A few weeks ago as I was watching Scandal and researching Luxe Loungewear for an article (this one, in case you missed it) I read a quote from Scandal’s costume designer, Lyn Paola, that said viewers most often ask questions about Olivia Pope’s clothes worn around the Pope house than around the White House. It was also one of those questions that led me to tweet Kerry Washington herself about where her divine pants were from – and she (or more accurately her krew) responded!
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]”This is the thing we get the most mail about: her lounge wear, her popcorn and wine clothes,” shares Lyn. “I was inspired by women in the ’50 and ’60s who would wear beautiful lounge wear to dinner parties and I wanted similar silk pants that you could wear out.”[/pullquote]
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 3, 2015
Let me explain my LuxeMath. If you buy a pair of cotton-sateen pants at Target for $30, you will in my experience get 3-6 months of regular use out of them (on the good side, sometimes less). That means that while you only spent $30 on them, they should be looking for a new home at the Salvation Army shortly as they will pill, stretch and look awful after a few months of wear. If you wear them 3-4 times a week for that time, you’re looking at an average cost of $0.57/wear. On the other hand, if you spent $300 on La Perla pants (which is on the high end) you can get 3-6 years of wear out of them and average only about 44 cents per wear. Even if you factor in the occasional dryclean to keep them up to date, you’re still ahead. And if you keep your clothes in good condition, 3-6 years could easily be doubled making them even cheaper. Who’d have thought math could be this much fun?!
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I found some great versions of La Perla’s Silk pants – some with matching tops – that would all fit the bill for living la vie en luxe while lounging. Because, according to LuxeMath, you really can’t afford not to…