In school I was good at math but never really loved it. I’m more drawn to images and words (hence…a blog) than to numbers. But luckily for those of you who’d rather deal in statistics and spreadsheets to assess your wardrobe (or those of you who really love to plan!), we have Adina over at Blue Collar Red Lipstick.
I’ve featured her in a previous Friday ReBlog but wanted to bring to y’all’s attention a couple of posts she’s written since then that can help you analyze your outfits in a myriad of interesting and informative ways.
First up, this post dives into what makes a piece of clothing a good buy from a $$ perspective. She covers things like cost per wear, MSRP (MRRP to Canadians) aka retail price, and your own personal price set point – what you are willing to pay for a particular item of clothing based on its worth to you. This is a great overview of helpful concepts, particularly if you are new to thrifting and it seems like EVERYTHING IS A DEAL or if you’ve committed to an edited wardrobe and need some economically sound, strategical reinforcement regarding what comes home with you vs. what stays on the rack.
The following week she wrote this post on how she plans her work wardrobe out a month in advance using a spreadsheet-style concept. She has a formula for how to fill in the workdays of the week and tracks what she wears in a way that eliminates almost all the guesswork. The comments are also a great place to learn about other people’s systems for outfit planning (including mine; spoiler, it’s “what do I feel like wearing today?”) and some good apps/tools that can do the work for you.
So tell me, Thrifters – which are you? More plan-it-out or spur-of-the-moment? More analyze-the-value or follow-your-gut? More track-and-evaluate how pieces perform or guesstimate-at-end-of-season? Scroll down to comment!