30×30 Summer Remix: Wrap Up

Is it weird that this process has been extremely cathartic for me? I’ve been holding my breath on the 30×30 for YEARS and now I feel like I can breathe. I had so many fears going into it and I can successfully say none of them came true. Ya’ll didn’t hate me for returning to it, or question me for abandoning it and I didn’t get stressed out this time like I did in prior years. But I did learn some things that surprised me! So let’s get to that:

I had a few questions on why I picked the pieces I did or the colors I did, because seemingly they don’t ‘go’ together. AKA why did you put a bright yellow maxi in the remix? Ha! I get it, I do. The bright yellow maxi doesn’t go very well with a light pink dress or red heels but the main reason I did a nice mix of items was because that is what a regular closet looks like. My theory is that your closet doesn’t have to be all one color for it to be remixable. Don’t get me wrong — capsule wardrobes make a lot of sense, especially if you want a chic and classic wardrobe that is essentially a no-brainer for getting dressed. But for someone like me, someone who is immediately drawn to color and pattern and just all the wild things — my closet isn’t JUST grey, black and white. It’s yellow and light pink and green and blur and every other color you can imagine. I don’t want to be intimidated by these choices that I made when purchasing an item because obviously I like it or I wouldn’t have bought it. So I wanted to challenge myself to really use those bolder, brighter or perhaps even more difficult pieces. Does that make sense? I hope it does! It’s quite hard putting your own philosophy into words sometimes.

I should mention that this was also a personal challenge for myself. I love remixing and rewearing items in different ways but I knew I was a bit rusty at it. Admittedly, very rusty. I didn’t want to start off with easy pieces; no I wanted to start off with harder pieces on purpose. I was up for the challenge. In fact, remixing like this is actually how I get better at learning how to style pieces and learning what I truly love to wear. It’s kind of weird admitting this because I know so much of “influencers” content and blogging these days is so planned out and perfect. And I LOVE planned out and perfect. I love a perfectly executed outfit and beautiful editorial style post. But this challenge wasn’t about that; I didn’t feel like every single outfit was a knock out of the park. And in a way, I knew this going into it and probably why it’s taken me so long to do this again. I am an absolute perfectionist to my core. And I’m a little neurotic, so high standards and higher expectations is what I run on. I needed this challenge. I need to remind myself that it’s good to create, even if it’s not the best. It’s okay to make a mistake, it’s okay if you aren’t batting your best average (I’m not a baseball fan — is this the correct phrase? Fix it for me if it’s not. Lol.) You get where I’m going with this — no? I was just telling Bryan the other day how it would be really hard to start as a blogger now because everything feels like it needs to be expert level. And while I do feel like an expert blogger since I’m going on my 10th year at this — 10 years of THIS. WILD. — Sometimes it’s just nice to feel brand new at something again.

Who knew a silly closet challenge could bring around such deep thoughts?

*raises hand*

If you are thinking at this point that I name every piece of clothing I own and talk to the pieces as if they were real, you’re not wrong.

Okay so now that the deep thoughts are out of the way, let’s get to the fun part!

My Most Loved Pieces

My favorite pieces from the remix are above! I obviously loved this floral maxi skirt, the floral mini skirt, this eyelet blouse, the Madewell pull on shorts, the Everlane dress and the Old Navy one shoulder top. The one that surprised me the most? This Eyelet Blouse. It’s so simple but I’ve loved it and I just feel good when wearing it. I also love this one shoulder linen top — this best top for when you need to feel just a little bit dressy and it added another element to my tops that I didn’t quite have. I love the versatility of this button down but I think for quality sake I would go with one from Madewell next time I’m in the market for a button down.

My Least Used Pieces

I won’t say least loved because I don’t feel that way. Sometimes you love something but you just don’t’ wear it over and over again. It feels unfair to say less loved. It’s like picking your least favorite child and then just calling them less loved. Rude.

Everlane Red Heels – These red heels I tossed in as a throwback and you know what? I just didn’t reach for them much. Here is why I think this was the case: They are such a specific red (less orange red like my old ones!) and I just think that I prefer a neutral or black shoe lately. No shade thrown towards the red heels, I just didn’t really remember to use them. Go figure. This is definitely a statement piece that you want to have on hand, but it may not be the item you reach for every day. A good item to include but it’s definitely a specific look that I just didn’t gravitate towards this go-round.

The Leopard Tank – I wouldn’t say this one was a mistake because on paper it goes with so many of my bottom choices— the Madewell shorts, the white jeans, the trousers, the denim shorts. But I just simply did not reach for it to wear over and over. Again, it’s kind of one of those things where had I reached for it, the top itself would have remixed well. I think next time to have a few more bottom options that would feel less ‘basic’ and more fun with a top like this would be key for me to use this more.

