Fashion, Homelife

The Summer Fashion Challenge Begins

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I enjoy experimenting with fashion, but struggle to put together my wardrobe.  I’m not quite sure what items to invest in and which trends to try.  Thankfully, quite some time ago, a friend sent me information about the Fashion Challenges at Get Your Pretty On and I have totally revamped my closet!

It’s been a year and a half since I began participating in the Get Your Pretty On Fashion Challenges and I am so much happier with my everyday style.

First, I have LESS clothing in general.  I suspect that in the last year, the items in my closet has decreased by half as I have donated items that I no longer wear.  My closet is now built on functional pieces that coordinate well together.  I spend less money and time buying random pieces of clothing that I rarely wear and have learned to think through choices that will work best with my current wardrobe.

Second, I find it easier to put an outfit together in the morning.  I have less choices, which helps, but I also have clothing that works well together.  Of course, having 21 days of outfits emailed to me at the start of each season has taught me how to put my clothing together.

Finally, I save money in the long run because I stick to a focused shopping list.  Basically, I am building a mini-capsule wardrobe each season.  These seasonal capsules work well together and have helped me build a trendy and functional wardrobe.

And now it is time for the summer fashion challenge to begin!  Sign-ups began Summertoday at Get Your Pretty On and I am ready for some online bargain hunting.

If you are curious about past challenges, then you can start by checking out my previous posts from the Winter Fashion Challenge and the Spring Fashion Challenge from 2015.

Here are a few basic guidelines from my previous post:

MORE DETAILS EDITED FROM A PREVIOUS POST (Fall 2014 challenge)

1. Pick your Challenge. Right now the the Summer Challenge is the lastest. There are many others to choose from, including freebies if you want to check out how things work!  A lot of my friends have started with the 14 day capsule wardrobe ($19) and have been quite pleased with it!

2. Pay for your challenge. The current price for the Summer Challenge is $49.

3.Download and print the shopping list for your chosen challenge. Included with your challenge is a list of items that will be used to complete 21 days of outfits. Some of the items you will own and others you will need to purchase. Alison includes links to regular and plus size options for all items AND lists the colors she will be using.

Fashion collage

The best part is that you can choose a color scheme that works for you. After all, you want to WEAR these clothes, right?

4. Go shopping!  Start in your own closet.  Whatever you don’t own you can find at the mall, Wal-mart, TJ-Maxx, IMG_4436or shop at home online!  My favorite shirt from the Spring 2016 challenge was from LOFT and is shown on the right.

NOTE:  You can subsitute items that you don’t find or aren’t ready to splurge on.  Over time, items repeat in the various season challenges so you can build up your wardrobe.

5. Receive your outfits via email each evening. At 7 PM exactly, you will receive the outfit for the next day. You can IMG_4566substitute items as needed and even skip outfits if they just aren’t you. (though I found the fun was in trying some new things)

Of course, sometimes your life as a mom will force a substitution like tennis shoes instead of cute booties.  Afterall, field trips to the museum aren’t the best idea if you are in wedges or booties.  Just go with it and have some fun!

6. Join the secret Facebook group. It was so much fun to hear where folks were finding good deals and what color schemes people found while shopping. Once the challenge began, everyone was able to post their outfits each day and I truly enjoyed seeing each person’s interpretation. Best of all, it was REAL women, so all sizes (0-20) and all ages (18-70) were on there. I loved it! Some moms even participated with their teen daughters!

7. Take goofy or serious selfies. Ok, so this step is totally optional…but I often post mine on Instagram and you can follow me there (@notbefore7):

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Over time you will find a wardrobe that is easier to sort through and a lot of tips to keep your closet updated without spending a fortune.

(I have enjoyed my participation in various fashion challenges. The links to the challenges are affiliate links and I will receive a commission if you participate in a challenge through my link. This costs nothing extra to you and helps me keep other content on this blog free.  The high opinion of these challenges is my own and I continue to love them.)

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