common threads challenge: final recap

As you may have seen earlier this week, the Common Threads Challenge has come to a close, and I wanted to reflect on the experience while it’s still fresh in my mind. Plus, I just love a good excuse to make collages…so it’s recap time!

the olive tee

This tee was more challenging to style than anticipated; as it turns out, olive pants are way easier to wear than an olive top! I’m proud of myself that I did at least try to branch out from my usual olive/black/leopard rut (well, except for that first look…).

Favorite look: #2

the burgundy skirt

This skirt was definitely the most challenging item of the five. People say burgundy is a neutral, but for me, I’d say it’s somewhere in between a neutral and an accent color. Accordingly, I paired it mostly with other neutrals. Maybe someday I’ll get brave and try wearing it with a soft pink or mustard…but I’m not there yet!

Favorite look: #3

the chambray shirt

I don’t see chambray shirts quite as often on other blogs or in stores, so maybe they’re not really “cool” anymore…but I consider mine a classic and will probably continue to wear it for quite some time. To keep it from becoming to boring, I tried to figure out some new ways to layer the shirt for cooler weather. I need to remember to do that more often.

Favorite look: #3

the black knit blazer

This is a relatively new item in my closet, so I was excited to get creative with styling it for this challenge. These four looks are all pretty different, so I’d say that it was a wise purchase in terms of versatility. I’d like to try pairing it with a few more dresses in my closet in the future.

Favorite look: #4

the cognac booties

These booties have been a favorite for several years now, and I’m pretty sure they will continue to be for years to come. They’re so comfy and coordinate with most outfits. Love them!

Favorite look: #3

You can find full outfit details in previous Common Threads Challenge posts:

Although this challenge happened to coincide with some stressful events in my life, I had so much fun participating! It really helped to have at least one piece of my outfit picked out already every morning. That’s the continuing theme I’m finding in these style challenges–they save me time. I also genuinely enjoyed getting creative with a small number of pieces in my closet, while still having access to the rest of my wardrobe. I’m not sure I could ever limit myself to a capsule wardrobe, so this challenge was a happy medium between having too many options and having too few. Finally, I also had fun discovering new blogs through my fellow hostesses and all of you who linked up with us. I would definitely participate in another Common Threads Challenge in the future.

Speaking of the future, I’d like to keep the momentum going and try another sort of challenge for the winter, perhaps in January or February. Any suggestions? I’m interested in a 10 X 10 (10 pieces for 10 days) or something similar.

Thanks for following along!


2 thoughts on “common threads challenge: final recap

  1. I love your recap and the fact that you tried to create equal amount of outfits with each of your pieces. That burgundy skirt was great and versatile or not you created 5 outfits with it. I love love the outfit with the olive tee – I think it is very versatile, actually – and leopard scarf but my most favorite of them all is the one with the red pants and classic black blazer. You nailed this challenge, Katherine and I am glad we got to connect over it.

    Welcome by and join my linkup this week and share your gorgeous style. Thanks & enjoy the weekend!! Ada =)


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