The thirty for thirty challenge (30×30)

ASOS grey tank, Topshop skinny jeans, T by Alexander Wang cardigan, Alexander Wang emile tote, Celine heels (similar), Marc by Marc Jacobs katie bracelet, Karen Walker necklaces

In addition to my recently imposed shopping ban, I’ve decided to undertake a small personal project – the thirty for thirty challenge. The “thirty for thirty” challenge involves picking out thirty items of clothing and shoes, which are worn in isolation over the period of thirty days. It may not sound like the most inspiring of challenges, but considering that many of us own clothing in excess of what we really need, I thought it might be interesting to test the functionality of a section of my wardrobe – coats and accessories not included.

Having carefully gone through my wardrobe, I selected the following thirty items:

– Equipment white sleeveless silk blouse – Zara cream crochet knit jacket
– Alexander Wang black chiffon layered singlet – Lover black shelley skater dress
– Country Rd grey slouchy t-shirt – Karen Walker navy paisley peplum dress
– Rag&Bone/KNIT white loose t-shirt – Karen Walker scarlet ruffle tie dress
– Kate Sylvester grey drape blouse – Topshop black skinny jeans
– Enza Costa Breton stripe top – Supre white skinny jeans
– Karen Walker cream flutter cuff blouse – ASOS black leather mini skirt
– Karen Walker navy sheer seafoam blouse – Karen Walker grey flannel drawstring skirt
– Karen Walker green crosshatch blouse – Karen Walker gold jacquard shorty skirt
– Ashley Fogel grey jumper – Girl. By Band of Outsiders white full skirt
– Glassons longline cream cardigan – Witchery silver embellished ballet flats
– T by Alexander Wang oyster cardigan – Miu Miu denim embellished flats
– T by Alexander Wang black cardigan – Alexander Wang black kori oxfords
– Helmut Lang black blazer – Vintage black jodhpur boots
– Karen Walker navy boyfriend blazer – Topshop black heels

My choices may seem a little reserved, but I felt it was necessary to go for the types of things I would want to wear on a daily basis, and maintain a fairly neutral colour palette. You could even say that I was slightly optimistic in including so much white, as Springtime in Wellington generally comprises of fairly erratic weather patterns.

I’m almost certain that I can get through the month without repeating one outfit – I suppose this is one of the benefits of having a wardrobe composed largely of separates – and will do my best to document my efforts in this respect.

Wish me luck!

Unlikely favourites

Glassons peplum top, Karen Walker cardigan, 3.1 by Phillip Lim leopard skirt, J Crew glitter belt, Topshop loafers, Proenza Schouler PS11 bag

Doubtless you will have seen me wear something like this before, but I’m far from one to shy away from the familiar. Ironically this peplum top has already seen more wear than I expected, pairing well with all manner of skirts in my wardrobe, making me glad I chose to get the same top in white for when summer is in full gear.

Miu Miu bejewelled flats

Miu Miu bejewelled ballet flats

I first spotted these gorgeous ballet flats last year while in transit. I couldn’t resist the jewel embellished toe, and of course decided that I had to have them. Unfortunately, at the time, they had sold out of my size, so I popped the idea of ever buying them in the back of my mind.

Lucky for me, I managed to find a pair on eBay and couple of weeks back, and can say with some certainty that these will be a regular fixture on my feet, in rotation with my ever-increasing collection of flat shoes.

Relying on the weather

3.1 by Phillip Lim dress, T by Alexander Wang cardigan, Country Rd socks, Beau Coop x Karen Walker shoes, Karen Walker necklace and bracelet

Lately, I’ve been finding myself manically checking the upcoming weather forecast in the hope that I can continue to leave the house in bare legs, and start pulling out my skirts and dresses which are generally reserved for the warmer months of the year. Even if I have to throw a big coat on over top to leave the house, and occasionally sit in my office with the heater on due to cold air conditioning, I still see it as some small victory as I’ve come to acknowledge and admit that my wardrobe for the large part, is geared towards a warmer climate. It’s got me beginning to think I must shop in the hopes that Wellington might one day see temperatures soar above 26C – an unlikely dream at that.

Comparing opposites

KW brocade skirt & blazer, Glassons peplum top (similar), Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Alexander Wang emile tote

Still toting the tote, which has become a semi-permanent fixture on my arm due to the sheer amount of things that I can fit in here. Having become accustomed to smaller bags, I had forgotten how much one double (or possibly even triple in this case) the size can accommodate. For instance, over the weekend I managed to fit my DSLR, wallet, notebook, water bottle and yoga gear with plenty of room to spare.

It’s gotten me thinking about the debate on big bags versus small bags. On occasion, in the past with my PS11 I have found myself carrying not one, but two bags to work. Actually, this is probably more frequent than I like to admit, as I bring a home-packed lunch to work every day, as well as other miscellaneous items. In this respect, a larger bag is king, as it affords me the ability to avoid the awkward shuffle of getting on and off public transport than generally accompanies me when carrying two bags. For times when I have very little need to carry much other than my wallet, a notebook, my phone, keys and some lipbalm, a smaller bag more than suffices, and is far from a dead weight on your shoulder.

While I am usually one to loathe the effort required in shifting items from bag to bag, and risking the chance that I might leave my keys or staff pass at home, I’m hoping that over time I will become accustomed to it. I can only wonder how girls with shelves lined with handbags manage, as with the considerably low number of bags I do possess, I often find myself uncovering items that I had once thought lost in the many nooks and crannies of the ones which seldom see the light of day.