30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge Fall Edition | Recap

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Can you believe the 30 days are up already? I swear, this Fall has been the fastest in history. This time last year, there was a newborn involved… so maybe that’s why it feels faster this time?

Also, now that this is done, I need to think of some new outfit series, because they are my favorite to read on other blogs, and they’re just fun to do. If you have any tips/suggestions/ideas, lay them on me!

Anyway, I digress.

Today, I thought I would recap ALL 30 outfits, just so we can see them one after the other. Plus, it’s shocking how repetitive the outfits are when you see them all together. If you’re not sure what’s up, you can read more here.  But, long story short: I chose 30 items from my closet, and challenged myself to make 30 unique outfits for the next 30 days!

Most Worn Item | I won’t count the bottoms, because they of course were the most worn.  My most used accessory was my cluster pearl necklace! Love that piece! And the most worn piece was my chambray shirt! So versatile! I used that in 8 of the outfits.

Favorite Outfit | Outfit 4 may have been my favorite! It was a “new to me” outfit, and I thought the polkadot top, black knit pants and my black booties went together so well! I also loved Outfit 13, the chambray shirt paired with my orange cardigan. I’ve done variations of a theme with that since.

Least Favorite Outfit | I mentioned this throughout the challenge – I didn’t have any outfits I disliked! I had a few pieces, though, that just didn’t jive for me, like the full floral skirt. Maybe full skirts aren’t my thing for my body shape?

The Challenge Surprise | Can I confess something? I’ve added the cobalt blue dress pants to my donate pile. I know! Shocking! They are pretty cute. I love the color! But dress pants (and cropped ones at that) are just not practical for my every day life now. If I want to get dressed up, I’d prefer to wear a dress. If I was working out of the home, I’d keep them. No brainer. This is why I included them in the challenge – just to see if they would fit in my current lifestyle. And they don’t.

Things I Learned This Time Around | This challenge, compared to the summer version, really showed me what I gravitate towards in my wardrobe. I tend to pick color or pattern for tops, and then darker/solid bottoms. And I love jackets and cardigans. I already mentioned my discovery that dress pants just don’t fit in my current life. And knit pants are amazing.

If you’re wanting to do something similar, whether it’s on your blog or just for fun on your own, let me share a few tips:

1. When it comes to picking the 30 items, pick one or two items you haven’t worn in a long time, just to make sure you still like it! That way you can get it back into regular rotation if you love it (like my boxy polka dot top) or you know to donate and say good bye (like my cobalt blue dress pants).

2. Be smart about your 30 items. I really shouldn’t have included outerwear in my 30. And I also included WAY too many dressy items. I did this because I needed things for church every week. But choosing 3 dresses that are basically an outfit on their own limited my outfit options with my casual outfits. I could have done 10 different “dressy” outfits easily! But that’s not real life here. Maybe I should do “30 days of Work Outfits”? I have plenty of material for that still!

3. Accessories were also tricky to include in the 30 count. I included too many! I only really used one scarf out of the three. And I forget to wear watches regularly, so I forgot to add them to outfits. I guess what I’m saying is I could have snuck in an extra shirt instead of a scarf.

4. Whether you plan to blog your own challenge or not, when you’re picking out your 30 items, do a little outfit pre-planning. Lay the items out on the floor and snap pictures of outfit ideas. And then, if you’re blogging the outfits, try to actually track how many outfits you have and plan which outfits are for which days. I got so confused at the end of what I had or had not worn because I didn’t pre-plan outfits.

5. Finally, if you’re taking pictures of the outfits, try to take multiple OOTD pictures in a day! It’s handy.

So bottom line – pre-plan before you start your 30 days, and be smarter about your 30 item choices.

And now, without further ado, the 30 outfits!

Recap of first 6 outfits in 30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge on Cup of Tea

30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge Days 7-12Recap of Outfits 13-18 for 30 Outfits in 30 Days on Cup of TeaIMG_623230 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge Day 25-30 with Cup of Tea

 

That’s…. a lot of me…. *sigh

But do you have a favorite?? I’ve already worn a few of these already!

Also, if you have any ideas for another outfit/style series, let me know! I’m already test-driving a “30 Days of Yoga Pants”, thanks to a brainstorm with Tif from Bright on a Budget 🙂 Good idea, right??

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9 comments

  1. Anne says:

    Not surprising about the chambray shirt! And smart tip to include under-used closet items to use this as a test of keep or get rid of. Definitely put a couple of my capsule wardrobe items on the Goodwill pile already…

  2. Whitney Jordan says:

    I loved hearing your tips/suggestions because I’m hoping to give the whole capsule wardrobe a try in 2015!! I can definitely see the benefit of taking multiple outfit pictures at once. I also need to get on board the camera remote/tripod party train. I’d like to do a good closet try on session/purge and then choose my capsule items. Wish me luck!!

    • Tif @ Bright on a Budget says:

      I am excited for you to do a capsule wardrobe and can’t wait to follow it! Also, I don’t know if you have a Samsung or an iPhone, but I have a remote viewfinder on my phone that I can use as a remote shutter for my camera. That’s why my phone’s been in my last 2 outfit shoots.

  3. jessica says:

    I love all your combinations! The 30X30 challenge is great! For some reason I thought I was brave enough to try a capsule wardrobe from Oct 1- Dec 31. It’s been difficult but I’m thankful I’m still going. I probably should have started with a 30 day challenge first! lol I love your tips. I think the best things about these challenges, for me, has been weeding out the things in my closet that really don’t work but I’ve held on to for way too long.

  4. coffeewithcaitlin says:

    I am definitely going to try this for the winter! I am hoping I will have enough since I’ve majorly purged lately but I think it’ll be so fun to try 🙂 And love the tip about not having too much dressy stuff, because I always think I’m going to want it, but that’s definitely the same for me-not real life right now.

  5. Tif @ Bright on a Budget says:

    Haha. All hail the yoga pants! Confession: I wore a pair of yoga leggings to work today. In my defense, it was cold and no one knew they were YOGA leggings. Hmmm. Something about those leggings;)

    RIP blue ankle pants.

    Also, let’s do a wardrobe re-wear soon! We could always use our polka dot top from old navy, do something in plaid, OR (and my fav idea) do one involving a vest?!

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