This is an intriguing topic that I rarely see addressed in fashion magazines: namely, do females ever think about the NUMBER of times they’ll wear a garment or use an accessory versus the COST of the item? We’re not talking about bridesmaid’s dresses here – where many say, “I don’t think I’ll ever wear this again.” I’m talking about regular stuff for morning, afternoon or evening.
For example, I bought a Jones New York blouse that I’ve worn forever because the fabric is great, it looks good on me, I get compliments off and on when I wear it and, finally, it was relatively inexpensive. On the other hand, I bought a pricey suit for a job interview that I wore exactly once. I was sure when I bought it that I’d wear it often – never did – months later it went in a plastic bag to the Salvation Army (I got the job).
In view of the above I was very taken with an article in Harper’s Bazaar, September 2019 penned by Katherine Ormerod who came up with some interesting fashion math. Actress Reese Witherspoon was seen carrying a Celine Medium C bag priced at $3,300 for a recent trip to New York to promote a movie. The same bag was seen a number of times so Ormerod came up with this equation: Four wears per week x 52 weeks = $16 per wear. This bag sounds like a steal.
Reese Witherspoon and the famous Celine
INVEST IN A CHIC STAPLE
According to Roopal Patel, the fashion director at Saks, “an iconic classic-style handbag from a heritage house will withstand trends.” Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-Porter, agrees. “An investment piece is something you would never give away. It can be worn for decades and passed down for generations."
“I DON’T GIVE A DANG ABOUT NO TABOO”
Those words were uttered by actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish about the now famous $4,000 white halter gown she wore on Saturday Night Live. She has worn her Alexander McQueen number to five public outings (including a 2017 red-carpet premiere and the 2018 Academy Awards) so in two years (or factored over a decade) this dazzler = $160 cost-per-wear.
NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
Ormerod writes, “Kate is a serial outfit recycler, with a particular talent for styling flourishes to keep her past-season duds looking brand-new. Consider her tartan coatdress, also tailored by Alexander McQueen.
The Duchess of Cambridge and her McQueen coatdress – très chic
First worn back in 2012 for a visit to her prep school, it took center stage on Christmas Day in 2013 paired with a Gina Foster hat before being teamed with an emerald green scarf. She is following Princess Anne who has been keeping outfits in rotation for more than three decades.” Here’s the equation for Kate and her tartan coat which was $7,200 and has had three wears in seven years to = $480 cost-per-wear.
THE #30WEARS RULE FROM A FASHION PIONEER
Livia Firth advises, “When you find something you want to buy, no matter which brand, ask yourself, “Will I wear it a minimum of 30 times?” If the answer is yes, then go ahead and buy it. But you will be surprised how many times the answer is no.”
REMEMBER: THIS IS NOT ABOUT PINCHING PENNIES IT’S ABOUT EXTRACTING VALUE FROM EVERY DOLLAR SPENT ON THROUGHFUL PURCHASES.
Here’s recycling on steroids. In the New York Post of March 27th I spotted this update on the famous Versace “safety pin” gown that was worn by actress Elizabeth Hurley 25 years ago. Truth to tell, I think that both Hurley and the dress look even better now.
On the left: the original – on the right: 25 years later and even more sensationalShaun Nelson-Henrick
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I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.
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