>> Seeing as my impromptu outfit challenge of "Let's cram as many colours into one outfit just using solid block pieces and no prints and patterns" was rather half-baked because it wasn't SUPPOSED to be an outfit challenge in the post above, I thought I'd formally present it with an outfit that illustrates the challenge.  Or at least tries to.  Technically, it plays to the rules – no patterns, no prints and at least TEN colours but keeping the shapes quite muted and incorporating some matching elements means that hopefully it doesn't look like I'm too much of a rainbow.  That said, I'm not ruling out submissions that do resemble a rainbow and with the use of pastels, fluros and gem shades, the results of this wardrobe game are pretty much endless.  I do realise I've set a rather hideously pointless and difficult challenge but it's no 10km marathon so hopefully some of you looking into your wardrobe will find it in your heart to pull out five colours and more and pile them on…




(Yokoo pom pom headband, vintage Ralph Lauren purple poloshirt, COS coral/red dress, vintage Rodier turquoise jacket, Lazy Ones colour block skirt, Topshop pale green tights, vintage peach gloves, Designers Remix knit bangle, Kron by Kron Kron shoes, I Heart Norwegian Wood leather belt, Marc Jacobs gold belt – I think I counted 13 shades of colours in total but there are colours that are close indeed… not counting black of course!)

Comments (46)

  1. Hoa says:

    Thank you for being the sunshine to our CLOUDY and rainy autumn season!
    I am pulling SIX. which is 5 more colors than i normally do to wear out for tomorrow’s outfit!

  2. maria says:

    stepping away from matchy-matchy dressing!i think its a great challenge

  3. Miss Glitzy says:

    I’m pretty sure I can’t cram as many colours as you did but I love the idea and may try something!

  4. i think youre one of the very few people that can pull this off. you look great susie!! loving the hair up. kathxo

  5. kelly says:

    you are so good in pulling colours together, awesomeeeeee
    funny challenge, is it a real one? wanna try out, coz i m always in b&w haha!

  6. violetville says:

    ooh, i really want to try this! i love a good outfit challenge!

  7. diane says:

    You look like a painting, or a model for a little girl’s favorite doll. I think your imagination knows no bounds. xo

  8. I thought I’d have a go, and er I have 5 items in block colour (that aren’t black, white or denim)two red, two orange and a purple I guess I am a patterns and black person and I never realised!! Love your pompom headband!

  9. the blabbers says:

    ur colorful post made my day!! so nice! i love ur blog too!
    come check out ours, maybe u will like it too!
    the blabbers

  10. Kylie says:

    I’ve already done my outfit to submit, but its only got about 6 colours, oops! It really IS much harder than I imagined, but I think you’ve pulled it off quite well. Not rainbow bright-esque at all 😉

  11. Joanne says:

    Such a cute outfit!! I love those shoes!! 🙂

  12. jilly bean says:

    love the shoes!!1
    i must say the i don`t love so much he sweater….to boring don`t you think?

  13. Tomorrow says:

    Love the kron kron! challenge post is up now but theres a problem! (I counted black) If lipstick counts (which I didn’t count) I still have 9 otherwise just the 8. here’s the link: http://inthebedroommirror.blogspot.com/2009/11/susie-challenge.html
    I’m afraid the picture quality is positively embarrassing! Its getting dark these days so I must remember to take photos in the morning! oh well, I hope its OK.

  14. WendyB says:

    Awesome shoes…I don’t know how you manage all your layering. I would fuss with it all day.

  15. Isabel says:

    I am definitely up to this challenge!

  16. Daisy says:

    Fantastic shoes!

  17. Susan says:

    great outfit, love the colors! 🙂

  18. Roz says:

    I think you definitely passed the challenge! This is one of the few examples when more than five colours still looks completely amazing.
    That first shot is really beautiful, I love how your fringe is covering your eyes. And the whole outfit looks amazing- I like the little vintage details such as the peach gloves. Fabulous shoes too..
    I think I might have to have a go at this challenge now. You’ve inspired me!
    I heard about your blog a long time ago, but for some reason never took a look at it. I’m really glad I did now!

  19. Laura says:

    Great challenge ….
    but will people feel confident enough to step up to it…..
    loving the shoes!

  20. lauren says:

    great idea! looking forward to trying it!

  21. Eline says:

    OH MUTED COLOURS. That should go so much easier. I think I’m going to try and make a 10-colourblock outfit every day until I find one that I genuinely like! Some muted colours may be the key to this… though I don’t know if I have any 😀
    Anyway, adore your outfit, as usual.

  22. Caitlin says:

    SO GOOD TO SEE THE KRONKRON SHOES OUT IN AN OUTFIT! i’ve been wondering when they’ll crop up!

  23. Gem Fatale says:

    I love it! Kron Kron droolage. I wish they’d sort their site out!
    Is there a time limit on this? I want to give it a bash on my day off tomorrow! Although my entire outfit is basically prints…

  24. Gem Fatale says:

    *wardrobe, not outfit! I’m hungover!

  25. pretty face says:

    I’m not surprised that you could do this with your outfit with your amazingly extensive wardrobe. I have to say, though, I was a teensy bit surprised that you managed to make it look so good! Like you’re not doing some sort of challenge, just wearing a great outfit. I don’t know why I’m surprised though – I have evidently neglected visiting your blog. xxx

  26. Giovanna says:

    I adore the colours!! Fantastic and sweet outfit!

  27. Giovanna says:

    The head piece is adorable too!!

  28. fantastic! you don’t clash at all!!!

  29. Raquel says:

    I fall in love for this look!

  30. Valncami says:

    Love your outfit! I think we’ll give a go:) Sending you in an email. Or maybe we should post it up on the blog too!
    Valerie and Camilla

  31. Ryn says:

    Nice shoes! 🙂

  32. Alice says:

    It’s definitely a challenge that if made into a game show, something like “hole in the wall”, you’d be a resident expert – like Susie in the Book Corner (Susie in the Block Corner, I guess). It’s a world of pain for people like me who own black, grey and navy but for today each nail will be painted a different colour in honour of you (and in honour of being 12, and a colour cop-out) – You’re our fashion Blue Peter project presenter who makes the bat cave look soooo 20 years ago. I hope this will do.

  33. Rowena says:

    If I do it can I set a counter challenge? The styling equivalent of Double Dare You Back? Because, let’s face it – ten colours ain’t hard for you is it? Whereas I am scrabbling around wondering if I HAVE ten colours in my wardrobe….

  34. Back says:

    Love your look. Color shocking.
    I noticed belts are the very important accessory this fall.
    Love your shoes too.

  35. jennine says:

    everything here is just gorgous! the kronkron shoes amazing, and the pompom headband are my favorites!

  36. Jane H. says:


  37. I was just admiring those Kron shoes at another blog.

  38. Riley says:

    The last photograph of those shoes is perfect.
    Can I photograph your shoe collection?

  39. Madame Q says:

    those shoes are out of this world!

  40. What a great look,
    the Fake Sartorialist couldn’t add anything to it 🙂
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  41. Janice says:

    The belt and shoes are my favorite- totally inspirational!

  42. Hulda says:

    Love this look! Love all the colours.

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