Sweater: Urban Outfitters | Pants: Aritzia | Belt: H&M
Blouse: Club Monaco | Coat: Zara | Boots: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: H&M | Dress: Top Shop | Boots: Hush Puppies
Cardigan: Aritzia | Top: Zara | Jeans: Jessica Simpson
Top: Club Monaco | Denim shirt: H&M | Leggings: Costco | Socks: Betsey Johnson | Booties: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Dress: Top Shop | Cardigan: Zara
Sweater: Club Monaco
Omg. I never imagined I would ever reach this point, but it has finally come. 52+ weeks later and 365+ outfits later I have completed my #365outfit challenge!!! What began as a challenge to myself to try to get my new blog going turned into something that became a (small) part of my life. Thank you to everyone who tolerated taking my narcissistic selfies when I was out, especially Mr. Artist.
For those unfamiliar with the challenge, the purpose was to see if I actually did wear enough items in my closet to justify my shopping habits and to see if I could shop within my own closet and save myself some money by utilizing each item more. I think it's safe to say that I was surprisingly successful!
Here are some of the top learnings and challenges I encountered over the past year:
- It actually isn't that difficult to create different outfits. Even if you were trying to be as non-creative as possible, but still qualify, then you could wear jeans everyday and just swap out the top. It's basic combinatorics. While I would recommend that you try harder by trying different accessories and shoes, this example is just to illustrate my point that nobody should complain about it being too hard to wear different things everyday.
- Think outside the box. Don't just stick to basic colors. Branch out into reds, or greens, oranges, or yellows; these colors are often neglected, so wearing them instantly makes you special. Same thing goes for patterns; just check out my Clashtastic series for tips. If you don't want to run out of options fast, you're going to need to step out of your black/navy/white/khaki/grey/boring as heck comfort zone.
- Peer pressure definitely works. If I had just been documenting this challenge privately, I probably wouldn't have made it through February, but since I was tweeting, instagramming and blogging my experience, I felt that social pressure to follow through. Thanks guys!
- Winter is really hard. Getting through those months of November to March was really tough for me. Vancouver's dreary rain turns your entire world grey and all you want to do is wear giant grey sweater cardigans everyday, which is what I often did. Doing this challenge made me realize that I'm very much a summer wardrobe girl.
- Taking photos consistently is very hard and requires a lot of leisure time. With the way the lighting is in my apartment, good natural light can only be really had in 2 locations and only at certain times of the day. I work full time, so taking photos was dictated by my work schedule. Before work often didn't work as I was in a rush and by the time I got home, it was usually too dark. Only recently with my current job am I close enough to come home at lunch to take photos.
- You need a good photo posting process to post regular outfit photos. When I began, I switched from my cell camera to my DSLR, which obviously took way better photos. Unfortunately, the process of setting up the tripod, playing with the self-timer, taking down the tripod, uploading the images to my computer, editing them on the computer, sending them back to my phone to get posted onto instagram and twitter was just WAY too much. Now I just do cell phone -> automatically uploaded to my tablet a la Android wizardry -> tablet photo editing app -> posted! Sorry Canon.
- Thinking of pithy photo captions is hard. Surprisingly it can be quite difficult to think of something to write for outfit captions. You don't really want to write anything more than a sentence, but you also don't want to write something stupid, like a song lyric (which I'm guilty of), or something self-absorbed like "I'm so fat" when you're obviously sucking in your gut and posing at your thinnest angle. Most of the time, I just want to write, "meh".
If you've enjoyed following my #365outfit posts stay tuned as I'll be writing retrospective posts documenting my favourite outfits of the challenge and also a countdown of the most versatile items in my closet, that you should get for yours!