The 80/20 Principle

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Statistics say, one wears 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. If one owns a clothing collection consisting of approximately 80% second-hand or handmade attire, what percentage of the time would one wear the rest of their 20% newly-purchased clothing?

I have confused myself, so I am sure I confuse you too!

Today, I have ventured into my 20% , and wear a Paul Frank dress, purchased new (oh, the horror) many years ago, I daresay one of my last newly-purchased clothing pieces.

Due to my lack of recycled-ness today, I make up for it by wearing a pair of bauble flats purchased from Salvos, my zipper hair-clip, and my beads, made from recycled paper in Uganda, purchased from AfriBeads.

What would you say, is the percentage of second-hand clothing in your wardrobe?



nathalie said...

I'd guess about 90% of my wardrobe is second-hand. The 10% of newly purchased items are mostly Metalicus tank dresses and tank tops, which I actually wear very often. I only buy things new if I can't find them used. Winter boots was a problem, too.

I love that PF dress you're wearing!

nikkishell said...

I cleared out my wardrobe last weekend and found about 35-40% of my clothes to be either old (bought long ago before i stopped buying new) but still in good nick or secondhand. I mend clothes rather than throw them away. The rest of my wardrobe is made from scratch by me.

Of the 40 (ahem) dresses in my wardrobe 25 have been made by me, all the others were acquired secondhand.

I do buy good quality new shoes mainly because i never really find nice shoes in op shops (although i do have a few pairs). I look after my shoes by storing them well, polishing them and having them fixed/reheeled/resoled whenever necessary.

nikkishell said...

I'd also say i wear most of my wardrobe most of the time depending on the season. My colleagues can confirm this ;)

Anonymous said...

Same here I think 80 - 90% of mine is secondhand.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

You look really terrific in you "new" dress! I think I am also about 80% re-cycled fashion. Sometimes thrift, some consignment, but most shoes are new.

Mary said...

Hmm... probably about 98% is second-hand! :)

Veronica said...

I believe that my wardrobe is at least 95% if not more secondhand. It is also very small so I wear all of my clothes. If I haven't worn it within 3 monthes I donate it.

Sewingadicta said...

I'm on my way to get my wardrobe completely sewn by me, I would say that currently it is 70% sewn by me now, however, for years I do not buy clothes, sweaters or cardigans and except for any item of second hand (although this is relatively new to me).
Your dress is really beautiful today!

Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog said...

I definitely wear 80% of my wardrobe 20% of the time. I think about 40-50% of my wardrobe is second hand but I probably wear the second hand stuff most.

tess said...

about 80% thrifted or otherwise reclaimed, 20% from CP Shades (made in the US, lovely linens and rayons that fit like pyjamas) during their January sales

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