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Fall 2017 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge Review: what worked? what didn’t? and what will I keep in mind for next time?

WhoWearsWho Fall 10x10 Wrap Up

The Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge has concluded! It felt like the whole thing went by super quickly, and I had a great time.

I had 10 pieces in my mini-capsule wardrobe: 2 pairs of boots, 1 pair of jeans, 1 skirt, 1 black camisole, 2 tee-shirt, 1 sheer over-shirt, 1 button up shirt, 1 dress.

What worked?

On the whole, I thought this mini-capsule wardrobe was pretty well balanced. I included some newer pieces, and some older pieces, some super comfortable pieces, and some more experimental pieces.

When I was planning this challenge wardrobe, I wanted to experiment and play around with some of the newer pieces I’ve added to my wardrobe recently. So I included the newer pieces and sandwiched them between some of my favorite older-go to pieces, which worked really well.

What didn’t work?

Including two pairs of boots probably wasn’t the smartest idea because one pair was not fully broken in yet, and the other was heels. This didn’t not work, but looking back on the challenge as a whole I wish I had added a pair of sneakers or ballet flats.

Did the capsule work for the weather?

The weather for my second week was a fair bit colder than I had anticipated. It was 60s/70s but leaned towards cold-60s/70s not warm-60s/70s. So there were a couple days in a row wear I basically alternated between my orange-plaid button up shirt, and my red-flannel-plaid dress because those were the two “warmer” pieces in my mini-capsule.

Did I wear anything that wasn’t included in the 10 pieces?

I did grab a second black camisole (exactly the same style as the first) a couple days into the challenge.

How did laundry work out?

I spot cleaned, and hand washed as necessary, and also added a second black camisole.

Which outfit was your favorite?

The red-plaid dress, with the black camisole, black mini-skirt, and heeled docs from Day 10 is probably my favorite look of the challenge.

On the other hand, the same dress with a black shirt and black jeans (like Days 5 and 7) is probably the way I wear this dress most often.

Which outfit was the most outside your comfort zone?

Day 3 the orange-plaid button up tied at the waist to make it cropped and the black mini-skirt and Day 9 the black shirt with black skirt, boots and the orange-plaid button up tied around the waist were probably the looks that were the furthest from my comfort zone. Other than these two looks everything else is pretty standard in my day-to-day wardrobe.

What to keep in mind for next time?

Basically very similar things to what I wanted to keep in mind at the end of the Summer 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge.

  1. Do it again next time! It’s super fun, and a fantastic low-key wardrobe challenge.
  2. Pay attention to your shoes. 3 pairs of shoes for two weeks may seem excessive, but then again it might be perfect.

And there we are! I hope you enjoyed this fall 10×10 wardrobe challenge.

Catch up on the whole challenge here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, and Day 10.

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What’s the best part about finishing a wardrobe challenge? || Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge Day 10

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Yesterday was the last day of my fall 10×10 wardrobe challenge!

The basic idea of the 10×10 wardrobe challenge is to dress from a mini-capsule wardrobe of 10 pieces, making 10 outfits for 10 days. The 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge is hosted by Caroline of Un-Fancy, and Lee of Style Bee. And you can browse through everyone’s looks over on instagram using the hashtags #fall10x10 and #10x10friends.

I participated for the first time over the summer, and had such a fun time that I knew I wanted to participate again when the fall wardrobe challenge came around. I’m so glad I did!

I’ll do a proper reflection/wrap up on Monday (like I did last time), but for now, this is the look that I wore yesterday for the final day of the challenge.

I really love this dress combined with this skirt. Similar to the day before, this solid black top tucked into this skirt gives the illusion of a dress. And then with the shorter hemline of the skirt, I love the longer hemline of the dress. (No need to worry about sitting down on cold seats.)

As much as I love doing wardrobe challenges, I’m really exited that this one is over. I think the best part about finishing up any sort of wardrobe challenge is getting to dive back into the rest of my wardrobe with new eyes. Sometimes that means diving in and coming up with new creative looks. But I think this time it means diving back into my go-to comfortable uniforms.

And with that I’m off to enjoy the weekend – I’ll be back on Monday with a review/reflection/wrap up of this wardrobe challenge.

