“Wearing it twice” challenge. . . again

by Matilda


 

Belinda already had her say about this challenge we did for Instagram and now it is my turn. The idea behind the challenge is to wear an item of clothing two days in a row. We did include shoes, because if your item is too dirty to wear again, you are in trouble. Wearing a dress or a jumpsuit can also be problematic if you have to wear it twice, but style it differently.

We started the challenge on the first of October and now we are going into our final four days of the challenge. I started off by really enjoying the process. Thinking of how I can re-wear an item and not have the outfits look the same. I am also trying not to wear an item again after I’ve already styled it twice. This is the real challenge for me. I wore my favourite outfits the first two weeks and then I had to really think about what I was going to wear. I also like to plan at least a week ahead, taking into account what is going to happen in my week.

If I’m being totally honest, I have to admit that I liked the planning of wearing items twice more than actually wearing them twice. Our region was hit with a heatwave and we were very sweaty. So you can imagine that we didn’t feel very fresh. If we ever do this challenge again, we should do it in the winter.

Because we decided to do this challenge for a whole month I had another problem. I found it difficult to say something original about #wearingitagain for the umpteenth time on Instagram. I became very predictable and uninspiring. I am very grateful for the kind Instagram community that we are a part of. Up to now they have been very forbearing.

I can truly say that this is a fun challenge, but would be better kept for cooler weather. Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to say on Instagram about #wearingittwice for another two days. Thank goodness that I share this responsibility with Belinda.

Matilda xo

“Wearing it Twice” Challenge

by Belinda


 

If you follow us on Instagram, you will know that Matilda and I are fond of doing challenges. We love to push ourselves where fashion is concerned. Neither one of us, has any kind of training or history of working in the fashion industry. We are just a couple of moms who got bored with life and decided to join Social Media, and share our journey with fashion very publicly! Scary!!! We know, but we’re anything but shy of a challenge, so the challenges we set out to do every month on IG, reflect how we feel on the inside – Doing it afraid!

We were inspired by someone else’s feed, who was #wearing it again. I don’t remember exactly who that was, but it gave us an idea of wearing an item of clothing from the previous day, again. We decided to include shoes in this challenge. For that, I’m so grateful. You will see that on Day 4, I wore cream culottes. They did not look great at the end of the day, so I wore my slides again the following day instead.

I think a large part of the ‘challenge’ in #wearing it again, is that we are in summer and we are literally wearing one layer. It’s also been so darn hot this month. We started with a few cooler days, but literally since the third day, it’s been sweltering. I have tried my best to stay cool and not get sweaty. We all know, there’s nothing worse in summer, than rewearing smelly clothes. Hence the reason we made the decision to include shoes as part of the ‘rewear it’ wardrobe.

What, if anything, has this challenge taught me so far?

It’s really not necessary to wash clothing as often as I do. If it’s not dirty, hang the item up on a hanger to air overnight, and place it back in the cupboard the next day. This will definitely help the environment. I haven’t read any statistics, but can you just imagine if every household of 2-4 people could do one load of washing less per week, what the positive impact of that could be on the environment? Less water, less electricity, less product in the water to be cleaned. Less waste all around. This excites me, even if I found no other reason.

But I did. People don’t notice that you’re wearing the same garment again. You create a totally new outfit with the piece you decide to rewear, so no-one specifically commented that I’m wearing it again. The only person so far to notice that I wore anything again, was my daughter who still lives at home. She works as a chef and gets so sweaty and hot in the kitchen. She asked if my white lacy top, didn’t smell too bad. I told her I didn’t exert myself at all whilst wearing it, so no, I didn’t feel grubby wearing it again. She did give me a sniff, and then remarked I smelt like perfume. She wasn’t kidding. I have been dousing myself a bit, to ensure there are no odours.

Another thing I noticed is that whereas I planned quite a bit in the beginning of the month, I’m now just winging it. Each evening, I decide what item I’m going to rewear, and the following morning, I make a snap decision. It’s been rather fun doing it this way. I do find though, that if I know something is coming up in the week, and I have an idea of what outfit I’d like to wear that day, I do then plan accordingly.

I will possibly have more to share on this challenge by the end of October, on lessons learned and conscious fashion changes I will probably want to make, but for now, I’m taking it day by day.

Belinda xo