Monday, March 7, 2011

Recap of the 30 for 30


Now that my sartorial challenge is over, it is expected that I share pearls of wisdom and lessons learned. Here goes. The most surprising thing about the 30 for 30 challenge was how easy it was. Before starting the challenge, I had moments of ludicrous anxiety. Limitations are bound to make you feel insecure and uncomfortable. Reflecting back on these feelings, I realize how truly ridiculous they were because the challenge proved to be easy. Once I edited down my wardrobe, getting dressed became simple. I didn't feel guilty about wearing something twice in one week. That brought me to the shocking realization that I could probably purge half of my wardrobe. I am not going to take such drastic measures, but it is definitely something I need reconsider on a rainy day.

Second lesson learned: I can say no to spending. Once I realized how easy it was to keep a wardrobe fresh with only 30 pieces of clothing, I stopped wanting things. I started to realize that it wasn't my wardrobe being insufficient that drove me to spend when not necessary, it was certain occasions, which when caught me off guard, created a spending problem.

Shopping with friends makes me more inclined to buy because I want to join in on the fun, regardless of whether I find something I really want or something that will pass as an exciting purchase for the moment. Visiting a new store often makes me more inclined to purchase something, and I purchase out of the need to commemorate the occasion. Coupons and sales in my inbox are also enablers. Now I only check a sale if I am looking for something specific. Blogging makes me feel like I need to buy things to keep up. Walking through H&M or Forever 21 just to browse is tempting as I will inevitably find an impulse buy. These are my triggers, not an insufficient wardrobe. I have learned that dealing with these triggers will be more important in the long run of building that perfect wardrobe than buying more clothes.

7 comments:

My Heart Blogged said...

While I haven't participated in the 30x30 I feel like reading Kendi's blog has taught me a lot. I'm very picky when buying clothing now. I also keep a list of the staples I want in my closet. If I see them at the thrift store I buy them, or if I find a great deal. I also have tried a lot more clothing combinations I would have never tried before.
My Heart Blogged

cryskay said...

congrats! i can't even tell thats only 30 pieces! great job!

ForeverSweet89 said...

well done! I like how you have layed out the pictures! I seriously love all your outfits lol x

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Outfits 10 & 20 are, I think, my favorites - and more than that, I'm really impressed that you were able to do this so creatively & with so many lessons learned. Thanks for bringing us along for the challenge!

Jenny said...

You did a great job!!!

I learned a lot from this challenge too!

Ms. Givens said...

I missed out on the challenge. I really like your long skirt on you!

Kristin said...

Looks like you came away with a lot for your effort!

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