Monday, March 26, 2018

The 5x5 Style Challenge: Part 1


Hi! Today I'm sharing half of my first ever 5x5 style challenge! If you're accustomed to capsule wardrobes and lean towards organization in most things, a challenge likes this may be child's play for you. However, as a last-minute-spontaneous-hotmess there's a modicum of emotional danger in challenges such as these. Then I saw Ruth from My Little Nest inviting others to join her and her blogging friends in the Instagram challenge so I decided to reach out to her for more details. Why not??  It was a rainy evening and I had some free time. How hard could it be??


What is the 5x5 challenge?

So in case you're like me and miss out on details, let me take a paragraph to tell you what this challenge is. You simply choose 5 main pieces from your closet...pants, tops, dresses etc that coordinate well together.  Then you style those pieces accordingly changing up your looks, adding accessories along the way over the course of five days.

Here's my main FIVE:


  1. One burgundy dress.
  2. My favorite ripped up green denim
  3. My grey leather coated jeans
  4. My plaid top
  5. My black and white Striped turtleneck. 


Day 1: Purple Dress




Day one begins and I'm excited to start the challenge. Already an idea forms as I glance out to see dreary clouds... a certain pink rain coat hangs in my closet begging to be used. It's spring. It's time.  A friend gave it to me after cleaning out her closet and I'm happy to find new life in cast offs.  From there I pull out my leopard tights and reach for my moto boots.

I add a ring and then I can't stop. Last month I participated in a gift exchange hosted by the Blended Blog and I was paired up with the sweet Andrea from Living On Cloud Andrea Nine. Some of the rings pictured above were in my surprise box. The gifts that keep on giving. ;)  Hop on over HERE and check out more details if you haven't seen the full review.

Outfit Breakdown
Dress: Hand-Me-Down
Jacket: Hand-Me-Down
Boots: Thrifted
Tights: Old
Shades: Shop NYC
Necklace: EXACT
Flower Ring: EXACT

Outfit 2: Plaid Top & Coated Denim


I love how this outfit turned out, but the road getting there proved more challenging that I imagined. The pants and top were fine but the finishing touches were driving me crazy, especially the shoes!

Once again the day started dreary and cold so I spent a chunk of time changing out cardigans, blazers etc to achieve a desirable look. With the chilly weather I wanted to wear socks as well, so I added my argyle gray socks and continued the bottom-half-monochromatic look with my grey oxfords.

Didn't like it. Everything about this next picture is wrong...and comical...here I am wedging myself in the corner to get out of the glare and the shoes are a no.


STILL NO...


Wow! Shoes can make or break an outfit! That's why I changed them as soon as I returned home and then went for a cupcake and round two of pictures...


Outfit Breakdown
Cardigan: LOFT Old
Plaid Top: Francescas
Coated Denim: WHBM
Shoes: Altar'd State
Purse: The GAP



Ok my friends, that's probably a lot for today so stay tuned for the final three outfits in the next post! Hope you join me again and click HERE for a list of the fabulous bloggers I'm linking up with this week!

Chrissy
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26 comments

  1. You chose such pretty pieces Chrissy and you wear them so well! I about killed myself doing a clothing challenge back in the Fall - I am a mood dresser. 5 pieces in 5 days sounds much more doable - love your first 2 outfits - gorgeous as ever my friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thank you kindly, Kellyann! How long did your challenge last?? I remember when you did that and thought you did a great job. And I am with you all the way on the mood dresser!!

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  2. You took the challenge and ran with it girl! Can’t wait for the other outfits! LOVE the rings on you, they called out “Chrissy” to me! I especially love the plaid and you all cupcake kissing and animated.....super CUTE! Happy Monday beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I've lost track of the amount of times I've worn those rings...they are now a jewelry staple! And thank you for the outfit love. I struggled!! Hope you're having a fabulous week!! :)

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  3. I once again just love your jewelry...
    I need more staples in my closet to interchange & combine in new ways

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    1. Thank you Rebecca Jo! It has taken me a long time to acquire a good staple foundation...now that i'm finally there, everything's changing up on me! lol! :)

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  4. This is one challenge I'm not sure I could do, Chrissy!! But if I did, I'd come to you for advice.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Haha! I know you can do...you would just go all out with accessories and lip color! ;)

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  5. Wow! This is quite the challenge! I think this would really be a hard one to do. I know capsules are really popular, but 5 pieces is really small to work with for a while week! Can't wait to see what you do! Love that first look with the pink jacket! I use to have a very similar jacket. Wish I still had it.

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    1. Thank you Ronnie! And I've lost count on the amount of items I got rid of and wish I still have. lol. :)

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  6. I think you totally rocked it! It's such a fun challenge and it really let's you think and see what your wardrobe looks like! That pink coat is probably my favorite!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Thank you Ruth for encouraging me to join in, as well as encouraging me along the way! And that pink coat is so old - even better, right??

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  7. You have a great shoe taste! Lovely challenge!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Fashion is always blast, isn't it??

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  8. Those challenges are so much fun! Love your first two outfits and I agree, shoes can make or break an outfit sometimes.

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    1. Haha! I agree though I may wait awhile for my next one. And thank you! I truly struggled with these...I was probably over thinking it. I hope you're week is off to a great start! :)

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  9. haha, that cupcake gif, too cute. Maybe next time I'll do it with you!

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    1. Thank you ! And that would be great and if you hear of one send me a message...I don't know. I just might be tempted...but not for 30 days! haha.

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  10. You've given me food for thought - I love this idea, I'm going to maybe give it a try out! Many thanks, and also for linking up on #chicandstylish party. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. It was my pleasure...count me as a regular on your blog. :)

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  11. I absolutely love that pink jacket!!

    Thanks for linking up at Top of the World Style!

    Bethany | www.CuteCapsuleLife.com

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    1. Thank you Bethany for stopping by! :)

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  12. This would be an interesting challenge. You pulled it off perfectly! I love those coated jeans on you, I have a pair in black. Love your rings too!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jess! I actually had the coated jeans in black originally but returned them, re-purchased them while visiting family in another state and when I finally got around to wearing them they didn't fit!! lol. I tried to exchange them for another pair but they only had the grey in my size. Lesson learned. :)

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  13. That pink coat is great! Love it for spring

    http://www.michellespaige.com/

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  14. Girl I am so glad you jumped in on the 5x5 challenge! I always love them and its so great to see how others mix and match their pieces! Hope you can join us for the next one too!
    xo

    Katrina

    http://www.katrinagwenrose.com

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