Which Article of Clothing Do You Value the Most?


Here at XOL Design we work toward designing articles of clothing that you'll never want to dispose of, even if you are following Marie Kondo and her Konmari Method.  

Our position at XOL Design is that the clothes or garments that need and deserve space in your wardrobe are those that hit at least two out of three of the Utilitarian, Decorative, or Sentimental value categories.

Let's break it down.  Essentially, there are 5 basic types of value that we assign to our wardrobe.

  • Utilitarian value
  • Decorative value
  • Sentimental value
  • Historical value
  • Collector value

Utilitarian Value

These are your "I'm hot/cold and want something cool/warm to wear" items.  Also included is underwear, sleep-wear, work-wear and leisure outfits.  This is the category that belongs front and center in your closet or drawers, because you wear it all the time and these items serve a specific (even if seasonal) purpose.  

Decorative Value

These are the items you bought because they were beautiful and you thought you would feel great wearing them.  You have them because they are pretty or luxurious or were a particular brand that you want to be associated with.  Think colorful scarf or tie.  Statement pieces.

Sentimental Value

These are things like wedding dresses, or tuxedos, or other special occasion items.  Also included are "I remember when I wore this to so-and-so's thus-and-such and what a great time I had!"  We keep them in our closet because they remind us of happy, festive times.  When we think of where these things fit into our life, is it a "one-and-done", or is it a "I might wear this 2 or 3 times a year if it still fits" or is it "I need to save this for a future generation" kind of item?  

Historical Value

Think of your ancestor's military uniform here.  

Collector's Value

This would include limited edition items.  Special shoes often fall into this category, as well as elite handbags and wallets.  These are your fortune items.

 

For the rest of our discussion, we are going to focus on the first three values:  Utilitarian, Decorative. and Sentimental items of articles of clothing.

Does fast-fashion fit any of these categories?  Maybe, but probably only one (Decorative).

Our position at XOL Design is that the clothes or garments that need and deserve space in your wardrobe are those that solidly hit at least two out of three of the Utilitarian, Decorative, or Sentimental value categories.

As you apply the principles of Marie Kondo and her Konmari Method, ask yourself:  "Does it fit my style? Does it fit me today?  Would I wear it when I want to have fun?"  If the answer is "Yes!" to all three questions, keep it.  If the answer is "Not really" then Shop Here.

If, after you have cleared and organized and gotten a great handle on the kind of clothes you want to wear and keep, please take a look at our collection to see where we can add value to your life.

Because here at XOL Design we work toward designing garments and accessories that hit at least two types of value:  Utilitarian and Decorative.  Of course, we have spoken before about designing the types of garments that you'll want to make memories in.  We aren't the architect of your life, so we can't guarantee Sentimental Value.  Maybe we can get there together.  We'd love to hear more about your favorite memories while you wore something from our collections.

Compliments count.  Tell us about the compliments you've received when you were wearing The Original Cozy, or any other item from our collection.