What I’m wearing…

Dress: Flannel Checked Shirt Dress from Uniqlo
Shirt: Organic Cotton Jersey Camisole from Muji
Skirt: Express (very old)
Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’
Sunglasses: From Ricky’s (unfortunately, they don’t appear to have sunnies online)
Necklace: Old, from a street fair
Bracelets: Made-by-me
Rings: Various
Lip: Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Divine Wine (#695)

How is there only one day left? || Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge Day 9

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It’s Day 9 of my fall 10×10 wardrobe challenge.

I’m really glad I played around with this skirt again today. I really like that pairing this skirt with a solid black top kind of turns it into a solid black dress. It’s like having the seamless-ness of a dress, but the options of separates. And I think the orange in the plaid button up breaks up the sea of black in a very autumnal way.

Breaking in the boots is still a total pain, but it’s not quite as bad as when I first put them on, so I think including them in this mini-capusle wardrobe was a good idea.

I can’t believe tomorrow is day 10! Not sure what I’ll wear yet, but we’ll see!

What I’m wearing…

Black Shirt: Old and tag-less
Plaid Shirt: Made-by-me. The pattern is Archer by Grainline Studios with some modifications. (Find the pattern here, and details about my modifications here.)
Black Cami: Organic Cotton Jersey Camisole from Muji
Skirt: Express (very old)
Boots: Veronica Short Belted Ankle Boot from Frye in black
Sunglasses: From Ricky’s (unfortunately, they don’t appear to have sunnies online)
Necklace: Old, from a street fair
Bracelets: Made-by-me
Rings: Various
Lip: Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Divine Wine (#695)

Who doesn’t love a stylistic lazy day? || Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge Day 8

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Day 8 of my Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge! Only a couple days left.

Here this shirt again. I’ve said it the last couple days, and I’ll say it again. Chilly fall weather is here and I’m so glad that I included some easy to throw on warmer pieces in my fall 10×10 wardrobe. And today is a little bit of a stylistic lazy day.

But as much as I love my go-to uniform type looks, I think I want to play around with some of the newer pieces I’ve included in this mini-capsule wardrobe. I build this capsule wardrobe to play around with a couple newer pieces I’ve incorporated into my wardrobe recently, and also experiment with some pieces I’ve had for a long time. So I think tomorrow I’ll pull the skirt I included in this wardrobe back out and experiment.

What I’m wearing…

Shirt: Made-by-me. The pattern is Archer by Grainline Studios with some modifications. (Find the pattern here, and details about my modifications here.)
Cami: Organic Cotton Jersey Camisole from Muji
Jeans: Straight skinny jeans from Uniqlo
Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’
Sunglasses: From Ricky’s (unfortunately, they don’t appear to have sunnies online)
Necklaces: Various, old.
Bracelets: Made by me.
Rings: Various.
Lip: Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Divine Wine (#695)

How many times can you change your clothes in one day? || Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge Day 7

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Another go-to easy to throw on look for today. For the past couple days, I’m really loving being able to throw on some easy, comfortable, familiar looks. So I’m glad that in addition to putting some newer pieces to experiment with in this mini-capsule wardrobe, I included some older go-to pieces as well.

I know I said this yesterday, but fall is definitely here in New York. I actually swapped out the tee-shirt for a camisole before running out this afternoon, because it works better with a scarf for me.

While I was thinking about writing this post, I realized that I tend to change clothes a lot throughout my day. I know that a large part of this is because I work from home and my whole closet is right around the corner, easy to get to. It’s not uncommon that I stay in pjs until I finish my coffee, and then change into some sort of lounge-wear/tee-shirt/shorts/jeans for the morning, then shower and change into “real clothes” sometime around the middle of the day, and then potentially change for the evening (either to grab dinner, or back clothes for lounging/pjs). Writing this out it seems like an absurd number of clothing changes for someone who doesn’t live in the world of Downton Abbey, but here I am.

I’m definitely not 100% sure why this is, but I think at least part of it is because changing clothes is an easy way to break up my day. Since I work primarily from home it’s really, really, really easy for my to-do list to grow forever and for me to spend my entire day staring at my computer working. It’s nice to have an obvious physical activity that breaks up my day.

Could this activity be something other than changing clothes multiple times a day? Yea.

But, for now at least, this is working for me, so I’ll go with it.

What I’m wearing…

Dress: Flannel Checked Shirt Dress from Uniqlo
Shirt: The Babe with the Power Tee in black from Hello, Oui Fresh
Jeans: Straight skinny jeans from Uniqlo
Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’
Bracelets: Made-by-me
Rings: Various
Lip: Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Divine Wine (#695)