This challenge is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time but truthfully, I’ve been a little nervous because it’s outside my comfort zone.
I’m not fashion blogger, but I do love clothes. And to be honest, I have a lot of cute ones! I just suck at making outfits out of them.
I am consistently guilty of reaching for the same 3 tee shirts and 2 pairs of jeans. I have the items available to be able to wear cute outfits or fun combinations I just…don’t.
I think this is true of many of us. After all, the average person only wears about 20% of their wardrobe regularly. I bet I’m closer to 10%, no exaggeration. I need to get out of my rut and learn to mix up my wardrobe.
My goal for this challenge is to wear an outfit inspired by one of my favorite bloggers every day for the next four weeks.
Additionally, my goal is to not re-wear the exact same outfit twice. This will be super hard to do when my beloved $7 t-shirt is freshly laundered.
My Source of Inspiration
I know, it’s easy to have mixed feelings about liketoknow.it and the consumer culture it pushes. Still, I’m appreciative to those ladies who hustle to put fashion inspiration out in the world for people like me to, well, copy.
A while back, I started using liketoknow.it in a different way.
I curated my feed (on liketoknow.it) to include the ladies whose tastes and/or budget were most similar to mine. Instead of clicking items and outfits with the intention of making a purchase, I scroll and I look for outfits I could create using clothes I already own.
I click the home button and the four squares in the top left corner, making my liketoknow.it feed show two outfits across. Looking at the feed this way ensures that you see everything that everyone you follow posted, not just the stuff you took screenshots of.
It’s almost like what Pinterest used to be for outfit ideas before it got flooded with millions of blog articles and the same 20 outfits were repinned over and over again.
Then I scroll, but not just aimlessly and not enviously. I scan each photo and think of my own closet. Do I have something in a similar color? Shape? Cut?
Much to my surprise, really making an active effort to view it as an inspiration app vs. a buying app has made me a lot happier with the clothing I already own.
So I decided to create a challenge for myself to take those outfits and put together my own version with my existing wardrobe.
Over the next four weeks I’ll be posting every Monday with what I wore the previous week and who inspired each outfit.
I’m calling it The #liftedherlook Challenge and I’ll be using that hashtag on Instagram to share some of my favorite outfits of the week and I’ll be tagging the bloggers or friends who inspired my looks. I’m pretty proud of myself that I found a hashtag that has no posts and also checks the good old alliteration box. Catchy, right?
My hope is that:
- Practicing putting my clothes together in new ways (even if they aren’t original ideas) will help me get better at doing it on my own.
- The people I’m “lifting” my look from are flattered and not pissed that I’m copying their outfits.
- I want to show that you don’t have to have an entire Nordstrom wardrobe to be stylish. Much of my wardrobe is from consignment stores, Poshmark, and nearly anything bought new was on super sale. I will probably share where I bought some items because I want to show you some of my best steals (and I love a good bargain brag).
If you’d like to join me, even if it’s just for a few days here or there, I’d encourage you to use the hashtag #liftedherlook and share who inspired your outfit.
Prepare yourself for an absurd number of mirror selfies!