Ahhh, summer…coffee (or cold beer) on the patio, slow mornings, days at the pool, and family field trips. For me, it also means I pack up my work clothes and enjoy a more relaxed approach to getting dressed (aka, yoga pants). This summer I’m giving my summer style a jump start.
I am so excited to get started on this summer style challenge along with my blogger pals Andrea, from Seasons and Salt, and Lee, from Style Bee. The idea is to spend a month working with what we have. No shopping, no collaborations, just wearing what’s in our closets. Some time to work on being content, instead of always planning, searching, and pining after something new. Yes, even us lean wardrobe gals still spend a lot of time thinking about clothes.
To take it up a notch, the challenge is to pick 30 items to wear for the entire month of June (30 days)…hence, a 30×30. My summer wardrobe is already pretty lean, so I was able to narrow down even further to 24 of my favorite items (including shoes, bags, hats) to style for the month of June.
Andrea, Lee, and I each have our own set of goals with this exercise, which I think is going to be so fun to follow. One thing I’ve learned about doing these wardrobe/style challenges is that they can help you learn and address different needs…it’s not a one size fits all. Mine goals this round are…
…to get dressed.
I’m going to be honest. I’m a lazy dresser when I’m not at work. Leggings and tees is the name of my game. On weekends during the school year, I don’t mind, but over the course of 10 weeks during summer I find I want to be motivated to pull together some new outfits, but it doesn’t happen. Until now…
My primary goal for the month of June is to get “dressed” every day. I realized that what made me hesitant to join Andrea and Lee in the challenge was the exact reason I needed to. For the next 30 days I will share every single outfit, the good, the bad, and the lazy. I have a feeling this summer style journal will be just the push I need to break out of my summer dressing rut.
…to identify holes in my wardrobe.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of my small wardrobe. I know I need to update my summer wardrobe, but I want to go in with a plan. By starting the season working with what I have it will be easier to identify what I need and want to complete my wardrobe and make smart purchases.
I recognize that my wardrobe could use a little print or color (and in all honesty, I feverishly shopped for something to add the week or two leading up to the challenge, but realized that defeated the purpose of the challenge and working on being content). I decided it was best to go through this challenge, do what I can with accessories and other styling strategies, and then have a more clear idea of what I want as an interest piece.
Graphic tee (old from Old Navy) // Black tee (c/o Tapered Collection)
Longline cardigan (old from Gap) // Gray sweatshirt (old from Old Navy, ethical option) //
Denim cutoffs (old DIY from Old Navy men’s jeans) // Black jogger shorts (Everlane) //
Jeans (Madewell secondhand from Poshmark) // Black linen pants (old from Old Navy)
Print maxi (hand-me-down from sister) // Black tank maxi dress (Brass Clothing)
Hat (old from H&M) // Backpack (old from Old Navy) // Sandals (old from Target) // Flip Flops (Rainbow Sandals) //
What I added new for summer
Striped tank top: After giving Tapered Collection tees a try earlier in the spring, I knew the striped tank would be perfect for summer. I love the slightly more narrow muscle tank cut as a more feminine update to the classic tank. The white is not sheer, the shirts are made in the USA, and they’re machine washable and dry-able. The stripes are also available in a tee or three quarter sleeve.
Black jogger shorts: I really struggle with shorts. After committing to this challenge, I knew I needed to find a pair that was comfortable and flattering (which seems almost impossible). I love my Japanese GoWeave top from Everlane, so when I saw the shorts I thought the cool, drapey fabric may be just what I was looking for. I ordered a medium and large and found the large to be far more comfortable for me (I am a size 6 typically). I love that they are comfortable enough for casual every day wear, but can easily be dressed up. The Everlane site even offers the suggestion to wear them with the GoWeave tank top as a faux jumper, which I love!
Gray pocket dress: I added this gray (also in black) pocket dress at the last minute. I’ve been lucky to meet Sara (founder of Imby) in real life and I’m so excited to be able to share the Corinne dress from her shop with you. I really leaned toward the black, but decided the gray would have more of a casual, sweatshirt feel and would be a better option to add variety to my dress wardrobe (for summer and beyond).
Want to Join Us?
Do you have any summer style goals that this challenge could help you meet? The more the merrier, so join on in! What I love about this community is how everyone is willing to share and I always end up learning even more than I expected. Check the hashtag #june30x30 on Instagram for inspiration.
There are no rules, maybe you don’t count items, but commit to no shopping? Or maybe this is your chance to finally try a capsule wardrobe idea with a shorter time commitment? If the full 30 days is too overwhelming, try wearing your items during the week and give yourself weekends off?
No matter what your approach, the idea is to push yourself a bit, try some new combinations from your existing wardrobe, challenge yourself to do more with less and resist the urge to impulse shop, and to have fun.
Keep it simple. Spend 15 minutes picking a variety of your favorite summer pieces, give them a separate little section of your closet, and see how it goes. There is no right or wrong. If you get partway through and need to switch it up, do it!
I’ll be sharing my daily outfits throughout the month on Instagram, but I’ll also update here on Mondays and Thursdays. Be sure to hop over to check out Andrea and Lee’s 30 items for more inspiration.