The spring challenge is done. I’m excited to get dressed and get out of the house without having to snap pictures, but otherwise I’m a little sad it’s over. I had so much fun and I’m still getting compliments at work as I try new outfits. It was well worth the $10 cost to register and here are just a handful of the reasons why.
1. More than anything, it proved ladies can be nice to each other. The Facebook group was amazing. I think there were nearly 500 women in the group and I’m not exaggerating when I say I don’t recall ever seeing any piece of negativity. It was so supportive and positive, I have restored faith in how women treat each other.
2. I learned to love color. I never even thought twice about my winter clothes packed away in the garage. I am all about mint + coral + navy + olive + turquoise. And throw in some lime for good measure.
3. I embraced lipstick. I went to Sephora, put aside my fears and asked for help, and came out with two pretty colors that I wear daily. I need to get better at reapplying midday, but at least I leave the house looking thirty something and not twelve.
4. I combined my wardrobes. Several items I’ve worn both on weekends and weekdays. I’m not thinking of most items as work of play clothes anymore. Some combos are more suited for the office or for a day of running errands and relaxing, but I’m mixing it all up and wearing it all.
5. I learned to be smart about shopping. I’ve worn all but one shirt that I bought (I haven’t ironed it yet) and most things multiple times in the three weeks. Buying clothes with an idea in mind and ensuring they coordinate really helps getting more mileage out of your wardrobe.
6. I save time in the morning. I spend about 10 minutes at night deciding what I’m going to wear and ironing anything that is wrinkled. I easily spent 10 minutes before in the morning trying to find something to wear and never looked cute or pulled together.
7. I learned the best way to dry button downs. Put them in the dryer for about five minutes then hang dry. They only require a quick pass of the iron and look great. I can’t remember which lady left that tip early in the challenge, but it’s fantastic.
8. I learned even when I’m down to nothing thanks to a desperate laundry situation, spending five minutes yields a respectable outfit. Looking at you, Day 17.
9. I always knew and have finally accepted that accessories make the outfit. They can be cheap (I got scarves and belts from Target for $10) or a little more fancy (my Kimberly necklace). Doesn’t matter. Wear one, or better yet two or three, and you will look instantly pulled together.
10. It worked no matter how much money you wanted to spend. Some ladies bought entire new wardrobes to celebrate losing significant amounts of weight. On the other end, several ladies had goals of no shopping this year and did the challenge entirely from their own closet. It really wasn’t about how much you have but about thinking creatively and taking a few chances. Like white pants in April….
Lucky for you the challenge is coming back for summer! If you’re interested, you can sign up here to be on the email list when registration opens.
Over the last month I’ve been collecting my own challenge prompts to keep me going. I’ve been pinning tons of outfits that I can recreate with clothes I have in my closet already. I’m using them to decide what to wear each day. My two goals to follow up with challenge with are 1) continuing to organize myself in the evening before I go to bed and 2) to not repeat an exact outfit before the summer challenge starts.
Deena @ Shoes to Shiraz
Jordan @ Just Jordan
Shaunacey @ Confessions of a Frumpy Mummy
Katie @ The Mishaps and Mayhem of Solitary Life
Vanessa @ X-tremely V
Anne-Michelle @ May We Be Allergy Free
Teresa @ Two Babies and Me
Sarah @ Foxy’s Domestic Side
Carrie @ A Lovely Little Wardrobe
Carly @ Faith Family and Frugality