Here is a look back at the 10 looks I created from my 10 item mini capsule. I chose some favorites, some not-so-favorites, and thought about how the mini challenge can be applied to my Core Wardrobe mission as I move away from seasonal capsules.
My 10 Items:
Two shoes: strappy sandals and Birkenstocks
Two bottoms: Linen shorts and denim (originally selected pants, swapped for cutoffs early on)
Four tops: longline cardigan, striped tank, white lace detail tee, chambray shirt
Two dresses: Gray tank dress and Tank Maxi Dress
One of the best lessons I learned from working with my 10 items was how to layer and change up the look of dresses. This Imby gray tank dress was a part of four of my outfits – everything from a date night to a work meeting – and I love how easily a cardigan or shirt tied around my waist created a different feel from the same piece. I have really re-fallen in love with the simple chic of dresses this summer. I’m excited that this mini capsule forced me to get creative with how I wear them so I can make them real workhorse pieces in my closet.
I was reminded that less really, really is more. I have recently been un-capsuling my wardrobe in preparation for fall and back to school, which has left me with more items hanging in my closet than I’ve had in well over a year. While the total number is a far cry from my pre-capsule closet, I have found myself wondering if I have too much. During the challenge, I felt so content grabbing outfits from a few well-selected pieces, which is how I want to feel every day. This mini challenge has been a great reminder about why I love a lean wardrobe and is motivation to do some further weeding out of unnecessary items.
Doing this challenge over the summer months took away some of the pressure that I felt last time I did a 10×10 challenge. During summer months I don’t see the same people every day, so I felt I had a little more freedom to repeat items two or three days in a row. During the school year, I tried to space my 10 items out strategically over the two weeks so it wasn’t too obvious, which was a little tricky. This more casual approach was a lot of fun!
My least favorite looks were the more simple of the group. I like the outfits, but if I had to put a couple at the bottom of the list it would be these.
The constant 90+ degree temps took the option of layering away most days. One of the fun parts of a style challenge is creating new looks by pairing items in different ways, which for me often means adding layers in a new way. Many of the days simple shorts and a tank or easy, cool dress were the only comfortable options, so I felt I didn’t have a chance to get quite a creative with my pieces as I’d like. I also had originally included a pair of crop denim in my 10 items, but realized within 48 hours that the heat would limit how much I wore them. I think cooler temps lend themselves to the style challenge better.
The laundry was hard to keep up with because of the hot weather and always feeling I needed to wash everything before I wore it again. Since I was home from work I was able to do a load every day or two to keep up, but that wouldn’t be possible for me to maintain long term.
My ultimate goal is that my wardrobe leaves me feeling confident, stylish, and at-ease with my outfit choices. In the coming week or two I plan to go back through my ‘un-capsuled’ core wardrobe to see if there is further purging I can do so that I am left with a closet full of items I love. I am working to build a wardrobe that feels great, looks great, and that I love wearing on repeat.
I will continue sharing daily outfits on Instagram to push myself to put together more creative combinations, especially as temperatures drop and I head back to work. As I navigated a year of capsule wardrobes I played it pretty safe with my clothing choices since I was working with so few items. I look forward to pushing myself outside that style ‘safe zone’ by remixing what I already own and looking for new ways to up-style my current wardrobe. The 10×10 always reminds me how much is possible with a small wardrobe!