Something fun: #ShopWhatYouGot challenge

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I’ve been shopping up a storm lately. This is partly because my body is changing and clothes that fit me perfectly last month – hello Old Navy Skinny Rock Star jeans! – now fall off if I don’t wear a belt and partly because I’m like a kid in a candy store. It’s been so long since I could walk into any store at the mall and buy all of the pretty things from the window because they will all fit my body. Unless you’ve been there, you wouldn’t understand.

In any case, I’ve definitely gone overboard and it’s time to stop, appreciate what I have, and really figure out what more – if anything – I need, clothing-wise. To that end, I’ve decided to participate in the Shop What You Got challenge, created by iCurvy. The rules are fairly simple: pick 30 pieces from your closet and then mix and match only those pieces for your outfits for the month of November. Specifically, shoes, scarves, and belts are included in the 30 pieces but jewelry isn’t. Weather-specific clothing is also not included, nor are night clothes, gym wear, or undergarments of any sort.

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So, what did I choose for my 30 days?

Jean jacket
Brown pleather moto jacket
Grey flannel blazer

Brown bow belt (same style as pictured, but plain brown with faux croc texture)
Brown plain belt

Black & white spotted pumps
Gold wedges
Cocoa/tan ballet flats
Black ballet flats

White, short-sleeved, v-neck tee (no longer on Walmart website)
White, long-sleeved tee
Navy, 3/4-sleeved tee (same color and style as the link but with 3/4 sleeves)
Navy, long-sleeved tee
Heather grey tee
Bright pink tee
Chambray button-down shirt
Deniim snap-fasten shirt
White Oxford shirt
Grey/black tunic
Black & white striped tee (no longer on Chico’s website)

Maroon, puff-sleeved
Oatmeal, leather-trimmed

Red dress with leopard collar (like this one except mine has a leopard print collar)
Grey dress

Dark skinny jeans (with a belt)
Black ponte pants
Grey knit pants

Long striped
Navy stripe (short)
Black ponte flared

I’m declaring up front that I’ll be incorporating my Gwynnie Bee pieces when they come in, but I’ll pair them with items from the list of 30, including shoes, and I’ll add whatever number of days I wear Gwynnie pieces on to the end of this challenge. So, if I receive six Gwynnie outfits between now and November 30th then I’ll keep going with Shop What You Got until December 6. If you want to check out my daily outfits, I’ll be posting to my Instagram feed. You can also follow the hashtag #ShopWhatYouGot to see how the other participants are doing.

It’s only Day 3 and already I’m wondering how I’ll make these pieces work for every occasion, but I’m up for the challenge! What about you? If I challenged you to go to your closet right now and choose only 30 pieces of clothing to wear until December, what would you grab???


    Great idea! I actually haven’t bought much because I know the size won’t be staying too long so I buy just enough to get by.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your experience with Gynnie Bee. Have a great rest of the week!


      Kay Lynn,

      I LOVE Gwynnie Bee and they are really saving my life as I drop through sizes unpredictably. I can do all of the trends with Gwynnie and spend my clothing budget on more classic pieces that can be part of my wardrobe for a while. I’m also shopping the sales like a pro now – I am far more patient now about waiting for a great piece to go on sale and knowing that if it’s meant to be then it will go on sale eventually.

      See you on Saturday and let’s definitely do coffee!