Style: latest challenge update

I might be a little bit late on the update, but I have managed to take pictures all week and here’s the little write up.  Well done me.

Just a little recap on my plan for last week.  I didn’t plan any outfits in advance but I did set myself a few little rules to make it some kind of challenge.

Rule 1 – No jeans.

Rule 2 – Only items that haven’t seen the light of day in over 6 months.

Rule 3 – Add a bit of office appropriate spice into the outfit.

 

Shouldn’t be rocket science and should be pretty easy to follow.  Famous last words.

Day one

I think the first day gets two ticks and a ‘nice try but try harder next time’.  I bought this dress a few years ago from ASOS (obviously) and have only worn it a hand full of times.  Recently I’ve been subconsciously avoiding anything tight fitting so figured that’s something else I could throw into the mix to make at least one day of the week so much more challenging.  This dress made me feel surprisingly comfortable and bonus, I didn’t feel too conscious to eat biscuits in the office, who actually cares about a little biscuit belly?   The nice try part of my self marking system comes from rule 3.  I was kind of trying to make my hair the spice in the outfit but that is a bit of a cop out, even if it’s a new(ish) style for work.

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Day two

This outfit made me feel like an old fashioned magician.  Not a massive fan.  Didn’t hate it completely and it didn’t really affect my day but I don’t think it’s a combination I would wear again.  I tried the chunky necklace and clashing print shoe for a bit of something different, but I’m not so sure it really pulled together as it did in my head.  This was also just a ridiculous day at work.  Glass of wine waiting at the door ridiculolus.  This could be why I really didn’t care how what was going on with all my mismatched layers.

Night two

Luckily, after a stressful day at work came a chilled out, very late housewarming gathering (not a full blown party, no energy left for that on a school night).  I thought I’d stick to the rules though which lead me to these cute little lace shorts and crochet kind of off the shoulder top.  This was a little bit of a cheat seeing as neither of these items are mine, but neither of them have been worn in the past 6 months so I think it’s fine.  My outfit toppers for the night were definitely wine and chocolate, yes they absolutely count.

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Day three

I felt more put together on this day, but not entirely myself.  I could have been the tight, short skirt, or just the whole shirt/skirt combo.  Didn’t dislike it as much as day two but didn’t feel as good as days one or four.  I would like to try and make this shirt work with a more grown up feeling outfit, I’m sure Pinterest has many denim shirt outfit ideas.  I do love these velvet boots though (ASOS).  Not too bad on the comfort scale and they brought in a nice amount of compliments.  It was a bit freeing to have my legs kind of out as well.  Like with day one avoiding tight things, I also usually avoid getting my legs out so why not try and break that negatively fueled cycle?

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Day four

Saturday at work can only mean one thing, the comfiest clothes possible.  I’m pretty sure neither of these items have seen the light of day in the past 6 months, but I could be wrong.  Loved this outfit, even if it isn’t the most flattering thing in photos.  The little spice to this outfit was my cute (if I do say so myself) little french plait and a bright red lip, I’m not sure if it counts but I was wearing a strappy little soft bra under this top which gave me that cheeky little confidence boost that no one else knew about.  This was also a day that lasted about 3 weeks on its own so being comfy was such a bonus.

Night four

This weeks nights outs have really lined up perfectly with bad work day.  Saturday night was the first girls night out of the year for one of my lovely friends birthdays.  Technically nothing I was wearing had seen the light of day before.  It’s all new, I can’t lie.  Everything is from ASOS.  I did feel a little bit self conscious when I was getting ready because this was the first time I’d worn vinyl trousers and a basically non existent top.  I don’t think clothes should have that much negative power, so the only thing to do was get over it and get myself into an Uber.  I am really glad I didn’t get changed, and huge bonus, these trousers have pockets.

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The most stressful thing of this week had to be trying to find the items that haven’t been worn in 6 months.  Everything wearable was buried deep in the back of the wardrobe.  I definitely need to have a clear out and reorganise.  It would be so nice to find some new old work outfits with pockets, I have resorted to going back to jeans for today because I really have missed having somewhere to put my phone.  I’ve just changed my mind about the most stressful thing of the week.  Coming up with an extra bit of something to jazz up my outfit in the morning was pretty much impossible.  I still haven’t really unpacked most of my jewellery after moving house and that was one not completely unmanageable rule but could do with a little bit more planning.

Maybe I need to adopt a mix of actually having an organised wardrobe room then I should know what I have and where it is so I can constantly wear different things but not have to rigidly plan everything ahead.  Am I really that organised though?

If anyone has any ideas for my next style challenge, please let me know in the comments!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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