21st March 2017

10×10 Recap

Ten days. Ten items of clothing. Complete.

If there’s one thing I’m learning about myself it’s that I like choice (almost too much) and decision making doesn’t come easy. Do I do tackle this project or devote my time to something else? Is this the best avenue or would a different approach better suit? Now or later?

When starting the 10×10 capsule wardrobe I thought it would; help me get dressed quicker, spice up my style and be a fun little project to throw in. Friends, I’m hear to say that this little challenge was no small feat. Sure, it’s a smaller capsule and still a chance to mix and match + play around with my wardrobe, but I know now that I’m a much bigger fan of the capsule wardrobe.

My ten pieces included one dress, two pairs of shoes, three bottoms, three tops and a cardigan.

What I loved + what worked?

I loved the idea of a mini capsule and that this project caused me to think a little more creatively. For example, I probably would’ve never paired a jumper over a dress.

I also liked the idea of only having to think of ten days at a time. Given the crazy weather patterns, it works out well not having to decide beyond ten days what the weather might be like a month from now. Thankfully, despite what you may hear about UK life, we can still just about predict what kind of weather + temperature range to expect across ten days. When it comes to a three month period of predicting weather changes well, it’s safe to say everyone’ gambling with that.

What I would change next time?

If I’m honest, it’s likely that I’ll stick to my tried and true seasonal capsule. If I did decide to attempt a 10×10 at some point I would be sure to throw in a few wild cards. Initially I started to feel like there wasn’t much spice and variance to my wardrobe. Although I was able to layer up, it seemed almost too monochromatic for my liking. Next time I would choose two completely different hues of shoe. This time I mistakingly chose two brown flat booties, next time I’ll be sure to add in a bit more flavour.

Below are a few outfits that came from my 10×10 challenge. 10x10 - 1 dress-2 10x10

leopard-1 10x10

Three takeaways:

  1. a bold lip can elevate any outfit. Although I felt like my 10×10 was quite casual, I could quickly take any particular outfit from day to night simply by adding a bold lip.
  2. layering always adds dimension and can be incorporated no matter the season.
  3. rules can be broken. This is meant to be a fun idea to help you look at what you already have in your wardrobe from a different vantage point. There’s no one keeping score, if it doesn’t work than change it – it’s all up to you at the end of the day.

I’m excited to now put together my spring capsule and will be sure to update you on just what that looks like. New to the capsule lingo? In a nutshell it’s thirty seven items of clothing selected to mix and match and wear across a three month season.

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  • Sarah

    This made me think about how packing a suitcase for vacation is like a mini capsule wardrobe every time. I am an overpacker, but thinking about it like a 10×10 would help pare things down. Love your style!

    • I can totally relate on the overpacker front. I try to implement this when I pack now too. Notice, TRY! It’s definitely a work in progress ha! Thanks for the sweet words!