Amanda Gates

30 for 30 Remix Challenge

I discovered Kendi's 30 for 30 Remix Challenge late last year. Take 30 items from your closet and mix and match only those 30 items for 30 days. I decided to make it a goal for 2011 to complete this challenge. I started it on July 6 and finished it yesterday. Here's what I learned/experienced:

+ Because my weekends are spent in sweats and tanks chasing a child, I decided to only do this challenge on work days. So, it took six weeks to complete.

+ I compiled 11 shirts, two blazers, three cardigans, five skirts, a black dress, four pairs of pants & four pairs of shoes. (Supporting garments like tanks and tights don't count.)

+ As we experienced two straight weeks of 90+ temps and 110+ heat indexes, I realized July probably isn't the best month to do this challenge. Layering is not ideal when it's so hot, but layering is what adds options and depth to a wardrobe! The heat led to the following...

+ I actually did this challenge with 24 items instead of 30. It was too hot for my black boots or either jacket I had picked out; I only used one pair of jeans; one skirt I never wore and one shirt I never felt like wearing either. So, if I were to do this again in a different season or something, maybe I would have to think a bit harder about my choices. However, sometimes you just don't feel like wearing something, and I don't think I could've predicted that.

+ Other people who have done this challenge say they get really tired of their 30 items by the end. Well, I really only have about 30 items in my closet anyway, so that wasn't really a problem for me. The part that got tiring was thinking up new combos to wear.

+ I created a list of 30 outfits at the beginning and crossed them off as I went. The weather affected this a bit. I also had quite a few outfits relying on just a few particular pieces - which seemd repetitive - so that ended up limiting me some mornings. Plus, I own a lot of purple and blue. I need to add new colors!

+ You wouldn't think wearing a different outfit every day would mean anything to anybody else. (And only a few people at work knew I was doing this.) However, I received MORE compliments on my outfits than ever before. Sometimes, "Ooh, I love that outfit, is it new?" When in actuality, I'd worn that outfit many times, but because I only wore it once during several weeks, it seemed new! Or, just by mixing different items together (instead of wearing the same things together all the time), old items seemed new or looked better or stood out or whatever.

+ I didn't go out of my comfort zone too much, but I think that's OK. I think the challenge was more about thinking about what I was wearing each day - because it had to be different - than being lazy and thinking, 'Well, I wore this shirt and pants together last week, but who cares? Not me.' I plan to keep thinking harder about what I'm putting together rather than taking the easy way out. Plus, I developed some great new combos that I can add to the rotation.

+ It definitely made me want to accessorize more than I ever have before. Accessories can really add to and change an outfit. (DUH, I know. But really, I'm challenged in the art of accessorizing, so this was an interesting discovery.) I'm loving necklaces and bracelets. I want to start wearing belts. I need more! (Money is tight, of course. Who wants to swap?)

+ It's been a difficult few months emotionally and when I told myself I would start this challenge on July 6, I really thought about skipping it once the time came. The effort of taking pictures, blogging about it, and just thinking so hard about what I wore seemed like just too much. But, I'm very glad I did it. It feels good to accomplish something, and while this isn't like running a marathon or losing weight or learning to cook, figuring out my style and feeling good about how I look is definitely important, too.


Well done!!

Yay, A! Congrats. You did a great job and I think you are right that just having a few new combos and accessories can really breathe some life into getting dressed each morning!

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