Closet Challenge

30×30 June Style Challenge

June 2, 2017

One of the biggest goals I had when I started with capsules a few years back was to find my style. I always felt so aimless when shopping or getting dressed. A few years of capsule closets really helped me shape up my personal sense of style. But every now and then I like to throw a good challenge in the mix to see what new things I can learn about myself and how I can best express myself through clothing. Styling does not come naturally to me, I really have to work at it. And I enjoy the challenge of pursuing it.

Yesterday two of my blogger BFFs and I kicked off a brand new challenge, a 30×30! I’ve done 10×10’s and even a 20×21, but never a 30×30. Whittling down to 30 items was harder than I thought, mostly because 30 days without an item seems like a long time! But once I got down to 30, it still seemed like sooo many items. Looking at the pile above, I’ll never exhaust the possible combinations in 30 days, but I hope to try!

Before I dive into what I chose, here are the details of the challenge:

WHAT:

For the month of June I have selected a 30-item closet to dress out of. During this time I am taking a break from buying anything new or accepting any gifted items. You will see a few new items I’ve purchased or have received for summer listed below, and I’m excited to share them with you. Beyond that, my wardrobe evolution is on hiatus. My closet is definitely feeling full right now, and it’s a good time to set money aside for other things.

How is this different from a capsule? I don’t think it really is. It just has a shorter timeline. I am approaching it with a capsule mentality – looking to learn a few things!

WHY:

I’m doing this challenge because it’s good to pause. Sometimes this whole blogging thing moves fast, and I need to slow down and take a look at what I’m wearing and what I truly like best, and how I’m merging fashion with self-expression. I’m setting the goal of getting better acquainted with my summer style, and watching for an emerging uniform.

WHO:

I am so excited to be teaming up with Lee of Style Bee and Paige of Style This Life. We’ll be posting on roughly the same schedule and using the #June30x30 hashtag on Instagram! We’d love to have you join us!

HOW:

I’ll be hanging out with my best friend, the tripod, and taking daily pics of what I’m wearing. I’ll share my outfits twice per week – on Mondays and Fridays, including a few shots on Instagram.


— 30 Items for 30 Days —

SHOES:

I wanted to be comfortable, but give myself options. In June, Oregon can still see a fair amount of rain, so tennis shoes were a must. The Sarita Wedges are new, and I am excited to test them out and report back. They feel really comfortable on, but I’m still a little nervous about walking on a platform.

1. Black Birkenstocks | 2.White Cons (better option) | 3. Sarita Wedge Sandal, c/o Nisolo | 4. Madrid Birkenstocks | 5. Ecuador Sandals, Nisolo | 6. Pons, c/o Avarcas Canada | 7. Mariella Mules, c/o Nisolo | 8. Moheda Clogs


LAYERING:

I will stick to these layers when it gets cool, save for a rain coat should I need it.

1. Denim Jacket (similar) | 2. Chambray (old J.Crew, better option) | 3. Relaxed Linen Shirt, Everlane | 4. Longline Cardigan, c/o IMBY (sold out, love this option)


TOPS:

I am not a big shirt hoarder, I prefer buying things like pants/dresses/sweaters/shoes, really anything but shirts. Picking my favorites was easy, because I have low volume. I included simple tops and ones that add visual interest. Number four is a shirt I am very excited to share with you! I teamed up with Haley from Only Child to collaborate on a brand new top. More details coming Tuesday when it releases!

1. Luzon Tie Top, c/o Only Child | 2. Army Shirt, from my husband (similar, size up for loose fit!) | 3. Square Poplin Shirt, Everlane | 4. Only Child x Seasons + Salt Alta Top | 5. Cotton Tank, Everlane | 6. BCN Linen Top, c/o Tradlands (currently 30% off) | 7. Every Day Top, Miranda Bennett Studio (this color is sold out, but I love the white)


BOTTOMS:

Spoiler alert: there’s a major purchase nestled in this bunch. After trying on Kamm Pants a few times, I finally decided to invest in a pair. I know it’s kind of a crazy concept, to drop so much money on one article of clothing. I am fortunate that I have a blogging income that allows me to dedicate a certain amount for purchases. I spent a lot of time thinking about these pants and decided to make the leap because I just felt so damn good in them. They are style-defining, and bold, and they are thick and sturdy enough that I can wear them over and over again with my three crazy kids. They are the kind of pants that make any white t-shirt look like an outfit. Excited to share more with you guys!

1. Vintage Levi’s (see my post for tips on finding them) | 2. Vintage Cutoffs | 3. Kamm Pants in Street | 4. Clyde Work Pant, Elizabeth Suzann | 5. Black Skirt, c/o Bridge & Burn | 6. Chambray Skirt (similar w/buttons)


DRESSES/JUMPSUITS:

And finally, my favorite section of the closet, where layering is a dream of the past and picking an outfit takes .002 seconds. It was tough to narrow this category down. I waffled between my Reifhaus Jumpsuit and HDH Jumpsuit, and settled on the former because it’s more casual. But I’m going to miss the other one this month.

1. Lou Jumpsuit, Reifhaus ($20 off at Garmentory) | 2. Mara Dress c/o Only Child | 3. Chambray Dress, Everlane (sold out) | 4. Linen Dress, Pyne & Smith | 5. Mara Jumpsuit c/o Sotela


And that’s a wrap! Don’t forget to head over to Style This Life and Style Bee to see what they’re sporting in their 30×30’s this month. And jump in the comments and let me know if you’ll be joining in! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  • Leah Wise June 2, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I’ve never been that into 30×30 challenges, but this actually feels doable now that I have a better sense of what I like and wear frequently. I might not jump in completely this time around, but I’m going to play around with what’s in my closet and see how often I wear certain things. I think I could get away with only 3 pairs of shoes, so that would leave more for clothing!

