Wear Something Different: Do 5 – Element of Surprise Day



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Element of Surprise Day.

Plan a crazy twist to tomorrow’s look. E.g. a ribbon, bow tie, mittens, wellies or temporary tattoo. Do one unusual thing too.

I was a bit flummoxed about this one at first. I was booked in for a workshop today and wasn’t sure what I I could wear that was a bit crazy but that would also be acceptable in polite company! I’d already decided to wear something a bit different to my usual jeans and top – a lovely blue jumper dress thing, one of those that looks like there’s a skirt under it, with leggings and boots. The outfit alone was likely to raise a few eyebrows as I knew a few people on this workshop and they’ve never seen me in anything except jeans before! But a crazy twist ….. not sure about that.

I decided to have a root around in my daughter’s jewellery box (sorry Katie! Hope you don’t mind!) – she is away at uni and I reckon everything left at home is stuff she doesn’t want any more. And I came a cross a pair of beautiful, large, teal blue feather earrings. Amazing colour – in fact, MY colour. But I don’t often wear earrings …

You see, basically I was desperate to have earrings when I was a child but my mum wouldn’t let me, but when I was 13 she had her ears pierced and said she supposed she couldn’t stop me then – but being the obnoxious teenager I was, I rebelled because I certainly didn’t want to do anything my mum had done! Eventually when I was 18 I did get my ears pierced and wore earrings a lot, until my daughter was born, when I stopped as she had a habit of pulling on them – and I’ve never really got back into the habit.

So I decided to wear these earrings today, because they are a bit big and crazy, they’re certainly not the sort of thing I’d normally wear, especially not in the day time. Someone commented on them as soon as I arrived at the workshop, and someone else told me I looked amazing, so that was a nice feeling! And I quite like wearing these mad earrings, it definitely seems to make me feel a bit more …. well, a bit more like the me I was before real life caught up with me!

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Wear Something Different: Do 4 – Flipside Day


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Flipside Day.

Tomorrow wear the total opposite of what you’ve worn lately, as different as you dare. Plan to do one thing that’s out of character.


So today I am wearing a skirt … this is something I very rarely so because I thought I hated wearing skirts! I’m overweight and have fat thighs so in summer I actually find skirt uncomfortable … I occasionally wear a long one, and I have a lovely maxi dress I wear for special occasions, but otherwise I’m trousers/jeans (and this year, leggings) all the way.

But today I decided to wear a just-below-the-knee-length denim skirt that I bought in a job lot on ebay a few years ago, wore once and discarded as “not for me”! And you know what … I’m actually feeling very comfortable in it, and I don’t think it looks too bad either! My bigger concern was that I felt the urge to wear a brightly coloured top with it but couldn’t find anything suitable. So now I am going to wear this skirt more often, and find some other just-below-the-knee skirts too! Not sure what the out-of-character thing will be yet …

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Wear Something Different: Do 3 – Colour Explosion Day


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Colour Explosion Day.

Pile up your most colourful bits, create a vibrant outfit to dazzle the world. Pass this on. Dare a friend to out-shine you!


I tend to rely on black/denim trousers and blue/purple tops so it was quite good to feel compelled to wear something a bit more colourful than I normally go for. I chose a top in a bright blue colour – I love the top though really it’s a little too small for me, but I really enjoyed seeing that bright splash of colour every time I saw myself. However, I also discovered, through this Do, that I don’t own any colourful “bottoms” apart from a hideous orange beach skirt – all my trousers and skirts are black, brown or denim! Maybe I need to do something about that!

(Excuse the grumpy face – having some back problems and in pain and wasn’t feeling very jolly!)


Wear Something Different: Do 2 – Oddball Day


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Oddball Day.

Wear a mismatched pair tomorrow: odd socks, shoes, gloves, earrings, or mismatched legs from tights or trousers. Enjoy being different!

When I was a teenager I used to wear odd socks – normally fluorescent ones – as a regular thing. However, the idea of wearing odd things now just seems … well, a bit odd!

