It’s that time again… Paula Joye’s Five Day Fashion Challenge. For those who are not aware, Paula Joye from Lifestyled loves to create a wardrobe challenge, encouraging you to make the most of existing items in your wardrobe fit to certain style theme…
And this week it was all about denim! Five days and five new ways to incorporate denim into your daily look. Denim jacket, skirts, cut-offs, coloured or chambray (on a technicality I am classifying chambray as denim)… P.J has put no rules or structure for my daily denim inspiration, the only rule is to wear denim in a way that is different from your usual style. For me, I am not a huge jeans person because I prefer to have my legs out… so I will be looking to wear my jeans at least once in someway throughout this week.
No such thing as too much denim.
Denim is a tricky trend to pull-off for five days in a corporate environment, lucky for me my workplace is quite casual. However, finding workwear appropriate denim pieces was a challenge but it can be done. The key is to pair with luxe materials and chic accessories to complete a polished denim look.
So without further adieu let the denim fashion challenge begin.
Day 1. Monday – Denim Jacket
Braving the elements on a Monday is not ideal, you don’t want to leave your bed and it makes choosing an outfit that is ‘wet-weather’ appropriate a nightmare. But that’s the blessing of a fashion challenge it means the difficult decisions of what to wear have already been made and you can hit snooze once of twice.
Day 1. Miserable weather in denim
Today, I started with a classic wardrobe must-have, the denim jacket. I bought this one from Sportsgirl about 10 years ago, whilst still in school, and although I don’t wear it as often as I used to, it was definitely a piece worth holding onto. Worn layered over my favourite classic white shirt, ankle boots and an a-line skirt; for a Miranda Kerr-esqueé look.
Day 2. Tuesday – Distressed Denim
Distressed denim at work is pretty risqué, especially when I have client meeting first thing. Worn alongside a pair of nude pumps and blazer creates a clean look. There is something really hot about distressed denim with heels, not sure if guys get it, its probably a trend they would rather us wear for housework rather than a night out, but I just can’t go past it.
Day 2. Distressed Denim Look
If you don’t have a pair of distressed denims, investing in some doesn’t need to break the bank, with chain stores everywhere taking this trend to new heights. My denims are from the basics experts, Glassons, costing me less than a full tank of petrol!
Day 3. Wednesday – White & Denim
As the sky clears for ‘fashion challenge hump day’ I realise this isn’t as easy as I assumed it would be. Wearing denim day-in, day-out and ensuring it is workwear appropriate is quite hard.
Day 3. White & Denim
Today I took one of my weekend staples, sleeveless denim shirt, and added to a workwear essential, white pencil skirt, to create my version of casual-chic…. Ensuring I still look presentable for the random meeting that somehow always pops up on a day I decide to make a risky fashion statement, a black lace bra, see-through blouse and your company CEO don’t really mix. White & denim are a match made in heaven creating a clean spring day look.
Day 4. Thursday – Chambray
The Chambray Shirt is a new favourite in the wardrobe department, the perfect throw over option or to create an edgy look when worn with super skinny jeans #doubledenimalert. Although technically not denim, I am ensuring I wear it in a new, ergo challenging way.
Day 4. Inspired by Elle Ferguson
To mix it up, I decided to tie it around my waist. This trend of tying your sleeved tops round your waist is not a new concept. The last time I did it was at the recommendation of my mum to prevent me from loosing my primary track top on sports day. Although slightly self conscious I wrapped my chambray round my waist and endeavoured to rock it like a stylist. Inspired by fashionista Elle Ferguson, I have recreated her street style look and taken it into the workplace.
Day 5. Friday – Casual Friday
Casual Friday… would have to be my favourite day of the week, as it is acceptable to wear sneakers to work! Aside from the sneakers I am pulling out an oldie but a goodie… Buried in the back of my wardrobe, where it has been a permanent resident for the past 5 or so years. I’m dusting off this denim classic and rocking it my way.
Day 5. Casual Friday – Dressed for Comfort
The denim skirt, has taken a back seat of late to the latest casual denim essential, the cut-off denim shorts. I am making executive fashion decision, it is time for a denim skirt comeback; versatile, comfy and the ultimate building block for any casual chic outfit. Paired with a slogan tee, another wardrobe favourite, creating a cool-comfy approach to this look ensuring denim remains the hero of my outfit.
So that brings to a close what I wore for another successful Lifestyled fashion challenge… I have looked forward to each and everyday this week of denim. Each outfit was a group effort; as the work girls have oh’d and ah’d over my combos and created playful banter over where chambray is actually denim or if I’m breaking the rules! Looking forward to the next challenge PJ!
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