For most posts on the actual “style challenge” go here and here.
My favorites from the month:
A lot of the pieces that make up my favorites have come from either ThredUP or Stitch Fix.
I’ve mentioned ThredUp in the past, but I’ll talk about it again now. It’s an online consignment shop where you can both buy and sell gently used clothing. They’ll send you a “cleanout bag” to ship your clothes to them, and you can decide if you want anything they don’t keep to be returned to you or to be responsibly recycled. The amount they pay for your clothes varies (there’s a link on their website to give you a general idea), and the amount shows in your account as a credit — after 14 days you can have it sent to you as a Visa gift card if you prefer not to use it in the store. Purchasing clothing is also pretty low-risk. You can return anything you don’t like within 14 days, with the option of free return shipping and store credit or a refund to the original form of payment (the return shipping label is deducted from the refund amount). I’ve found numerous gems through ThredUp and highly recommend it, especially for anyone shopping on a budget. If you use this link to shop, we both get $10 off!
Stitch Fix is another site I’m obsessed with. Disclaimer: it’s the only clothing subscription service I’ve tried, but I love it. For a $20 styling fee, you receive 5 pieces carefully picked out just for you. You have several days to try everything on and coordinate the pieces with your current wardrobe (you can extend your time if necessary, too). The styling fee is credited towards your purchase, and if you keep all 5 items you also get 25% off! You decide how frequently you want your fixes (anywhere from every 2-3 weeks to every 3 months), or you can just manually request a fix whenever you feel like it. You fill out a style profile to help your stylist get to know you, and — now this is very important — set up a Pinterest board so they can understand what styles you really like. The only time I’ve heard of friends hating their fixes, they haven’t utilized Pinterest. They style men, too, so if you or a guy in your life could use a fashion upgrade, check out Stitch Fix. If you use this link to sign up, your first $20 styling fee is waived (plus, full disclosure, I get a credit on my account, too)!
The second half of this month, I’ve tried to be good about re-wearing pieces I love to maximize the number of outfits I can get out of them. I also tried to get a grip on the athleisure trend (why can I not figure out how to look uber-casually glam? probably because I try too hard)…that’s one I’m still working on.
The weather has been a little crazy…going from 70s to 30s in the space of a day (sometimes in the space of a few hours). Virtually nothing was off-limits in my closet this month. Lightweight cardigans and ankle pants to heavy sweaters and knee-high boots, I’ve worn it all!
While challenging, the crazy weather also made outfit planning more fun, forcing me to get a little more creative than usual.
Now for a couple of shameless plugs: most of my wardrobe comes from either ThredUp or Stitch Fix. Shop either site using those links and we both save some dollars! I love that I can find great prices for (gently used) quality clothing from ThredUp — most recently, that dusty pink sweater I’m obsessed with came from ThredUp for about $10. And Stitch Fix is a great service that helps me push my fashion boundaries and try new trends in pieces that are flattering on my body (that mustard shirt is one I never would have thought to try for myself). Look for my follow up post tomorrow with more details about each site!
I’ve been pretty obsessed with fashion and style blogs lately. Enough to wish I had my own style blog, enough to know I most likely never will. I know myself well enough to accept that while I love putting together outfits that make me feel great, I don’t know enough to give other people advice about their own style. Also, I’m still trying to pull my own style out of a blending together of my very different style icons.
However, as sort of a creative challenge, I determined to try with every outfit this month (none of this just throwing on leggings and a t-shirt because it’s Saturday nonsense — not that there’s anything wrong with leggings and a tee, especially with the athleisure trend seemingly here to stay). It’s been fun putting together combinations I haven’t tried before, and I’ve found a few new “fave outfits” that just make me feel great.
Of course, I was sick (like call-out-of-work, fuse-to-the-couch kind of sick) the first two days of February. Those days I did manage to at least change from PJs to leggings and a hoodie, but that was as far as I got.
I’ve been jotting down ideas for each day, as well as noting the ones I really love (like both center pics above).
I’ve only run into one major dud (and I immediately changed), which is great, but this project is really about finding clothes and outfits I truly *love*. At the end of the month, I’ll highlight my favorites, which will also make dressing for work a lot easier, too!
The challenge has the added bonus of helping me clean out my closet of clothes I rarely wear or ones I learn I won’t wear again (which in turn makes room for new pieces to love!).