Welcome to the 31 Days, 31 Ways Remix!
We’re on day 13 of shopping our closets to create 31 “new” outfits. If you’re just joining us, hop in now and circle back to finish the 31 days. We’d love to have you join in!
There are a few guidelines for the challenge, but don’t over think them. We’re focusing on using what we’re learning to create new-to-us outfits from what we have hanging in our closets. That’s the most important piece, so make the challenge your own!
I spent a year without shopping– no shoes, no clothes, no accessories, and realized I had more than 365 outfits hanging in my closet- and I have an average size closet for a woman! Since then, I’ve written Greater Than Rubies and shared a ton of what I’ve learned. This series is a crash course in remixing made up of the things I realized during that break up with shopping, as well as from feedback from GTR readers, and from appointments with my Style Coaching clients.
Learning the principles in this remix series will give you the tools you need to see your closet in a new light, and start creating outfits you feel amazing in. Some will be easier than others, but trust the process! I’ve seen it work with hundreds of women who have used this material.
Are you ready for me to hush and get on with tomorrow’s outfit prompt? I thought you might be. :)
Today, I want you to take an old favorite, faithful, beloved outfit, and give it a new twist.
I love my striped sweater. It’s so cozy and perfect for fall. The other weekend, I literally wore it 3 days in a row. Gross? Maybe. But when an outfit works, it works. No shame here, people.
While I was prepping for this prompt, I looked back through outfits and realized I’d never worn the sweater with cuffed jeans and booties- a favorite fall look of mine! So I did. I got tons of compliments on this look, yet it’s a snap to throw on. (That may be because I wore it 3 days in a row, but I digress.)
The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t ever feel like fancy is always better, or that looking good requires a ton of effort. It doesn’t.
Work on finding pieces that fit and flatter your body perfectly (more info on that is coming soon!) and learn how to put those pieces together (which you’re already doing by participating in this series, so pat yo-self on that cute back!) and you’re set! You may never be the fashionista, but who cares? Focusing on the 20% (all that stuff we just talked about) that will get you 80% of the way there (to where you feel gorgeous and have a style you love that fits your life) is great. Go above and beyond if you want and have the time, but stick to those key pieces, and you’re set.
Now it’s your turn to make it work! Here are a few tips to get you started:
- How to dress it up: make this look fit the workplace by changing the jeans for a slim cut pair of trousers and a little dressier pair of booties. Add a blazer to dress up the look even more.
- How to dress it down: layer a jean, cargo, or puffy vest over the sweater for a relaxed yet put together look. As it cools down layer a scarf on top of that. You’ll look as delicious as the layers on a cake!
- A few other ideas…pair your favorite top with a different bottom than usual, cuff the shirt sleeves or pant legs, or style the top or bottom of the ensemble differently with a new tuck, adding a scarf or belt, or wearing a different set of accessories with your look. Whatever you do, take an old faithful outfit and give it some new life.
Then let us see it! Share your look with us using the hashtag #31days31waysremix on your Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter account.
Here’s extra info on 31 Days, 31 Ways if you’re just joining us!
Introductory Post (Guidelines, tips & tricks to handle emergencies, how to link up, and more.)
31 Days, 31 Ways Remix Link Up Schedule:
- October 3: Show us the pieces you’ve chosen. This can be pictures, descriptions, a Pinterest board…whatever you want!
- October 10: Looks 1-7(ish)
- October 17: Looks 8-14(ish)
- October 24: Looks 15-21(ish)
- October 31: Looks 22-28(ish)
- November 7: Recap! Your final looks and what you’ve learned from the remix challenge.