My Mum bought me this book for Christmas.
Hint, hint, I think! It’s a good read, and useful and the tips can be followed.
2. Remix the 30 items into 30 different outfits.
That’s it! Well not entirely so..
3. Don’t shop for 30 days.
Why in the world would I add insult to injury, you ask? Because of two reasons: 1) so you’ll learn to shop your own closet and 2) so you’ll appreciate it. So many times I’ve run out and bought a new dress for one event or I bought something because I felt lacking and not what was in my closet. Obviously, this is not the best solution to a problem. I have found that when I limit myself with shopping, with 30 items, I become so much more aware of what I have versus what I need. By the end of the 30 days, I am ready to shop, but with new eyes of what I really need.
I have modified the rules to suit my special needs. That is, the regular black/grey/charcoal/striped longsleeved tees and leggings I wear don’t count in my 30 items. They’re the clothes I need to wear to keep me warm and protected.
So onto my challenge.
- I looked into my wardrobe(s).
- Rummaged (a lot).
- Became a little overwhelmed.
- Thought about what I wear most (dresses), and where I go the most (work).
- Considered what events are/may be happening in February (possible extremely hot weather, Sia concert, Baby Animals concert, drinks, bellydancing classes commence, likely event of sore skin).
- Tried on some clothes.
- Got frustrated with a zipper.
- I made three lists.
- Did some counting (difficult with my limited maths skills).
- Did some ironing.
- Took some photos (then the camera battery went flat).
- Charged camera battery.
- Took some more photos.
- Changed my mind about 30 times.
I could have just worn dresses. That would have been easy – 15 dresses plus shoes and jackets/cardis. But wearing separates, especially trousers, makes this challenge, well, challenging for me!
Another thing I noticed is the clothes I’ve chosen aren’t in my usual hues – greys and purples. There is grey and there is purple in there. But there are other colours and patterns. A reader once challenged me (http://carlyfindlay.blogspot.com/2011/01/dedicated-follower-of-fashion-oh-yes.html) to clash patterns so I will use this remix to do so.
The clothes I’ll be wearing for 30 days are:
Three cardigans – because even though it’s a million degrees during an Australian summer, I will be cold more than hot.
Six tops – mix of casual and corporate
Five pairs of pants – jeans, black business pants, green linen pants, yoga pants, denim shorts and jeans.
A white linen shirt that will be ironed before wear.
Three jackets – my trusty pleather ruffled one, favourite cotton floral one, and mint green one that should get more wear.
Two dresses – corporate and maxi.
Five pairs of shoes. All pretty versatile.
These are the items I have challenged myself with. I love this vest – it was a gift from my South African relatives. It’s well made. I don’t wear it so much now, but know I can!
This is a bargain shirt I am yet to wear! $80 down to $10. I love the detail of the pleats. And the colours are versatile.