    • Andrea June 2, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Woohoo! And I am guessing your June weather is pretty consistent? That will help too!

  • Jodie June 2, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Love this! Definitely joining in, and I told you all my pieces earlier this week!
    Love your sarita wedges! If they weren’t so much like my nude clogs I would have convinced myself to get them!
    Have a good weekend! XO!

    • Andrea June 2, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Excited to have you Jodie! I was definitely on the fence between the Saritas and nude clogs! Hopefully the wedges will be just right!

  • Tess June 2, 2017 at 9:52 am

    What size did you purchase the Kamm pants in? :)

    • Andrea June 2, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Hi Tess! I opted for the 8’s. They are nice and snug, but not so tight that I won’t wear them. They have really great structure!

  • Andrea June 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Are you planning on keeping your Everlane wide leg pants also? Or selling them? 😉

    • Andrea June 2, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Ha! Great question! They are pretty different from the Kamm ones, but if I don’t find myself wearing them, I’ll definitely let you know! ;) I do believe they plan to restock the black in August!

  • Andrea June 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    What an exciting challenge, consider me on board! (; A quick question about the Pyne & Smith dress, if you please: do you find it to be too see through? And if it is, how do you get it to work for you? Thanks and happy Fri-yay!

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Hi Andrea, it is a taaaaaaad see through, like I can see the pockets a bit, and if I was backlit you might be able to see my legs. I think what helps it from being too see through is the volume of fabric. Also, I stick with nude undergarments just in case. ;) I checked with my husband (who is pretty modest about these things) and he thought was fine. Good luck! :)

  • Janet June 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    The Kamm Pants are a great purchase. I am excited to see how you style them. Are you shortening them or keeping them long? I bought them in tobacco a few months ago and love them. A big splurge for me but so worth it.

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      I love hearing this! Tobacco was my runner up color, it’s so beautiful! I agree this is a huge splurge, but so far I am really enjoying them. They are a pretty good length on me, just barely cropped, which I hope means I can wear them in cooler-weather months.

  • Jaana June 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Can’t wait to see the Kamm pants in action!!! Ooohlala!

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks friend!! I might just convince you that you need a pair! ;)

  • Rachel June 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’m excited to hear how you find the platforms from Nisolo. I saw them and loved them but wasn’t sure how functional they would be. We could be feet sisters so I look forward to your take on them 😘

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      We are TOTALLY feet sisters! Miss you my friend! Why does 100 miles feel like 1000 miles? I really like the shoes, I wore them today, they are super comfy, but a little hard for running after a toddler. But super comfy for ‘heels.’ Just make sure daddy is around to do the chasing. ;)

  • Kat June 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I’m SO excited about this! I absolutely adore your style (please hand over your entire closet’s contents NOW) and you’ve inspired me to tidy up my closet this weekend! Especially love how there are so many shoe options. I’m moving back to my hometown (Toronto) in a month and the weather there is super unpredictable so all these tips about having options for whatever temps are thrown one’s way will be so helpful!

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Yay! I’m so honored to inspire you. Yes, pare down! Having a closet of just the things you love makes getting dressed a lot easier! Good luck with your move to Toronto!

  • Lindsey June 2, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I’m saying it “out loud” – I’m not shopping until July 1!! Looking forward to your posts – and whatever you conjured up with Haley!

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      YES! Saying it out loud makes it REAL! And I think I’m gonna fast from shopping for July too. Gotta make up for those Kamm pants, eek! Thanks for the support Lindsey!

  • Paige June 3, 2017 at 7:16 am

    This is going to be so great! I can’t wait to see you put your new and old items to good use and see new combinations. Thanks for the push to ramp up my summer style.

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks for being a willing participant! xoxox

  • Lee Vosburgh June 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    YAY! You’re on the Kamm Pant train :) Aren’t they life changing!? Love all your selections and can’t wait to see the looks you put together. xo

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      They are pretty amazing! They are truly so different from any other wide leg pant I’ve tried!

  • Amanda R June 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Saw that Nisolo released the Saritas! They look simple and classic. Can’t wait to see how you style them!

    • Andrea June 4, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I wore them today with my Kamm pants and I really liked it!

  • Kristi June 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I’ve never felt like more of a babe than when I’m in my Kamms! Excited to see how you style them!!

    • Andrea June 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Yes! That’s such a great way to put it. That long waist certainly gives off a beautiful shape! I feel like a babe too! ><

  • Shane Jackson June 6, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Ok, ok, so I need to know, what makes the Kamm pants so different? I am not one who usually likes high waisted on myself, but these are intriguing to me. I need all the details, please! :) And, though I would LOVE to join you this month in the 30×30- the weather here in CT has been so off season I would have no clue what even to grab- so I am going to wait a few months- plus I am in the middle of a HUGE closet clean out, so I feel like adding something else to my plate right now would be way too much. I cannot wait to hear reviews and details on the Kamm’s. Thank you!! xx ~Shane

  • Koyuki June 7, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Yay! Thanks for the inspiration! Definitely hopping in on this! (But first, must
    pop in a quick Elizabeth Suzann order 😉)