Kendi’s 30 for 30 challenge was certainly an interesting experience. To recap, I took 30 pieces from my wardrobe (including shoes) and wore them in 30 different combinations for 30 days. No shopping for those 30 days either, but I already failed at that, as I’ve already discussed.
I wanted to do this because I wanted to challenge myself to remix. I tend to have the same outfits that I wear all the time. That does get boring, and it inevitably leads to more shopping to relieve the boredom. At first, I really embraced the challenge and had fun with it. But as it wore on, I developed mixed (sorry!) feelings. I’m not sure I would do it again.
Wow, that’s a lot of me at once. I started out taking the photos in the bathroom at work, then I got my act together and started photographing at home, mostly at night, when the light isn’t very good.
What I’ve learned about my style from this challenge:
- I wear a LOT of black, and to a lesser extent grey.
- I rely on my fall staples of black cardigans and black tights.
- I’m not a pants person, since my pants outfits (casual Fridays and weekends) are really not very interesting.
- I could be more adventurous with shoes.
- I don’t like belts. In fact, I don’t accessorize very much at all.
- I tend to keep things simple, but I like a bit of visual interest in a necklace, a ruffle detail at the neckline, a print, etc.
Outfits I may not have put together if it weren’t for the challenge:
- #3 – I usually wear black tights with this outfit, but I thought I’d try with my “crushed berry” tights. Not entirely successful.
- #16 – I don’t normally wear a coloured top with this skirt.
- #17 – I forced myself out of my comfort zone and put on a belt.
- #23 – I could have thrown on a black top with this skirt and called it an outfit, but I went for colour.
- #25 – again, a belt.
- #5 – it's all about the necklace and the boots.
- #9 – no black or grey!
- #16 – I really love the purple top.
- #20 – it’s all about the necklace and the shoes
- #23 – colour with colour.
- #28 – I felt tall and skinny.
- #29 – I love this dress.
What else I’ve learned:
- It is possible to get by with 30 items. I probably could have kept going, if pushed.
- I have way too many clothes.
- Shop in my closet first!
- I have a better idea of what I love and what works for me.
- It’s time to start purging.
(At outfit 25, I swapped the poster behind me to Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway version of Puccini’s La Boheme, from 2002. Les Misérables came back for the last two outfits because I inexplicably had “One Day More” stuck in my head, so it seemed fitting. Once the earworm goes away, I’ll go back to La Boheme, it’s just a more striking poster.)
Why I probably won’t participate in this challenge again:
- I find remixing very stressful. It does not come naturally to me.
- I don’t feel the need to wear something new everyday, whether it’s an actual new piece of clothing or a new combination of pieces. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wearing the same outfits again. In fact, if you love it, wear it again. And again. And again.
- I’m never going to have to work with just 30 pieces. While this has made me aware of how much I don’t need and what I could do without, I don’t have to do without the rest of my wardrobe. I would rather do a month-long no-shop-but-shop-in-your-closet challenge than limit myself to just 30 things.
I don’t regret participating. But still, I’m glad it’s over.