So, with my technicolor dream dress, my CPW will continue to plummet as I enjoy this $1.50 purchase more and more.
Dress - thrift store
Gloves - Mossimo for Target
Belt - leather Coach belt via thrift store (found this beaut in the men's tie section for some reason....genuine leather, perfect condition, $2.00. I'd say I saved about $98.00. yay for me.)
Boots - Antonio Melani
Since we're talking cost per wear, let me tell you a little story about these boots. I love these boots. By the time I made it to high school I was already neck deep in girly pandemonium. Heels, makeup, dresses, nail polish, cheerleading, boys, etc. I loved to get dressed up and pretend like I was much, much older than I actually was. (little did I know, growing up comes equipped with reality, and being an adult is a lot more than just playing dress up with a checkbook.) So anyways, in the 9th grade I decided I wanted some black boots, some "real" high heeled, leather, fancy boots. I waited for my next paycheck and then I bounced up to Macy's with excitement in every step. I got to the mall and found that fancy, leather, black boots can not be bought on a part-time skating rink income. (yep, I worked at the skating rink. don't laugh, I could beat you in a race any day.) I was bummed that I'd have to wait until Christmas, so my parents could buy them for me.
Christmas finally came and I got my boots...but not exactly. Being a mom, she probably knew I was too big for my own boots and didn't quite know what I was getting myself into. She bought me some nice, yet modest, 2 inch, chunky heeled boots. I took one look at them and knew they weren't the boots I'd imagined. These weren't for a woman in a power suit strutting down main street, these were for the novice, insecure high schooler with little heel wearing experience. I convinced my mom to take them back and help me find the pair I really wanted.
I picked out the ones I have today (still, almost 7 years later). I loved the sharp point to the toe and the skinny, high heel and the fancy Italian name. I was so excited I refused to let the cashier put them in a bag. I wanted to carry the box out. I don't know, don't ask. I was a weird kid.
When I got home I tried them on with many outfits and pranced around in front of the mirror for hours. I finally picked out the best ensemble to wear the next day. I woke up easily, for once, the next morning. I was STILL excited about my boots. (don't judge, I get excited easily, especially when it comes to fashion items.) I got ready and was off to school. Unfortunately, I forgot to take into account the 60lbs. backpack I carried around all day and the 5-10 minutes walk in between each class. Needless to say I didn't even make it past homeroom in my boots. I had to sneak out to my locker and put on my cheerleading shoes just to keep my feet from literally going limp with pain. I ended up looking like a dork in my pencil skirt, tights, and all around lady-like outfit, ruined by stark white tennis shoes with a green megaphone.
I didn't wear the boots for months. I was literally scared of them. Over the next couple of years, my heels got higher and higher and I became more and more confident, so I tried the boots again. They are now one of my favorite belongings and one of my most comfortable pairs of shoes. I look back on that day at school and laugh. I think the boots were somewhere around $175.00 and I was mortified after that first day, thinking I had wasted my parents money and my opportunity to get something fabulous. Now, I've probably worn them over 50 times. $3.50 CPW, it doesn't get any better than that.
Do you still have something in your closet that you wore once? Is there something back there you forgot about? Do you have a shirt sitting in the drawer that you implused and now you hate? Get creative, think about CPW and how you can incorporate that item in a way you never have before. Come on people, fashion can be fun.