Reflecting on the 10×10 Challenge: Winter 2018

Reviewing my experience with the 10×10 challenge for winter 2018!

I DID IT! I was definitely nervous coming into this, and thought it would be too hard to limit my clothing choices. Will I do this again? Absolutely. Will I do this all the time? No, haha. I share my challenge reflections below.

If this is the first post you are reading about this, make sure to check out my pre-10×10 challenge blog post here to learn about the challenge logistics, rules, inspiration, etc.

Okay, let’s get to it!

My 10 outfits

Reflections

I’m not great at accessorizing.

…and that’s okay! I wear the same, staple pieces of jewelry every day, so when I have a more plain outfit, like day 3, it’s REALLY plain. In the future I will try to integrate some staple accessories into my wardrobe so that I can avoid this.

The weather likes to throw curveballs

Where I live, we got an aggressive amount of unexpected rain. I chose not to include shoes in my capsule and I’m glad I did that. I wouldn’t have thought to include rain boots in my shoe choices, and I really needed them for a few days. The unpredictable weather is constant where I live, so it’s something that I’ll always have to keep in mind. I’m excited to do this challenge during the summer when there is a little less variance in the weather.

I can definitely live with less clothes

I liked only having a few options to choose from and having my outfits planned for the week. It saved me some brainpower in the morning (we can only make so many decisions in one day) and I knew I was confident in what I was wearing. I knew what pieces were my MVP closet pieces, and which pieces I don’t wear often.

I was able to better determine my style

I wouldn’t consider myself an overly stylish person or someone who is super up to date with the latest fashion trends. I enjoy being comfortable and simple. Through this challenge, I was able to learn what pieces in my closet I love wearing and what I purchased on a whim. I also love neutral colours. I used to think it was a bad thing that I rarely purchase anything colourful, but I truly don’t enjoy wearing bolder colours. For example, I bought a red cardigan because I thought I needed a red piece of clothing since I didn’t have one. I can count on my hand the number of times I’ve worn it. There were some key pieces that I thought about during the 10 days that I wanted to wear, but I committed myself to this challenge.

TL;DR

This was fun, and I will do this challenge at least once a season. I see a lot of benefits, such as: purchasing less clothes, getting more wear out of my closet, challenging myself to be creative, streamlining my morning. I know which pieces are my closet MVPs, so I can build my wardrobe around those pieces that make me feel good.

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4 Comments

  1. February 2, 2018 / 10:08 am

    I always feel tempted to buy more color but then never wear the pieces either! Unless it’s like close to a holiday or something.

    • February 2, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I know some colours look good on me, but I don’t feel as confident in them haha. Plus, with a more neutral wardrobe, almost everything matches!

  2. Heather Budd
    February 2, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Great article Jac! I also sway hard towards dark neutral colors.
    Love, Hbudd

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