For the last year or two I’ve been casually observing the seasonal 10×10 challenges on Instagram, and a couple of days ago I decided the time was ripe for me to try it out for myself!
I’ve been mildly fascinated with the idea of capsule wardrobes for a long while now, but I’m not at a point where I genuinely want to go the full-capsule route (nor, I suspect, will I ever be!). The concept of a 10 day challenge feels like a way to get my capsule fix without jumping all in. Yay! I missed the official start on Friday but I figure I’ll just jump in from today (Sunday).
If you’re not familiar with the idea, here’s the basics: the 10×10 challenge urges you to select 10 different items from your existing wardrobe, then mix and match them into 10 different looks over a 10 day period. The “rules” are really more like guidelines, so you can tweak them in any way you like to make sure it’s fun and suits your lifestyle.
My lifestyle is very casual with no differentiation between weekday/weekend clothing, so I didn’t find it too hard to come up with my 10 pieces. I started with shoes, since I knew I wanted to include 2 pairs.
- White sneakers
- Brown leather ankle boots
That left me with 8 slots to fill with garments. I had already decided what I was planning to wear on Easter Sunday, so that made for an easy choice for one slot, and I knew I would need two pairs of pants. Initially I thought I would include two pairs of jeans, but I when it came down to it I decided to swap out the lighter pair for my Winslow Culottes, just for a bit of extra variety. Anyway, here are the final 8 pieces:
- Linen Alder shirtdress (I still need to blog/IG this make! Oops!)
- Dark indigo RTW jeans
- Tencel Winslow Culottes
- White cotton View Ridge Top
- Mustard linen Kalle cropped shirt (I NEVER wear this, so I’m hoping including it in the challenge will help me feel more inspired by it?)
- Toffee spot knit Stasia Dress (Oops, here’s another new make I need to share on the blog/IG!)
- Silver Blackwood Cardigan (this is a huge workhorse in my closet, I’d be crazy not to include it)
- White linen Hadley Top
I found myself a bit stuck on what to choose to fill the final slot. My go-to neutral is generally grey/silver, but with the Blackwood Cardigan in the mix I needed to steer clear of greys I wouldn’t be able to pair with the cardigan. In the end I didn’t love the idea of adding in a second white top, but it was the best option I could come up with.
I also wonder if I’m doing myself a disservice by including two dresses, but we’ll see how it goes. It’s only my first 10×10 so it’s all experimental anyway! I don’t want it to become something that stresses me out, so if I need to switch something out midway through I will.
I’ll be sure to check back in after the challenge to share how it went and what I learned!