What is my style & how does it define me?
Spring 10×10 style challenge & everything I learned!
Yes, I like a challenge, an adventure, a new experience. I get restless, I like change. Why not try a wardrobe challenge? Playing on a micro capsule closet. I dig deeper, I research more. I love experiments, and this seems fun, light, gitty…a way to change up my daily routine. I first heard about the 10×10 wardrobe this winter. I tried the 10×10, loved the challenge then came back for more, this spring.
In 2015, I started following capsule guru, Caroline Joy, of Un-Fancy. Her minimalist closet philosophy struck a chord, so I raided my closet, her concept guided the way.
Does this spark joy? Marie Kondo helped as well 😉
This winter, one of Un-Fancy’s blog posts led me to the wardrobe 10×10 guru, Lee of Style Bee. There you have it, a challenge born.
“Because trying something new, even something tiny, can be a powerful reminder it’s never too late to change your life.” –Caroline Joy
The basic guidelines I follow, but not to be too hard on myself, too strict, or too restricted. I choose 10 items of clothing, create them into 10 different outfits, and wear these outfits over 10 days, and have fun all while doing it. Accessories, jewelry, scarves, hats, bags, undies, pjs, and yoga pants not included. YES! I honestly spend most days in athleisure wear because of my work. I think about doing a yoga 10×10, hmmmm, someday? 🙂
Why do this challenge? -via Style Bee
- reinvest in my closet
- take a shopping break
- open up creativity
- find my own personal style
- good for trips
- maybe a capsule closet is in my future
Spring 10×10 Mood Board
- check the weather
- note daily activities (work, trips, special events, hot date 🙂 dinner, ect.)
- take less than 20 minutes scanning my closet
- pick my favorites (shoes, jeans, t-shirt, ect.)
- grab by intuition
- stick to a neutral palette, also add a playful patterned piece
What is my style & how does it define me?
Welcome to my spring 10x 10 closet!
My pieces included:
- 4 tops (2 short & 2 long)
- 2 pants
- 2 pairs of shoes
- 2 dresses
At the half way point I really love all the pieces I chose. The challenge is running smoothly. I easily plan my outfit in my mind the night before. I found a new passion for the pink top I rarely wear, maybe because spring colors are pastel & soft to me, pink is this color. The polka dot dress I’ve had for over ten years & usually wear it as a light coat. I wore it as a dress again, forgot how sweet it is. 🙂
I wore every piece this week, except for one top. Neat! I did laundry Friday for a fresh start to Monday. Happy to have the weekend to wear my runner ups I left behind for this Spring 10×10.
I didn’t do any clothing swap outs, but I did need to add leggings, tights, and a sweater due to the cooler temps. The spring 10×10 feels easier than the winter 10×10 thus far.
I feel like this week breezed by. My only struggle was mid week, day 8 on Wednesday. I had great ideas for my white pinstriped button down, I really love it, by itself (how I wore it on day 1) with jeans. I wore again on Wednesday with my black dress & the top felt too constricted with the tie knot. I tried to wrap the white stripes around my waist, still wasn’t me. Some clothes are meant to be worn alone.
On day 9, I didn’t have a wardrobe struggle, but I had an internal, emotional struggle. An inner shift about technology, social media…it’s difficult to explain. The selfies & photographs became draining, taking up time, weighing in on my perfectionism – my obsessiveness.
“Be still, breathe sweet,” I whisper. I make this self realization & turn a new, spring leaf!
Day 10, I wore my best look. I saved it for last, felt flirtatious, springy & back on track. I know my style, I have fun with this small Instagram Spring 10×10 community. I love watching everyone create neat outfits, looking at how each style from all over the world is unique, yet similar – different, yet playful. I found some pretty fun blogs along the way as well.
All in all, I learned to have fun, be playful, don’t take your clothes too seriously. Creativity is in all things even your closet, my style hasn’t changed too much over the years…I like free flowing, boho chic, natural, down to earth, rustic & the color black in my wardrobe. I love accessories, my scarves.
Working toward a smaller wardrobe, finding ease in a clean closet, enjoying the simplicity of an outfit and the idea of minimalism brings me joy.
Style defines me by allowing the world to see a tiny spark of my personality wrapped around my body…defined as clothes, an outfit, art, rags, fashion, style…whatever you will.
Hopefully, you will join me on my next 10×10 adventure.
be you. be kind. breathe sweet