Thirty days ago, planning ahead for the holidays felt like an overzealous head start as warm autumn nights tricked us into thinking summer might last forever. But as the leaves turned brilliant shades of gold and red we got more creative with how to plan for a gift-giving, and the holidays arrived promptly at our doorstep clad in clever and often hilarious Halloween costumes. Boo!
Last month’s 30 Day Challenge made homemade dinners and DIY decor so fun to follow along with that we nearly forgot we were also budgeting. Budget friendly apps, home-brewed lattes, and even hand-crafted gifts all contributed to a fund built to help you strategically budget for the holidays. Tell us, what was the most effective way you found to save? What was the most difficult activity or indulgence that gave up? Will you continue to go without during the holiday season? We want to know so share with us using the hashtag #TEG30DayChallenge.
Now that we’ve enter a season thick with layers, getting dressed in the morning can drain your creative stores quickly—choosing between warmth and chic can end up in a battle where the casualties take the form of socks and skirts across every available surface in your bedroom or closet. Welcome to our next 30 Day Challenge! 30 Days of Wearing Your Wardrobe. Now before you roll your eyes and say you already wear your closet, rewind to this morning, when you stood in front of your closet full of clothes and recited, “I have nothing to wear” (perhaps a regular morning mantra?).
Oh yeah, that wardrobe.
Curating a closet is an art we’re continually mastering. We hunt and gather tried-and-ture staples, searching high and low for the perfect pieces, and celebrate like we found the golden ticket when we succeed. But after a while we begin to play favorites; casting our coveted pieces in recurring roles while tops that were once the apple of our eye silently slip into the back of our closet, never to be seen again. Until, of course, spring-cleaning arrives and we justify each tiny tank with a mental image of the perfectly exceptional occasion and so the piece remains hidden and hanging, waiting for wear.
For this challenge, we want you to fall in love with your closet all over again; let’s mix and match classic staples with our old flames. We’ll spend 30 days shopping free—our closets are deeper than we think and we need to flex our left brain by getting creative! Accessories (jewelry, shoes and outerwear) are free reign, but we want you to try and maximize the clothes you’ve already cultivated.
At the end of 30 days, let’s give the clothing pieces we once had such an affinity for a new home—swap with friends, have a garage sale, or donate to charity! Remember, when you love something but never wear it, let’s actually let it go. You’ll create space in your closet and eliminate the guilt of keeping an ensemble around out of nostalgia when someone else will put it to better use.
Instagram throughout the month and show us how you’ve restyled your favorite clothes or what inspired you to revamp some of your tired threads. As always, we’ll regram some of our favorite updates! Don’t forget to use the #TEG30daychallenge hashtag. Now, getting shopping—in your closet!
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