It’s time for another rendition of NO Buy Style Challenge! This is a collaboration with three of my blogging friends. Every month, we each take inspiration from the same outfit to create our own look. The catch? We can only use clothes and accessories we already own!
I started this collaboration for two reasons.
- Blogging collaborations are fun (and good for SEO).
- I wanted to encourage our readers to take a sustainable approach to fashion.
The easiest way to start a sustainable lifestyle? Stop buying new things! Instead, be creative with what you already own, or shop secondhand.
This month, Charlene shared the outfit inspiration for all of us.
When she emailed us, she shared this information about her outfit.
June makes me think of quirky festivals, parties and parades here in Portland and this is basically my festival uniform in the summers. Unfortunately the annual rose festival was cancelled this year along with all the other smaller beer, food, and themed festivals in the area. But I’m still channeling the fun of Portland in the summer by wearing comfy rompers and Chacos!
Before I show my own festival outfit, I have a confession. I forgot to take photos in advance, so Dan and I ended up doing a quick photoshoot just this past Sunday… In my hometown of Greenwood, SC. So, not only did I create my outfit using all things I already own, but I was limited to my suitcase!
Summer Festival Style
To put together my own summer festival style, I focused on comfort in hot weather. Of course, I added a little braid to my hair just like Charlene!
My floral tank top is a favorite of mine, featured all over my old Instagram account AND my new one!
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Bonjour, y'all!⠀ ⠀ Yes, it is really me, Brita, your favorite pink & sparkly blogger. ⠀ ⠀ About 5 or 6 months ago, I decided to take a break from Instagram, primarily my @belle_brita account. I've been running it for 6 or 7 years, and while I'm still proud of what I did with it,* I needed to step back and reflect on what I really wanted out of Instagram. ⠀ ⠀ I've been having fun with my small Harry Potter account @hpwitchesunite. I haven't worried about numbers or consistent posts or even a coherent feed. It's been a creative outlet for me in a way that @belle_brita stopped being a year or two ago. ⠀ ⠀ Instagram has changed a lot since I first signed up in 2012, and not completely for the better. ⠀ ⠀ I've changed since then too. ⠀ ⠀ It's easy to tell myself not to care about numbers, but as long as I kept posting to @belle_brita, I kept obsessing. ⠀ ⠀ So I stopped. ⠀ ⠀ And I decided to start over, focusing on everything I loved about my original pink account. ⠀ ⠀ My Instagram friends, both bloggers and other pink ladies. ⠀ ⠀ A creative outlet. ⠀ ⠀ A pink supplement to my blog. ⠀ ⠀ So this is my new account! I finally dropped the underscore after more than a decade. (Remind me to update my Twitter handle). ⠀ ⠀ My content will be similar, but with more of a focus on bold pinks, and more pictures of me. I used to feel self-conscious about posting photos of myself too often, but those days are over! ⠀ ⠀ Here's to a new pink & sparkly perspective on Instagram! #LaBelleBlog ⠀ ⠀ *Like working with @fetedurose, getting VIP tickets to the event last year, and creating this magical pink photo!⠀ ⠀ #LaFeteDuRose #AtlantaBlogger #GeorgiaBlogger #lovepink #pinklover #pinkday #pinkpower #pinklife #pinkworld #pinkaddict #pinkcolour #stylelife #instalifestyle #lifestyledesign #lifestyler #lifestylegram #authenticblogging #cooperationovercompetition #raw_pink #acolorstory #outfitpop #hotpinkaesthetic #pinkdreams #ihavethisthingwithcolor #ihavethisthingwithpink #bloggerstyle
I even wrote an entire blog post centered on this floral tank top. That’s how much I love it!
A sports bra is a must for hot and humid weather like we’re enjoying in Georgia and South Carolina.
I bought these denim shorts way back in 2010, when I was working part-time at JC Penney between jobs in France. They were on super-clearance, plus I used my employee discount to save even more!
Finally, I love flip-flops for summer. Really, any sandals. These sandals aren’t as supportive as my ones gifted from Wiivv, but I need to fix the straps on those after wearing them almost daily for several months.
I kept my accessories very simple, almost bare. Instead of my usual assortment of sparkly rings, I wore just my plain wedding band.
This month’s No Buy Style Challenge was definitely harder than last month since I was limited to a suitcase of clothes, but I still like the summer festival outfit I put together.
No Buy Style Challenge
To see the results from the second No Buy Style Challenge, visit my fellow bloggers! Charlene provided today’s outfit inspiration, but check out her post for more cute photos.
Look for our posts on Instagram with the hashtag #NoBuyStyleChallenge. If you decide to try the challenge for yourself, please post your outfits on Instagram so we can see!
No Buy Style Challenge Rules
Writing out rules for the No Buy Style Challenge is almost unnecessary because the concept is so simple. But if you want guidelines to do your own No Buy Style Challenge, here they are!
- Find an outfit online for inspiration. You can use Charlene’s outfit this month if you really want to join the fun, but any outfit is fine.
- Shop your closet to put together your own outfit based on the outfit inspiration. Interpret however you like. Have fun with it!
- Don’t buy anything new for this outfit.
- Post a photo of your outfit online! You can also post the outfit inspiration. (Tag the original person model/stylist for credit). If it’s on Instagram, tag me @bellebrita and use the hashtag #NoBuyStyleChallenge
And that’s it. Easiest style challenge ever. Nothing new. That’s the only real rule.
What’s your festival style? How do you stay cute and comfortable in the summer? Share your fashion tips in the comments!