There’s nothing worse than looking into a wardrobe full of clothes and feeling like you have nothing to wear. We have all been there.

For whatever reason, the dress you bought two weeks ago just doesn’t feel right for tonight. Your once favourite outfit has now been posted on Instagram just one too many times and that urge to reach for your phone to do a quick online shop is getting stronger.

Thanks to social media and the rise of cheap fast fashion, there’s so much more pressure on us to always look fresh, but it’s coming at a cost.

Did you know 24% of Australians have thrown away an item of clothing after wearing it just once? Textile waste is a growing problem, with 6000kg of unwanted clothing being sent to landfill every 10 minutes in Australia.

We can all play a part in reducing our impact on landfill and the environment, so to help you fall back in love with your wardrobe, I’ve teamed up with Brisbane City Council to challenge you to Revive Your Style!

We’re asking you to break up with fast fashion by reinventing your favourite fashion pieces like Katie from Steal the Spotlight, who’s nailed styling a leopard print slip dress in three ways.

I’m here to help you create ‘new’ ensembles from your current wardrobe each day, for 14-days, without setting foot inside a mall or shopping online.

We’ve made it really easy for you by putting together a list of style prompts to follow and then all you have to do is share your daily outfit posts on Instagram* using #reviveyourwardrobe2019 and hashtag your school from 1-14 July 2019.

Just by sharing your ensembles, students from participating schools go in the running for one of six prizes that include a $200 shopping spree and a one-hour styling session with an eco-stylist at the Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival. Don’t forget to head to the Cultural Forecourt of South Bank Parklands on Saturday 17 August to pick up some unique pre-loved bargains to add to your wardrobe rotation.

Here’s the list of style prompts so you can get your head in the game…

  • Day 1 Break out an item you haven’t worn for at least six months.
  • Day 2 Pattern clash: mix two or more prints into your outfit.
  • Day 3 Festival feels: bust out something you’d wear to a festival.
  • Day 4 Colour block: wear a bright colour combo.
  • Day 5 Wear something borrowed from your bestie’s wardrobe.
  • Day 6 Layer game: create a different look with new ways of layering.
  • Day 7 Wear a dress in a different way, tucked into a skirt or with a tee over/under it.
  • Day 8 Create a look inspired by your style icon.
  • Day 9 Second-hand style, wear something thrifted.
  • Day 10 Mix textures: think chunky knits with sequin skirts, faux fur and leather.
  • Day 11 Raid your parents’ wardrobes.
  • Day 12 Go monochrome: wear all one colour.
  • Day 13 Turn a night outfit into a day outfit.
  • Day 14 Wear something altered, mended or upcycled.

I’ll be doing the Wardrobe Challenge too, so feel free to follow along on Insta @nevereverpayretail

The Revive your style 14-day wardrobe challenge is proudly brought to you by Brisbane City Council. For more on how you can create a clean and green Brisbane, click here.

*Competition Terms and Conditions:

    1. All entrants must set their Instagram accounts to public for the two-week competition period whilst judging takes place (1-14 July, 2019)
    2. Entries are only valid from students attending the following schools: Lourdes Hill College, Clayfield College, All Hallows and Brisbane State High.
    3. Each daily outfit post on Instagram equates to one entry in the competition, and each person can have a maximum of 14 entries. Outfit posts must be shared during the competition period from 1-14 July 2019 to qualify.
    4. The competition is a game of chance, so one winner from each of the participating schools listed above will be selected at random.
    5. Winners will be announced during school assemblies between July 15 – August 15, 2019. 
    6. Winners must attend the Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival at Southbank Parklands on Saturday 17 August to claim their prize consisting of a $200 shopping spree and a one hour styling session with an eco-stylist, otherwise the prize will be forfeited.