Today I want to introduce you to a new series on Into Mind: The monthly wardrobe challenge. The basic idea of this series is to use the annual cycle of events and seasons, from the beginning of fall to the summer, as an opportunity to examine our wardrobe from one particular angle each month.
I originally wanted to do this just for myself: choose a monthly theme to focus on when building my own wardrobe, but then I thought you guys might like to join in as well :)
Here's how it works:
Each monthly wardrobe challenge will consist of one theme, a set of questions to think about and a few small assignments that you can casually do throughout the month. The challenges won't require a structured, hands-on approach - instead, the idea is to really get you thinking in-depth about a certain overarching aspect of your personal style or your wardrobe and help you prepare for yearly events, like the holiday season or the beginning of summer. If you want to participate, I recommend you read through the questions and assignments at the beginning of each month, but don't try to answer them straight away. Print them out or carry them in a note on your phone and then gradually, throughout the month, add your own ideas and notes.
The theme for November is ... function. If you have read some of my other posts, you probably already know that I believe a good wardrobe needs to not only express your personal style 100%, but also be 'fully functional'. Form AND function. Both are non-negotiables. But what exactly does a functional wardrobe consist of? In essence, functionality means that something, whether it is piano or a pencil, fulfils a certain demand or a job. Your wardrobe's job is to protect you from wind and weather, keep you comfortable and provide you with an outfit for every occasion. Sounds basic, but in reality curating a fully functional wardrobe is easier said than done, especially if you raise the bar and stop accepting 'good enough's and 'ok for now's. November is a great month to focus on the fuctionality of your wardrobe, because the fickle/windy/wet/cold weather will help you spot any functional shortcomings just in time for the winter. I will occasionally be updating you guys on my thoughts and progress for this month's challenge on Facebook. Feel free to post your own progress as well!