30x30 Challenge

A few weeks ago I found a blog.  A fashion blog.

Now, usually I don't read fashion blogs, because they mainly make me want to go out and buy all the cute things I see while reading.  And that's not very friendly for my wallet.  But a few weeks ago I found a blog called Putting Me Together - I read her tabs and she said that she started her blog in 2011 when she realized she had created a lot of "one hit wonder" outfits.  Once she realized that, she went on a mission to create a "mix and match" wardrobe for herself.

And instead of just feeling like I needed to run out and buy a bunch of new stuff, I felt inspired to find ways to wear my current clothes better.  And then I looked in my closet, and I realized something.
I'm not very creative with my clothes.

I've got a lot of clothes, guys.  Granted, a lot of them are things I got on sale or clearance racks, but still - there is no earthly reason why I should ever look in my closet and think I have nothing to wear.   But I do.

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(My first outfit of the challenge.)

When I started to think about it, I realized I have so many clothes because I also have a closet full of "one hit wonders"  - outfits created with individual pieces that I only wear one way.  So every time I get tired of the outfits I usually wear, I go out and buy something new, instead of trying to figure out how I can use something I already have in a different way.

As I looked through some of my pieces I realized that I have done a decent job of buying things that I can wear in multiple ways - so many of my pieces are fairly versatile.  But I get stuck in my rut and end up wearing the same ole' outfits, the same ole' way.  

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(Second outfit for church yesterday.)

All this to say . . . after thinking about it, I decided to try a 30x30 challenge.  If you haven't heard of it, this is a challenge where you choose 30 pieces of clothing, and that's all you wear for 30 days.  I think it'll be fun to force myself to use a limited number of pieces in more creative ways.

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So here is what I have:
5 pairs of pants
3 cardigans
3 jackets
3 skirts
2 dresses
14 shirts

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Things I am not counting as part of my 30 pieces: undergarments (obviously), layering tanks, pajamas/work-out clothes, scrubs, accessories, shoes, bags, and winter coats (in the event that I might need my winter coat in the next 30 days).  Also if any special circumstances arise in which I need to wear a specific item (like for work or something), I may make certain exceptions, but I'm not anticipating any events for which I'll have to break the rules.

What I'm hoping to get out of this:  I'm hoping to get some good practice at using my clothes more creatively to create outfits.  I'm also hoping to gain some knowledge about what pieces are really good for a mix and match wardrobe, and what pieces are more difficult to incorporate, so I can take that knowledge and apply it to my future shopping trips.  Hopefully this will also open my eyes to any gaps in my wardrobe, make me appreciate the clothes I do have, and help me to figure out which pieces I could do without.

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Along the way I'll either do periodic update posts where I'll show you all what I've been wearing, or if that gets to be too much I'll just do one big recap at the end.

I started this past Saturday, so the end date will be May 19th!  Wish me luck!

P.S.  Am I the only one who feels like I have too many clothes?  Vote in the poll to the left!
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Heather @ Simple Wives said...

That's so awesome that you will be taking the challenge. I love your first outfit! So cute. :)

E said...

Love this! I read that post on Putting Me Together and was similarly inspired. I'm hoping to try my own 30x30 soon... I'll see how it goes for you first! ;) Good luck!

HIS daughter said...

Oh Callie how fun! I am definitely looking forward to the outfits you create! :) I am in the process of going through my clothes and have SO many! It is ridiculous! I am trying to balance pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and then post pregnancy clothes lol. We will see how it goes! :)

Unknown said...

Sounds fun!

Melanie said...

Love what you put together! I'm the same way too..closet plumb full of clothes yet I still feel like I have 'nothing' to wear..maybe I need to do this challenge too?!

Tami said...

I also follow Putting Me Together. She has some really great ideas about creating a versatile wardrobe. I also have lots of one hit wonders and I'm working on buying more basics that I can wear in a few different ways. I look forward to following along with your challenge. I think you always look very cute and put together so I'm sure that you will do great!

Lauren said...

how fun! I can't wait to see what you come up with, I feel like I should do this because I know that I don't get as much use out of my clothes as I should!

Natalie said...

I did this before having kids and it opened my eyes a lot! have fun!!

Laura said...

Fun! Have you read Jen Hatmakers book7 where she only wears 7 items for a month? It's really interesting!!

Jodi said...

I think this is such a fun idea. I wish I could be organized enough to do it but it just isn't going to happen. I look forward to seeing your outfits.

Anne said...

This is a great idea. Last year I was looking at an overflowing closet and frustrated that I felt like I had nothing to wear. I went on a clothing fast for the year and decided that I wouldn't buy any new clothing, but work with what I had. I found fun new ways to wear the clothes that I already had, and some of the things that I usually skipped over I ended up wearing just to mix things up. Now I just need to do a good job of going back through and looking at the things I didn't wear and get rid of them!

Sarah said...

This is genius! I definitely need to do this. I too have a closet full of clothing that needs to be purged and worn creatively~ Thank you so much for the idea!!
P.S. I love your first two creations!

Julie S. said...

I LOVE this idea! I am definitely the same way and I feel that just lately I have been branching out! I can't wait to see how this goes for you!

Inspired said...

I'm totally going to do this! I think I will wait until this summer when I'm closer to my normal size (post baby's arrival in 6-8 weeks). BUT I LOVE IT!
So glad you included it in your 2013 recap. Definitely going to be a part of my 2014.

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