There’s nothing like seeing other people trying out a trend or testing a hard-to-wear item in real life to inspire us, and seeing the many bloggers I love doing outfit of the day posts and taking part in blogger challenges has spurred me on to set up something new here at Big Girls Browse. I thought it was time I started my own outfit challenge!
So I’m happy to introduce The Ways To Wear Challenge!
Originally, I intended to keep this small and just get together seven or eight bloggers who’d join me in a monthly challenge. But the more I thought about it, and the more people showed an interest on Twitter, the more I thought it made more sense to make this a completely open, inclusive challenge for anyone who wants to take part.
Each month, I (or another challenger or sponsor) will set an outfit theme. It could be based on a trend, a silhouette, a specific piece of clothing, a celeb or pop culture inspiration, a type of event or anything else timely and interesting. It might be strict (eg. ‘red pussy bow blouse’ but it’s more likely to be a very wide brief so it’s easy to do with what you already have ‘eg. ‘dresses with sleeves’). Your job is to create an outfit post based around that theme. You’ll need to wear the look – you can’t just do a collage of the items. You can be as creative as you like so long as you stick to the brief (so if it’s ‘Winter coats’, you do need to be wearing a coat). The most important thing is that you post pictures of you wearing the outfit, and you tell us what you’re wearing.
What you need to take part:
– A blog
– A camera
– Clothes & accessories
– An imagination!
It’s as simple as that. This is a completely open challenge. I don’t care if you get 1 hit or 10,000 hits a day to your blog. I don’t care if your photos are taken with your phone or the best DSLR in the world (though they should be clear and a decent size, and not taken facing a mirror). I don’t care what you look like, how old you are, where you live, what your dress size is or how ‘fashion forward’ you are. As far as I’m concerned, the more diverse this challenge is, the better! The way I style an outfit is going to be completely different to how many of you would, and that’s the joy of it! I want to see just how many ways a look or trend can be made to work for different people.
If you’d like to be part of the Ways To Wear community all you need to do is get involved. I will pull together all the challenges each month and share the links here on BGB. I obviously encourage everyone taking part to link to other challengers, get to know each other, comment on each others blogs and support the group as well, so we can really share the love.
– Challenges will be set by the 5th of the month here on Big Girls Browse.
– You have until 20th of the month to take your pics and post them on your blog, then send the link to me.
– Before the end of the month, I will collate all the posts and share them here.
What if I can’t do / don’t want to do a challenge?
That’s fine! Obviously I’d love everyone to do everything but I know sometimes the challenge won’t work for some people. Perhaps you don’t have the right stuff in your wardrobe to make it work. Maybe a specific look just isn’t your style or doesn’t work for your body shape. Perhaps you’re on holiday – it’s fine, you take part only when you want to.
What about sponsored challenges?
As the challenge grows, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some exciting brands to collaborate and offer up products to use in the challenges, or prizes for their favourite looks. When and if this happens, I’ll probably have to change the rules slightly. Obviously when sponsors are involved there may be limitations regarding size and availability of product, so not everyone will be able to take part every time. I will try my best to include as many people as I can, but I will always prioritise those bloggers who take part every month and really get involved. As and when these kind of opportunities arise, I’ll contact people individually.
Interested in taking part? Leave a comment below to let me know, keep an eye on Twitter (@GemmaCartwright) and visit this site at the beginning of November for the very first challenge!
(If you work for a brand and would like to know more about sponsoring a challenge, drop me a line – firstname.lastname@example.org)