10×10 Spring Challenge

You know I love a good style challenge, especially if it involves making a mini capsule.

Lee, at Style Bee, is doing 10 x 10 Spring Challenge, which means selecting 10 items to style 10 ways. Over the weekend, my blogging and capsule BFF, Andrea, asked if I was going to try it.  I didn’t hesitate for a minute… why the heck not?! I had a lot of fun with the 20 item challenge I did with my winter capsule, so this is a great opportunity to push myself to get creative and try something new with my closet. Plus, it’s a great way to see how far I’ve come in terms of feeling that I always needed more to do more.

I selected 10 items, including shoes, to create 10 different looks with. And I’m actually going to wear the 10 looks to work for the next two weeks, so here’s hoping I can be creative enough that my students don’t notice how often I’m repeating items 🙂

My 10 Item Mini Capsule:

10x10 spring 16 challenge

  1. Shirt dress (c/o Brass Clothing):
  2. Taupe ankle booties (Old Navy from Poshmark, similar)
  3. Gray skinny jeans (AG Jeans from Thred Up, similar, similar)
  4. White shirt with dots (Old Navy, similar)
  5. Striped tee (Gap, similar)
  6. Gray pullover sweater (Old Navy)
  7. Black lace up flats (Old Navy, similar)
  8. Black wide leg crops (similar)
  9. Boyfriend jeans (Levi’s)
  10. Black pencil skirt (Old Navy)

 How did I select items?

First step, I checked the 10 day forecast to see what the weather has in store.

I created a quick list based on my initial gut instinct. I knew I wanted items that would go well together, hence the black, gray, and white color scheme (which naturally carried over from my spring capsule color palette). I also knew I wanted a variety of bottoms so I wasn’t always rotating between blue and black denim. I decided on 4 bottoms, 4 tops, and 2 shoes to split my 10 items.

Next, I tried to create 10 outfits that I could wear to work. Meaning, 10 outfits where the same piece wasn’t worn 3 or 4 times each week and where the timing of wearing each item was spaced a bit. This proved to be more challenging than I had expected – I kept thinking I needed one more top.

After feeling stuck making my original 10 items work, I made a couple of edits. Layering pieces like a jacket or cardigan are usually my go-to for creating a variety of looks with a small number of items. I had my utility jacket selected originally, but decided I would get more mileage out of a shirt dress. I also had originally chosen my black skinny jeans, but replaced them with gray to create more interesting outfits with the tops I selected.

I could have probably worn one pair of shoes the entire two weeks and made room for another clothing item, but having two footwear options will give some of the outfits a different vibe. Plus, we still have snow on the ground and the weather has been pretty unpredictable, so the boots will be a good option for colder days.

Scarves, hats, jewelry, and bags do not count for the challenge, so I will rely on those to pull my looks together.

So, for the next two weeks, this is it….

10x10 closet 1

I’m not going to lie, that’s a pretty sparse looking wardrobe and I’m a little nervous about how this is going to work. But, what’s the worst that can happen?! It’s just my wardrobe and it’s just two weeks. I’m ready to have fun with it and hopefully learn something along the way!

Is anyone else interested in joining us?!



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    1. I like this idea! Once the weather calms down here in Seattle midweek, I’m going to play with this concept. I’d start now, but I’m still working on replenishing my spring/summer wardrobe after my closet cleanse.

      I can’t wait to see your outfits!

      1. B,
        Yes, please join in! I’d love to hear how it goes for others while I’m trying it out. We’ve got some crazy weather coming up, but I think having a t-shirt and a dress as options will get me through.
        Thanks for reading along,

    1. This is so great Paige! I love how you explained your process in choosing items. It’s worth taking the extra time to make sure you’re excited about your options instead of feeling stifled. Can’t wait to see how you put things together. Cheers to a fun Spring challenge! xo

      1. Thanks so much for checking out my post, Lee! I look forward to pushing myself out of my comfort zone with this challenge – thanks for the idea! xo

    1. I think I may try this once school is out/ closer to when school is out. I am definitely leaning towards a Capsule situation (ie: 20 items) for a chunk of time this summer– what do you recommend for that?
      My biggest thing is my love of color and pattern. So many capsules don’t have that…

      1. Krista,
        I am right there with you on the smaller summer capsule. I think mine will include a few pair of shorts, a few dresses, and then a mix of tanks, tees, and a light sweater or two. It will be interesting, because I feel I rely pretty heavily on layering to create different looks and that won’t be as much of an option during summer.

        I think you can build a capsule full of colors and prints as long as you’re careful to stick with a palette that works well together. So maybe you decide on shades of blue, purple, and yellow? Or mint, pink, and navy? Or red, blue, and gold? I would also watch for prints that mix well – like florals, stripes, gingham, etc. that stand alone well, but go with one another too.

        If you’re on pinterest – try searching “colorful capsule wardrobe” for a lot of options and guides to color palettes. Keep me posted – I’d love to hear how it goes!!


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