This was the first 30X30 capsule challege that I started and completed! I have done 10X10 challenges in the past, but none that lasted 30 days! I am really excited to share with you all of my looks, my favorite looks from the last 30 days, and what I learned about myself through the process!
Scroll through the slides to see all of my 30X30 looks!
I had such a fun time with this 30X30 challenge. If you want to read about all of the pieces I worked with, you can read my 30X30 picks blog post!
These were my three favorite looks from the May 30X30:
The first picture was actually day 29/30. It was a perfectly sunny day, that was just warm enough for shorts, and just cool enough for long sleeves. I felt very “french-chic” in this outfit and was very comfortable all day. This outfit’s top is old fast-fashion, the bottoms are thrifted, and the shoes are from Veja.
My second favorite outfit from this challenge is one of my favorites because of its minimalist vibes. I like the simple black tank paired with my mom jeans. No shoes because #stayathome! The top is L L Bean, and the bottoms are 90s Vintage Lee from Poshmark.
I chose my third favorite outfit because of the pieces I paired together. I normally would not have worn my oversized denim jacket with these pants that I had bought for work this winter. This outfit shows one of the things I learned from this challenge: that I can pair more things together in my wardrobe than I thought I could. The headband was also a fun, last minute touch. The jacket is my vintage Guess denim jacket, the top is the L L Bean tank, the pants are an impulse purchase from this winter, and the shoes are from ABLE.
Going into this challenge, I didn’t think that I would learn much. I knew my style, I knew I picked items that I would normally make outfits from normally, and I knew I picked items that could be layered or worn on their own. I actually ended up learning A LOT.
- I learned how to pair items together that normally I wouldn’t. I know this sounds obvious, but I really ended up making more combinations of items than I thought I would. Like my outfit shown above with the oversized denim jacket paired with my chic black work pants. I LOVED pairing something so casual with something so sleek. It both dressed up the jacket and dressed down the pants. It left me wondering what else I can do that with in my closet!
- I learned to appreciate my accessories. Honestly, I got somewhat bored of my 30X30 picks about halfway into the challenge. It’s not that I don’t like those pieces. I love each piece so much! I’m just used to having my whole wardrobe at my disposal all the time and love having the variety to choose from. To keep myself interested in my outfits, or even to elevate a very simple outfit, I used accessories! I tied my scarves to make headbands (see slideshow pictures), I used my shoes and purses, and I played with my necklaces, earrings, and bracelets more than I have in the past. I loved how a different pair of earrings made the outfit feel so different. I hope to remember this in the future when my my closet needs to feel “new” again.
- Most importantly, I learned to be kind to my body. One of my initial picks (my chambray pants I’ve had for 4 years) didn’t fit when I put them on for the first time in the middle of the challenge. Instead of being hard on myself and spiraling into negative self-talk, I decided to move on from those pants and buy an item I’ve had on my wish list for a long time. I bought my mom jeans during this challenge! I bought my 90s vintage Lee jeans. Instead of holding on to something that made me feel bad, I traded them in for something that makes me feel good (not to mention they are also WAY more comfortable)!
I am so glad that I decided to do this challenge. If you are looking for a way to use items in your closet more, capsule challenges are a great way to get more wears-per-item! I hope that you will consider doing a capsule challenge in the future! Maybe I will do another one during another season. I am curious what it would be like to do one in the fall/winter instead of the spring/summer.
If you have done a capsule challenge before, how did you like it? What did you learn? Each person has a different experience. I would love to hear about it!