Wardrobe Challenge - The Final Week!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

So, here I am at the end of my Wardrobe Challenge - four tops, four weeks and a dress every Friday.

My favourite item is the striped top. I find it so easy to wear. I love it with this tweed jacket from New Look and corsage from Top Shop.

Tuesday was the turn of my floral stripe vest top from Very. I really like this top but think it'll be easier to wear in the warmer months - all I can do with it at the moment is wear it under a cardigan and, on the colder days, with a scarf too. Jeans - Next, cardigan - New Look, scarf - H&M, brogues - Dorothy Perkins.

Wednesday I tipped a nod to the 70's trend with these flared jeans from La Redoute and chunky heeled boots with my floral shirt from H&M.

I wore my new boots from Stylist Pick on Thursday with my denim shirt and stripe top (both Very) but I'm sad to say that my denim shirt has lost it's appeal now that I know OH doesn't like it much...

On Friday I wore my favourite maxi dress - purchased before I decided to give hosiery a chance, when the only way I would wear a dress was if it was skimming the floor! My bag was a birthday gift from OH and the dress, pendant and cardigan are all from Very.

What did I learn from my challenge?
I seem to buy most of my clothes from Very, Dorothy Perkins, Next, H&M or New Look.

OH doesn't like my denim shirt.

A little experimentation and some great accessories go a long way. I have spent a month wearing nothing but four tops which just goes to show you don't need a huge wardrobe for it to be versatile.

Wearing a dress on occasion feels good and people won't bat an eyelid when you do, no matter how unusual it is.

My wardrobe would be enriched by the addition of a pair of black brogues (what is a challenge without a small reward?).

Was it worth it?
Yes. The purpose was to curb my spending and rediscover long forgotten items lurking in my wardrobe. I have certainly spent less during the challenge as I have been focusing on what I already own. I have also reminded myself of a few items in my wardrobe that I used to love and discovered some new outfit combinations that I'll definitely wear again.

An unexpected result of this challenge was that I actually parted with a few items of clothing, which is quite unheard of. When trying on different outfits I discovered a few bits that either didn't suit me or that I couldn't remember what led me buy them in the first place. I hope my local charity shop can find them a loving home...

I urge you all to plunder the depths of your wardrobe to see what lurks there... and then come back and share what you find.

So, what did I wear when my challenge was over?
A dress from Warehouse and tights from Tesco... and long may it continue!


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  1. Wow Hazel!!! Very well done... I loved the mix of pieces and you looked fabulous in every combination! Loved this! xxx

  2. @TheOnlineStylist
    Awww, thank you. that is praise indeed :O)

  3. Wow Hazel, this is amazing, you've done brilliantly all along but I especially like your wednesday outfit probably the most :)

  4. @Filipa
    Thanks Filipa, it's not a look I normally go for but I think I'll start experimenting with it a little more...

  5. love thursdays boots, how good are they. Great looks, very creative :)

  6. Hello gorgeous! You look great every day of the week ;) I especially love the Thursday look, it's perfectly casual but polished too. I also completely [heart] the flower pin on you blazer, and of course the striped top!!

  7. @Sophie
    The boots are so comfortable despite being high... I've always wanted to be a little taller ;o)

  8. @OneCraftyFox
    Stripe top is a classsic! I think I may start a movement to bring back the brooch! I love them...

  9. looking good!

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  10. Well done! Tuesday's casual cool outfit is great, definitely something I'd wear. But you also look really great on Thursday and Friday. x


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