It’s here…the Fall 10×10 Style Challenge has arrived. Thanks to Lee (from Style Bee) and Caroline (from Un-fancy) for hostessing and motivating me to make what I already have hanging in my closet work a little harder.
So, what exactly is a 10×10?
The idea is to remix some items from your current wardrobe. Choose 10 items and create 10 different outfits with them. Most women choose to count clothing and shoes, but exclude jewelry, accessories, outerwear, and workout gear. There are no rules, just get creative, try new combinations, and push yourself outside your comfort zone.
I chose 8 items, but I am not committing to two specific pairs of shoes. I’ve basically left myself two ‘wild cards’ for footwear. Based on what I’ve learned from past style challenges, I find this makes the experience much more enjoyable for me. I plan to wear the outfits for the work week and take the weekend to wash, iron, and refresh my items.
For this round, I decided to chose some of my clothes that I have a harder time styling. My best hope is to get more familiar with these items and learn more about how to wear them through experimentation.
I also decided to break out of my safety net of neutrals. Anytime I do these challenges I stick to a very basic color palette, primarily so that it isn’t as obvious when I’m repeating items. I am doing my best to plan outfits so the repeat items are spaced out a bit, but at the end of the day I wonder why I even care?
It somewhat conflicts with my goal of doing more with less when I worry about being caught wearing the same cardigan twice in a week. So, this time I’m going to try to break that mindset and embrace and be proud of my repeats. And honestly, I’m sure no one actually cares enough about what I’m wearing to notice.
Striped Three Quarter Tee (c/o Tapered Collection) // This is one of my safety items in the challenge. I think I’ve always included a striped shirt in my challenges. They make a great layering piece and add some variety to my solids. It works well on its own on warmer days, but it a great over or under layer for cooler weather.
Cashmere Cropped Sweater (Everlane bought secondhand, other options with more coming Monday) // I love the texture of this sweater, but have struggled some with the cropped length. All of the bottoms I’ve included are high-waisted, which will make wearing this sweater more comfortable at school.
T Top (c/o Jamie + the Jones) // I am completely obsessed with this color for fall. I was very tempted to select my black version of the top so it wouldn’t be such a standout piece, but what’s the fun in that? I haven’t had the top long enough to experiment with layering, so that will be one thing I try to incorporate in the challenge.
Boyfriend Cardigan (Old Navy) // I saw this sweater on Instagram and was immediately obsessed. It was somewhat of an impulse fast fashion purchase after I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a week straight. I will definitely discuss that more in a future post as I know it differs from the message I try to promote here. I always include a cardigan in my challenges because it’s a great way to transform the look of a pair of pants and top. Plus, they work great over dresses to give them a whole new look.
Pencil Dress (Brass Clothing, black sold out but navy on sale) // I got this dress late last spring. It is way out of my comfort zone, but the quality and comfort was so good I decided to keep it and push my style boundaries. I hope by forcing myself to get a few more wears of this dress and work with some layering the challenge will help me grow more confident wearing it.
Wide Leg Pants (Everlane) // I love love wide leg pants on everyone else in the world, but I am having a heck of a time figuring out how to best make them work on my short frame. I tend to resort to pairing them with a basic tee because I’m not sure what else works with this shape. Since that option has all but been taken away with the challenge, we’ll see what I come up with.
Jeans (Madewell bought secondhand) // My safety pants. For days when I can’t make anything else work.
Dark Gray Skinny Jeans (c/o Mott and Bow) // I was so torn between these and my ponte pants, but ultimately decided to go with the dark gray skinny jeans. Mott and Bow just sent these and I want to get more time in them before I recommend them. I haven’t entirely been into skinny jeans lately, but I do think they have a place in my wardrobe. As temperatures cool down and my tops get bulkier and layers create more volume. I prefer more fitted pants to balance the proportions.
A few of my very favorite bloggers are also participating in the Fall 10×10 Style Challenge. Check out Andrea, Natalie, and Jaana, as well as the #fall10x10 hashtag on Instagram to see a ton of different takes on the challenge. I love the community that gathers to participate and that is working toward doing more with less. I’ll be sharing outfits daily on Instagram, but will also post a weekly recap here.
Also, here are some of my prior style challenges: Summer 30×30, Winter 10×10, last year’s Fall 10×10, and for kick’s my very first 10×10 and a 20×20. Apparently I’m a big fan of the style challenges! I always come back for more because every time I learn a little about my personal style and preferences. It also is a great reminder that I have more than enough and with practice I can be content with what I already own. Plus, it’s a great way to discover and connect with other like-minded women.
So, who’s in?! Leave a comment below and, if possible, a blog link so we can follow along.
This is one of my favorite ‘meeting of the minds’ and the community aspect is truly inspiring. Don’t forget to see daily updates and follow others’ journeys on Instagram by searching #fall10x10.