With this fall’s beautiful weather and warmer than usual temps I feel I’ve barely scraped the surface of my fall wardrobe. I love fall style as much as the next person, but I also try not to rush through each season by dressing for the next one it before it’s really necessary. So, I’m still wearing sandals and dresses and tanks and tees regularly, because I know the cooler season in all it’s boot-wearing and layering glory will be upon us soon (and will probably hang around longer than I’d like).
I usually like to do these mini-capsule wardrobe challenges when I’m starting to feel a little bored with my wardrobe, but Lee (from Style Bee) kicked off a 10×10 challenge this week and I decided to join in at the last minute to make this transitional season a little more interesting. And, I’m always up for a few weeks of super easy dressing.
What is a 10×10?
Simply put, it means selecting 10 items from your closet to style in 10 different ways. The fun part is finding new ways to put together different looks from what you already own rather than feeling the need to go buy something new. I have done a few of these challenges and I’ve always felt it has taught me some new styling tricks and given me renewed appreciation for how much I can do with my small wardrobe.
What are the rules?
None, silly! You can’t get kicked out or in trouble for breaking your 10 items. But, I would bet if you challenge yourself to stick to it, you’ll learn something about your style and actually enjoy it. I’m editing the ‘rules’ a bit this time around. I typically select 8 clothing items and 2 pair of shoes for my 10 items. For this round, I’m sticking to the 8 items of clothing, but I’m not limiting my shoes. I am going to try to make these clothing items work for both work and home life and sometimes a simple change in footwear makes all of the difference.
Olive green tee: (Lush, made in USA, Nordstrom) This v-neck tee was a Nordstrom Sale impulse purchase, which I haven’t even worn. I think because it was an unplanned purchase, I keep forgetting it’s hanging in my closet. It will be a great layering piece, works for both work and home life, and adds just a bit of color to my mini capsule.
Trouser jeans: (LOFT, via Thred Up, made in USA option, love these too) I love trouser jeans for work. They look nicer than jeans, but don’t feel too ‘stuffy’ or over-dressed in our very casual school.
White top (Everlane): I added this Japanese Goweave top from Everlane as my fall investment item. I wish I could put into words how great it feels to wear. I’ve only worn it once, so I can’t wait to really put it to work over the next few weeks.
Black crop pants (Gap, via Poshmark, similar Made in USA, these get great reviews): I bought these pants secondhand right before I got pregnant with Brynn (2 years ago). It’s only been in the past month or so that I’ve finally been able to get into them comfortably. I love the cropped length and ever so slightly wider leg opening. They’re easy and versatile, which makes them a perfect addition.
Striped top (H&M Conscious Collection): I bought this late last spring in preparation for fall. It’s a thicker weight (kind of between a tee and a sweatshirt) and the boxier cut reminds me of this one. I have a feeling it will become one of my favorite items (I’m very interested to see how it holds up).
Gray sweatshirt (James Perse via Poshmark): I bought this sweatshirt over the summer primarily for weekends and around the house. I think with the right styling it could look cool for work, so I added it to the challenge. Plus, it’s my warmer layering piece in case the temps drop.
Black silk dress (c/o The White Label Project): I have posted a couple of times about this dress (here and here). I’ve worn it a couple of times to work already, but I want to get creative with some layering options for cooler weather.
Jeans (J Brand, via Thred Up, Made in USA option): In all honesty, I’m just not that into these jeans. They’ve gotten a bit too big (yay!) and I’m really wanting a newer style (i.e., no more skinnies!), but I’m going to try to hold out a little longer before I update my denim. My friend, Andrea, inspired me to unstitch the hem which has given them a bit of a refresh, which will hold me off for a bit longer. I added them to the mini capsule as a casual Friday and weekend option.
*Cognac faux leather jacket: Depending on how the weather turns out over the next week or so, I may add my faux leather jacket as a warmer layer.
See my outfits:
I’ll be sharing my looks daily on Instagram, and I’ll do one or two updates here over the course of the 10 days.
Are you interested in trying out your own 10×10 challenge? Here’s some great inspiration for how to get started: