take one, pass it on 2017: final recap

Another month of re-mixing is done! Throughout the course of July, I thought of new ways to wear 30 different items in my wardrobe. Here’s the list:

A few things I’ve gleaned from this year’s TOPIO challenge (in addition to last year’s insights):

I’ve subconsciously created a wardrobe color palette. Take a look at the collages above, and you’ll notice that olive is by far my favorite neutral these days, along with black and tan. As for accent colors, I gravitate toward reds and the occasional yellow or pink. I used to strive to wear different, bright colors every day, but now I’m OK with wearing similar colors on a daily basis. I actually quite enjoy that my wardrobe is mostly cohesive at this point. Here’s what I envision my closet color palette looking like for the time being:

I’ve streamlined the outfit planning process. I mentioned in the last go-around that outfit planning saves so much time–and I stand by that statement! This time, I found a few tools to help with that process. First, I now use the Stylebook app to help me visualize all of my options in a convenient format. Second, I started using the garment rack that my husband gave me for Christmas. I hang my outfits for the week on the rack, including shoes and accessories (see it in action here!). Again, this helps me visualize my outfits, but it also saves me time getting dressed. Plus, I just like the feeling of having everything ready and waiting for me ­čÖé

I should do a style challenge in a different season. Choosing to do a second TOPIO challenge in the middle of the summer was a poor decision. I found it a little repetitive to try to remix my summer wardrobe in new and interesting ways, considering I still regularly wear most of the items I incorporated into last year’s challenge. I’m thinking I might try to do a similar challenge this fall (maybe 30 x 30? another TOPIO?) to try to show some love for my cooler weather clothes.

Thanks again for those of you who followed along!


take one, pass it on 2017: days 29-31

At long last, the final few outfits on this summer’s Take One, Pass It On challenge! I really liked these last few looks and can see myself repeating all of them in the future.

day twenty-nine:

black striped tee: Mossimo, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // gold  pendant necklace: J.Crew, similar

day thirty:

red floral tank: Who What Wear, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // tan wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // reversible tote: Street Level, exact

day thirty-one:

red floral tank: Who What Wear, similar // white jeans: Loft, exact // gold wedge sandals: Lauren Ralph Lauren, exact // gold mesh band watch: BP, similar

I’ll admit, there were times that I was a little hot in these last two outfits owing to the whole pants thing. But, in the overly air-conditioned offices and stores I frequent, I was glad to have the extra coverage. I’ll post a re-cap post of this month’s outfits shortly so that I can reflect on the experience and use it to inform my future wardrobe choices.

Thanks for following along!

take one, pass it on 2017: days 26-28

Welp, we’ve officially made it to the part of the summer when it’s completely unbearable to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time. Translation: I’ve been dressing for the heat. Lightweight dresses and skirts from now until October, friends!

day twenty-six:

olive green dress: Amazon, exact // black round sunglasses: Amazon, exact // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar

day twenty-seven:

ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // black lace skirt: Banana Republic Factory, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact

day twenty-eight:

black striped tee: Mossimo, similar // black lace skirt: Banana Republic Factory, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar

Yet another benefit of these style challenges is that it’s encouraging me to wear pieces that I’ve long neglected. Case in point: the black lace skirt. It has sat in my closet for 2.5 years, and I just pulled the tags off yesterday. You would think it would be relatively versatile (and I think it is), but it’s just a wee bit tight in the waist and a bit too short for work, which is probably why I never reach for it. Debating whether it deserves to stay in my closet…

take one, pass it on 2017: days 22-25

These past few days have ended up being extraordinarily eventful–let’s just say a gas leak, a daycare evacuation, and a febrile seizure were involved. On days like those, I am very glad that I already had my outfits planned out so that I can devote my mental energy to the tasks at hand!

day twenty-two:

white lace blouse: J.Crew Factory, similar // red skirt: Loft, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

day twenty-three:

gray tee: J.Crew Factory, exact // red skirt: Loft, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholls, exact // black crossbody bag: Sole Society, exact //  black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, similar

day twenty-four:

gray tee: J.Crew Factory, exact // skinny jeans: BP, similar // tan jeweled sandals: Mossimo, similar // pink crossbody bag: Old Navy, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, similar

day twenty-five:

olive dress: Amazon, exact // light chambray button-up: Old Navy, similar // nude wedge sandals: Merona, similar // pink crossbody bag: Old Navy, similar

This round had a few surprises in that some of the items were unexpectedly difficult to re-mix. For some reason, I had the hardest time coming up with ideas for the gray tee. I could have chosen something else, but it was kind of annoying me that I couldn’t get creative. I eventually came up with the two looks you see here, but neither is something I am likely to repeat again. Just a few more days of this challenge left!