Style Bee - October Wear Count

October Wear Count

11.07.18

I dare say it’s time to take a look at my #StyleBeeWearCount from the month of October! The temperatures were up and down a lot last month ranging from sunny t-shirt weather to torrential downpours to frost covered leaves. I also found myself happily prioritizing comfort, practicality and coziness over sartorial merit and I’m totally ok with that. In fact, I’m sharing one of my favourite hiking outfits in this round-up too! If I had to sum the month up into a few wardrobe terms those would be denim, sweaters, boots and layers galore!

If you’re new and wondering what this ‘wear count’ thing is, it’s essentially exactly what it sounds like. I have simply been counting how many times I wear an item each month and the exercise has been a great way to get some real data on my closet performance. I started keeping track during my time in Vancouver this spring and you can get caught up with my West Coast Wear Count Part 1 and Part 2 as well as my July, August and September posts if you’re interested. They all include lots of outfits and some thoughts on how the exercise is going.

Now, onto my September wear count for a look at: 

  • The numbers and how they compare to last month
  • My key insight this month
  • 6 October outfits
  • A review of my current favourite jeans (which are $50 USD for today only!)

Style Bee - October Wear Count


MY MOST WORN ITEMS:

**Part of my 10×10 Items



BY DAY 10 – I had worn 24 different items already, which is 4 more than last month.

BY DAY 15 – I had worn 29 different items, which shows that my wear rate was holding fairly steady and I was repeating items at the same frequency as the previous month.

BY THE END OF THE MONTH – I had worn 45 items! This was 10 items less than last month and the same monthly total as July and August. How interesting!

THE NUMBERS OVERALL – Quite similar to last month, almost half the items I wore throughout October were only worn once. This could be to do with the weather fluctuating a lot and to do with the fact that I was out and about more since I repeat items more frequently when I’m just working at home. Now, I’m not sure what all this data means yet but hopefully when a do a final review for the year I can begin to make sense of it.


MY KEY MONTHLY INSIGHT:

I’ve been feeling really relaxed and calm about my closet this season and I really think this wear count has a lot to do with it. I was chatting about this with my friend Elim Chu, who’s also been counting her wears (check out Elim’s live google doc) and she said she’d been feeling the same. We’ve both been generally less inclined to impulse shop, give into temptation and overall more at ease about personal style and the options available. These were all very welcome feelings during what was otherwise a very busy and stressful month. Stay tuned for a great discussion about this with Elim coming soon! 


Now let’s looks at some outfits!

I had to skip the copy on these in order to include a mini review so I didn’t have much time to wax on about every outfit. But as always, any questions about specific looks or items are welcome!


LOOK 1 

This one worked great for a few rainy days downtown Toronto.


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


STUTTERHEIM MOSEBACK RAINCOAT I wear an XS | MICRO RIB LONG SLEEVE I wear a Small | SQUARE CARDIGAN I wear a Small | CHEEKY JEANS IN BONE DENIM I wear a 26 ($50 USD for today only!) | BOSS BOOT gifted and TTS | BAG Sold Out SOLITAIRE STUDS gifted (Save 10% with STYLEBEE10 until Nov. 12)



LOOK 2

Comfy and cozy for sunny errand runs and working from home.


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


L’ENVERS SWEATER gifted I wear a M/L for an oversize fit | LINN TEE I wear an OSM | FLORENCE PANT I wear a Small Regular | DAY GLOVE Fit is TTS | TOTE old | Necklace old SOLITAIRE STUDS gifted (Save 10% with STYLEBEE10 until Nov. 12)



LOOK 3

Love how this feels so autumnal but still fresh and light. Wore this to a lunch meeting.


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


CARDIGAN old | JANE PAISLEY BLOUSE I wear a Small CHEEKY JEANS IN BONE DENIM I wear a 26 ($50 USD for today only!) | SUEDE BOOT TTS | BAG vintage SOLITAIRE STUDS gifted (Save 10% with STYLEBEE10 until Nov. 12)



LOOK 4

My go-to getup for Sunday hikes with the boys!


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


RENEW ZIP FLEECE gifted I wear a M for layering RIBBED TURTLENECK similar | AUTHENTIC STRETCH DENIM gifted I wear a 27 ($50 USD for today only!) |  BLUNDSTONE WINTER BOOT runs TTS | BACKPACK old HAT similar SOLITAIRE STUDS gifted (Save 10% with STYLEBEE10 until Nov. 12)



LOOK 5

One of my favourites of the month was this outfit I wore to my grandma’s 93rd birthday!


