Buy This, Not That
Perfectly Packed offers a complete eight piece wardrobe for about $1500:
- Two jackets
- Two suits
- One pair of pants
- Two tops
- One dress
The price translates to an average garment cost of $188. Color choices include black and tan in sizes small, medium and large. The downside of this option is the narrow range of sizes, which does not accommodate the petite, tall or extended size woman.
Care for the individual pieces is dry clean or hand wash depending on the fabric. The garments are constructed with classic styling details such as notched labels and lined jackets. The fabrics are blends of wool, cotton and microfiber, which resist wrinkles and feels cool and comfortable.
Getting the Same for Cheaper
Let’s see what it would cost to create our own version of this extremely versatile mix and match wardrobe by shopping at Lands’ End. For the sake of an apple to apples comparison (as much as possible), we’ll compare items from their suit separates line and regular inventory.
For an investment of approximately $658, we can buy:
- One sleeveless shell in a choice of eight colors. Sizes range from regular to petite to plus, and prices from $26 to $35.
- One long sleeve blouse in black, blue or white in sizes regular, petite, plus or maternity. Prices range from $28 to $32.
- One pleat-front trousers in black or true navy. These slacks are available in a boot cut or plain front. Prices range from $90 to $95 and sizes from regular, petite, plus or maternity.
- Two fully lined 24-inch skirts in black, true navy or light charcoal heather in sizes regular or plus. Prices range from $55 to $60.
- Two blazers in black or true navy in sizes regular, petite, tall or plus (priced from $155 to $175). These blazers are available in one or two button styles.
- One short sleeve dress in black or light charcoal heather in sizes regular, petite or plus. Prices range from $95 to $115.
- As a plus, all the Lands' End garments are easy care machine washable wools.
Now that you know how the process works, you can design a wardrobe that fits your life and work style perfectly. For instance, if the corporate environment for your job is slanted toward slacks rather than suited skirts, plan your mix and match separates around blazers and pants.
If your budget allows, you can expand this bare-bones plan to include more tops in accent colors or prints, or add in a sweater or trench coat for added versatility and layering options.
If you like the idea of buying a total wardrobe that offers a multitude of combination variations but your finances won't stand a large initial cash outlay or you don't want to overload your credit card, consider buying from a merchant like QVC. You can pay for your purchases in convenient monthly installments and spread the cost over a longer period of time.