I’m reserving tomorrow for jubilant celebration about [finally!] finishing my 30 for 30. I figured I’d get out all of my lamenting today.
This is the second remix challenge I’ve participated in; the first was my own version of a 30 for 30 that I called Style Bootcamp. I loved every minute of that remix, threw looks together effortlessly, and praised myself for my creative resourcefulness and for triumphing over the challenge. It was the first time I consciously realized I didn’t need a closet full of brand new things to really enjoy getting dressed every day. I still had one foot in the corporate world with a part time philanthropy position, and I was really comfortable putting together 9 to 5 outfits and dressing casually for the weekends. Truth be told, I secretly wanted to extend it for another month or two.
This go-round has been significantly more challenging for me. Maybe because I’ve completely transitioned from a corporate dress code to business-owner-practical-chic that I’m still working on defining, or because the Florida weather has had more ups and downs than a Six Flags roller coaster. Probably because I picked items that I thought would make cute outfits instead of picking items that would be practical for my changing lifestyle.
Whatever the causes, I just haven’t felt as creative this time around. I feel like I’ve reached for the same five or six pieces nearly every day (i.e. these brown boots, this gray sweater, my jeggings) and worn a few pieces only once. There are three items I never wore at all! I think I may need a do-over in the spring when my life and the weather are a little more predictable.
All that aside, I still believe in the power of a good remix in reframing a girl’s perspective on her closet and her personal style. And while it took me way longer than I planned, and I feel like I kind of dropped the ball for myself and my readers, I’m really glad I did it.