During a mostly miserable July in the UK I attempted to follow Instagram style challenges. My aim was to excavate my own wardrobe. Challenge is a well suited description for these style games, as applying US and Australian based style challenges to UK weather/season was quite a feat on its own let alone thinking up outfit combinations.
That aside I uncovered items at the bottom of my drawers that eventually would have been given to charity,
|A linen blouse that I hadn't worn in a couple of years is now a keeper instead of a potential donation. Its classic and will not date.|
|I found a look for my green cropped trousers that I really hadn't known how to wear|
|This 6 year old top (on the verge of being donated) was reinvented by combining two challenges, mint with a statement necklace. Its a keeper|
|This blouse has had a lot of use for work over the years but I gave it to my oldest last year as I was bored of it. She hadn't worn it so I reclaimed.|
I discovered combinations that I had not thought of before
|This was a theme of ocean breeze. I liked the freshness of teal and white.|
I discovered that scarves really are too busy on me for summer looks and will be abandoned next month.
I discovered that I too can wear maxi dresses for everyday wear.
I successfully discovered repurposing a work cardigan for weekend wear
and unsuccesfully repurposed a casual t-shirt for work wear
|Adding a t-shirt took the smart out of smart. It was a fail.|
and I identified one item that I will give to charity this month.
|This vest with a racing style back is going to be donated. Its shape and colour is not me at all.|
On a practical note I learnt that if you follow too many challenges on one day you could look like a clashing tapestry on legs. Conversely combining two challenges gave me an opportunity to wear items together creating new looks.
Will I do this again? Oh yes, I still have a lot of clothes to audit.