with the exception of books, the majority of my reading is done online. especially magazines. i've been following Redbook on twitter after being interviewed for a feature in 2009 on finding a silver lining in the recession.
when they shared 30 Days of New Spring Outfits, Plus 20 Extras - i said to myself, "ohh snap...this might be my very first personal style challenge!".
here's the concept: Redbook polled hundreds of women and found that more than 60% had these items in their existing wardrobes:
- black short-sleeved top
- bootcut jeans
- bright tank
- little black dress
- pullover sweater
- jersey dress
- big necklace
- wedge sandals
- white t-shirt
- black flats
- cropped pants
- classic blazer
confession: i'm probably the only woman on the planet who doesn't own a black blazer. go ahead. lock me up and throw away the key.
however, i do have the other twelve pieces. if not exact, some variation thereof.
here's the twist: Redbook remixed the 13 essentials above and added eight new pieces to create a total of 50 outfits. they suggested you buy:
- colorful jeans *(capris)
- floaty patterned skirt
- modern cool belt
- utilitarian jacket *(flip-flops, silver necklace, colored tank)
- flats with flair
- silky tunic
- classic bold shoes
*after looking at some of the pieces, it became clear i'd have to modify a few to make the outfits work for spring/summer in Texas.
i only had to buy one thing! #3. it cost me $4.
here's the outfit for Day 1:
|left photo credit: Chris Eckert/Studio D via Redbookmag.com|
colored jeans were on my spring/summer wish list. i crossed them out and put color-blocked platforms in their place. my closet lacks colorful shoes. good thing wedges were on my list.
the belted top works for this look, but i've come to realize i need a black blazer. it's a wardrobe essential worth investing in.
never in a million years would i have come up with this outfit. now ask me if i'm gonna wear it? um...yeah! i really like it and have been wanting to experiment with color-blocking.
Day 1 gets a thumbs up.
would you have to shop if you were to take on this challenge?