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


HARPER JACKET I wear OSM | RIBBED TURTLENECK similar | DENIM SAILOR PANT similar for less here BOSS BOOT gifted and TTS | BELT old | HANA BAG gifted SOLITAIRE STUDS gifted (Save 10% with STYLEBEE10 until Nov. 12)



LOOK 6 + EVERLANE DENIM REVIEW

A favourite uniform for dinners out downtown. Jeans, tee, blazer and boots!


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


BLAZER old | STRIPE TEE oldBOSS BOOT gifted and TTS  | AUTHENTIC STRETCH DENIM gifted I wear a 27 ($50 USD for today only!) | MINDY TOTE giftedSOLITAIRE STUDS gifted (Save 10% with STYLEBEE10 until Nov. 12)



EVERLANE Authentic Stretch High-Rise Cigarette Jean Review


Style Bee - October Wear Count


During the 10×10 I received lots of questions about these jeans and since Everlane is offering their entire denim collection for just $50 USD a pair today, I thought this was a great time to share my thoughts. I’ve had the opportunity to try out a few denim styles from Everlane (some gifted and some bought by me) and these definitely take the cake for me. This review isn’t sponsored or in partnership with Everlane but they did gift me this pair of jeans earlier in the season to test out and share any feedback. Since they’ll be flying off the shelves today I’ll cut right to the review!

BASIC DETAILS: 

STYLE: THE AUTHENTIC STRETCH HIGH-RISE CIGARETTE JEAN

PRICE: $78 USD  $50 USD today only!

FABRIC: 77% Cotton, 17% Modal, 2% Elastane, 4% Polyester

FIT: Rise: 11″ | Inseam: 28 1/2″ (Also available in Ankle Length)

This style is the ideal straight cut that’s fitted through the butt, hips and thigh and just ever-so-slightly relaxed through the calf. They have a glorious 11″ high-rise that hits at the natural waist for a very flattering, leg lengthening effect (in my opinion at least). These are the fit and silhouette I had hoped to achieve by tailoring the original boyfriend denim I bought. I’m still keeping those for a more vintage fit option.

SIZE: I got these in a size 27. I am usually between a 26 and 27 in denim depending on the fit and brand and I’m happy with that size in these. I could have maybe squished myself into the 26 but they would have been very tight. I like that these are fitted but not painted on. I also appreciate that the waist is sized such that I won’t need it tailored! For reference I am 5’7 and about 125 lbs (Waist 26 inches/Hip 37 inches).

Available in sizes: 23 to 33

CARE: Machine wash cold. Lay flat to dry. (Tip: wash black denim inside out to reduce fading.)

MADE IN: Made in Bien Hoa, Vietnam | See the factory

Scroll through the close-ups and my additional comments below. 


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

I really appreciate how these hug all the right places without feeling as though they’re clinging. I don’t feel as though I need to hike them up or down as I move or change positions throughout the day either as they stay in place well.

The button fly is a design detail I love because it lays flatter than a zip fly and holds its shape better.

I always love tonal stitching and the rear leather patch being black makes them ultra sleek and refined. I think you could even get away with these for work in an office.

The pockets are not deep like a vintage pocket but they’re functional for sure.

The denim is a very similar thickness/weight as the Boyfriend Denim from the initial launch but the fibre blend makes it feel a bit thinner and softer. They are not nearly the thick as the Agolde Riley Crop which is another favourite of mine and is made from a heavy weight denim.

The inseam on the regular length hits right at the top of my Boss Boots for easy styling. If you are a bit shorter than 5’7″ the ankle length might be a good call.


Style Bee - October Wear Count

Style Bee - October Wear Count


DO THEY STRETCH OUT?

Always the most asked question when it comes to jeans. The answer is yes, a little bit but not like the boyfriend or cheeky straight fit (which are 98% cotton). I’ve only washed these once so far but they came up great. They stayed a rich black and any stretching that had happened in the first 13 wears returned to the original fit, if not a touch more snug (which is because I put them in the dryer on low). These photos were taken after they’d been washed.

If you would like them to fit snug all the time you might consider sizing down but be sure to read the measurements provided in the size guide. I like to compare with a similar item I already own to better determine the potential fit.


