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.

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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’.

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4 thoughts on “Numbers – How often can I wear what I have?

  1. This is like catnip to a cost-per-wear-obsessed girl like me. I have to tell you, your previously discussed concept of 12 of an item = 13 wears per season (assuming a 26 week season) was profound to me. It’s so simple yet says it all. I have yet to figure out why I feel that I wear things all the time, when the numbers prove its not true. Any ideas on that?

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  2. Ha – catnip! I think maybe the fact that we don’t evenly wear our clothes in a category affects the wear numbers. Sure, we may figure 6 skirts for temperate season worn 4 times, but maybe in reality wear 2 skirts a lot, find one too dressy, another maybe too hard to pair with transitional footwear, etc, etc. I don’t actually track CPW exactly but would guess this to be the case.
    Also, we tend to wear our newer things. So perhaps 3 of the skirts are over 2 years old, and 2 of them are brand new this season. I can guess which would likely get double the wears 😉

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