Alright folks, I’m getting my ducks in a row. In fact, they’re already all hanging in a row in a newly-cleared out section of the closet.
Despite having run out of steam on the 30 day photography challenge around about day 15*, I’m still forging ahead with 30×30. Among other things, I feel that since the biggest (mental) hurdle for this challenge is beforehand — sorting through and choosing your 30 — I’m more likely to stick to it. (Snrk.) Time will tell!
(* For fun, I’m actually considering finishing the project in July — sort of a two-part deal, I guess? I hadn’t realized that he was following, but The Boy expressed his disappointment when I’d explained I’d kind of lost interest, saying that he’d been enjoying seeing what the challenge would be, and how I’d do it. Who knew?)
So, 30×30. This was actually a pretty good challenge for me, because July kicks off with a trip up north for Canada Day weekend, where we’ll be fishing and running amok in cottage country, and wraps up with a wedding. I thought about it, but decided against using one of my 30 items for a dressier dress (sadly none of my dresses seem to span the casual vs dressy fence: they’re all either-or) and mix up separates instead. Add in that my day-to-day job can take me anywhere from the boardroom to cardboard boxes and machine grease and… yeah. 30 items to cover all that? Including shoes?! Foof.
I think I’ve managed it, however I have given myself a couple breaks, namely:
- Swimwear doesn’t count. My mental guide was basically that if it wasn’t something I’d wear to the corner store to buy bus tickets in, I could probably count it as “equipment” rather than clothing.
- By the same logic, sportingwear (in my case, for dragonboat and beach volleyball — including the flip flops) also don’t count. (If for no other reason than if I had to paddle in an outfit and be expected to wear it again fairly soon, this project would be incurring a very unreasonable amount of laundry.) Ditto for yoga gear.
- (Unseen) tanktops don’t count. I own approximately a bazillion tank tops, and I wear them under everything (even other tank tops). All year round. If stores are selling a separate garment labelled “undershirt”, then I have no idea what it looks like because from the age of about 17 onwards, I’ve been layering these things under everything I wear.
That’s it. I was originally going to try to add in an exception for my dog-walking “uniform”, but decided I could probably rough that in one of my pairs of shoes. Speaking of which, for a girl who knows she has a shoe problem (did I mention I bought 5 pairs of shoes in the span of one week in Florida?), I was quite surprised to see the list whittle down in the ratios it did. Although I still might switch things up tomorrow (i.e. by swapping out one of the 12 (?!) tops for another pair of shoes), this is my list, as of right now:
Sleeveless white knit
|Jacket-type things (5)
Thigh-length navy blazer
Awesome red vintage sleeveless
Rainbow sheath dress
Purple flats Brown Sketchers
I did want to put some more dresses in there, but my dresses basically fall into two categories: Formal and Too Short For Work; Also, Loud. Given that I’m already living dangerously by only giving myself one pair of jeans for the month (!), I figured I shouldn’t limit myself overmuch by dedicating too many slots to items that I don’t think will “remix” very well.
What surprised me most while I was making a big pile on the bed was the sheer number of neutral-coloured tops I have. Seriously. I’m on the cool side of winter, so beige, brown and tan are not my friends. I even avoid wearing my beige dress pants, which is unfortunate, given that they’re a really nice cut. And yet, while riffling through tops judging necklines and sleeve lengths and general remix-ability… I kept pulling out taupe tops, beige tops, cream tops, tan tops… Where did they all come from?! (Short answer? My awesome aunt who often gifts me with clothes she no longer wants. Unlike me, she’s a summer.) I will be interested to see how I reconcile them with my decidedly more “wintry”-coloured clothes.
The plan is for weekly summaries (inspired by Casey), mostly for myself to see the balance of workday vs weekend, but we’ll see how all that goes. In the meantime, have a wonderful, adventure-ful weekend everyone!