August 30, 2012

Challenge Your Closet

Time for another challenge, L.A.I.D.style.
You all know I love a good challenge. It's kind of like a new years resolution only not. If I just make the promise to myself I usually don't stick to the plan. BUT if I put it out here, on the internet, and even offer a link up of sorts?  I can stick to that like white on rice.
So, the latest challenge was inspired by Kate from The Small Things Blog.  She and her sister recently did a 30 With 30 challenge. They basically took 30 items from their closets {accessories and shoes included} and made 30 outfits with those pieces for 30 days.
Instead of doing 30 With 30, because I think I'd get really bored with just the same 5 tops and I'm not that creative, I want to just challenge myself to actually wear what's in my closet. Sounds simple right?
I am so easily influenced by other bloggers, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and, the devil, Pinterest.  If I see something, or even worse when LOTS of people are sporting something {I'm looking at you bib necklace trend}, I am like, "well I need that too, I must get one".  When in reality I don't really like them and I'd probably never wear one because it's just not practical for me and my lifestyle.  There I said it.
So yeah.  I have a lot of clothes.  I really don't need anything, really.  A few people said they wanted to see more "what I'm wearing" type posts so I thought this would be the best way for me to deliver on that demand.  And without breaking the bank.
So without further ado, I give you the Challenge Your Closet {challenge}.
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I figure I'll make this a weekly post?  Every week I'll showcase like 3-4 outfits that I created from my closet, without buying anything new, for I don't know how long.  I should mention that prior to coming up with this challenge I did buy a few pieces for fall.  But I should also mention that they were all cheap {from Target}.  I got a flannel shirt, a camisole/tank, my first pair of colored denim {in crimson to be exact} and a charcoal grey crossbody purse.  So that will be it, no more shopping for this girl. Jimmy will be happy and I'm up for the challenge.
Feel free to grab that button and I'll post the link up every Monday.  I typically get dressed in presentable clothes on the weekends so I think come Monday I should have at least 2 outfits to share for the week.
I'm really looking forward to this challenge for a number of reasons.  For one it will force me to get creative with what I already have, let's face it I have A LOT of clothes even I if I like to think otherwise.  And it is going to save money, a lot of it.  Every time a new season rolls around I think, "OMG I have nothing to wear!!" but come the end of that season I always feel like I have SO MUCH that I'll never have to wear an outfit more than once.  So yeah, that's a problem.
The exception to this rule is that if/when I get pregnant I'll obviously have to buy a few things, right?  But hopefully, unlike last time, I will get to wear a lot of my regular clothes for a lot longer.  Hopefully. So yeah unless or until I actually need clothes, I'm working with what I've got.
This Monday I'll show you how I styled one simple dress 3 different ways.  Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
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18 comments:

  1. Speaking of challenges, who won the weight loss challenge for vacation? If you already posted it, sorry I missed it, but I've been dying to know!

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  2. How fun! I can't wait to see the outfits!!

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  3. Man, could I use some Use What Ya Got styling tutes...the problem is that after losing all this weight, now I'm trying for #2. I know you feel me on that one! Why buy new clothes when I'm just going to get fat again??? :)

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  4. After the wedding, I will for sure participate in this. I need to get to my fave thrift store and do a little shopping here soon :)

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  5. I will join you in this link-up! sounds so fun :-)

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  6. what a fun challenge...I'm out haha!

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  7. So how about I just raid your closet? That just seems so much easier. kthanksbye

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  8. Looking forward to this. I for one am CONVINCED I really have NOTHING to wear. I'm so sick of everything in my closet! I already where what I have and have probably only bought 3 new key things for the summer...and now it's fall. Sheesh. I'm ready for fall clothes though! So much more fun. LOVE layering and scarves!!!! Can't wait to see what you put together!

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  9. I just posted something similar yesterday!! Not doing a challenge, but challenging myself to stop buying things I don't wear, and to spend my money on items that are more interchangeable. I'll definitely be linking up. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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  10. ohh this seems like a ton of fun! i can't wait to give it a try!!

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  11. I have kinda been doing this thanks to your copycat page and also pinterest, so I am very excited to do this challenge along with you!!!

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  12. I think this will be fun Shannon! I am not great at taking self portraits or dressing myself, but I like the challenge of not buying anything else this season and just making what I have work. I have a ridiculous amount of clothes...and this will hopefully teach me that I have all that I need :-)

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  13. I'm horrible at dressing. I'm pretty sure my sense of style is severely lacking.

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  14. Love this idea. I thought of doing something similar because I tend to pick the same tops to wear again and again. I'll definitely try to get in on this link up! I recently started a link up with another blogger- What to Wear Where. Would love it if you came and linked up with us.

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  15. Love this idea! Can't wait to see your ideas!

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