Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn 30 for 30: The End

Here we go, all 30 outfits...
I feel like last time I did this challenge I was a bit too safe- I chose too many  items that perfectly went together and had too much of a specfic colour and print palette, so I ended up with 30 outfits that seemed like a few variations on a theme. This time around I'm really happy with my choices and with my outfits- I feel like there's a lot of variety, a good mix of prints and colours and I feel like I successfully covered outfits for pretty much every situation I was faced with over the 30 days.
As I mentioned in my last post, there was a rogue 31st outfit that didn't make the cut, which resulted in one item not being worn. When I chose my 30 items I'd just come back from a weekend in Birmingham which had been a bit manic and I kind of threw my items together without much planning. As I've said above, I think that haphazard method with less planning helped for the most part, but it did mean I ended up with a navy pencil skirt in the mix which I just didn't fancy wearing. I put together one outfit, snapped it anyway before getting changed again but I'm glad I didn't include it, because I can honestly say I love all 30 of my outfits.
I remember last time I did this (over three years ago!) the biggest struggle was being so restricted. I "missed" outfits and items and couldn't wear to wear new things. Do you know what I wore today? My jeans and striped jumper (admittedly, I wore new boots), but I stuck to items from my 30, even though I could have worn anything. Because this time around the honest truth is that I missed wearing the same outfits over and over again. And I think that's where things have changed since I started this blog. When I started this blog I wanted to build as many outfits as possible and for the most part, I felt like I was "wasting" outfits by rewearing them when I could have come up with something new. Now, I'm always rewearing the same outfits and when I buy something new I don't just think about how much I'll remix it (although of course I always think that!) I also just think of a couple of nice outfits I like with the item.
I really enjoyed doing this challenge in the autumn instead of the summer too, with the exception of the ever-changing weather. The first few weeks of this challenge were some of the warmest of the year, but towards the end the temperatures completely dropped and forced me to wear more layers and push myself more with my outfits.
I also enjoyed not shopping for the month, although I did cave and order a jumper over the weekend but my justification was it didn't arrive til today. Today I also bought a lovely little skirt from Warehouse, but this challenge has definitely made me realised precisely how much I have. Especially with mine and Phil's future flat looming, I'm realising how much stuff I have and how much of it I'm going to need to cull before I move out early next year.
I would definitely recommend doing this challenge purely to push you to be more creative in your outfits. There are so many outfits here that I would never have put together ordinarily but that I absolutely love now and will wear again. Being restricted in what you can wear forces you to be more creative with what you have.
Will I do another one? Absolutely! It's so much more and such a good way to reawaken your creativity when you've been feeling uninspired (which happens to me a lot after nearly 5 years of blogging!).
If you want to see all the items in detail, check out my posts on week one, week two, week three and week four, and my last two outfits- day 29 and day 30. And if you want to see all 30 items, you can find them here.

I'll be back later in the week with new outfits!

Charlotte x

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