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Jae's 30 Days, 30 Ways

The Challenge: to create outfits from just 30 pieces for a whole month.
Jae's 30 Days, 30 Ways The Challenge: to create outfits from just 30 pieces for a whole month.

I SURVIVED 30 DAYS, 30 WAYS!

Among the Style Bible girls, I was the most reluctant to take on this challenge. I knew it was going to be extremely difficult and time-consuming, and it was even tedious at times. (It's not called a challenge for nothing!) But I had fun doing it, and got more mileage out of my closet than I had anticipated. Here are my reflections:

1. My wardrobe palette is as dark as my heart.

Just kidding! Well, no, not really. When I packed my pieces in my maletin, I was a bit dismayed to see that most of my clothes are black. Not that I didn't know that already, but it was a bit of a downer to see. Hence:

2. I became incredibly thirsty for color (and prints and patterns and such).

Halfway through the challenge I started pining for color—a surprising thing since I've always been color-averse (my coworkers would be first to tell you that I'm allergic to yellow and orange). I do have a few colors in my closet, and by few I really mean red and blue. I'm a sucker for neutrals.

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So in the last half of the challenge, I didn't miss my other clothes as much as I wanted to explore color. And prints and patterns! The day after I donned my last 30 for 30 outfit, I wore a lace mustard dress, and it was so refreshing.

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I've since become more receptive to the many choices out there, color- and print-wise, so now I'm determined to inject more life into my wardrobe. We need as much color and variety in our lives! (As for yellow and orange... I'll get there, eventually. In the meantime, there's the other 70% of the color spectrum!)

3. Whether done sparingly or excessively, accessories are vital to styling any outfit.

It's amazing how much interest accessories can give to your outfits. Whether it be a thin leather belt, a pair of outrageous earrings, or long scarves (which I abused to no end), they immediately complete any look. Some might disagree with this, especially those who prefer to keep their outfits unfussy, but I think accessorizing is a quick and easy way of making outfits distinct as the accessories often become the focal point of any ensemble. Handy trick especially if you wanna take attention away from the fact that you're just over-repeating garments!

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4. Basics are basic for a reason.

Perhaps the reason so many of my clothes are in black is that it's universal—it goes with anything! When I shop, I gravitate towards it, and the same thing happens to me and clothes cut in basic silhouettes. Blazers, tank tops, classic button-downs, and the now-ubiquitous body-con—these are wardrobe essentials that are incredibly easy to mix and match. And let's not forget the shoes: nude or black pumps or slingbacks go with absolutely everything.

5. Do not underestimate the power of makeup. Or, more specifically, red lips.

There are so many days during this challenge that I woke up so uninspired and, thus, unhappy with the outfits I'd throw on. But a quick antidote is showing good face. A clean base, a few strokes of blush, and the brightest, sexiest red lippie I have, and I'm good to go. A red lip is a panacea for being sluggish. After swiping it on, you're more careful about the way you act, talk, eat, and drink—it's like an instant poise and attitude changer.

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Click on the photo gallery to see my 30 for 30 pieces, and hop on to the following pages to see all my outfits!


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