Monday, August 22, 2016

Wardrobe Challenge: 10 pieces, 30 days

Wellness goes beyond exercise and nutrition. It even goes beyond behavior changes and mindfulness.

Part of being "well" is being stress free. And for me, being stress free takes more than deep breaths and learning how to handle situations. It's making the choices that should be easy just that - easy.

I often marvel at what accumulators we seem to have become as a society. Not that I have a point of reference, since I didn't live on my own much pre-2000s. When I shop, though, it just seems the possibilities are endless. Signs with every saying known to man, t-shirts, coffee mugs...what happened to the days when we have 2 or 3 coffee mugs and that was it? Or did I cherish that favorite coffee mug because I didn't have any money to spend on such things?.....

Any who, I digress.

One of my unnecessary stressors is standing in front of the closet each day trying to figure out what to wear. It's not just 'does it look ok?' or 'does it match?''s the choices. There are so many - enough that I can go weeks without doing laundry and not run out of clothes. I know this because I have done it.

I also need to work on defining my style...lately I have been buying buying buying, and I feel like I've been losing sight of what I feel most comfortable in. 

So, in September I am challenging myself to take it back to basics. 10 pieces for 30 days. How many outfits will I come up with?  I've started my list, but there are a few things you should know...

a. I am keeping my scarves in play. My 10 "pieces" will be tops and bottoms only. No shoes or accessories are being cut in this round.
b. I am debating keeping my blazers in play too - all of them. Not just one. 
c. My goal is to be able to get a 30 piece capsule wardrobe per 3 month season.

Here is my preliminary list, but I'll keep posting to let you know how it's going. I'll be doing more on Instagram, so if you don't already, be sure to follow me there!

I am including:

3 basic tops
2 pants
2 skirts
1 dress
1 interest piece this is definitely my Beyond Tee from CAbi's Fall 2016 Collection
1 ?? (this will be a blazer if I decide not to include all of them)

Oh, and I've added a bonus item, so it's really 11 pieces for 30 days. Michael's class reunion is in September, so I'll need one nicer dress for that.

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