You may or may not be aware that last month I participated in a 30 Day No Repeat Challenge on Instagram. It was put on by friend and fellow blogger LaShon over at Fortheloveofcurls.com. It was such a great challenge! I had a blast, however, I must tell you, I did not complete the challenge. I officially lasted 3 weeks. I got to day 21. This challenge was great for a lot of reasons.
- It made me plan my outfits more thoroughly. There was no relying on feelings as I got dressed each morning. Typically I choose my day’s outfits based on how I am feeling, where I am going to be going that day, and what I will be doing. With this challenge I was forced to keep in mind that if I had events coming up and wanted to wear specific outfits to those events, I would not be able to repeat them. Therefore each day I had to choose wisely.
- I have an overabundance of clothes that I DO NOT WEAR. Now this is not news to me. I already knew this. I can barely open my closet doors without something falling out. (Yes, this is due in part to the fact that my closet is an unorganized madhouse) but it is also due to the fact that about 50% of the clothes and shoes in my closet are things I do not wear. I have yet to figure out why it is so hard to let these things go. Some I am holding onto for sentimental reasons, and others I really like, but they just don’t fit well or look good on me. I have vowed to remedy this. I have 2 nieces who have been asking to raid my closet. Though I doubt they will be as excited about this in reality as they are in theory, at least I can start the process of letting go.
- This challenge made me pair items I may not have otherwise put together to create outfits. It was fun to see what I could come up with on the day to day. It also made me dig a little further into the black hole that is my closet. I found a few items that I hadn’t been able to put my hands on for a while. :/
- I realized that as challenging as this was for me, I doubt I would have even made it to day 21 if I had taken this challenge during the winter months. The reason I didn’t complete the challenge is because I repeated my jeans. I could not NOT repeat my fav jeans. I mean, once you find a pair that fits perfectly and looks great with every top you own, how do you walk away from them for
3029 days? I happen to be partial to jeans. I own about 30 pair in total. (I know, ridiculous) And yet I wear this one pair religiously. Granted, all the jeans I own are from different stages in life and run the gamut in styles, skinnies, boyfriend, post-pregnancy, pre-pregnancy, cropped, wide leg, colored, textured, holey, you name it. And I am very picky about my washes . . Had this challenge been given during the winter months I, no doubt, would have repeated my jeans, pants and sweaters much sooner. And this tells me that I need to branch out a little! So I am thankful for the opportunity to gain a little clarity on the clothing habits of a “serial repeater” like myself.
- Lastly, this challenge made me realize that my perfectionist tendencies are no joke. Having to take a photo of myself everyday doesn’t come easy to me. I am much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. And because I am such a perfectionist, I didn’t just want to snap any old shot and post it on “the gram.” I had to enlist the help of my 9 year old most days to photog my outfits. Upon said request I was often met with whining and complaints of “Not agaaaaaiiinnnn!” Can’t say that I blamed him, I made him take like 40 shots each time until I found one I was relatively pleased with. (I even considered doing a post on the outtakes from this challenge, but I feared they may come back to haunt me in the form of fodder for blackmail . . . )
Anyway, I really enjoyed this test of wills, which is basically what it was for me. Have any of you ever participated in a no repeat challenge? Is it something you think would be easy for you?