31X31

Once again, I am going to be participating in Mission: Put Together for the month of May. RA added a new (voluntary) twist this year of a 31X31 challenge, which is to choose 31 items to create 31 outfits for the 31 days of M:PT. I decided to sort-of participate in the 31X31 challenge this year, although with my limited maternity wardrobe, I’m likely not going to hit all of the individual 31 challenges. (Mixing patterns and ruffles on a weekend are two challenges I probably won’t meet.) But I actually don’t think it’ll be too tough keeping my wardrobe within the 31 items… there’s actually a chance I won’t even get to every item of clothing I have here.

Here are my personal 31X31 guidelines:

  • Counting in my 31 items: tops, pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, cardigans, blazers, shoes.
  • Limiting myself to 13 accessories (not including my “everyday jewelry” — watch, wedding and engagement ring, tanzanite ring, swarovski stud earrings).
  • Not included in 31 items: workout clothes, underthings (including camisoles and socks), loungewear and pajamas, everyday jewelry, jackets and coats that go over the actual outfit and come off indoors.
  • Pregnancy exception: If I truly outgrow something on the list during the month of May (not just get tired of it, but I actually cannot wear it anymore — this may happen with pants or jeans, since I only have the “underbelly” styles), I can do a one-for-one swap. I’ll let you know if/when this happens.

And here’s my list of items (I didn’t have time to take photos):

[4/30/13 -- Updated because my LOFT order arrived, so I changed a few things. But it's not May 1 yet!!]

Pants and Shorts:
1. Black GAP pants
2. Grey GAP pants
3. Old Navy jeans
4. Seraphine black shorts

Skirts and Dresses:
5. Old Navy grey foldover skirt
6. Seraphine black pencil skirt
7. Seraphine jean skirt
8. Motherhood Maternity pattern dress
9. LOFT black polka dot dress (ordered – if this doesn’t fit, will swap out with something else) (It fits! Hurrah!)
10. Old Navy purple maxi press
11. Old Navy navy eyelet dress
12. Old Navy orange eyelet dress

Tops:
13. Pea in the Pod black modal 3/4 sleeve shirt
14. Pea in the Pod blue modal SS shirt
15. Pea in the Pod green modal SS shirt
16. Motherhood Maternity grey circle blouse
17. Motherhood Maternity black dot blouse
18. LOFT patterned shirt (ordered – if this doesn’t fit, will swap out for something else) (Turns out, this was black and beige, not black and white, which made it super boring. It’s getting returned.) Banana Republic blue lace shell. (This is non-maternity, so we’ll see how far into the month this shirt actually makes it, but I don’t plan to take advantage of the “pregnancy exception” above for this one.)
19. Motherhood Maternity black tank
20. Old Navy aqua and white stripe tee
21. Old Navy pink pattern tank

Cardigans and Blazers:
22. J Crew Factory black open cardigan
23. J Crew Factory purple open cardigan
24. Old Navy maternity white crew-neck cardigan (ordered – if this doesn’t fit, will swap out for something else)
25. NY&Co grey open cardigan
26. NY&Co black blazer
27. NY&Co grey blazer

Shoes:
28. Black wedges (Calvin Klein)
29. Black flats (I may swap these out for a different pair of shoes if I don’t need these for my dresses.) (Anne Klein) (Don’t need it with my new dress, so I’m taking these out.) Land End Canvas turquoise cardigan. (okay, yes, this should be in the category above, but I didn’t feel like screwing with my numbering)
30. Red heels (Calvin Klein)
31. Black flip flops (Reef)

13 accessories:
1. turquoise rocks necklace (Francesca’s Collections)
2. blue ball necklace (Banana Republic)
3. pearl earrings (gift)
4. gold link necklace (Limited – I think)
5. gold disc earrings (also Limited – I think)
6. grey stone necklace (Banana Republic)
7. grey stud earrings (gift)
8. black station necklace (made by Adam’s mom)
9. black drop earrings (Old Navy)
10. coral bead necklace (NY&Co)
11. black & turquoise bead necklace (made by Adam’s mom)
12. red pattern scarf (J Crew Factory)
13. purple pattern scarf (J Crew Factory)

My maternity work wardrobe is pretty boring, on purpose. My work clothes are almost entirely black and grey, with some jewel-toned tops and cardigans. It’s pretty expensive to build a whole new work wardrobe from scratch, which is essentially what I had to do since my previously pregnant friends who were also my size didn’t work in business-wear offices. I was able to get one of the dresses at a consignment sale, but I’ve relied mostly on Old Navy, GAP, Pea in the Pod, and Motherhood Maternity (almost everything on sale). I splurged on a few Seraphine items (with coupon codes), because I was having a terrible time finding a pair of shorts or a pencil skirt that fit me properly and, well, the jean skirt is just cute and it’s hard to feel cute while pregnant. Anyway, I kept my work wardrobe pretty boring in the hopes it’d somehow be less obvious I was wearing the same things over and over and over again. (Also, dark colors are less likely to highlight the bump.)

I ended up putting jeans on the list, because it’s been a bit cool lately. They are not exactly comfortable anymore as my belly has gotten bigger in the last few weeks, but I refuse to buy a pair over the over-belly style jeans when it’s going to be 90 degrees here any day now. I know as soon as I’d spend the money on that, I’d never get to wear them again. So, I’m hoping I won’t have to wear them in May (or ever again this pregnancy), but there’s a good chance I will, so I put them on there.

I probably should have had another pair of casual shoes on there other than my Reefs, but those are the casual shoes I wear pretty much all summer. My black flats aren’t really all that comfortable, but they are on there until the LOFT dress arrives in the mail and I can see whether I can wear it with heels or not. Maternity dresses tend to be a few inches above the knee on me, which I feel is a little bit short for my office, but wearing them with flats helps to balance that out a bit by not elongating my legs so much. I’m hoping I can swap those out for either my turquoise flats or another pair of nicer sandals, though. (Updated: I swapped them out for… another cardigan. Let’s hope that it’s not too chilly for flip flops on the weekends!)

That’s it! Challenge starts on Wednesday, so you have a few days to join in on the fun!

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  1. RA

    I am mega impressed that you are including shoes and limiting your accessories! Go, you! I hope you can make mixing patterns work! Throw a scarf over a dress, maybe?

    • Stephanie

      Now I just need to remember how to upload photos to Flickr! I may see if there’s an app for my phone that I can test out… that would be so much easier than taking pics with the bulky camera every day.