Today is the VERY last day of the June 30×30 Style Challenge. In this post I’m sharing my last five outfits, revealing which of the 30 are my favorites, and noting a few key takeaway points.
It’s been really fun to host this challenge with my wonderful blogger friends, Lee of Style Bee and Paige of Style This Life. We’ve each put our own spin on it, and we approached it with a variety of goals in mind.
For me it has been really good to slow down, and examine what I already own and how I use it. I’ve been taking a look at my summer style and it’s been fun to see it come to life. I feel really, really good about 95% of the looks I’ve created over the month. Overall, two words come to mind: confident and comfortable.
I’ve also worked to slow down on the consumption and acquisition of new goods. (Though, I will admit, a few new things came in as I’ve prepped for some projects next month. Excited to share more on those soon.)
Let’s get to the final looks.
I planned on wearing ‘cuter’ shoes with this skirt, but ended up walking to the park with my kids and opted for maximum comfort with my old Birkenstocks. I am a big fan of this top from Only Child. It’s lightweight and breezy to wear, and the subtle pattern adds a subtle interest to this outfit. If the shirt were solid black, I probably wouldn’t have paired it with the skirt, but the pattern brings some nice visual interest. If my closet wasn’t already so full, I would definitely want this top in an additional color!
Effortless Factor: 10 – Pull on pieces that stay in place (no restricting buttons, etc.) and black always hides the messes!
Somehow these pants seem to be magically resistant to stains. At least three separate times I’ve gotten dirty spots on them from going about my day, and each time, a little water on a cloth took it right off. It helps that they are slightly textured; dirty spots seem to have a harder time penetrating. I do still have to tug them down from time to time (which proves difficult given the zero-back-pockets situation) and I’m still weighing whether or not to have the waist taken in to nip this problem.
A note on the shoes: Several weeks ago I was jumping for joy on here, telling you guys how I had gotten a new pair of Soft Bed Birkenstocks. Well, I have done a 180 on the subject. Don’t do it! The whole reason to wear Birkenstocks is for the amazing cork footbed that molds to your foot. The original footbed is literally the most comfortable shoe to wear. The soft footbeds, however, contain a layer of foam that immensely slows down the molding-to-your-foot process. I had been wearing mine for about 5-6 weeks, and they still felt foamy, instead of forming to my foot. And also disappointing, that foam layer holds in heat, making my feet uncomfortable on the hot days. If you’re going to buy Birkenstocks, stick with the original sole. It’s worth the (short) break-in period! Thankfully, I bought my Soft Bed Birkenstocks from Nordstrom, which has an awesome return policy.
Effortless Factor: 9 – Ding for tugging.
Gosh, I feel like I am really starting to bore you guys with my outfits this week. I am sort of starting to bore myself. In the summer, life slows down for us quite a bit, so I’ve been feeling a little less interested in outfit building. (Who am I?!) But I think it’s good for me. We have a big camping trip coming up soon and I’m looking forward to being away from mirrors and internet for awhile.
Effortless Factor: 10 – This outfit was a winning combo for me. It took me two seconds to pick out, and then not another thought. That’s the beauty of owning great pieces my friends!
Love the ease of wearing this dress. It’s so comfortable, and I love that it’s long enough that I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone. I’m still not interested in wearing it with brown shoes, but I think I’d consider blush or nude.
Effortless Factor: 10 – My only consideration was not wearing contrasting undergarments.
I had to snap this pic a day early so I could include it in the post. So, as I’m writing this, I haven’t officially worn it yet (but plan to!). I finally styled this jumpsuit with something other than Birkenstocks and I quite like it. The wide legs on this are super fun, and it’s another one of those easy, one-piece dressing looks. I also think nude shoes would look really good here.
Effortless Factor: 9 – Anticipating a few trips to the bathroom…
FAVORITE 30×30 OUTFITS:
1 – Love the simplicity of this outfit, and the fact that I turned one of my old tank tops into a crop with a simple knot. I also love how good these pants make me feel when I wear them, throwing them on is a quick way to feel like I am dressed nicely, without having to put in too much thought or effort. shirt | pants | sandals | bag
2 – I can’t quite put my finger on why I like this one so much. It feels like a modern nod to the 90’s. The white is a crisp, button-up with vintage jeans and tennis shoes. I really like the balance between dressy and casual here. shirt | jeans (vintage) | shoes (similar) | bag, c/o
3 – Love. This is my top outfit of the 30×30. I love how casual-chic it is and the warm tones make me really happy. The un-tucked top is unexpected for me and I love how it played out. shirt (similar) | jeans (vintage) | sandals
4 – This is another look that plays the tension between dressy and casual very nicely. The dress and long cardi are toned down by the tennies and backpack. It’s a fun and chic look. dress (similar) | cardigan (similar) | shoes (similar) | backpack, c/o
Defined waistlines when wearing pants is important to me.
Knotted and tied shirts make me happy.
Color palettes are extremely important to me. I often prefer complementary ones to contrasting ones.
Olive green pants were a fantastic addition to my closet.
I love nude shoes.
I feel like I wore the dickens out of all the pieces I included, and most days getting dressed was pretty easy. I swapped in an extra sweater when it was cold, and I swapped out a long sleeve linen top for a second jumpsuit (can’t live without my Lou!).
Overall, I felt 30 was kind of an awkward number. It was big enough to accommodate a lot of options, and therefore limited the struggle where creativity is born. But 30 was also just small enough to be annoying. I felt weird going a whole month with a few perfectly good items that weren’t getting worn.
In conclusion, I think a shorter duration/number of items would serve my goals a little better. But I’m glad I did it, it was fun to work with these fabulous ladies (Paige and Lee) and it was great to connect with some of you guys on Instagram and see your perspective on the challenge.