a recap & my thrifting mantra

When I selected the 30 pieces, I planned as such that each skirt would be worn three times. From there I chose tops that coordinates with the skirts. Deliberately picked in the spirit of spring/summer remix, the floral Old Navy dress is the least worn piece. Below is the recap and the breakdown of how many times each items are worn.

30x30summer-recap

The breakdown:
Dresses:
1. Calvin Klein dress – 2x
2. Adrienne Vittadini dress – 2x
3. JCrew dress – 2x
4. Jaeger dress – 2x
5. Old Navy dress – 1x

Skirts:
6. Ann Taylor polka dots- 3x [chambray, NL, H&M]
7. DKNY seersucker – 3x [NM, KenCole, BR]
8. Ralph Lauren embroidered white- 3x [H&M, NL, Tahari jacket]
9. Burberry denim – 3x [BR, NL, Ken Cole]
10 H&M pencil – 3x [chambray, MK, DVF]
11. BCBG tan pleated – 3x [Gap, NM, MK]
12. Pendleton red- 3x [Gap, H&M, DVF]

Tops:
13. Gap purple button-down – 2x
14. Kenneth Cole blue grey prints- 2x
15. Tahari pink jacket – 2x
16. DVF animal prints- 3x
17. H&M white checks – 3x
18. Michael Kors apple green- 2x
19. Nicole Miller orange button down- 2x
20. Banana Republic tee- 2x
21. Nanette Lepore tee- 3x
22. Chambray H&M- 2x

Shoes:
23. Tahari dark brown heels – 5x
24. BCBG brown heels – 4x
25. Steve Madden wedges – 4x
26. Cole Haan pumps – 4x
27. Colin Stuart heels – 2x
28. Ralph Lauren slingbacks – 2x
29. Anne Klein sandals – 6x
30. Coach sandals – 3x

My three favorite picks are the June 21st, July 6th and July 9th outfits because of the colors and silhouette.

3summer-favs

Three lessons learned from this challenge, which would be my thrifting mantra:

1. Solid color pieces and classic prints (example like polka dots & checks) are easy to coordinates.
2. I am redefining my style, I used to love floral prints. I’ve ditched some skirts and dresses and from now on I will only wear floral prints as accents pieces such as accessories.
3. As far as brand names, I set my standards high. …Well, actually I do a lot of things high.

I am reminded of a line in William Hazlitt’s essay The Indian Jugglers:

It is skill surmounting difficulty, and beauty triumphing over skill.

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