A few weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, I decided at the last minute to participate in Lee’s Fall Style Bee 10×10 challenge. I’ve done a few of these challenges over the past year, so it’s become easier and easier to select items. I went into my closet and picked eight of my favorite items and committed to create ten outfits (and wear them). I only selected eight items because I decided to alter the rules and not count my shoes this round. In the end, I also added my cognac faux leather jacket for a few cool mornings.
I didn’t have any set goals for this challenge, though I always love to find new ways to wear my items. Sometimes I find a new combination I hadn’t thought of, or I’m able to get creative with layering. I don’t think I can say that happened this round, mainly due to unseasonably warm weather that has not allowed for much layering yet.
I did love the color palette I selected and getting to wear my favorite items (the silk dress and Everlane top) repeatedly (another reminder that I don’t need much…if I have an overfull closet, my favorites get passed up too often).
The challenge was (and always is) a great reminder of how much is possible with a small wardrobe. Since I un-capsuled my wardrobe I have around 70 items in my closet. The past few weeks has been a great reminder that I don’t even need that much, so I was able to identify a few more pieces that don’t fit my style goals and I don’t love wearing. Spending 10 days picking outfits from clothes that I feel great in made it a lot easier to see those unloved items much more clearly. My hope is to soon do a post to share my core wardrobe (un-capsuled closet).
My 10 Looks:
Overall, I really enjoyed this 10×10 and I have found that it gets easier every time (see my past experiences here and here). I think the biggest impact was not limiting my footwear. When I only wear two pair of shoes for 10 days, the outfits start to feel redundant. It also makes it easier to create looks for both work and weekend.