The Pullover Sweater – Alright, alright — you can say it now. You can say ‘I told you so, Kendi’ I call this my best intentions sweater. I wanted to layer it more than I did and yes, I should have seen this coming but our summer started off cool and I was thinking more ‘spring’ than Texas summer. Can’t blame me for having the best of intentions for this sweater because I love layering a light sweater with sweaters, over dresses, skirts, etc. But I should have done this a bit earlier for it to really work and make sense. I probably would have subbed a pair of straight jeans for this instead, if I had to re-do it all. Or had this in my spring remix! Next time 🙂

What I Will Change Next Time

Okay so the very first thing I realized pretty early on was that the internet moves way too fast for this challenge to be 30 days long. I may be wrong (please let me know your thoughts below!) I think now with try-on videos and just with how quickly we turn over posted content these days that waiting 30 days to see a full challenge is just simply too long. Moving forward with this challenge, I want to figure out the best way to make this remix easily consumable content so that you can be inspired and not tired of the items by the end of the challenge. I’ve not quite figured out how best I want to go about that, but there are ideas churning in my head as solutions. I liked how towards the end of this remix I started doing multiple ways with one item (I.e. 5 ways to wear a button down, three ways to wear this maxi, etc.) Let me know if like the broken out single posts or the multiple ways posts! Or if there is something different you’d like to see! I’m all ears 🙂 I’m even trying to talk myself into video, so if this is something that intrigues you, let me know!

The other issue I saw was that things sold out quickly and that’s just super annoying for you and for me. I tried my best to find dupes but I know that you guys rely on me to tell you about fit, quality, etc and I can’t always do that with the similar or dupes that I find. This is another reason why I think speeding up the remix would be best!

I want to do a remix at the start of a season to show you how best to wear the coming season’s styles and trends. I think having these outfits as a resource for the season will be the most beneficial for you as a reader! I see this as something that is a resource for you for the best pieces and how to wear them and I want to create this in the best way for you to digest it! Which leads me to…

What would you like to see?

If there is anything that you’d like to see a change in, let me know! Did you like the range and mix of price points? What about retailers? Is there a retailer you’d like to see me remix more of or less of? Let me know your thoughts! This is a new era of the remix and I can’t wait to see how it evolves.

Thank you for following along! I hope you had fun or at the very least, you didn’t notice anything different about the blog! Till next time…I’m thinking maybe early fall?

And if you are in the middle of your 30×30, let me know! I want to follow along!

Happy Remixing!

Find all of my remix posts here.

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  1. Mireia says:

    So many cool outfits!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

    07.09.19 · Reply
  2. Patty says:

    Oh, I loved seeing this again on your blog! I actually thought the remix went by SUPER fast – likely due to the combination posts towards the ends (which I loved!)

    I loved the varying price points and the mix of basics and “challenge” pieces.

    I actually DID see a change in the blog, but not in a bad way. I thought it was a refreshing change! I looked forward to every post remixing an item and showing different ways to wear something.

    Looking forward to the next one, and to see how you incorporate the changes in the blogging world! You’re truly a talented, funny writer – it sets you apart.

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  3. Louise says:

    Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think 30 days is too long. When you used to do these challenges back in the day, I enjoyed that it was a whole month’s worth and seeing what you wore each day from your limited pool was inspiring.

    I’m not reading from the USA, so the fact that things sell out before you post them doesn’t bother me – I tune in for your writing and visual creativity, not to shop.

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    • Katie says:

      I agree with pretty much everything Louise said (although I’m a US reader).

      I guess as an old school KE reader/remix fan, I don’t see the need for changes to the format? 30 outfits in 30 days doesn’t feel too slow to me, and personally I’d rather have less content to digest per day than a whole bunch of outfits shoved in at once. This remix felt kinda rushed to me, almost like it was getting less consideration in a way? I also doesn’t personally care about the links being sold out as a side effect of timing, but given that this is your livelihood I do understand why the ability to appropriately link to your items is important to you.

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      • Kendi Everyday says:

        That’s awesome feedback! I love hearing all the thoughts! That’s funny that it felt like it was less of a consideration in a way because it was ALL my consideration this month! I even hung everything in a special place in my closet! Ha! Maybe because I posted extra at the end perhaps? That’s so interesting to hear and that’s interesting to me that it felt rushed! I definitely think for me I need to time it *just right* with the weather so I don’t have the range of items that I did end up needing at different times but then not at all later in the challenge! If that makes sense. It’s fun dusting off the ol’ Remix brain again and trying to get things just right! I’m glad to know that you like the one by one option, it definitely makes my life easier. Ha!

        Regarding the links, it is my livelihood and that’s important but I also hate getting the frustrated feedback from my other channels (maybe not OG blog readers?!) who are used to the steady flow of in stock items. Hmmm…again I think this is all just in the planning and timing of everything. Live and learn I suppose. Again, this feedback is so helpful and valuable as I plan for future remixes.

        THANKS AGAIN for the amazing feedback!! 🙂

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    • Kendi Everyday says:

      I will not call you old fashioned — I’ll call you a breathe of fresh air! In this content fueled world sometimes one post a day on all my channels feels like I get drowned out or lost. So I appreciate these sentiments! Makes me not feel so alone that sometimes more feels like more. 🙂

      You know what’s funny? I never really think anyone is reading what I write. Ha! Probably why I say some of this shit I say 😉 Glad to know Louise is here for the words and the (half) wit! Love from the states!