I wore odd socks today – a pink stripy one and a fluorescent stripy one – but as I was also wearing long boots no one could see them. I did feel quite confident today but don’t know if that was anything to do with the socks!

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The idea of wearing odd shoes terrifies me – I actually did that once, two shoes that were very similar, and was mortified when I realised! However, I like the idea of odd earrings – I don’t wear them a lot, but quite like the idea of feather earrings in contrasting colours, so might give that some thought.

Wear Something Different: Do 1 – Swap Day


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Swap Day.

Borrow something to wear tomorrow. E.g. a friend’s scarf, partner’s shirt or child’s backpack. If you feel closer afterwards let them know.

The first “official” task of the Wear Something Different challenge. I didn’t get the email till late yesterday evening and was at home with Steve, Dan (17) and Katie (20) … Steve is even less image conscious than me, Dan is six foot tall and skinny (I’m an 18-20!) and Katie is tiny so there’s no way I’d fit into any of her clothes – but she did lend me a very nice scarf. It’s much larger than any I’d normally wear, but I found a nice way to tie it and am wearing it today. The problem is I won’t actually see anyone outside the home today, but I will perhaps wear it again tomorrow, when I have a business meeting. It has persuaded me to buy new and bigger scarves though (and I’ve already ordered one very similar to this, but in a cream and teal!).

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Excuse the manky hair – going swimming at lunchtime so haven’t washed hair or put on makeup yet!


UPDATE: I wore the borrowed scarf the next day, when I had a business meeting, and felt really confident and quite feminine for me. And the person I was meeting complimented me on my appearance!

Wear Something Different: Before


Years ago, when I was a teenager, I was a bit of a goth …. OK I looked like I was wearing a bin bag most of the time, but at least I had some sort of style! Then in my early twenties along came babies and my style went out of the window. I lived in jeans, T-shirts and trainers and twenty years on not much has changed. I don’t wear trainers any more, but I do stick to T-shirt-style tops, jeans, sensible shoes and long cardigans to hide the flab. And you know what? it’s boring. I’m bored of being stuck in a fashion rut – but I don’t really know what else to wear, what suits me, what a size 18-20 woman of 44 can get away with!

My friend mentioned a challenge she is doing, Do Something Different, about  doing little challenges every day to make life more exciting, and on the same page I found the Wear Something Different challenge, “a unique psychology based programme to shake up your wardrobe habits, revamp your look and help you to look at life from a new perspective” … which seemed perfect! So I signed up as a new year treat for myself and eagerly awaited my first challenge, which was due to arrive on my birthday, January 5th.

The website promises that you can “keep an online diary, upload photos and see others transform their looks” but it’s actually pretty flawed. The first email, “Before”, suggested I record stuff on the website but there wasn’t any way of doing that, and then the first “do” arrived and I could record things, but discovered I couldn’t edit anything, couldn’t change the photo, couldn’t upload more than one image etc ….. all very frustrating for someone used to WordPress where you have complete control over content! So while I probably will put some stuff on the site, I’m going to use my blog as the main record of how things are going. To follow all my posts go to the Wear Something Different category. I’ll probably do the Do Something Different challenge at some point too – but you can only sign up for one at a time, so it will be after this one has finished!

So let’s start with the “Before” email:

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‘Before’ Day.

Today take a photo of what you’re wearing. Ask 3 people how they would describe your style. Record in the DoZone at http://do.dsd.me. You’re off!


Interestingly, just joining up to this programme seems to have got me thinking about wearing different things. I planned to wear (and did wear) a dress-style tunic and leggings with my new boots, which is pretty different to my normal look – but before I got dressed I put on the kind of thing I normally wear – jeans, top and long cardigan – posted the picture on Facebook and asked people for their opinions on my style.


Here’s what they said:

“Comfortably hiding yourself.”
“Hiding your colourful personality.”
“Get some colours woman! You have a bright personality, and your clothes should reflect that! I think the “hiding” comments are spot on. Stop it!”

Hmmm. Think that just about says it all! Stop hiding behind baggy stuff and start wearing some colours!