So … the title pretty much sums it up. Everybody, including your grandma, your 2-year old niece, and your cat, has already done a 30 x 30 challenge or twelve, but it seems that I’m all about chasing bandwagons that left the station 3 years ago, so here we are. In all seriousness, though, I’m working through a bit of a funk (and not of the fun, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch variety), and I thought a simple little project like this would provide some much-needed distraction. It’s actually a great time to do it, too, because my closet is at its pared-down leanest, and my day-to-day clothing needs are much simpler than before, now that I’m at home all the time.

Speaking of which, some of you may wonder why I go to trouble of getting “dressed up” (I use that term loosely here) every most days when my daily to-do list typically involves mundane errands and running after small kids. The answer is … not this blog, actually. I don’t really dress up for the blog anymore. (I find that, whenever I tried to be “creative” and “so fashun” in the past, more often than not the resulting outfits were … questionable. At this point, I’ll take boring over ridiculous-looking. I’m closer to being an old fart than a 22-year old pixie.) I dress up because not doing it makes me feel worse. Worse about myself, about whatever small annoyances creep up in my day, about the weather, you name it. It’s kind of like … taking a shower. You can probably get away with not doing it every day, and some days it might seem like a small luxury, but you feel 100% better if you take that 5 minutes all for yourself. But I digress.

I’m excited about doing the 30 x 30 challenge now (unlike before) because I’ve been working a lot lately on exploring a more minimalist approach to dressing (not just in terms of quantity, but also style); now, I see the limitations of the challenge as providing an opportunity to test my mettle, rather than an exercise in frustration. (Picking 30 items is much easier when you have 60 to choose from, as opposed to 120.)

I expect to break absolutely no new style ground with this challenge. I can promise that you will not see anything you haven’t seen before, possibly even on this very blog. In fact, if you skip this post entirely, things will seem to be pretty much business-as-usual around here. But, in case you feel like playing spot-the-repeat at home (could be a fun drinking game!), here are my 30 pieces for the next 30 days:

Four pairs of pants …

30 x 30 challenge; capsule wardrobe
(L to R: NYDJ (via eBay); Levi’s (via consignment); RACHEL Rachel Roy; Adriano Goldschmied (via Kijiji)

Six tops …

30 x 30 challenge; capsule wardrobe
L to R: Old Navy; eBay; J. Crew; J. Crew Factory; Vero Moda (the 6th top (Old Navy) is not pictured because I forgot)

Three cardigans and a sweater …

30 x 30 challenge; capsule wardrobe
All from J. Crew Factory

Three dresses and a skirt …

30 x 30 challenge; capsule wardrobe
L to R: J. Crew Factory skirt; Joe Fresh; Old Navy; J. Crew (via eBay)

Five jackets/toppers …

30 x 30 challenge; capsule wardrobe
L to R: Gap; Old Navy; Tommy Hilfiger Factory; Old Navy; J. Crew (via consignment)

And six pairs of shoes …

30 x 30 challenge; capsule wardrobe
Top row (L to R): J. Crew (via consignment); Tory Burch (via Kijiji); J. Crew Factory; Old Navy
Bottom row (L to R): Gap Factory; Old Navy; Mel; Converse

Um, make that 8 pairs of shoes. Also, math is hard, you guys. Yep, I managed to include 31 items in my 30 x 30 capsule. Hahahahaha! Hah! Ha! Sob! I’m laughing mostly to keep from crying because, OMG, complete fail. Head, meet desk, etc. I would take out a couple of pairs of shoes, except it’s too late now.* I need a drink.

On that successful note, let’s start this damn thing, eh!

*Quick scheduling note: I’m running the 30 x 30 posts every day starting on June 1, because it seemed sensible to do it over the course of a 30 day month; however, I actually started the project this month, because the blog runs 2 weeks behind. It’s neither here not there (except for making it impossible to fix my mathematical incompetence), but those of you who follow me on Instagram will have already seen a bunch of my outfits. Of course, you will now get my scintillating commentary so there’s that.


8 Comments on 30 x 30 Challenge: Eh, Why Not?

  1. yay 30×30! i’m excited to see where this goes, even, more like especially, because it will be the normal, every day outfits you already put together. i really try to encourage my friends who struggle to put outfits together to try only choosing from 30 pieces to help them learn to use their closet more for what it is. this both helps them identify holes in their closet (pieces they keep wishing they had) and stuff to get rid of.

    i love all of your pretty printed blouses! did the tinkerbell shoes not make the cut because you bought them after the challenge started? i’ll miss them for the next 30 days!

    xo nicole

    • I’ll miss them too! They didn’t make the cut because they’re too much for everyday use … and I’m afraid that they’ll get damaged easily. But I can’t wait to wear them again.

      Doing the 30 x 30 has been … interesting. I think it can definitely be helpful for the reasons you mentioned, but it has also been all the things I was dreading (boring, mostly).

  2. Hello! Finally came across from Messi’s thread, wish I’d done it sooner to be honest! I really enjoyed the 30×30 back in the day so following along on bloglovin now 🙂 Was it TitWitch said she had a girl crush on you? I’m right behind her in that queue!! Your hair!

    • Hello, hello! I’m so glad that you did! I’ve been following your blog for about a year, after I found it through Franish. (You actually inspired me to buy my first Boden dress – the Pimlico (?), you looked fab in it!) So this is a huge compliment, thank you 🙂

      • I love that dress! Have you worn it on here? I’ll have to do a search! I’m guessing with your colouring the red or the green version but I’ll go look now!

        • I have the red, although I almost bought the green as well 😉
          I don’t think I’ve shown it on the blog yet (I might have mentioned it in a Weekend Shortlist), but I wore it lots last winter. It popped up on my Instagram a few times. Are you on Instagram? I’m bcrladinaj.

          • I see it, love the blue belt. I like that the flowers (or flies as my colleague called them) lend themselves to wearing black or blue with it. Mine was £20, such a bargain! Think my insta is princess_dave but I’m quite boring, ha ha!