Remember from last week that one of my resolutions was to shop less? (...And that Fall wardrobe remix I had all planned out until moving happened?) Well, it's on.
Rather than calling it a "Challenge" like so many of the shopping-ban and 30x30 endeavors, I'm calling this a project, because hopefully then it won't be hard :)
My biggest beef with all the minimalist/capsule wardrobes I've seen is that they seem kind of predictable and boring. Oh another gray sweater and black skinny pants?! How earth-shattering. I mean, if you wear four colors your whole wardrobe will obviously coordinate, but you'll only wear four colors!
It took me a lot of thought and planning to pick my items and develop a plan that would force me to be a little creative without feeling totally constricted. Ultimately, my goal is to come to terms with the fact that I have way more clothing than any person needs, and that I can easily, and enjoyably work with a more limited wardrobe. Sounds do-able, right? Right.
So, in an effort to simplify my wardrobe and my never-ending list of wants, I'm kicking off a 3-month wardrobe project: two months of wearing a very limited portion of my closet, then one month of purging. And because there's virtually no way I could do it alone, I've convinced fellow blogger and shopaholic, Carylee, to join me : )
What's my awesome plan you ask? Well, essentially I picked a limited number of items from my wardrobe, and it's all I'm going to wear until March 15th. My selection consists of 35 items of clothing, and 30 accessories (shoes, purses, jewelry, belts, and scarves). While this may sound like the size of the average person's wardrobe, it's very scaled back from the actual (ridiculous) count of items in my closet. (Closet inventory coming soon #bringontheshame.)
Now, because everything is more fun in groups, Carylee and I would love to have more ladies join us! Below I've outlined the rules that we're following. If you want to join, start sharing your outfits on instagram with the hashtag #remixfix2015. I'm also going to host a special linkup at the end to give everyone an opportunity to share a recap post, or a few of their favorite looks from during the project.
- Select items you will remix for the next 2 months (until March 15th)- whether or not you limit shoes/purses/accessories/jewelry is up to you
- At the end of January, you can swap out up to four items, in case you blew it picking a few dumb items
- You're allowed ZERO purchases in January and ONE purchase in February
- Loungewear, gym clothes, tights, and layering items (camis, undershirts, etc) don't count toward the totals
- If a special occasion arises (wedding, cocktail party, business professional event, etc…) you can wear anything in your closet
- Rewards points/cash/etc can be used towards the allotted purchase, but otherwise must be saved for afterwards
*Disclaimer: I will share a few looks on my blog featuring items from blog sponsors during this time, I will not however be mixing these new items into my wardrobe until after the project has ended.
Now on to the pared down wardrobe I've selected, I left out jewelry because tracking down photos of all my old favorites was dumb, so you'll just have to wait with baited breath to see which pieces made the cut ;)
*I used the pictures of the exact items I'll be styling, unless noted by one asterisk
** Two asterisks denote that it's no longer available and I've linked a similar style
ROW ONE: Banana Republic Soft Wash Flannel // J.Crew Keeper Chambray // Loft Tunic Softened Shirt // Joe Fresh Burgundy Plaid Shirt** // Loft Ottoman Tee
ROW TWO: J.Crew Oversize Boy Shirt** // Old Navy Gray Turtleneck // Old Navy Striped Turtleneck // Banana Republic Soft Wash Button Down // Land's End Flannel Tunic**
ROW 1: Forever 21 Quilted Sweater // Old Navy Boyfriend Cardigan // Joe Fresh Plaid Sweater** // Old Navy Sweatshirt**
ROW 2: Kohls Chunky Knit Sweater c/o // J.Crew Camo Sweatshirt** // BCBG Sweater Wrap // Mossimo Ultrasoft Tunic Sweater
ROW 1: Charter Club Polka Dot Vest** // Old Navy Plaid Vest** // Forever 21 Textured Faux Fur Vest ** // Old Navy Field Jacket** // H&M Trench Coat**
ROW 2: BKE Faux Leather Jacket** // Loft Outlet Utility Jacket** // Black Blazer** // Halogen Tweed Blazer**
H&M Black Leggings // Textile by Elizabeth & James Boyfriend Jeans** // H&M Wine Skinny Twill Pants // Gap Destructed Skinnies** // AE Highwaisted Jeggings
ROW 1: Schutz Gold Pumps** // Julie Lopez Josie Flats c/o // Nike for J.Crew High Tops // TOMS wedge booties
ROW 2: Ninewest PerfectPr Leopard Booties** // Soles Black Ankle Booties* // Frye Melissa Zip Back Boots // Hunter Tall Boots in Gray Gloss
ROW 1: J.Crew Striped Scarf // H&M Leopard Tube Scarf** // Zara Oversized Check Scarf** // BP Faux Fur Infinity Scarf
ROW 2: Old Navy Plaid Infinity Scarf** // 360 Sweater Cashmere Wrap** // Leopard Haircalf Belt** // J.Crew Braided Skinny Belt**