7 Days of Color Challenge Results
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By Lea Espinal
So here we are! These are the results of my 7 days of color challenge, which I wrote about here. The rules were simple: Wear color every day for a week. No black allowed except for accessories.
I must note that, after giving it some thought, and since it’s not like I enjoy doing these things to myself, I included a “cheat-piece” in the challenge, to be worn whenever my creative juices ran out.
Swipe through the images or continue below to find out how it all turned out.
Day one: Yellow shirt and ripped jeans
Since I make my own rules, I decided to kick off the challenge on a Tuesday. I started off easy with ripped jeans I don’t wear too often and a yellow top. No one directly commented on it, but my mom sure stared at me for a while. I think she sensed something was up.
Day two: Green Zara top and white pants
With this Caribbean heat, I’m not a fan of wearing jeans all the time, and with this challenge I’ve realized basically all of my bottoms are black. #Fail. I went for these white pants to try to spice it up, but they fit awkwardly and, since I usually wear them with tight black tops, it was super hard to find a colored shirt to match. At least I had a busy day, so I didn’t have much time to think of how much I felt like a doña. Also, accessories can be a lifesaver.
Day three: White shirt and summer dress
By day three I had to get a little creative. I layered a white shirt under a summery dress, a combination I had never tried before. This was my favorite outfit up to this point, and I got lots of compliments at work. I mentioned the challenge at the office for the first time and a friend (rightly) commented: “No black for a week? It must be killin’ you!”
Day four: ripped jeans, zara earrings
Usually, I would’ve gone for a total-black outfit and let these gorgeous earrings do their thing, so I struggled to put together a more colorful outfit around them. I don’t feel so great about the ill-fitting top, but the earrings and buns? Fantastic.
Only three more days to go...
Day five: shorts and pink blouse
This outfit is exceptional not only because there’s not one black piece, but because I’m wearing the one and only pink item I own. I actually got many compliments on this top, and was told that the light color highlights my red hair even more, which was a very nice side-effect. At night, for a night of Cards Against Humanity, I wore white and gray pajama pants and a dressy white top, not pictured here. My friends said I looked “angelical”, “decent” and “sweet”. They seemed so surprised I don’t know what to think.
Day six: yellow top and greenish blazer.
For my friend’s birthday I knew I’d want to wear something nice, and the weather was cool enough for a jacket, which was actually a plus. For this occasion I went bold and mixed this bright green (or is it blue?) blazer with a yellow blouse.
Day seven: white top, blue necklace, beanie.
Finally! A few more hours and I’m free. I feel like all of this color has drained me, so I took it easy with a boxy white top, statement necklace, and a gray beanie. But hey, I made it. Yay!
Without black items as an option, I had to come up with new combinations for old pieces that I hadn’t thought about before, which was a great boost for my creativity. Although, the best part of the challenge were people’s reactions, which were consistently entertaining. Was it fun? You could say that. Would I do it again? I don’t think so.
But hey, it was a great excuse wear all-black for the rest of the month.