Something Old, Something New

July 17, 2014

Top Row: Adding Out Bottom Row: Taking Out

Top Row: Something new and Bottom Row: Something old

Recently I have:

Now it’s time to donate old items for the new items.  By donating 1 old item from my working closet for each new item I will be able to maintain the size of my spring/summer capsule wardrobe and prevent an overstuffed closet from wardrobe creep. I’ll tackle the shoes in a future post, for today, I’m going to focus on the clothing items.  In addition to the reasons why I am removing the item, I’m also going to include the cost per wear (or use) of the item.

What is cost per wear (or use)?

The cost per wear (or use) is a simple formula to help determine how low the final price of an item is, based on the amount of times it was worn.

Cost per Wear or Cost Per Use (CPW or CPU) = Purchase Price / Number of Times Worn

I find it helpful to review how much an item costs at the time of a closet edit to help decide how much to spend on a similar functioning item in the future.

Here’s how these pieces measured up:

  1. White Cable Knit: This knit was an impulse purchase that never worked well.  I like the white color, but the boat neckline showcases my bra straps.  It’s current CPW/CPU is only $3.54.  And as with the button-down shirt, it’s starting to show yellow armpit stains.  The Turquoise Lace Top also has 3/4 sleeves and will add some color to my outfits and coordinates well with my turquoise shoes.
  2. White/Black Flower Print Top: This top was another impulse purchase.  I like that the print is unexpected (black flowers on white).  However, the fit of this top is just ‘odd.’ It is loose around the chest and tight around the mid section.  I think it may work better on someone with a larger chest that can fill out the top half.  As with the turquoise lace top, the Turquoise T-Shirt will add color to my outfits and coordinate well with my turquoise shoes.
  3. Green Blazer: This blazer has been a workhorse piece for over 2 years now.  It’s current CPW/CPU is only 77 cents!  I’ve worn it so many times the past few years, I’m just tired of the bold color.  The Navy Cardigan will also function as a topper item to complete an outfit, but the darker color and softer material of the cardigan will give my outfits a more relaxed vibe compared to the blazer.
  4. Button-Down Shirt: I’ve only owned this shirt for about a year now, and it’s CPW/CPU is still a bit high at $7.14.  Unfortunately, white tends to yellow under the armpits quickly.  The White/Black Stripe Blouse was from the boutique and, as with the cardigan above, will soften the look of my outfits compared to a crisp button down shirt.
Current spring/summer wardrobe.

Current spring/summer capsule wardrobe

During week 36, I still have 53  items for spring/summer:

  • 8 bottoms (no change)
  • 1 hoodies (no change)
  • 10 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; purged 1 blazer; added one new purchase-cardigan)
  • 4 knits (3/4 or LS, for layering; no change)
  • 5 gear items (2 jeans, 2 hoodies, 1 t-shirt; no change)
  • 3 shirts/blouses (purged 2; added one new purchase and one from the boutique)
  • 10 SS T’s/Tops (purged 1 t-shirts/tops; added one new purchase)
  • 3 tanks (no change)
  • 3 scarves (no change)
  • 2 workout gear (top and bottom; no change; not shown in the closet photo)
  • 4 dresses (no change)

How do you manage your new purchases?


  1. Hello! I rarely comment but enjoy your blog! What do you do with your purges? I’ve been looking for a green blazer just like that lol and could pay shipping etc provided it’s size is right!

    1. I try to pass along items to friends/family before the rest goes to Goodwill. I would be happy to send along the blazer. The brand is Ambition (from Nordstrom), the material is twill, it is a size Small and it fits me true to size. For reference in numbers, I’m usually a size 4 in blazers.

      1. I think my reply deleted! 😦 lol

        Thank you very much and could you please email me at patchwork150 (at yahoo) so we can work out postage? Ty again!

  2. Thank you! I’m between S and M (34D) but if it ends up small then my friend who is smaller than me likely would love it too! Mail me at patchwork150 (yahoo dot com)? Let me know if I can send you postage payment via paypal and what email/how much 🙂

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