Sunday, February 7, 2016

20x21 Challenge

I'm going to be doing a 20x21 challenge! I learned about it from Andrea over at Seasons and Salt and while I'm not sure capsule wardrobes are for me, I do want to really start refining my style and trying something new. This seemed like a really interesting way to work with what I have already and focus on what's in my closet right now. The challenge is to pick 20 items(including shoes but not footwear and accessories) and wear those for 21 days. If you live in a cold climate like me, you're probably thinking "well shoot, it's -15f and I'd be wear at least half of those items at once, that seems really restricting!" This was my first thought and I felt really resistant to trying this - I like my closet and I didn't want to ignore it for 21 days but the more I thought about why I was so resistant, the more I felt like it WOULD be a good thing for me to try.
Right off the starting block, I have to give props to capsule bloggers- how do they make their clothes look so pretty and appealing in those "here's my capsule" pictures? I'd like to think I take decent photos but man, I failed hard at this. You're stuck with shitty pictures guys and I'm sorry. (Please don't laugh at my awful photos, we all know I can't take pictures inside to save my life.)

Shirts from left to right -
DKNYC Cardigan (thrifted)
Max Mara Gray Cashmere Sweater (consignment)
Anthropologie Sweater (thrifted)
DVF Tee (consignment)
Free People Drape Sweater (ebay)
Anne Klein Cashmere Sweater (thrifted)
Free People Top (thrifted)
Old Navy Long Sleeve Tee (2 years ago)

Skirt and Dresses left to right -
Helmut Lang Drape Skirt (ebay)
Rick Owens Lillies One Shoulder Midi Dress (thrifted!!)
Free People Dress (once long and beige, now shorter and grey thanks to dye and an accidental hot bath)

Pants, left to right -

Rag and Bone Mulberry Jeans (thrifted)
Rag and Bone Bengal Embroidered Jeans (ebay)
J.Brand "Maria" High Rise Jeans (ebay)
Rag and Bone Leather Jeans (ebay)

Helmut Lang Black Leather Cropped Jacket (consignment)
Helmut Land Gray Leather Asymmetrical Jacket (ebay)

Boots (not pictured, you've seen them a million times)
Sorrels (thrifted)
Seychelles Black Ankle Zip Up Boots
Sandgrens' Manhattan Clog Boots c/o Sandgrens

My biggest stumbling block was actually footwear, I love my shoes and asking me to pick which to keep is...difficult. I ended up going with what I thought I would get the most wear out of and what would work with the other items. My Seychelles boots have been my stand bys for years, they are SO well made, the suede doesn't even have scratches in it and I've worn these hardcore during the winter for 3 years. That's impressive guys. I also really like the lines of them with drappey garments and midi dresses so I felt like they would work in well. (They are also so comfy I can stand in them all day and my feet still feel good. My feet are pretty wise and these have so much room in the toe box and a lot of cushioning. Cannot recommend Seychelles enough for wide feet.) We've had some colder temps this month and while this has been what's normally considered "SUPER HEAT WAVE WINTER" for us, I got wimpy and like my toes to be warm so I had to add in the Sorrels. I felt a little unsure about them and they're actually why I added in the Anthropologie embroidered sweater, I'll try to play up the rustic look a little. I did really debate about switching them ouf for my Docs, I haven't worn those as much because they STILL hadn't broken in and the last time I wore them, they deystroyed the backs of my ankles. Why do that when I already have so many broken in, comfy shoes already? But I'd been doing the thick socks/wear them for only short amounts of time and in the past two weeks they've just broken in beautifully. I still don't really know why I picked the Sorrels, we'll see if I have capsule item regret.

I feel really tacky about adding in a c/o item to this capsule but you guys know I've accepted c/o items very infrequently in the over 4 years that I've blogged and....I just really like these boots. I wear them a lot and I really enjoy them and I wanted my capsule to be a good repensation of what I wear. So I apologize in advance for my tackiness guys.

I just realized that most of my jeans are Rag and Bone. I've had a hard time in the past finding jeans that really fit well (as has every person on earth) and most of the time, it's been because there wasn't enough room cut in the butt. I have a 13 inch difference between my hips and my waist and my biggest problem I have with many jeans, designer included, is that even if I size up so my that the jean is falling off in the waist, it still flattens my butt because the jeans are cut SO flat. AEO jeans have been the only ones in the past that really worked okay for me but then....Rag and Bone. These jeans, they are perfect and have so much room back there that even a Kardashian could fit in there. (maybe.) The waists are smaller and the back is cut a little rounder and they just fit so well - aside from the J.Brand "Marias" which seem to have a little more room in the back than J.Brand's other styles I think Rag and Bone is the only jeans I will buy from now one. I can't rave enough about them.

I am really looking forward to this challenge and seeing what I learn from it! 20 items for 21 is a big challenge for me and we'll see if I survive how it goes!  And if you're feeling a little stuck with your own style right now or just have the serious winter blahs when it comes to your closet, I really suggest joining up!  I know I've always felt that my style wouldn't work with a capsule, most capsule wardrobes you see chambray, Benton striped shirts, bf jeans, you know what I'm talking about.  My style is a good 180 from that and I'd really thought it just wouldn't work but after putting together my 20 items, I feel really awesome about it.  I also really dislike my clothes this time of year, it's been winter since September and everyone's like "spring is only a few weeks away" NO IT'S NOT I DON'T SEE FREE GROUND UNTIL MAY.   I think this will be a good way to keep me creative and trying to put together fun outfits so if you feel like it, give the 20x21 a shot!  (Or if not, talk about how you keep your winter wardrobe feeling awesome until spring finally does hit - we can all use inspiration.)


  1. OMG, yay! I love this! And HAHA yes! So many of us capsule bloggers are stripes, chambray, the whole bit. But I sure do love your style. It's like feminine-edgy. You have quite the nice selection here, lots of high quality stuff!

    As for the pictures, yeah, it's a pain in the butt! But practice has helped. Natural light or a bounced flash is really helpful.

  2. Oh, and I'm posting my 20 tomorrow!

  3. Ooh, how exciting! I enjoy your style so I'm looking forward to seeing what magic you work with a capsule. :)


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