Friday, August 23, 2013

EPIC Black Pencil Skirt Remix

Get excited!  It's Friday Remix time with AJ Wears Clothes, and I'm going crazy today with 20 ways I've worn my black pencil skirt.  Then I got all philosophical/economical about budgets and shopping, so you can read my thoughts on that as well!
I bought this skirt at Old Navy a million years ago (okay, maybe more like 8).  I don't remember exactly when I bought it, but I know it was on clearance for $10.  I also know that I paired it with this blazer (also $10) whenever I needed a "suit" throughout college.  I definitely wore my makeshift suit for all my interviews when I was looking for my first grownup job, and I bet no one noticed it wasn't a legit suit at all.

As bloggers, we talk a lot about remixing, and cost-per-wear, and how to make wise budget choices.  I've heard that cost-per-wear should be about $1 for any given item.  By my calculations, I've probably worn this skirt about 80 times, which puts the cost-per-wear right around $0.12.  That's ridiculous.
With that in mind, I realized that (without realizing it) I also consider supply/demand when I am shopping for something.  A black pencil skirt is a wardrobe staple, so by generally accepted accounting fashion blog budget principles, you can spend more money on it than you would spend on something super trendy.  But it's also something you can probably find any time of year at any number of stores.  So while I could have spent $80 on it, and my cost-per-wear would still be reasonable, why would I spend that much money on something that I can find for $10?

In comparison, I bought these sandals last summer for $40.  That's a lot of money for me to spend on a pair of shoes, but I'd been looking for cute and comfortable flat black sandals for about 2 years and hadn't found any that I loved.  These will fall apart before I get to 12 cents per wear, but I doubt I would have a nice pair of flat sandals if I was holding out for a $10 price tag. 

Finally, I will just add that each person will have a different set of items that are harder to find.  Skirts generally work for me, so I won't spend very much unless it is really unique.  Button-up shirts are a completely different story, so I can't go to Old Navy and by a chambray for $10.  Maybe you are the opposite.  I think it depends a lot on body type, and also how frequently you are out shopping. 

If you are still reading, thanks for sticking with me!  Do you think my theory makes sense?

Top: Gap
Skirt: Old Navy
Necklace: InPink
Sandals: Carlos Santana

PS - this skirt also defies the laws of physics, because it still fits me despite the 30lbs or so I have gained since I bought it.  


  1. Just awesome what one can do with a simple black pencil skirt!! nice work!

  2. What an awesome post! A black skirt no matter what shape should be in every gal's closet.

    I agree with you about skirts. They work for me so I don't spend a ton of money on them because I can usually find them reasonably priced and they seem to always be in stock no matter where you shop. My hardest item to find is usually jeans. I have yet to find THE perfect jean for me and my body type. A few have come really close, but I haven't found the ones for me yet.

    Have a great weekend! I really liked seeing all the ways you have worn this skirt!

  3. I totally agree with your theory. That's why I end up "stocking up" on certain things from different stores. Also, ordering online gets easier if I know certain items work from that store vs. other places!

  4. Wowza, this skirt goes with everything!

  5. Great post, I totally agree. A black pencil skirt is one of those SUPER staples that goes with everything and is an easy go-to.

  6. Great post, I totally agree. A black pencil skirt is one of those SUPER staples that goes with everything and is an easy go-to.

  7. Hahaha. You over achiever. I love a black pencil ;)

  8. Um, this is actually amazing. Every outfit looks different and fresh - I think you're totally right about the versatility of a black pencil skirt like this. I like what you said about being okay spending more money on things that are harder for you to find. I definitely think I do this. I have a hard time finding jeans, so I'm more apt to spend a little more on them. I'm also really picky about my boots, and will absolutely spend a little more money than I'm used to on a pair of boots. I refuse to spend a lot of money on basics like tees and solid cardigans, though. They get worn so much that they start looking, well, worn, much more quickly than other things. Since I need to replace them more often, I just can't justify spending lots of money on them!!