Style Bee - October Wear Count


EXPLORE THE FULL EVERLANE DENIM COLLECTION



THAT’S IT FOR MY OCTOBER WEAR COUNT AND THIS MINI REVIEW! 

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE OUTFIT OR ANY QUESTIONS?
FEEL FREE TO LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS.

I’ll see you again soon with some winter boot suggestions!


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  1. Jing says:

    Interesting to see the white pants / black shoes and vice versa colour combos! I’ve always felt that that’s a lot of contrast but I like how you made them work with multiple in-between neutral colours on top.

  2. Sara says:

    Big sigh. These jeans look gorgeous and comfy…I would so go for them if they were available in a tall length. So many places don’t offer a longer inseam. I am six feet tall, and my height is in my legs, so even if it’s meant to be a cropped length, a 28 inch inseam is just too cropped on me (especially for a northern Ontario winter). So I end up sticking with my Gap/Old Navy jeans that come in tall inseams. That said, I have a few pairs of cropped jeans I picked up in the summer. I would love to wear them still, but I am struggling with how to style them with ankle booties without being cold and/or looking awkward with ankle showing. I am wondering about a thicker sock or something. But I think they are just a bit more cropped on me than yours and just end up looking odd with boots.

  3. I love the look of those Everlane jeans. The fit looks perfect!

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    Just signed up on your site & really learning a lot about styling. I live in K-W, so your clothing choices fit my/our climate! A question: just bought 2 wide legged pants, like the silk pumpkin coloured ones you have shown, in black linen & neutral nubby silk. I’m 5’4”, size 8. What length should these pants be hemmed at – say, above the ankle somewhere? Thanks, Lee!

  5. Alice says:

    Hi Lee! Those winterized Blundstones look amazing. I am very intrigued by them and am thinking of getting a pair! I live in Michigan, so I need boots that can handle Canadian winters. How do you like them so far? Do they keep your feet totally warm and dry? I prefer the chisel toe-style Blundstones because I feel like they have a slightly more refined, less clunky look than the normal Blundstones with the super round toes — do you feel like that’s the case with your boots? When you say they’re true to size, did you do the thing of subtracting three sizes from your US shoe size to determine your Australian size? Thanks a lot!

  6. Devon says:

    Can I ask about the total count in your closet? (Including shoes or not; however you want to count.) You seem to have a carefully curated wardrobe, so I’m curious how it compares to mine (which could use some culling, but I’m not sure what kind of goal is realistic).

    • Hi Devon, I haven’t done an actual tally in awhile (I used to do them all the time and it became stressful) but I think realistically, including shoes I’m around 75 items for the Fall/Winter season. I don’t ‘need’ that many pieces but I try to worry less about the numbers and focus more on how well my options are serving my lifestyle and limit how much I add. Also, for the work I do here on the blog like to hang onto items that work well for styling ideas and pieces that I know many of my readers have in their own closets to help them see more potential. I hope that helps! xo

  7. Rach says:

    As you say,how interesting. I’m kinda interested in the low and No wear count items. When/ how do you decide if they are ‘worth’ their place in a minimal closet. How much crossover is there between this months 45 items and last months? 45 items seems like a lot but if it’s all of your wardrobe then that’s great that everything is being worn, if it’s 1/2 your closet then and only 45 pieces are being worn then what? Lots of questions and thinking out loud

    • These are all good questions Rach, a many I’ve been wondering myself. In ontario the weather varies so much that the wear count for temperature dependent pieces will limit how frequently they can be worn but for me, that doesn’t necessarily negate their value/spot in my wardrobe. So I take that into consideration. I haven’t cross referenced my items each month just yet but I will at the end of the year. I’ll need to rig up a spreadsheet for that and I’ve been putting it off haha. I really try to do a gut check on items that aren’t being worn or worn very much before I part with anything. At the moment I haven’t been parting with anything because I want to see the year out. I hope that helps answer your questions a bit!

  8. Mich says:

    I would love to see you style blundstones more often, especially since they are one of your top worn items. I wear them often too but I have a hard time styling them. Please please please would you consider doing more blunnie outfits?

    • Hi Mich, Thanks so much for that suggestion. I’d love to put together a post on styling Blunnies 🙂 I just got them in October so I’m still playing with them and seeing what works. In the meantime, I really like how Lily of @EliandBarry styles them. Stay tuned for more ideas! xo