Three years ago, in an attempt to shake myself out of my work clothing routine, I took the 30 for 30 challenge. (Probably my favourite outfit from 2011’s challenge below. Nothing ground-breaking, but I loved my accessories and the scarf-belt with bow.)
A couple weeks ago, I finally tackled my stated goal (#58) of reducing my wardrobe by half. I boxed up all my maternity clothes, drove 4.5 huge bags of clothing to Goodwill, and allowed myself one “purgatory” box of clothes that I love but that don’t work with the “modular” colour scheme I’m test-driving. (If over the course of the next year I don’t rescue an item from the box, it too will be headed for Goodwill.) I may or may not have also set aside a number of other non-colour-conforming favourites to create a satellite modular wardrobe in my hometown. Ahem. But at least this way when I visit I won’t need to pack anything! That’s not cheating… right?
In the end, I don’t really know if I succeeded in halving my wardrobe — my clothing had previously been spread out across three closets (don’t judge!) as well as my dresser. I can say that with the exception of my yoga teaching attire, my clothes are now corralled into the one closet, and that my dresser drawers are way less full. (Oh! To be able to put away laundry without cramming anything! Bliss!) I’m also planning over the next year or so to continue to whittle what I have down (as well as hopefully create what’s missing — and there are definitely gaps) so I’m left with functional, well-fitting workhorses that all go together. That’s the theory, anyway.
This summer, however, my life is a little different than previously. I have absolutely no use for work clothes, would prefer to be able to yoge without changing (you never know when a nap will hit!) and any top or dress I wear had better allow for breastfeeding. Further, I’m trying to take advantage of sunny days by gardening or heading out for walks, so clothing that allows movement and isn’t too hot is in demand. While it’s been nice to have a wider range of options than I had in late pregnancy, I am once again feeling a little stuck with my day-to-day dressing options. (You might be interested to know that I no longer wear jeans 3-4 times a week; it’s too hot. Instead I wear yoga pants 3-4 days a week… sigh.) So! I figured that now (or rather July — tradition!) would be a good time to dust off Kendi’s challenge and see what I can teach myself about casual dressing. Yes? Yes. Let’s do it. Here are my “rules” for this go-round:
- Active wear doesn’t count. Anything I swim, run or paddle in, along with flip-flops are a free pass — so long as I’m only wearing them while doing that activity. (So unless they’re on my list, I’d best not catch myself wearing yoga pants off the mat!) If it isn’t something I’d wear to the corner store, it counts as “equipment” rather than clothing.
- Underlayer tanktops don’t count. I still layer like it’s going out of style (has already gone out of style?) and I’m not about to stop.
- Jeans no more than once a week (or total of 5 times) — it’s official this time! (Is this kind of a cheat given that July is frakkin’ hot? Mehn.)
With that out of the way, what will I be wearing? Thus far, my 2014 Edition 30 items — Updated June 24th thanks to clothing donation from my awesome Auntie M and (equally awesome) mom!:
Sleeveless white knit
|Jacket-type things (4)
3/4-sleeve grey cardigan
|Dresses / Skirts (6)
Purple peasant dress
White strappy wedges
Jeans (plain blue bootcut)
Same deal as last time: my 30 days span July 2nd-31st, and the plan is for weekly summaries. The candidates might change between now and July but… probably not. We’ll see how it goes! Any suggestions you clever Internets might have for what to wear would also be much appreciated — I know I already felt nervous just putting the 30 items together.