Monday, October 10, 2011

Shopping Cores: Wearability and Versatility

In my last post, I mentioned 11 cores for efficient shopping, which should yield a great and workable wardrobe. I plan to elaborate on these cores over several posts; the picture below, which always makes my heart go pitter-patter, will identify the posts that are a continuation of "My Shopping Cores." For some added fun along the way, I'm also including pictures of drool-worthy closets.

In this post, I delve into the first two cores, wearability and versatility. For each core, I provide examples that will hopefully better elucidate its concept, as well as some of my own shopping faux pas and the dire consequences. Hehe.

Wearability refers to how likely you are to use the item in question. This overlaps with other cores (versatility, function, etc), but considers everything that would determine whether or not you would be likely to wear it. For example, you might find a sheer blouse that you love, but if you’re never going to wear it because it’s too see-through, its wearability factor is very low. It’s not worth the money or the closet space.
For example, unless you’re an A-list celeb, RHWOX, or a pageant princess, gowns are very low on the wearability factor. I bought a gorgeous gown a couple of years ago at Daffy’s because it was one of those must-haves (or I thought so for some reason—I’m drawn to impact pieces) and it’s still lying around, never worn. Wearability has much to do with many factors, including your lifestyle. My main activities consist of going to class, shopping, dining, volunteering, and going out. The part of my wardrobe I wear and what I have focused on buying this past year has been sweats, tanks, sweatshirts/wraps, totes, flip-flops, platform slides, and boots (casual activities), along with cocktail dresses, clutches, and mega-high heels—very appropriate for my lifestyle. Other cores that particularly contribute to wearability are comfort, durability, and function, which I will discuss in another post.

Khloe Kardashian's Shoe Closet
image from Voce "fez" o requisito?!

Versatility can be viewed in two aspects: 1.) how well the item works for different occasions or purposes and 2.) how well the item works with other pieces in your wardrobe. For example, a pair of ordinary jeans works for a day at an amusement park, dinner, or a night out. They are highly versatile because they work in a variety of environments (aspect 1). You can also wear almost any top you have with the right pair of jeans (depending on the wash, fit, style, etc), which makes them versatile as far as how well they work with other pieces you have (aspect 2). I recently bought a bright yellow cashmere cami. It might be somewhat versatile as far as where I can wear it since I can dress it up or dress it down, but it won’t go with much of my wardrobe; it's highly versatile considering the first aspect and minimally versatile as far as the latter.

Glam Closet
image from Canadian House & Home

Coming Up

Next up on my list of shopping cores for a great wardrobe are durability and aesthetics, followed by quality, function, niche, availability, comfort, cost, and maintenance. Sadly, these posts will appear over the course of several weeks, but they will come! And, trust me, they will be well worth it!! I'm hoping my cores will forever change your approach to shopping and the utility of your wardrobe, as well as your satisfaction with it! 

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