I'm Bringing Back WWW's 30-Day Wardrobe Challenge—Hanging at Home Edition

If you’re a Who What Wear newsletter subscriber, you’ll have noticed that recently we put out a call to our readers to email feedback and content requests directly to us. While perusing my inbox chock-full of your brilliant ideas, I noticed a common plea to bring back our 30-Day Wardrobe Challenge. For those of you who don’t have the memory of a stylish elephant and may need a refresher on the series last seen in 2017, every season, we released a 30-day challenge with fashion “dares” designed to help reinvigorate your wardrobe and tap into new trends and styling ideas. Readers would follow along and try the challenges, thoroughly documenting it all on their social media, and we would share our favorite looks on Who What Wear.

All this to say, we’re back! It’ll be the same, but different. For starters, this time around we’ll be exploring style made for the great indoors. That means outfits you’ll be comfortable in at home. Has anyone else become highly allergic to anything even slightly restricting/inconvenient/itchy like I have? Some challenges will provide practical ideas to find your new outfit normal or come out of a sweatpant slump, and others are simply meant to spark happiness, especially during this difficult time. I also know most of us are on tighter budgets than usual, so the challenges are meant to be done with items you likely already own. Just in case you are shopping, I kept product recommendations generally on the more affordable end. Also, you don’t have to do each day’s challenge to partake. See what speaks to you, and come in and out as you please. You make the rules here.

I’m hoping this challenge can help us remember the fun in self-expression and getting dressed and potentially create a bit of community, too. When planning one of our first editorial WFH Zoom meetings, I had the idea to make it hat-themed. Seeing all the editors show their personal hat flair (I may have had too much flair) brought us joy and made us feel together, even though we are apart. If you do participate and choose to share your outfit on social, make sure to add the hashtag #WWWwardrobechallenge to tap into the community of awesome people dressing up with you and also so we can include you in the post-challenge roundup and, of course, give you some social love, too. With that, let’s dive in.

April 1: Dress up your lounge pants.
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@alexisforeman

A crisp button-down is all these lounge pants needed to feel sleek as hell.

April 2: Nail your "business on top, lounge on bottom" look.
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@trayslounge

They will be none the wiser that you're lounging from the waist down. Just don't stand up.

Another excellent "business on top, lounge on bottom" look.

April 3: Try a high-low look by accessorizing your sweatsuit.
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@thora_valdimars

We're going full-tilt '90s hip-hop here. 

A little something for the ankle, too.

April 4: Wear your fanciest pajamas.
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@taniasarin

Sunglasses optional.

April 5: Try the baseball-cap trend for your social-distancing walk.
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@charlottekuhrt

The fashion girls have spoken: Baseball caps are in and have been gaining steam for a handful of months now. Similar to sunglasses, I find they add a nice element of camouflage for faking a slightly more pulled-together look.

April 6: Wear real pants.
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@lefevrediary

I'm not talking jeans here; I've not lost my mind (yet). I tried this today to make sure this was a reasonable challenge, and I can confirm comfortable pants are not only doable but kind of a nice break from the sweats and leggings.

April 7: Wake up your basic black leggings.
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@carmelharrison_

In case leggings are the comfort zone and you can't stop thinking about Tiger King, may we recommend an animal-print top?

April 8: Wear pink! Because it's Wednesday.
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@smythsisters

Sorry. Mean Girls came out 16 years ago this month, and we're still not over it.

April 9: Match your makeup to your outfit.
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@alyssainthecity

Sure, you could do a neutral tan color, but why not wile out with some aqua or baby blue?

April 10: Wear a piece of jewelry that makes you smile.
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@sallyomo

You know the one. The piece that's been left in your jewelry box wondering if you still love it. Today's the day.

April 11: Put on anything glittery for a Saturday shindig in.
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@cassklatzkow

Congrats. You made it to Saturday. Let's party?

April 12: Wear your most nightgown-like dress or dress-like nightgown.
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@annasarlvit

If we wear it all day and all night, who is to say it's not a nightgown and a dress?

April 13: Find a piece you haven't worn forever, and build an outfit around it.
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@meccajw

Your old band tee just got a new lease on life.

April 14: Style an accessory in an unusual way.
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@ada_oguntodu

Warning: Wearing a belt around a blazer is an advanced at-home move. Opting for something restrictive is frankly ballsy, so I would recommend at least snapping an IG while you're strapped in to make sure it was worth it. Don't forget the #WWWwardrobechallenge.

April 15: Channel springtime joy by wearing a floral piece.
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@himichelleli

Bring the outdoors inside!

April 16: Tie a sweater off-center around a blazer or a tank.
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@sylviemus_

The coziest girl of all.

April 17: Choose a statement accessory, and let it lead your outfit.
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@naomielizee

Or two while you're at it. 

April 18: Wear that sheer item without having to worry about the right undergarments.
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@maria_bernad

No bra, no problem.

April 19: Put on the "special occasion" matching set.
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@threadsstyling

Sheer logo lace is fashion-girl catnip. Just in case you want to drool over a similar Gucci set, I'm just going to leave this link here.

April 20: Try an unexpected layering combo.
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@modestmira_

Slip dresses over tops. Button-downs over turtlenecks. Vests over T-shirts. I could talk layering ideas for days.

April 21: Gather your beige items, and try oat-milk dressing.
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@sasha.mei

Ready to dress like every millennial's milk of choice? Oat-milk dressing is happening, people. And I found so many examples of it online I had to restrain myself to only include three. PS: The exact set pictured above is from The Line by K.

April 22: Contrast the polish of a suit with the comfort of flat slides or sneakers.
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@annaaborisovna

This is look is exceedingly cool. 

April 23: Pick one color family, and dress in it head to toe.
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@mariejedig

Extra points if you mix and match colors, but no judgement if you just get a cute matching set like the below.

April 24: Wear a blazer or cardigan as a top.
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@meganadelaide

You know those jackets and sweaters you usually wear over something else in the outside world? Why not wear them alone? Mom's house, mom's rules.

April 25: Put on your heels. Just for a minute. Just to feel fabulous.
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@itsheymorgan

Two words: happy feet.

April 26: Dress up in your favorite robe for a coffee date with yourself.
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@thevicstyles

Important Sunday plans.

April 27: Let your inner grandma out with socks and slides.
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@sallyomo

Easy on, easy off.

April 28: Pull out a scarf, knot one side, and toss it around your neck.
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@jen_wonders

The print-mixing takes it up a notch.

April 29: Pick a print, any print. We're almost to the end!
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@thatgirlyusra

I'm doing great; you're doing great.

April 30: Coordinate outfits to twin with your best friend, whether they're near or far.
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@kerrypieri

Together in sartorial spirit.

Bonus Round: Dress up your pet because they shouldn't miss out.
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@cinnamonryan

I acknowledge this cat looks very scared.

Congrats. You made it to the end of the massive 30-Day Wardrobe Challenge. Still want more at-home outfit ideas? Check out what our editors are wearing.

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