Ever wish you had a personal stylist at your fingertips? Wouldn’t that be nice?
You likely have loads of resources to which you refer for style inspiration. Blogs, magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, and window-shopping, to name a few. But then it’s a whole lot of work to bring all those inspiration resources together in a way that’s streamlined and easy to implement from the comfort of your own closet.
Many of you have heard me talk about my experiences with the Get Your Pretty On Style Challenges. To date, I’ve participated in three: the 2015 Work Wear Challenge, the 2015 Fall Challenge and the 2015 Winter Challenge.
Through the end of January, Alison, the “head stylist” of GYPO, is offering an annual membership to those interested in participating. The 2016 annual membership includes access to all four of the 2016 seasonal challenges at a discounted price compared to the price of joining each one individually. It also includes a few other perks like a Master Class on choosing your own colors, a copy of her ebook, and access to all four 2015 seasonal challenges for a whole slew of past outfit ideas to spark your style juices.
I’ve received a few questions from readers about whether or not they think they should participate, particularly from readers who haven’t yet tried any of the style challenges. I thought I’d offer a few points to consider when making this decision.
The Facebook groups are great. They’re filled with lots of positive women encouraging others to explore new style forays and cheering them on along their journeys.
The outfit compilations provide many great ideas that cannot only be copied verbatim but can also be used to inspire looks from your own closet. Alison uses all the pieces in many ways and provides style tips with each outfit, so the remixing ideas and style pointers aren’t held prisoner to only the exact outfits she designs.
The outfits are fairly simple with just a few accessories for each outfit. Simplicity isn’t a bad thing, not at all. I think this is great for everyday application to real life and perfect for women early in their style (or style rediscovery) journey.
Also, you won’t see outfits incorporating heavy doses of the latest funky trends or unique style schemes (no genres like uber minimalist, hipster, or vintage). The style ideas are classic with a touch of trend, which for most of us, is just perfect.
Alison really focuses on teaching participants to remix their pieces in a lot of different ways. That means that some pieces are included in several outfits, often within the same week. I don’t mind wearing a pair of pants a couple of times before I wash them. But if you wash everything after each wear and want to follow each day’s outfit exactly, you’ll be doing a decent amount of laundry.
As a full-time corporate mom, I spend most of my dressed days in work wear attire. The four seasonal challenges are very casual. All four outfits above were inspired by casual combinations from the Winter Style Challenge. But if you want these style challenges to work for you at the office, you’ll need to make some modifications and get a little creative.
Sometimes, modifications can be as simple as exchanging trousers for jeans or tights and a sweater dress for leggings and a tunic. But it’s not always an easy restyle, especially if you’re intending to have someone really do the heavy lifting of exactly laying out your outfits each day. That being said, there are several women who participate and modify most of the outfits for work, so it’s far from an impossible task.
Alison offers a Work Wear Challenge each fall (starting in August or so each year) that’s not included in this Annual Membership. If you really want to focus just on work wear style, I’d recommend holding off on the Annual Membership and signing up for the Work Wear Challenge instead.
More Thoughts and Reflections
I’ve shared more about the Style Challenges in the past. If you’re still on the fence, check out my post about Spending to Save on Style.
Of course, you can always leave questions in the comments or shoot me an email and I’d be happy to provide an honest opinion based on my experience.
Last but not least, don’t forget to link up your style for this week. I can’t believe, after over a year of link-ups every Monday, I totally forgot last Monday to set it up. Life must be a little crazy…
Thanks, in advance, for stopping by this week to link up your outfits!
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