Thoughts on my 30x30 experience.
Where to begin? This was a valuable exercise and I want to do it again, especially before changing seasons. It really helped to see what I wore, wanted to wear, what direction I wanted to go. As said before, it is helping me get rid of items that I realize that I don't want to wear any more.
1) I found out that I want to look current. Just classic pieces seem boring. I liked my released hem and wide leg pants and jeans better than a more classic pair right now.
2). I found that I am done with low rise jeans but not skinny jeans.
3). I wore color and pattern and needed both. What I missed most was a variety of color and pattern.
4). I don't mind repeating items or outfits that have a high happiness factor. My EF pieces and comfortable shoes, my black and white bag...all pleased me. Even when I removed footwear and accessories from my 30, I still kept using the same ones.
5). Continuing that last thought, I learned that I could live with a much smaller wardrobe than I thought, if it has only pieces that have high happiness factors and variety.
6). That said, frocks...summer dresses and skirts were missed the most. My 30x30 included only one skirt and one dress.
7). Fussy feet need a deep footwear wardrobe. I learned that easy off and on footwear works best for me.
8). I definitely plan to repeat this exercise, maybe even in September. Capsule building is an art and takes practice.
9) This was especially challenging as the weather turned warmer and i'd not planned well enough.
10). Light colored pieces and white got less wear because of laundry back ups.
11). I am not a traditional tee shirt wearer and should only own a very few.
12). I need to get over saving expensive items for only special events. Perhaps special occasion clothing should be exempt from my 30x30 until I am more practiced at this exercise.
My final set of item photos will come later. I am keeping to my capsule for 2 more days. Thanks to all who read my posts, looked at the outfits, and encouraged and made suggestions.
- What I Learned from the 30x30 Experience
- 30X30 Challenge Final List
- Topper Lab for Peach Chinos
- WIW: Spring Scarf (napkin)
- For Aida: Tweed jacket w/white & silver + jacket lab
- Tie front dress
- Being a devil with the Pattern-Mixing
- Can a faux fur vest work with a puffer?
- Furry Vest Fun
- Need an opinion: which topper?
Thoughts on my 30x30 experience.
1. Black sleeveless EF pull-on dress
2. EF bone silk asymmetrical dress
3: EF white and black stripe
4. White jean jacket
5. Print black silk Citron jacket
6. Black cotton bomber jacket (no find)
7. black linen buttondown dress/duster
8: EF bone sleeved duster
9. Jolie black silk joggers
10. EF slim navy pull on pants
11. EF slim bone pull on pants
12. EF black skinny pants
13. released hem jeans
14: white Joes Jeans crops
15: AT black silk shell
16: EF silk navy shell
17: silk navy and pink floral shell
18: EF linen white and navy striped long sleeve top
19: EF silk bone tank
20: Target white tee
21: EF linen blend striped shell to match skirt
22: silk Tahari blouse in red/white/blue watercolor print
23. Sneakers silver ECCO
24. Black ankle strap flats
25. White D' Orsay flats
26. white athletic flats
27: black/navy silk kimono fabric scarf ( a change from original)
28: white bag with black trim
29: Sun hat
30. White web belt
I have decided to exempt jewellery ( one pair small diamond studs, wedding rings, gold short chains with tiny diamond pendant and with small crucifix)
bathrobe, house shoes, underwear and layering cotton cami/ tanks.
I see that my Finds did not copy. They are in Sterling's post and I will try to add them back in here later. If there are differences, this is the most accurate.
Inspired by Angie's ensemble post with chinos, I got distracted by topper possibilities. Which of these look best to you? I am open to all suggestions and have other options for tops and footwear. For this post I just used a white/pale grey silk shell as a top and Fossil tan belt. The shell is too open at the neck for me and needs some pearls and/or a scarf.
1: pale blue jean jacket. Too cropped?
2: darker, longer jean jacket
3/4: linen kimono jacket shown open and belted. This is most "me" of the group.
5: peach linen cardi
6: lace bomber
7: black floral bomber
8: long linen cardi
I would love to have your thoughts on these outfits. What works and what does not?
Inspired by Angie's blog post I pulled out a spring floral cotton napkin to wear as a scarf to tie together peach and cornflower blue with white flats and bag. Does this work? Is the "scarf" too napkin looking to wear this way? Are the colors of the outfit working together? Dare I wear this "scarf" out in public?
Aida asked me to do an outfit with the same jacket I did with dark jeans only with white and silver or gold.
I went with silver because of silver toned zipper detail on the red jacket. White dog graphic tee for white theme. (Photo 1) What do you think? (2/3)
I also tried some other jackets. White tweed jacket (4/5), silver metallic jacket (6/7), and long black jacket (8/9). What do you like, not like? I'd love to have your suggestions and preferences. Is low or high contrast better?
I don't have much in the way of tie front tops but do have a couple of tie front dresses. This one is silk and bought because the colors went well with my EF bone. I intended to wear it as a tunic over bone skinny pants but need a dress for a tea today and wanted to give it an outing. The tie is very narrow and string-like.
The topper is an EF button-down dress. I do not have ideal footwear for this outfit. In the first photos are white/bone patent kitten sling back heels (1/2). the photo (3) shows my EF ankle strap flats. Which ones? I need a pale grey dressy flat.
Also, which necklace? Pearls or pendant or something else? With the topper I felt I needed a filler.
I welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Maybe this dress is too short and should only be a tunic? Bad style for someone without a waist?
For an example of pattern mixing from my closet, I found I could put together something from my blush/navy capsule and had to include underwear :)
Please overlook the wrinkles and bed-head. I will wear my blush wool
coat if needed. Is this too crazy (without the bra on the outside) to really wear in public? Would my blush or navy kitten heels be better? I could also use a navy bag instead of this blush one. This feels like fun to wear but I'd appreciate your thoughts before I go public. I could add the top half to a navy skirt with cream polka-dots for even more maximal fun.
I tried my faux fur vest over my puffer coat for extra warmth. Does this work? The last photo is the puffer without the vest. Actually the last photo is a longer puffer coat over a puffer jacket, so I am looking pretty puffy here. Too much? I'm trying to find new ways to keep warm. Comments and suggestions welcomed.
You have seen these furry vests before. I would love your thoughts as to what eorks and what does not.
1-4: multimedia furry vest with a tan wool skirt. Bag and shoes repeat animal print. ( this is a lighter look than the vest with black)
5-6: really furry vest with column of white
7-8: For Angie. Multimedia vest with brown leather skirt, silver belt and shoes.
My challenge on ElCee's thread is to wear toppers this week that don't play well under coats. My difficult topper today for teaching and dinner out....long jacket ( often too long under other coats) or poncho? Either would work for the occasion.
Photos1/2 are a long jacket.
Photo 3: poncho
Photo 4: outfit without a topper
Which should I wear? Would black booties be a better choice of footwear?