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5 Fashion Challenges to Mix Up Your Wardrobe & Save Money


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Have you ever heard of a fashion challenge? They’re tasks that bloggers, fashionistas, or anyone sick and tired of their wardrobe can use to stretch new limits, try new trends, and make old items look new again.

When I first heard about fashion challenges, I loved the idea. It’s an amazing way to restyle the clothes you already have so you’re less likely to buy new ones. It’s perfect for those who are budget-conscious about fashion, and can help you rediscover old items in your wardrobe. In my case, a fashion challenge was the perfect way to clean out my closet.

Fashion Challenge Ideas

Participating in a fashion challenge is a fun way for you and your friends to think outside of the box – or inside the closet – when it comes to your clothes. If you don’t already have a social networking page or blog to document your outfits, get together with friends and start a private Facebook page for your ideas. That way, you’ll get the motivation you need to try new outfits without publishing all of your exploits publicly.

Here are some super fun and smart ways to remix your wardrobe using a fashion challenge:

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1. “30-Day Remix” Challenge
How about challenging your friends to a 30-day remix? Here’s how it works: You each choose 30 pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories from your current wardrobe, remembering that shoes, scarves, and jackets all count toward your limit. After you’ve grabbed your 30 items (which should be some of the most versatile items in your closet), snap a picture and begin remixing.

Each day, you have to wear an outfit made up of your items. It’s fun because it makes you see different pieces of clothing in new roles: A dress can suddenly be worn as a skirt, or a scarf can be worn in the hair, around the neck, or as a belt. Each day, snap a picture of your outfit and upload it for your friends so you can swap ideas. At the end of 30 days, you’ll be surprised at your level of creativity – or simply glad that you’ve cleared out space in your closet.

2. “Shopping Ban” Challenge
Every April, I put myself on a shopping ban – I usually like to hit the sales over Memorial Day, so I need to curb my spending and pad my bank account in preparation.

That’s why a shopping ban challenge can be so fun. Not only will it save you tons of cash on your shopping budget, but it gives you a chance to actually wear the clothes you have in your closet – you know, like the old pair of shorts you forgot you had, or that jacket that still has the tags. Whether you do it to save for another sale, or just because funds are tight, a buying ban can be fun when you involve your friends or post about it on your blog.

3. “Less Than $50” Challenge
Have you ever wondered how to look like a million bucks without a huge budget? Enter the “less than $50” challenge. Of course, you and your friends can adjust the price limit up or down as needed. The aim is to set a price limit, and then wear an outfit every day that comes in under budget. It’s up to you whether you count shoes and handbags in the total, but I think that’s all part of the fun.

This is a great way to prove that you don’t have to spend a ton to look great, and it might teach you to incorporate lower-priced items into your wardrobe more often. Swapping and thrift store shopping is totally encouraged, so call up your friends and start putting together some outfits.

Swapping Thrift Store Shopping

4. “Create a Collection” Challenge
Recently, a local retailer asked if I would come and review their store. They gave me a set budget to buy any outfit I wanted, and then I was to write up a blurb about it on my blog. Sweet deal, right?

Here’s the thing: The store had a ton of merchandise, and if I lost my head and splurged, I could have come home with 10 different pieces that didn’t do much for my wardrobe. So I challenged myself to purchase everything in a “collection.” Buying items in a collection means you grab pieces that can all be worn together in different combinations, which maximizes your purchases. So grab some friends, set a budget, and then shop for a 5- or 10-piece collection.

5. “Week Without” Challenge
Do you have a fashion crutch that you tend to use to stay safe? Maybe you’re obsessed with navy, or you can’t live a day without your trusty ballet flats. Instead of staying in your comfort zone, participate in a “week without” fashion challenge. Choose one thing you wear far too often and remove it from the table.

Once you’ve done that, take your time thinking outside the box to create new outfits. For instance, I once saw a fashion blog host a “Week Without Neutrals” challenge, and it was fun to see what the participants came up with when they couldn’t use khaki, black, or brown. It was eye-opening, and I snagged plenty of inspiration for my own closet.

Final Word

Taking part in a fashion challenge can help you save a few bucks by re-imagining the items you already own, while making it look like you’re wearing a completely new outfit every day. What better way to challenge yourself and your friends, and get a new wardrobe in the process?

Have you ever taken part in a fashion challenge? What other ideas do you have for mixing up your wardrobe?

Jacqueline Curtis writes about edtech, finance, marketing, and small business strategy. With over 14 years of copywriting experience, she's created content and scripting for organizations such as GE, Walgreens, Overstock, and MasterCard. She lives in Utah with her husband, three kids, and an overzealous springer spaniel named Penelope.