Summer 10×10 Challenge – Yes, I can live with fewer pieces of clothing

The 10×10 Challenge:

I follow Caroline at Un-Fancy and Lee at Stylebee on a regular basis – both of them have figured out a way to have a tightly edited wardrobe for simplicity, yet maintain their own unique style.  Recently, they hosted a 10×10 challenge – the guidelines are simple:

  1. PICK ANY 10 ITEMS FROM YOUR CURRENT CLOSET
  2. STYLE THOSE ITEMS INTO 10 DIFFERENT LOOKS
  3. USE 10 DAYS TO DO IT
  4. HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY!

I was nervous in joining (could I really only wear 10 items for nearly two weeks?  Would I have to do laundry everyday?), but everyone raves about the experience, so I thought I would join in.

My 10 (well, 11) Items: 

Here were my 10 items.  I misjudged the weather, and ultimately had to add another pair of shorts, but didn’t feel too badly about it (see guideline 4 above).

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  1. J Crew Top (old), Size Small
  2. Splendid T-Shirt (old), Size Small
  3. Ann Taylor Black Marina Pants, Size 4P
  4. Current Elliot Painter Top, Size 1
  5. Kut from the Kloth Catherine Boyfriend Jeansicon, Size 4
  6. J Crew Khaki Shorts (old), Size 4
  7. Tory Burch Dress (old), Size 4
  8. Splendid T-Shirt (old), Size Small
  9. Gucci Princeton Mulesicon, Size 38
  10. Birkenstock Gizehicon, Size 38
  11. BlankNYC White Embroidered Cut-Off Shorts (old), Size 4

Here are all 10 of my outfits (plus a bonus one that I changed into one afternoon) and my key takeaways.

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Key Takeaways: 

  1. “Dressy” tops and shorts go together really well.  I have always separated my “nice” clothes from my casual clothes – shorts always went with a T-shirt.  But two week of hot weather meant that I needed to wear shorts more than I anticipated, and as a result, I had to put new combos together.  And guess what?  I loved them!  I found that pairing nicer tops and shorts elevated the whole look, and made me feel more put together, even if I was just taking Brandon to a swim class or running errands.  It made slightly younger-feeling pieces (cut off white shorts), seem a little more age appropriate for me.
  2. Getting dressed was much easier.  With only a few items to choose from, getting dressed in the morning was a breeze.  I didn’t have to try on 3 different outfits in the morning, and got to spend that extra 15 minutes eating a real breakfast, watching a little TV on the couch with Brandon, or just taking away the sense of being rushed in the morning.
  3. I don’t really need that many items of clothing.  I struggled a little with poor planning for weather and few unexpected meetings I needed to go attend, but overall, I didn’t feel that limited.  While I could’t stick with just ten items for very long (can’t keep doing laundry every few days!), I can easily see that with a few additional items, I could probably keep this going for a longer time.  Maybe I’ll have to try the 30×30 challenge next time!

Overall, this was a great challenge and definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it.  You don’t have to wait for the group to do one, just look through the old #summer10x10 posts (or spring10x10, etc) on Instagram for inspiration.  There is a great group of ladies that are in the community, and I was inspired by their creativity and style.

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