Just over a month ago I decided to try a clothing challenge. I had recently read about a girl who only wore 6 items of clothing for a month (not including shoes & accessories) and I was so impressed, I felt I needed to challenge myself too. I went back in forth between doing a 30 for 30 (like Kendi of Kendi Everyday) or doing something a little bit more difficult like 6 items. I finally – last minute – threw together 13 items (not including shoes or accessories) on October 31st right before going to bed. On November 1st, the challenge started. At first I thought it would be really boring and depressing to wear only a tiny portion of my closet for a whole month. This turned out to only apply to weekend days because I had only included a few things that were weekend comfortable clothes.
The end was bittersweet; I was happy to no longer have to take daily pictures and was relieved that I could wear anything out of my closet. On the other hand, when I went to look in my closet for my first challenge-less outfit, I found myself disappointed in the selection. I guess I had built up my closet during that month thinking I had all these amazing pieces I could throw together and it turned out I just had the same old closet that I was unsatisfied with before the challenge. Now I am well aware that I sound like a spoiled brat here but I feel I should be honest, why would I lie on my own blog? Despite being unsatisfied, I am not going out and shopping. For one, I’m on a shopping ban and for two, I think I know what the problem is.
Having only 13 items forced me to try new things to keep my outfits feeling fresh and new. When you have a lot of clothes to choose from, you are more likely to throw a bunch of stuff together and head out the door. When you have so much selection, you get lazy and don’t try as hard to come up with original interesting outfits. Does this make sense? Having a limited wardrobe forced me to take some time the night before and make my outfit interesting.
There will always be lazy days where I will throw on whatever I can find that’s decent but maybe I’ll try interesting things more often for days at the office to keep things fun and interesting. You know it’s true, if you think you look good, you feel good.
I encourage everyone to try to push themselves a little to work with what’s already in their closet instead of going out shopping when they are uninspired by the items they already have.