Cost Per Wear Wardrobe {Getting the most bang for your buck}

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, know that I had the wonderful opportunity to get together with some amazing Mommy Bloggers last month to play model for  a day with Smithery Style. 
If you haven't heard of Smithery Style, you need to check them out - like yesterday!
They are all about bringing back the old school concept of dressing for YOUR body shape!
They use real women (like me) as models and share all their measurements online.
As a mom of two young girls, I am so happy to see the Fashion world moving forward in such a positive direction.

If you’re like me, you've been looking at all the new fall styles hitting stores and feeling tempted.
We're a family of five living on income which unfortunately (for me) means, I don't have a large budget for clothing.
It's important that the pieces I bring home into my wardrobe are staples that can go into heavy rotation and be transitioned across seasons in order to get a low cost per wear.
I'm a true believer of quality over quantity, which means I don't mind splurging for good quality items that I can get a lot of wear out of  - practically paying for themselves overtime.

Here are my top 5 picks from Smithery Style, all suited for an A Shape frame (my shape) with some wear now & later styling tips!

If you want to minimize your hips, try a circle hem in a current shade.

Now: Leggings + your tee + sneaks = happiness.

Later: Try dark denim, a scarf, and a blazer or jean jacket.

Wild Card: Add vegan leather leggings or waxed jeans with a pair of black booties and a statement necklace for some street style edge.

It’s what stylists call The Third Piece because it turns any basic top and bottom into a legit outfit.
 Olive is a neutral that goes with so many colours for lots of outfit potential

Now: Wear it with a tee or tank in your favourite colour and jeans. Remember that circle hem tee and leggings? The utility vest works there too.

Later: Layer it with a cozy long sweater, jeans, and boots.

It’s a universally flattering piece that frames the face that layers like a boss. 
This one’s from a Canadian label and it’s a good example of cost per wear math - there’s 90 days in fall, 90 days in spring.
 If you wear your go to jacket for half those days, it’s $2 a wear. Because it’s a timeless style, amortize that over a few years and it’s 62.962 cents a get the idea.

Now: Over a tank or tee with your favourite denim and booties

Later: With a fave knit sweater or turtleneck and black jeans

Wild Card: Try it over a boho style dress for a mix & match look. With or without tights depending on the weather.

One and done dresses are the ones that get worn over and over because they’re so comfy and simple.

Now: Add booties or flats and a necklace. Done.

Later: Add leggings, boots, and a blanket scarf.

Wild Card: Add a fall hat, a choker, and booties. Remember that Moto Jacket? Add that too.

A dress in a neutral colour that walks the line between work and play means it will get a lot of mileage.

Now: Black booties and you’re done.

Later: Layer it with a turtleneck or white blouse underneath for the office. Or add a sparkly necklace and a heel and let the night roll.

Wild Card: Add a long length boyfriend cardi in a chunky knit and black tights and boots.

Which piece is your favourite?
Let me know your favourite in the comments below & make sure to check out my Instagram later this week for a giveaway you don't want to miss! 

My readers get 15% to get started on some new favourites with the code
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