I don’t know if I’ve talked about my aspirations toward a capsule wardrobe on this blog (though my friend, Corina of www.nowthaticando.com did a guest post a few months ago). The idea is that you choose a certain number of items and build your wardrobe in the confines of that set number. For example, your number may be 25: 5 shirts, 5 tanktops, 5 bottoms, 5 sweaters, 5 dresses. Some people include shoes in their numbers, I don’t because a life with a set number of shoes is a life I don’t want to live (shoe addict here). People build capsules for many reasons: to curb spending, to eliminate waste and excess, to save space. For me, the most inspiring element of a capsule wardrobe is wearing what you love and loving what you wear. When you only have a certain number of items, you’re less likely to end up with a closet full of clearance rack shirts that you bought because, well, clearance.
I’m not sure I’ll ever achieve my capsule wardrobe dreams because they conflict greatly with my spit up covered, legging loving, fashion aspiring lifestyle. However, I’ve been following Caroline over at Unfancy for years and she occasionally does something called a 10×10 challenge. That’s 10 pieces in 10 days to create 10 unique outfits. Now, I have commitment issues and 10 days is a lot of days in a row to try to do anything. So, I teamed up with my friend and fashion twin Corina (because everything is more fun with friends) to create a 5×5 challenge. Much more doable for us busy mamas. And, feel free to follow along and post your own 5 items, 5 looks, in 5 days pictures right along with us over at Corina’s Facebook group, Frumpy Fighters or by using the tag #5x5summerchallenge on Instagram.
Without further ado (I like that phrase, don’t ya know?), here are my five items that I will be mixing up to give you five complete looks next week:
1. Black Casual Maxi Dress c/o Gozon
2. Rainbow Graphic Tee by Hudson Lillian Designs
3. Light Floral Blouse, the Loft, similar
4. Sailor Style Jean Shorts, the Loft
5. Maxi skirt, my closet, similar
My tips for building your own 5×5 Challenge:
First, pick a color pallet. You can see that mine was black and more black with a little splash of color (Blush is the hot new neutral this season so you can’t go wrong with a solid skirt and a floral top with blush accents). By going neutral, you can plan to make your outfits pop with colored shoes and fun, bold accessories, or even just with a bright lip color.
Second, choose items that mix and match. Ideally, you would choose shirts and bottoms that you could mix up anyway you want, which will give you more than five options. If you choose a piece such as a dress, make sure it’s a piece that can be worn multiple ways. Stay tuned to see how I dress my casual maxi up or down with the right accessories.
Third, have fun! Pick items you love, that you want to wear differently. See if you can figure out a unique look that you wouldn’t normally wear.
Now, CLICK HERE to head over to Corina’s Blog to see how she’s doing her own 5×5 challenge.
The 5×5 Challenge is done, check out all the looks below or skip ahead to the 5×5 Summer Wrap Up:
Day 1: Look 1
Day 2: Look 2
Day 3: Look 3
Day 4: Look 4
Day 5: Look 5
Bonus: Look 6