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What Is The 30×30 Challenge? The Month-Long Wardrobe Experiment Will Help You Make The Most Of Your Closet

May 30x30 Challenge

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…

Tees

Dressier Tops

  • Old Navy Polka Dotted, Tie-Back Top*
  • Silk Sage Tank Top*
  • Floral Green Open Blouse*

Button-Ups

  • Universal Thread Denim Button-Up*
  • Billy T White Button-Up*
  • Love Notes Blue & White Striped Button-Up*

Dresses

Sweaters

  • Brown Cardigan*
  • Burnt Red Cardigan*
  • GAP Cream Sweater*
  • Oversized Gray Sweatshirt*

Bottoms

  • 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*

Jackets

  • Jean Jacket
  • Tan Cargo Jacket*

Shoes

*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.

xx.

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7 Comments

  • Gluecksgeist

    That sounds like a really good challenge! I’m excited to see how it goes for you! Might need to try this myself, I think I own too many things… xx

    April 26, 2019 at 8:44 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! I will definitely keep everyone updated. I never realized how many things I owned until I took inventory, and downsizing has helped clear my brain in the morning so much xx.

      April 29, 2019 at 8:03 am Reply
  • Petra Alexandra

    Yay! I live your sentiment about finding downsizing makes getting dressed easier. I find the same thing! I still have many more items than I’m comfortable with in my wardrobe, but this challenge is a wonderful way to flex the muscles of a smaller assortment! So excited to have you join along! Thanks for such a lovely and thoughtful post.

    April 26, 2019 at 9:55 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank YOU for putting it together. I’ve already found people on Instagram who are doing the challenge too. It helps so much to have a community doing it together, even if it is online xx.

      April 29, 2019 at 8:02 am Reply
  • hoiyinli

    I love this idea so much!!! I have seen a 10 outfit ideas post/video or like a 10 piece capsule collection but I think 30×30 is more playful and gives you more options to mix and match whilst still keeping it at a good size.

    I completely sorted my wardrobe out when I moved places. I found that that helped a lot in re-discovering my wardrobe and giving it more love. That’s not to say I didn’t buy new clothes because I totally did but I was really thinking about filling the void in my closet such as buying good basics or a good pair of jeans that will last. Sometimes I surprise myself by putting together a “new outfit” even though it’s just two separates that I’ve never worn together before. It’s a look that’s re-invented though and I love it a lot!

    April 28, 2019 at 8:20 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Yes! I love that so much. Sometimes rediscovery is all you need to find your favorite looks xx.

      April 29, 2019 at 7:59 am Reply
  • kittyp0p

    Loved this post! I’m about to begin a REAL edit of my wardrobe soon, so maybe I could try this challenge once I have it all redone (:

    May 1, 2019 at 10:16 pm Reply
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