Is Fast Fashion Costing You $6000?
Be honest, how much of what is in your wardrobe do you wear?
20% , 50%, 80%?
Statistics say that most people only wear 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe 80% of the time! So Let me make a small calculation for you. Let’s say that you have 100 items in your wardrobe with an average price tag of $75 per garment.
100 Garments x 20% = 20 items you wear a lot
80 items you don’t often/never wear x $75 per item = $6,000
You may have more or less than 80 items you never wear and perhaps a higher or lower than $75 average price tag. So do the sums and change the final figure, but the message is clear: impulse shopping could cost you a lot of money.
How Much Is Each Fast Fashion Item Really Costing You?
Someone who enjoys their wardrobe, someone who buys what they need and gets to wear it often, will have an average cost per wear of next to nothing per item.
Here is the simple formula:
How much did the item cost you (plus the hidden cost of delivery and dry cleaning) / how many times you wear it.
The real cost happens when you seemingly buy things that seem cheap but you never or very little actually wear.
Stylist Tips How To Create A Fast Fashion Wardrobe That Works
- Shop in your wardrobe first. Reconnect with all your pieces so you know what you have.
- Write the gaps down in the notes section of your phone.
- Clear out what you don’t want.
- Repeat this at least every 6 months.
- If you are shopping online, then put your purchase to the test when you get it home. And return the item if you don’t like it or it does not fit.
- When you shop in store, only buy what fits, feels good and looks great. Fast Fashion or Designer.
- And finally two tips to save you money. In doubt, don’t buy. Even if the sales person says it looks great.
- And never buy what you can’t afford. It is not worth being in debt for something you don’t really need.