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7X7 Challenge

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This may be a little weird, but I am not actually participating in this challenge. I don’t know why I’m not really doing it and just pretending to. Perhaps because these types of challenges thrill me and scare the crap out of me all at the same time.

But, since I’ve been light on posts lately, I wanted to bring your something.  Since I have the summer off from teaching I haven’t really been getting dressed in blog worthy outfits. And, I’m not just being modest. Most of the time, I hang about in my pajamas (cotton sleep pants and a t-shirt–sometimes matching, most often not.) Or, workout clothes (yoga pants, t-shirt) that may, or may not, have actually been worn to work out. The third outfit that I wear is my work uniform for my bartending job. When I do get dressed in something besides those three, I always take pictures to share with you!

O.K. A little background on the 7X7 Challenge, in case you aren’t familiar with them. The idea of this sort of challenge originated with Kendi’s 30X30 Challenge. At least that is what all the blogger’s claim and no one disputes it! The basis is that you challenge yourself to create outfits with a limited number of pieces from your closet. This stimulates creativity and often leads you towards outfits that you wouldn’t have ordinarily tried out. Some of those outfits are genius and others you may not want to photograph. But, it’s supposed to be fun and remind us all that we don’t always need to buy more clothes–we just need to use the ones we have! This challenge has been initiated by Putting Me Together and Ma Nouvelle Mode. Without further ado, here are the 7 pieces that I chose for this 7X7 Challenge.


From top L to R: Sleeveless printed tank: Target. Magenta cardigan: Target. White boatneck t-shirt: Old Navy. Black midi-skirt: Wal-Mart.
From bottom L to R: Patchwork shorts: Old Navy. Dark denim jeans: JC Penney. Greek sandals: Target.

As you may have noticed, most items in my wardrobe come from Target, Old Navy, JC Penney, NY&Co. and various other places from time to time.  It is no surprise then, that the 7 items that I have chosen are from those places.  But, I chose these items because I think that it represents items that most every woman has in her closet.  They may not be exact matches, but I think that everyone has a white t-shirt, blue jeans, black sandals, a colored cardigan and a black skirt.  The items that may not be representative of Everywoman’s closet are the printed shorts and watercolor tank.  But, I think that every woman has a pair of shorts and a sleeveless shirt!

There are some obvious outfits here, let’s not pretend that there aren’t.  Each of the tops can be mixed with each of the bottoms, resulting in 9 outfits.  Now, I wouldn’t necessarily want to mix the printed tank with the patchwork shorts, but one could if they felt so inclined. But, the goal here is to come up with just 7 outfits!  I think that trick to making it look like you are not wearing the same 6 pieces (7-1 pair of shoes) over and over again is to wear them differently, accessorize, and use hair and makeup to complete the look.  Oh, and I can’t say enough about rotating.  I probably wouldn’t wear the patchwork shorts two days in a row unless I was certain that I wouldn’t be seeing any of the same people.  I’ve also got a few other tricks up my sleeve that I will share with you as I present the 7 outfits.  But, you’ll have to stop back for that!


2 Responses to “7X7 Challenge”

  1. Teach in Style − 7X7 Challenge Outfits

    […] As I mentioned before, I’m not actually using these 7 pieces to create 7 outfits that I’ve worn over the past week.  To be honest, I came up with all of my outfits and took my pictures all in one morning.  BUT!  I hope that you will notice that I went to a lot of trouble to make each outfit feel very different and unique, as if I wore them on individual days.  I even tried to switch up my hairstyle and my lipstick to help create a certain feel for each outfit.  Lastly, I tried to think of some legitimate scenario’s in which I might wear each of these outfits.  I actually came up with 9 outfits, so I hope that you will forgive me!  First, let me recap you on the 7 pieces, in case you missed this post. […]

  2. Audrey @ Putting Me Together

    I love that you used closet basics that most women should have in their closet. And I totally agree with you about the accessorizing and the rotating! The rotating is so important for real life!

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