Sunday, 26 July 2015

Style Challenges, What I Discovered



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



I re-adopted clothes that I had given to my daughters and that they were on the verge of donating to charity

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. 

2 comments:

  1. Love all these outfits!

    Glad the racer back is off to Charity, I can't do racer back stuff.. never could, the whole bra thing doesn't work for a start and I think its def a look for an athletic 18 year old only..

    I like wearing scarves, Summer, winter the lot.. maybe you need a couple of shorter ones so they don't swamp the whole outfit? xxxx

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  2. Congratulations on your first outfit post. Style challenges can be so much fun and really help you to be creative with your wardrobe. It's also a great opportunity to meet other wonderful women. Karen xxx

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