For this post I thought I’d do something a bit different and discuss why I participate in Instagram style challenges. My friend Mandy from Musings of a Shopaholic Mama did a similar post on her blog and I was inspired to do the same.
When I first joined Instagram, I was itching for a forum to express my love for fashion. While I truly wanted to start a blog, I could not find the time to do so. So instead, I started an Instagram account and went about posting my outfit photos.
At first, I really had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even use hashtags on my first posts (the horror)! But then I noticed what the other girls were doing and started to emulate them. I started using hashtags like #ootd and #wiw. But then I noticed some hashtags that did not make as much sense. After some investigation I found out these were style challenges. Well I couldn’t think of anything better than a bunch of ladies trying to dress creatively, so I quickly joined the group.
So now it’s been over 2 years that I have been on Instagram and I am still participating in many style challenges. I have even co-hosted a few. I still enjoy participating for multiple reasons.
First, style challenges have truly increased my sense of style. Because of style challenge prompts, I have pushed myself to try many new outfits. Sometimes it is simply a new item I was weary of trying. Other times, it is a particular color or pattern combination.
One of the style challenges I participated in years ago had a prompt of “mustard and mint.” I was shocked that this color combination could work. But I put my doubt aside and attempted the look. Surprisingly, it worked out very well. I have since used this combination multiple times and even have a post about it here.
A recent style challenge used a color combination prompt of mustard and scarlet. That color combination was another one I had yet to try. In the end I loved the outfit I came up with so much that I am currently working on a blog post on it, so stay tuned!
Another reason that I enjoy style challenges is to push myself to try new items. My two recent pushes are attempting to wear leggings (outside of the home) and ponchos.
When it comes to leggings, I have not worn a pair out as pants for decades. However, I saw many girls doing it and looking fabulous to boot! As it kept coming up as prompts in my style challenges, I decided to try a pair. I started out a bit safe and purchased a pair of moto leggings for a recent trip. They looked comfortable and stylish at the same time. I am now a legging fan. You can anticipate another blog post on that to come as well!
Similarly, I just didn’t see myself wearing a poncho outside of a very casual setting. Then I saw my Insta-pals wearing beautiful ponchos for all sorts of occasions. I quickly set out to make my own attempt at a dressier poncho look and came up with this look and post.
Lastly, and most importantly, my participation in style challenges has led me to meet incredible people and make real true friends. It’s so exhilarating to be able to meet people across the country (and world) who have similar fashion sense and passion as you. I am so thankful for these girls. They are there daily to encourage and uplift me.
Because of all the reasons listed above, I will continue to participate in style challenges. If you have yet to try one, what are you waiting for? It’s time to join in the fun!
I have linked any of the items from this post that are available for purchase below, just in case you are interested!