The #Winter10x10 wrapped up this week and while I wasn’t able to post what I wore every day, I am posting them now! Overall, it was a great challenge – I thought, being already limited to a small wardrobe, this would be no problem, but it had it’s moments. I made more thoughtful choices, realized some holes in my wardrobe and felt both comfortable and appropriately dressed for the events during the 10×10.
My goal for this challenge was simply to complete it. To use only the ten items, even if it meant repeating due to my lack of creativity. Ultimately, it was chilly, so I wore that Columbus sweatshirt over these outfits more than it’s pictured – picking that item was a great decision. The goal in doing this challenge at all is to create more, with less.
Below are a few questions “capsule guru” Caroline (Un-Fancy) asked herself after one of these challenges.
Why did you do the challenge in the first place?
I have been researching capsule wardrobes for quite a while, and finally decided to limit myself to 33 pieces from January through March. A little 10×10 challenge in the first month was a no-brainer – but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
What did you learn about your personal style?
I’m most comfortable in basics. I was at work for 6 of the 10 days of the challenge, so comfortable, functional clothes are important and it was nice not to think too much about what I was going to wear each day – that some of my staple pieces made everything fit in.
Where there any pieces you included that felt like mistakes?
The t-shirt dress felt like a mistake because the fit is off. It runs a little long and a little big and I wasn’t able to tie it up in a way that I felt comfortable with, so I only wore it once. Same with the quilted Vans. I was hoping they’d work as a sneaker, but it was just a bit too out of season for the weather and outfits I was loving most.
Did your clothes work for the weather?
For the most part, yes. The first day of the challenge 1/19, it snowed. Midway, it was 60°. Utilizing the tank with a cardigan was a great way to transition into something more comfortable, and being able to slip on the sweatshirt if it got too cold was golden.
Did you wear anything that wasn’t included in your 10 pieces?
I had to bring out the winter boots for the first couple days because we were up in the mountains and the snow/ice is no joke. Even though I packed my regular boots and slip-ons, I ended up only wearing the winter boots.
How did laundry work out?
I definitely paid more attention to the laundry with this. Fortunately, my jeans could go the entire 10×10 without a wash, and did. Generally, I do about two loads of laundry a week – three including whites, which is the one area – with my one white tank – where I had to jump in and handwash. I also incorporated a handheld steamer, which refreshed my clothes without sending them through the machine.
Which piece was your favorite?
I used the Cladwell app exclusively for this challenge. It presents three daily options based on what it has to work within your capsule. My basic uniform became pretty clear – black bottoms, black cardigan, tank or t-shirt of some kind and my cognac leather boots. I wore a variation of that almost every day, with a sweatshirt if it was too cold and with just the tank if it got too hot. That said, my favorite pieces were the real workhorses: the black Cuyana cardigan and my Peter Nappi leather boots. Totally worth the expense on both counts.
Which outfit was most outside your comfort zone?
Probably the t-shirt dress. From the time I bought it, I really wanted it to work. It’s from Able, one of my favorite ethical companies, but it’s been tough to style on my bodytype.
What would you do differently next time?
Though I self-admittedly have a workweek uniform, wearing the same outfit for ten days straight isn’t exactly the point of this challenge. Next time this comes around, I’d like to incorporate pieces that make distinct looks instead of variations on a theme.