I used to have a knack for justifying owning a lot of clothes. I love experimenting with it, styling outfits in different ways, and hunting for new items at the thrift store. So when it came to putting it all away, I’d get creative with storage or buy those thin hangers so I could fit more. It wasn’t until we moved into our apartment that I realized that owning a lot of clothes was hurting my style instead of helping. Although I had tons of different options, none of them seemed to go together. Even worse, none of them were really me.
Downsizing was the best thing that ever happened to my closet. I found that the fewer items in my closet, the easier it is to get dressed in the morning. Each time that I downsize my closet, my job gets easier and easier. That’s why I’ve decided to join Petra Alexandra’s May 30×30 Challenge.
For one month, I’ll be wearing only 30 items. (Get it? 30×30.) The items include tops, bottoms, shoes, and jackets. Everything that I’ll need for the month, not including loungewear. Basically, it’s a seasonal capsule collection of items that all go together in different ways.
The rules of the 30×30 Challenge are simple. You wear only the 30 closen items for the entire month. You can re-wear any items as often as you’d like and trade out things early on if you notice that they’re not working. The idea isn’t to limit yourself with items. It’s to show you how versatile the items are in your closet. You can experiment with different layering and re-wear items in new ways.
I had a really fun time putting together my 30 items. I started with my staple work pants, jeans, and a handful of tops that I find myself wearing all the time. From there, I added in some color and shoes to go with it all. When I had all of my favorites laid out, I had about four more spots to fill with newer items that I have been wanted to add to my spring collection. Honestly, I just went with the items that I really love, will work for different occasions, and are really, truly me.
Here’s what I’ll be wearing in the month on May…
- Old Navy Black & White Striped Tee*
- PACT Ruched Tunic Tee
- Universal Thread Gray Tee*
- BackBeatRags Golden Tee
- Old Navy Striped V-Neck*
- Known Supply Sage Long-Sleeve Tee
- Old Navy Polka Dotted, Tie-Back Top*
- Silk Sage Tank Top*
- Floral Green Open Blouse*
- Universal Thread Denim Button-Up*
- Billy T White Button-Up*
- Love Notes Blue & White Striped Button-Up*
- Brown Cardigan*
- Burnt Red Cardigan*
- GAP Cream Sweater*
- Oversized Gray Sweatshirt*
- White Wide-Leg Pants*
- American Eagle High-Rise Jeans*
- American Eagle Black Culottes*
- Banana Republic Black Dress Pants*
- Nicole Alex Lola Leggings
- Old Navy Black Pencil Skirt*
- Jean Jacket
- Tan Cargo Jacket*
*Items that have been thrifted.
This is my very first time doing a clothing challenge like this. I have no idea if all of these items will work well together or what outfits I will put together for the entire month. But experimenting with clothing is the only way to figure out what works for you. At the end of the day, it’s only clothes. Who knows — maybe I’ll fall in love with my smallest wardrobe yet.