How To Calculate The Cost-Per-Wear of Your Clothes

Patrons of the “buy better, love longer, pay less” school of shopping, we want to help our Stripped community to see the value in carefully selecting items that are made to last.

Sustainable fashion often comes with a higher price tag, which is further exacerbated when it’s compared to the lower and lower prices that fast fashion retailers have driven down to. While we’re aware such price tags aren’t always accessible, we do believe that buying items that are well made and will be part of your wardrobe for many years to come has a huge cost benefit. Something that fast fashion brands, with their fleeting trends, greenwashing 'sustainable' lines and constant discounts, try to counteract.

Here, we'll guide you through step-by-step how to use our handy Cost-Per-Wear calculator, to see the true value of your garments.

STEP 1: SELECT YOUR PIECE

Let’s take the example of Camille Studios Presence long sleeved sheered top. A piece that’s made specifically for you from deadstock fabric. It’s sewn carefully and lovingly by Camille in her studio with a truly stunning, intricate ruching. A knock out item with a price tag of £135. 

STEP 2: HOW MANY TIMES WILL YOU WEAR IT?

It’s a piece that will comfortably take you through office meetings, lunch with the girls, date night and beyond, so we’d conservatively estimate you’d wear it a couple of times per month.

STEP 3: IS IT SEASONAL?

Made from soft and breathable cotton, this item will take you through the seasons (particularly in the UK where we can count our hot days on one hand!). 

STEP 4: HOW LONG WILL THE ITEM LAST, REALISTICALLY?

It’s a piece we’d hope you’d own for many years, but let’s say you use it consistently for 3 years before feeling it’s time to pass it on to a friend or resell it. 

STEP 5: DRY CLEAN ONLY?

No need to dry clean this item, so no added cost there. 

ET VOILÀ!

This calculates as just £1.88 cost per wear on this item. 

That’s maths that we love, and maths that needs to be more commonplace in how we approach our wardrobes.

Are you ready to give our Cost-Per-Wear Calculator a try?