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  4. jenna laric says:

    I think 30 days is a good timeframe as it feels more real time and it can feel like a breath of fresh air to slow down. i actually felt like this one went SO fast! loved seeing the variety of choices this time around + excited for the next one.

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    • Kendi Everyday says:

      I think you’re vote number three for one outfit at a time!! Good to know!! This makes my life a lot more sane, lol.

      Appreciate the feedback and love! 🙂

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  5. Lyneisa says:

    I was so excited to see you bring this challenge back! It’s one of the things I have continued to refer back to over and over again as a tool for outfit building because I, too, am a lover of color and pattern and print. While I love the capsule wardrobe concept, in practice I will never be able to execute it well because I can’t limit myself! What I love most about this collection is the variety of mood that you created. For example, some of the outfits are more relaxed and playful and others are very classic but still updated and on-trend. I think this is what ends up happening with me as well. Some days just feel like, “Hey, I want to wear some 40s inspired glamour,” and others are “Ok, what can I wear that will look like I got dressed but let me feel like I’m still in my pajamas?” I am kind of torn on timing. On the one hand, I like the individual outfits posted over a 30 day period as it does feel more like old-school blogging, but I do understand that more and more people want to purchase the exact same items and when they sell out quickly, that can be a problem. I personally do not mind you recommending similar items. As far as price point, I tend to like a mix. I generally will spend more money on shoes, leather goods, coats, and quality fibers like cashmere.

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  6. I’m so happy you brought this challenge back. The expression sometimes you have to do things differently to get different results. I always loved how your content stands out from the pack and this 30×30 challenge brought back so many good memories. I’m doing a year without shopping do a remix challenge would be great for me.

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  7. The expression sometimes you have to do things differently to get different results. I always loved how your content stands out from the pack and this 30×30 challenge brought back so many good memories. I’m doing a year without shopping do a remix challenge would be great for me.

    07.10.19 · Reply
  8. Shana says:

    Another long time reader here from when you started the 30×30 which I feel like is the original capsule wardrobe but I digress 🙂 I like the 30 outfits in 30 days and have a couple of suggestions for what it’s worth – HA! Maybe you could sprinkle in beauty posts and sponsored content like you did to have more frequent posting to keep you at the top of rolls or however those algorithms work – ick sorry you have to consider that! I think what the 30×30 also “suffered” from was timing like you mentioned but there’s never a good time for anything (remixes, having kids, you know anything 🙂 ). You are backing up to the Nordstroms sale, it’s summer in Texas and blazing hot this summer, etc. Regardless I really enjoyed it and find challenges and posts like this which are true to you and your brand that we know and love to be the best content and what I enjoy reading!!

    07.11.19 · Reply
  9. Lisa says:

    I honestly I like both formats and I can see the benefits to each. 30 outfits spread out in 30 days feels like OG Kendi Remixing and I imagine is more in line with how people in the real world (non-bloggers) dress and approach their wardrobes? Like another reader, I don’t worry that I have to buy the exact same thing you’re wearing, but I use the remix to get inspiration for how to remix what’s in my closet. BUT, I did buy that one shoulder ruffle top from Old Navy (in black) and man is that turning into my top of the summer! I’ve already warn it three times in one week!

    I follow a couple other fashion bloggers and have seen features like “shop your closet”, or 5 ways to wear a pencil skirt, striped shirt, etc. And posting multiple outfit combinations in one post feels similar to those features and I get why you need to do that to stay relevant or competitive in your area. You do you and do what you need to keep the $$ flowing!

    Lastly, I LOVED that you included the bright yellow dress and some “challenging” items. I agree with what you said, not all our closets are filled with monochromatic clothes. I recently bought a black and white polka dot jumpsuit…Now I have some ideas and inspiration on how to wear it multiple ways, and to me, that’s the whole point of the remix: providing inspiration and opening our eyes to new options we may not otherwise try. You’re one of my favorites Kendi – Keep it up!

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  10. Cynthia K Lasater says:

    I’m really glad you’ve brought back 30×30 remix. I think you’ve done a fabulous job with the updated version, and I love the multiple outfit photos in one post. My favorite pieces from this remix are the navy jumpsuit, floral maxi skirt and eyelet blouse. I look forward to more 30×30 remix posts!

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  11. Caitlin says:

    I’m sure you get this all the time, but what strapless are you wearing with the Old Navy ruffle top? It’s ADORABLE but as a fellow larger-chested lady I’m scratching my head.

    Also, congratulations!! All of these outfits genuinely WORK (at least in photos! Haha).

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    • Kendi Everyday says:

      HI!! My favorite strapless bras are thirdlove or Wacoal!

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  12. Karen says:

    I love the multiple ways-posts. Especially with items like the yellow dress; items i would love to buy, bur probably wouldn’t because i couldn’t imagine how to dress it for different occasions.

    07.16.19 · Reply
  13. Kelly says:

    I’m way late in seeing this post, but have to say that I love your choices in this 30×30. I’ve tried the all neutral thing and I was bored in one week with a travel wardrobe! I just need color and variety and you gave us that! Great job

    07.20.19 · Reply