Take One, Pass It On: Final Recap

Well, I made it through my first “style challenge.” By completing the Take One, Pass It On challenge, I remixed 30 different items in my closet over the course of August. Here’s the list, in case you missed them:

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From this experience, I’ve come to a few conclusions:

Outfit planning is such a time-saver. Back in the days of my dietetic internship, I used to spend every Sunday evening planning my outfits for the week so that I could get dressed in a hurry before jetting off to the hospital. When I entered the world of research, I returned to my old habits such that every morning, I sat in front of my closet, totally stumped as to what to wear. This challenge forced me to plan my outfits again, and I think it’s a new way of life for me. Now, whenever Caleb goes down for a Sunday afternoon nap, I take that time to look at my schedule and jot down a few outfit ideas. It makes weekday mornings go a bit more smoothly and makes me feel like I have at least one aspect of my life under control!

Having a starting point is everything. I hate to admit this, but I have a sufficiently large wardrobe that sometimes choosing something to wear is overwhelming. In this challenge, I had a starting point for each day’s outfit, which made the sartorial creativity flow a bit more freely. Sure, there were still days on which I felt “trapped” by the rules of the challenge, plus a professional dress code, not to mention the blazing heat. But, overall, having that one piece as the anchor certainly helped me plan and helped me brainstorm new ideas. In the future, I think I’ll try to have an “inspiration” piece to get into the same mindset.

My style has evolved. As you can see from the pictures above, I’m pretty consistent with the colors and prints I choose–apparently, I’m a big fan of navy blue and stripes, with the occasional pop of red or pink. The older I get, the less I care about having bright, cheery colors on my person every day; these days, I much prefer a versatile and slightly more neutral style of dressing.

Taking photos of every outfit is not sustainable. This challenge required me to take photos of every.single.outfit for a whole month, and I’m worn out! Finding the time to take photos and avoiding repeat outfits proved to be quite an endeavor. Obviously, I don’t see myself continuing this pattern long-term.

I had fun this month! I might do something similar in the future, and I’m also contemplating a month-long capsule wardrobe for October. Thanks for reading!

Take One, Pass It On: Day 31


It’s the last day of this challenge! It’s been rough taking pictures of my outfit every day for 31 days, but I’m glad I did it. As I mentioned before, I will post a more thoughtful summary in the next few days.


For now though, let’s focus on the final look. Unfortunately, I’m finishing out this challenge with an outfit I’m not all that excited about–it’s not exactly flattering, mostly due to poor fit. I loved this peplum top when I first bought it last spring, but it’s a bit too big right now, which means I really need to belt it to adequately define my waist.  I was far too lazy for such things when I wore this outfit, so the end result is slightly frumpy. Oh well–lesson learned!


black peplum top: Ann Taylor, similar, similar // striped pencil skirt: Loft, similar, similar // red flats: J.Crew, exact, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker, exact, similar

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Take One, Pass It On: Day 30


Oh, hey striped skirt. It’s been a while.

In my house, I have a bit of a reputation of being anti-clutter–several times per year, I get into “a mood,” and I purge items from my closet, the attic, even the filing cabinet. We don’t have much storage in our current house, so this ritual is a means of survival. So when an item of clothing such as this skirt remains in my closet for years, there must be something special about it. In this case, I just think that a striped pencil skirt is a classic–it will never go out of style, so I keep hanging onto it. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s quite stretchy, which has made it quite forgiving of all my weight fluctuations over the past few years.


I brought it out today for the first day of class…on which I have no classes. I am “advanced” old enough that I am done with taking classes for my PhDizzle–it’s just research from here on out. No matter how old I get though, I still get a wee bit excited when selecting my outfit for the first day of school 🙂


chambray shirt: J.Crew, similar, similar // black + white striped pencil skirt: Loft, similar, similar // leopard pumps: INC via eBay, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, similar, similar

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Take One, Pass It On: Day 29


I’ve made it to the home stretch of this challenge! For the look I’m sharing today, I predictably remixed my navy + pink print shorts.


I wore this look for a day of house hunting (ugh) and celebrating my sister’s birthday. For the record, it’s still a bit too hot for my chambray shirt–I ended up changing into a navy tee in the middle of the afternoon.


chambray shirt: J.Crew, similar, similar // navy + pink print shorts: Crown & Ivy via Belk, similar, similar // taupe wedge sandals: Merona via Target, exact, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

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