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