I love Paula Joye’s Fashion Challenges. It is all about rediscovering your own wardrobe and taking inspiration from other peoples style, not necessarily hitting up the shops to buy new things…
This week it was all about dresses; five days, five dresses in five different styles. And for me this was truly a challenge… Dresses aren’t usually my outfit of choice. Simply due to my slightly pear-shaped body type; I end up having a hard time finding dresses that suits and fits properly; I usually wear different sized tops and bottoms (damn my J.Lo bootie). To be honest I don’t own many dresses, being more of a skirt and top kinda girl, so pre planning here was key.
Day 0. Sunday – Plan of Attack
Rediscover my wardrobe, with the winter weather starting roll into early spring, it is time to put those pants and tights away and frock up. After a good hour and a bit standing in front of my wardrobe I feel a bit more comfortable with a basic style plan for the week ahead. Although feeling slightly nervous that my pale sun-tanless legs are being bared for a whole week!
Day 1. Monday – Black
Thank you P.J for starting off with a failsafe style. The LBD makes a difficult challenge a little more bearable as I ease my way into the week. Classic with a twist, is the look I was going for today. Black on black is an easy win, with a touch of leopard!
Day 2. Tuesday – Prints
Until recently I was not the biggest fan of prints, sticking with block colours and basic layered tones. But I can proudly say I love prints and can’t stop buying them. Black and white leopard paired with a blazer is work-wear chic. Monochrome is the trend for the upcoming season so it’s time to jump on board.
Day 3. Wednesday – Short
Done! Short is something I can do, rarely wearing anything that falls below the knee. I pulled this dress out of the back of my wardrobe, having not worn it for a good year or maybe more, continually thinking that I need an occasion or excuse to wear it. So I was delighted with the barrage compliments today, as a sported my nautical look today in my stripes and navy blazer.
Day 4. Thursday – Long
Hmmm this was tricky, the only maxi style dress I own is the one I throw over my swimwear on the beach. Unfortunately not really work-wear appropriate. My Country Road floaty palazzo pants was my work around… To me this doesn’t count as a fail, as I really did push my fashion boundaries, as my outfit of choice will always fall above the knee! I was pleasantly surprised by the number of compliments on my outfit which converts this rule-tweak into a fashion achievement.
Day 5. Friday – Evening for Day
This theme required a little bit of research and inspiration as I was a little lost on what to wear. With some inspiration under my belt I was ready for my final challenge. I am a style-comfort kind of girl, so by pairing a cocktail dress, Kookai, with a pair of sneakers it was the perfect outfit choice. Done!
At the end a successful week completing five days of dresses, I have re-cemented why I love fashion, as my week long challenge became a bit of a game for the girls at work, ‘guess which look it is today’, I challenged my own style assumptions (that dresses aren’t my forte)… and pulled out some old favourites out of my cupboard. Even though I semi cheated on the ‘Long Dress’ day I was proud I wore an outfit that wouldn’t traditionally of been my first choice. I loved that I could hit snooze once or twice more on those early mornings, as my outfits were organised and structured for each day. Now I can’t wait for the next challenge…