I’ve completed the first week of my 30×30 wardrobe challenge and I thought it was about time for an update. I’ve been posting daily outfit photos on my instagram feed, but I’d like to delve a little deeper here and share some of the struggles and insights into the first week of this minimalist challenge.
I have to be perfectly honest here and admit that I’m not really enjoying this challenge so far. I expected that once I’d picked my clothes and gotten started, it wouldn’t be nearly as difficult as I thought and I’d just sort of cruise through. That hasn’t happened at all and I’ve had a few struggles this past week.
First of all, the weather really hasn’t been playing ball this week. It’s been unusually cold and windy for November and I’ve had to cheat almost every day by adding a jumper or jacket to my outfit for warmth. When I put together my 30 item wardrobe, I made the mistake of thinking that the temperatures were going to be climbing as we headed towards summer, and so everything I chose is lightweight with short sleeves. Additionally, most of the shoes I selected are sandals, with few closed-toe options. In hindsight I really should have included at least one jacket and a pair of boots in my wardrobe. However, on the day I chose my capsule wardrobe I was very focused on selecting clothes that could be worn multiple ways and didn’t want to “waste” a valuable spot with something I might only wear once.
Additionally, I’ve already been feeling bored with having so few choices. I know that many people who do the 30×30 challenge find a smaller wardrobe more liberating, and enjoy having fewer items to choose from in the morning. I’ve found it really limiting so far. Not so much on work days, as my outfits tend to be fairly similar when I’m heading to the office, but on the weekend I found it tricky because I wasn’t really in the mood for jeans…and yet that’s what was on offer. I also kicked myself for not adding any sneakers to my capsule wardrobe because on Saturday I was travelling and I really wanted to wear my Converse All-Stars. It’s been a bummer to know that there are items that I feel like wearing, and yet I’m not “allowed to” because of the rules of this challenge.
I’ve also run into a wee dilemma with new purchases. Although I’ve been reigning in my spending on new clothing this year, I do allow myself the occasional splurge. On Sunday I was in Melbourne and swung by Dangerfield and Princess Highway. They had all their new season stock in and lots of items on sale. I could quite easily have bought half the store. But instead I limited myself to one purchase: an emerald green skater-skirt. I’ve wanted a skirt just like it for ages and it was a perfect fit and 20% off to boot. I simply couldn’t leave it there and I know it will be something I wear a lot. However, now I have this stunning new skirt in my wardrobe and I’m not allowed to wear it for another 21 days. This displeases me.
There have been a few benefits that I’ve discovered in week 1. Firstly, putting together outfits in the morning has taken less time because I have fewer things to choose from. Even though I’ve felt like wearing items that weren’t in my capsule wardrobe, I’ve diligently stuck to the rules and it has saved a lot of umming and ahhing in the mornings.
Additionally, I’ve been more efficient with my laundry because I have to make sure that my capsule wardrobe is clean and ironed so that I have enough choices for the week ahead. 30 items isn’t a lot and I’ve needed to keep on top of my laundry pile to ensure I don’t run out of clothes.
So far I’m not loving the 30×30 challenge but I’m going to stick with it and do my best. If nothing else I’ve learned the importance of including clothing for a range of weather conditions in your capsule wardrobe and my laundry hamper is looking emptier than ever.
Stay tuned for my Week 2 update post and don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for daily outfit photos.