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Wear your wardrobe challenge

I was recently contacted by Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine from VoucherCodes.co.uk who kindly asked me if I wanted to be part of their research challenge, 'Wear Your Wardrobe'.  The Wear Your Wardrobe challenge came about as part of a report they commissioned to see how people are spending their money in these cash strapped times.  The report found that the average person in the UK has at least three unworn items in their wardrobe, usually totalling around £80 - enough for a whole new outfit.  The challenge was to pick out three unworn items from my wardrobe and, using a budget of £80, re-style them to give them a new lease of life and bring them out from where they've been hiding.

I'm embarrassed to say that I have a lot more than three unworn or barely worn items in my wardrobe.  The first item that came to mind was an H&M maxi dress I bought last summer and have never worn.  I didn't try it on and the halter-neck is just a little too low cut for me for to feel entirely comfortable.  Alongside this, I've always fancied trying the cropped top trend, but I really don't have the flat stomach to go with it.  This cropped top (£4, Primark) has meant my maxi dress has made its first outing from the wardrobe, and the straw hat (£4, Primark), gives it a festival-y feel.

Outfit additions: Salut t-shirt [£4]
and straw hat [£4], both Primark = £8

I have a lot of dresses in my wardrobe, many of which I haven't worn for at least six months.  The reason for several of these being pushed to the back of the wardrobe is that I just don't have the right thing to wear over the top of them.  There's nothing worse than getting dolled up, putting on a pretty dress and then having a black cardigan step in and steal all the pretty away! I knew a coloured blazer would solve this problem so I picked up this bargainous beauty from H&M for £19.99.  It looks perfect with my Missguided Aldara dress [£24.99] and I know it'll mean several more dresses can come out from their hiding place too.

Blazer: H&M - £19.99 = £19.99
Excited after my new coral blazer rode into my wardrobe on a proverbial white horse and relinquished an unloved dress from its slumber, I started to see the potential in other coloured blazers and picked up this cream blazer from Missguided to go with a dress I'd bought last year.  I bought this dress from boohoo.com last year for a wedding and ended up wearing something else and it's been sat in the wardrobe with the tags on ever since.  I love it with this blazer! 

Blazer: Missguided - £24.99 = £24.99
Although I enjoy the feeling of buying something new I rarely get a burst of excitement about a new item of clothing or pair of shoes.  However, I must admit that when I spotted these wedges in H&M I actually ran towards them.  I'd been after a pair of lace front wedges for such a long time and even as I sprinted towards them I was picturing how cute they'd look with this playsuit, bought from ASOS a few months ago and still bearing its price tags.

Wedges: H&M - £24.99 = £24.99

So there you have it, a grand total of £78 spent and rather than blowing it on a new outfit I've actually released four long forgotten items of clothing from the wardrobe.  Plus, my new blazers, wedges and cropped top will actually go with a whole host more items and mean I can bring more things out into circulation.

How many items do you have hanging in your wardrobe because you just don't have the right thing to wear with them? Or what have you bought recently that's meant you can now wear lots of long forgotten outfits?

Finally, watch out on Twitter for the hashtag - #vcukwearyourwardrobe - that's what other bloggers will be using to post their restyled looks.  And if you want to have a wardobe audit and breathe new life into some of your old outfits you can use it too :)




25 comments

  1. i love the purple dress!!x
    www.musicandmae.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. This is such a good idea! I've been clearing out my wardrobe and getting rid of everything I haven't worn recently so I haven't got anything to restyle! But a colourful blazer is definitely better than a black cardigan, it makes so much difference! xoxo

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    1. I never really realised until I did this how much it makes a difference but having worn a black cardigan over lots of dresses in the past it's so nice to have that smarter, more classy edge, especially with a pop of colour! X

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  3. The purple dress is gorgeous, and the cropped top and maxi skirt go really well together :)
    I think the idea of getting unworn things from your wardrobe and pairing them with new pieces is a fantastic idea x
    Sirens and Bells

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  4. i love the purple playsuit, its gorgeous and looks fantastic with the shoes!! great styling. :)

    http://loveandlifein.blogspot.com

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  5. ooh what a good project. I have loads of things to wear for a night out but not enough for work. Maybe adding a blazer with some of my dresses would make them more work suitable? hmmmm going to dig around my cupboards x

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  6. Love all of these outfits, especially the first one. I'm also guilty of having a wardrobe full of barely worn clothes. I often think i need Gok Wan or someone to come and style me with a few key pieces. Great idea :) x

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  7. Can't believe you don't wear these things, you look great! I'm a bit scared of actually counting the amount of unworn items in my wardrobe, but you've made me think I must!

    Emily x

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  8. This is such a good idea, and one that is really common sense but nobody ever uses their common sense when they meet thier wardrobe in the mornings (: I love that purple dress WEAR IT MORE hahaha. I'm scared to go back home and look in my wardrobe now because my mum is always telling me what I don't wear, I just deny everything (: xx

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  9. Ahh, these are so cute!
    I've been thinking about organizing a blogger swap meet or something, since it seems that we all have a lot of clothes that go unworn.
    This challenge is really cool though. I might have to make a post similar to this in the future.

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  10. This is a great idea! I love the crop top with a maxi dress. You may have just helped me to find a way to wear them and I never thought us be able to get away with crop tops! I also need a light or bright blazer. I don't have much in my wardrobe that hasn't been work these days. I used to have loads but over the last 3 years I've bought a house and paid for our wedding and it's made me a lot more frugal. X

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  11. Love that purple dress with the blazer, it's so pretty!

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  12. I'm also guilty for pushing things away in my wardrobe and forgetting about them. I loved the coloured blazers! Hoping I can find some similar to brighten up my summer wardrobe!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  13. You look stunning in every outfit lovely! This was such a fun challenge, definitely taught me a thing or two about how to shop smarter! xo

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  14. Loving all your picks to re energise your wardrobe. I have quite a compact wardrobe, and in all honesty, only have 2 items which don't get worn very much, but they're the kind of things that I wouldn't get rid of- one very pale chiffon maxi dress, bought for a summer wedding, and that will remain in my wardrobe for any other such occasions, and one black floorlength evening dress which I've worn to a few black tie events, and have made reattachable customised embellishments for so I can change it up a bit. Again, it's going nowhere, because it's a life saver!

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  15. I've been having a wardrobe sort out recently, and I've seen so many things in there that I never wear, a lot still with their tags on! This definitely makes me want to try and get some wear out of them! x

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  16. Love love love that first outfit!
    And the H&M wedges are a TREAT,

    Rosie x

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  17. In love with the first outfit x

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  18. Such a good idea! I really love how you've styled the maxi dress with the cropped t shirt , and I love the wedges in the last photo! xx

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  19. I have to do this, great challenge since I am always strapped for cash
    badbarbara.com

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  20. This is a fab idea - I love all your outfits!
    Particularly impressed with the maxi/crop top combo. I also struggle to style my maxis and crops seperately, so will definitely be trying this! =)
    xx
    emsipop.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Now this is a great idea. I'm running to my wardrobe right now. I know for a fact there are loads of things in there that have never been worn! xx

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  22. Wow, I love this and may need to do this with my own wardrobe. More often than not I just end up donating the unworn items after a year or two. It's time to try something new.

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  23. This challenge is SUCH a good idea! Definitely inspiring me to dig out some forgotten items!

    karen joanne xx

    www.littlekjf.blogspot.com

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