of paring down what isn’t getting worn anymore.  My closet numbers are actually steadily slowly going down.  I know I still have more than I need.  But I have less than ever before.

In light of this fact, I got to figuring what I could reasonably wear of what I own, given my uniform for work and the seasons where I live.  (I have split my time over the last decade living between Florida and Tahoe, but we aim to stay put here in the mountains so my seasons will now reflect that.)

I work 2 jobs, both in uniforms.  I figured on a somewhat generous estimate of wearing street clothes 3 days per week.  This could include just for a few hours out to dinner after a shift, or going to lunch with a GF after a run.  I think it’s important to understand fully how you really wear your clothes. Sometimes my day off means only running clothes and then loungewear.  It doesn’t always follow a, b, c – casual for weekend, etc, etc.  With that in mind, here is what my wearing rates look like with my ‘dozen’ wardrobe.


wear rates

As you can see, nothing gets worn more than 10 times!!  The skirts get 2 wears each in the heat, and then another 4 wears in the temperate shoulder seasons, for a total of 6 wears.  The pants, 5 wears in winter and then about half of them get another 4 wears in the shoulder season.  This is all averaged out, obviously.  No one wears their clothes exactly evenly in every category.  But it’s a good starting point to realizing just how often your items can actually ‘come out to play’.

Great skirt, not so great outfit.

I had an occasion to wear my A.L.C. Peter leather moto skirt the other night.  Went out for a nice steakhouse dinner.  But we were in a hurry, and I was sort of afraid of dressing up too much, so I chose not the best top to go with it.  My instinct was to grab a silky blouse (either my Equipment Parker or an H&M wrap drape front).  Instead I grabbed a berry cowl neck knit top.  Basically a kind of fancy tee shirt.

ALC Peter leather skirt

Finished with pointy berry suede slingbacks, which I love and would have worn with any of the above tops.  They are just about 2″, so not too high with such a short skirt.  Topped with my snakeskin patterned cotton blazer by Express.

Just the wrong top threw it all off.  Too casual.  The style was off.  The bottom hem covered the cool moto detailing of the skirt.  All of it.  To be honest, it made me question whether I really liked the skirt all that much after all.  Days later I came to my senses and realized it was just in need of better styling.

Next time I’m going with my instinct, too dressy or not.  Trying to compromise the look to fit in with my surroundings better didn’t work, and I shouldn’t have even tried it.  This is a statement skirt.  And to try and tone it down is counter intuitive.  I will be tucking in a nice blouse next time to show off the cool details and then I’ll decide how I feel about my designer leather skirt!