When I was perusing my Facebook feed recently, I came across an invitation by Salma Dinani, of The Write Balance, to participate in 30 for 30. It's a month-long wardrobe challenge to get you thinking about what you wear & how to get the most out of fewer pieces. The rules are simple: you put away all your clothes except 30 pieces that you can wear during the 30 day challenge. Underwear, socks, shoes, coats, pyjamas, & most importantly, accessories--these things don't count toward your 30 items. Also, no shopping during the month. The point of the challenge is to make the best of what you've got--not to add to it at all during the month of November.
30 items of clothing sounds like a lot, doesn't it? I started planning my 30 as I was nursing the baby down a couple of days ago. I listed all my favourites & got to 30 quite quickly. Then when I physically started sorting clothing, I found even more that I wanted to have...
After hemming & hawing for a while, here's the final list:
- a hoodie
- three cardigans
- a short sleeve sweater
- a blouse
- one t-shirt
- two long sleeve tops
- a collared shirt
- a one tank & one sleeveless top
- two turtlenecks
- four pairs of jeans
- three leggings
- six dresses
- three skirts
Besides the fact that month-long challenges are fun, here's what I hope to get out of this 30 for 30 thing:
- Making it easier to get rid of more of my clothes--if I can live with 30 pieces for a month, surely I don't need some of the ones I didn't use at all in that month. My ultimate goal is to get rid of most of my clothes & create a small wardrobe that I love. I don't need a massive wardrobe full of cheap things, items that don't fit well, & pieces I don't absolutely love.
- Wearing a few pieces that I made or loved in the past that I somehow never get around to pulling out of the closet (#7, 8, 13, 17, 20, 21)
- Get back into the habit of putting effort into my outfits. I still have my standards (I won't wear work out clothes except during my workouts or pyjamas out of the house) but a lot of my clothes don't fit that well. I don't have a lot of time to get ready or shop for new clothes or shoes. Function trumps form these days too: whatever I wear has to be practical for traipsing around in damp parks, possibly with a baby strapped to me, crouching & bending over, being grabbed by sticky fingers.
- Do some more full-body selfies for my continuing #365FeministSelfie project. This should be an interesting challenge to show my whole outfit daily since we have no full-length mirrors in the house at all!
What about you? Would you like to play along too? (you don't have to be a mom!) Even if you don't want to join in you can still follow along on Instagram: look for the #moms30for30 hashtag to see what we put together out of our 30 pieces.
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