Friday, March 4, 2011

The End of 30 for 30

Yesterday was the last day for my 30 for 30 challenge. I had to extend it by a day because I was sick for a day and stayed home in my pjs...But 30 days of wearing 30 different outfits from just 30 pieces! Here's what I chose for my 30 items:

Pants (4)
Black "skinny" pants
Black slacks
Pinstripe pants
Jeans

Skirts (2)
Blue skirt
Snake skin print skirt

Dress (1)
floral-y print dress

Tops (16)
turquoise jacket
cream polka-dot sheer blouse
long black cardigan
cream floral lace blouse
long black cardigan
black knotted sheer blouse
open gray cardigan
black striped tank
pink/coral top
grey 3/4 sleeve
new knit cardi
white cowl tank
purple plaid button up
grey ModCloth jacket
dark grey cowl sweater
white 3/4 sleeve tunic

Shoes (7)
grey button boots
grey suede boots
peep toe flats
black wedges
chucks
brown wedge boots
red peep toe wedges

I kind of cheated in that I didn't pick out all 30 at once. I had a rough idea of what I wanted, then I would swap out some stuff if I decided I wanted to include one thing instead of another. I didn't realize I had picked out so many tops. But I guess that makes sense if I'm going to be layering. I wish I had more skirts, but it's a lot easier to wear pants to work, so I stuck with those. I also think I chose a lot of shoes, but they're all a bit different, so that's not terrible. Now for the outfits:

Day 1: Black "skinny" pants, (grey tank), turquoise jacket, peep toe flats
Day 2: Black slacks, cream polka-dot sheer blouse, long black cardigan, black wedges
Day 3: Black "skinny" pants, cream floral lace blouse, long black cardigan, peep toe flats
Day 4: Jeans, black knotted sheer blouse, open gray cardigan, grey button boots
Day 5: Jeans, black striped tank, Chucks
Day 6: Floral-y print dress, grey tights, grey suede boots
Day 7: Pinstripe pants, pink/coral top, open grey cardigan, peep toe flats
Day 8: Jeans, grey 3/4 sleeve, new knit cardi, grey suede boots
Day 9: Blue skirt, (sweater tights), white cowl tank, (khaki coat), brown wedge boots
Day 10: Jeans, purple plaid button up, grey suede boots
Day 11: Jeans, black striped tank, grey heather jacket, Chucks
Day 12: Jeans, dark grey cowl sweater, red peep toe wedges
Day 13: Jeans, white 3/4 sleeve tunic, Chucks
Day 14: Black "skinny" pants, dark grey cowl sweater, grey suede boots
Day 15: Pinstripe pants, black knotted sheer blouse, new knit cardi, peep toe flats
Day 16: 
Day 17: Jeans, purple plaid shirt, grey ModCloth jacket, grey suede boots
Day 18: Jeans, black knotted sheer blouse, new knit cardi, grey suede boots
Day 19: Jeans, purple plaid shirt, grey ModCloth jacket, grey button boots
Day 20: Jeans, (black tank), grey ModCloth jacket, Chucks
Day 21: Jeans, black knotted sheer blouse, open gray cardigan, peep toe flats
Day 22: Floral-y print dress, grey tights, open gray cardigan, black wedges
Day 23 (2/24): Snake skin print skirt, dark grey cowl sweater, (long plum socks), grey suede boots
Day 24 (2/25): Jeans, turquoise jacket, grey suede boots
Day 25 (2/26): Jeans, (black tank), new knit cardi, peep toe flats
Day 26 (2/27): Jeans, (white tank), ModCloth jacket, peep toe flats
Day 27 (2/28): Jeans, black striped tank, long black cardigan, peep toe flats
Day 28 (3/1): Black slacks, white cowl tank, (green jacket), black wedges
Day 29 (3/2): Pinstripe pants, black knotted sheer blouse, long black cardigan, peep toe flats
Day 30 (3/3): Black "skinny" pants, (grey tank), turquoise jacket, grey button boots

Notice that Day 16 is blank. I could not for the life of me remember what I wore on that day. It was right in the middle of the week, so it was a work day. I went back either the day after or 2 days after to write down what I wore and I drew a complete blank. But I'm pretty sure it was different than the other outfits. Hopefully.

Some things I learned from this challenge:
  1. It is hard to come up with different outfits. Maybe I've lost some of my creative juice, but I started just switching up the shoes in some of my more-liked outfits and calling that new. If you look at Kendi Everyday, her outfits looked completely different each day. I did tend to not plan out my outfits until the morning of, so some more advanced planning could have helped a bit.
  2. I have a lot of clothes I don't wear. I usually have a few favorite pieces and then some more unique items that I can't/don't wear as much. In the future, I need to make sure I buy clothes that I really want to wear all the time. I bought that jacket from ModCloth right before 30for30 and that's all I wanted to wear, which is great. But then there is another sweater that I got from H&M that doesn't fit that great, and isn't that comfortable, so I don't wear it that often (and I didn't include it in my 30for30).
  3. I don't have a lot of color in my wardrobe. Well, I do, but I don't wear it that much. I wear a lot of grey and black (I would have looked like I was going to a funeral when I went to the career fair on 3/2 if it weren't for the pink headband I was wearing). Don't get me wrong, I love colors. But I also don't think it's such a bad thing to have mostly neutrals in my closet. If that's what I wear most, and I'm drawn to them in the store, then so be it. But I think part of the reason I like neutrals (read: black and grey) so much is that I can make a colorful knitted cowl and wear it with no clashing problems. I think the crafter in my has influenced my taste in clothes so that I can make anything with any color yarn that I find gorgeous and not have to worry about what I can wear it with.
  4. Working in an office makes this challenge more challenging. If I could wear jeans to work, I would have picked out more than just one pair for the challenge. I had mostly slacks I was wearing, which would be completely different from my style if I was back in school. I feel a bit like I have lost my style since I'm limited in my clothes during the week. I got 3 days (casual Friday plus weekends) of the week to wear anything I wanted, instead of the usual 7. Although now I'm working part time, so I will get 4-5 days of the week to wear anything I want. But working isn't really an excuse. I see cute work outfits all the time in stores and online, so there's no reason I can't wear something fashionable to work.
Boy, this is a long post. I shall end it here, but I do have to talk about that knit cardigan at some point and the new cowl I'm working on. Oh, and Miriam is here to visit, yay! So maybe I will have some adventures to talk about later.


Edit:
I forgot one more thing that I learned - laundry! I usually do my laundry every 2 weeks, or around then when I get a chance...but with this 30for30 thing, I felt like I had to do my laundry much more often! Especially those jeans - look how many times I wore them! It will definitely be nice to wear other clothes in my closet for a while, and give those recently worn items a rest.

1 comment:

Garnet said...

Nice. I noticed I wear a lot of grays and blacks too! I think I've been inadvertently doing this challenge because I've been pretty lazy about assembling outfits and wearing the same clothes for a while.