I first mentioned the Cost Per Wear metric back in my second post ever. It’s a pretty simple concept: the cost of an item divided by the number of times you’ve worn it. For example, my wedding dress has a really high CPW since I’ve only worn it once. My favorite jeans, which I bought on sale 6 years ago and have worn about once a week since then, probably have a CPW well under $1.
To illustrate this concept, I’ve decided to do a little experiment. Yesterday, I submitted to the siren song of the Belk Junior’s Department. The combination of a clearance sale and a 20% off coupon was too much to resist. I ended up buying the skirt and sweater pictured here. The skirt, originally $40, was $9.59 and the sweater, originally $30, was $3.35. I’ve decided to track the CPW of both of these items over the next 3 months and see which was the better buy.
The skirt is actually really nice. It’s a recognizable brand, made out of good-quality fabric, and it’s even lined (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lined garment in the Junior’s department before). It’s very comfortable and will be perfect for a hot South Carolina summer. The sweater is truly cheap-o, a no-name ramie/nylon/cotton blend. But it has the advantage of being very simple and going with a lot of things (hard to tell from the picture, but it’s navy).
Which do you think will win, skirt or sweater?