The time has come again! I’ve enjoyed moving through this season’s 10x10 Challenge. If you’re not familiar with it, the 10x10 Challenge is a seasonal effort hosted by Caroline Rector and Lee Vosburgh to simplify your choices for ten days and see what creative solutions happen. You choose ten clothing pieces - including shoes, but excluding accessories, sleepwear, activewear, etc. - and only dress with those pieces for ten days total. Some folks include a cheat day, some break the ten days up to allow for life, but it all counts and it's all creative fun.
This time I will not be traveling (bless) and will mostly be at school, which makes my 10x10 very weather-oriented. I did decide to track these outfits on my own and shoot them all at the end, because a daily #ootd was just too much hassle (I'm lazy).
Last 10x10, I wanted to phase out pieces that didn’t work, so I used the challenge to test out those items’ usefulness. This time, I’m more concerned with outfit creation. This seems like the most obvious thing ever, but I really want to nail down a few of the things that bug me about making an outfit that works. Like shoes. I also built this group with texture in mind, giving myself some flowy stuff, structured stuff, stretchy stuff, and knitted stuff. Technical terms.
- Keep experimenting with linen (winter-friendly?)
- Start simple and build with accessories
- Figure out optimal bootie-to-pant-roll ratio
Black Turtleneck | Garmentory (ethically made)
Pink Sweater | Thrifted
Orange Patterned Wrap Top | Thrifted
Striped Tee | Old from JCrew
White Top | Old from Gap
Patterned Tunic | Old from Old Navy
Skinny Jeans | Old Vera Wang
Linen Trousers | Linenfox (ethically made)
Cognac Booties | Old from Nordstrom
Slate Booties | Handmade in China
I will also include the accessories I used, because they did affect the vibe and color scheme a good bit:
Watch | Daniel Wellington from Justin
Red Scarf | Old (like really old)
Grey Scarf | Altar'd State
Silver Glasses | ...my optometrist
What I came up with
A few things you may notice
- I wore my linen trousers three times, which was actually great considering my concerns with linen's breeziness in January.
- I wore booties for ten straight days. (No regrets)
- There are no dresses. It's all just pants and booties. Because that's what I do in winter.
- I never wore my short boots with my linen trousers. This is because I really feel better in those pants if I have a heel to lengthen my legs, especially since going back to school and gaining a bit (chocolate helps me think).
stuff I learned
I can spend the day on campus in a bootie with a heel and not die (this is big).
- Unexpected layering is a perk of winter challenges.
- A pair of blue jeans are not necessarily a neutral piece. Blue is not a neutral color. This changes everything.
I was really happy with the balance of warm and snuggly stuff vs. cooler, more structured options in this 10x10. I do also feel that I've moved closer to optimal pant-rolling amounts for my height and these booties. And I definitely recycled last 10x10's trousers-as-a-faux-jumper idea, this time with my turtleneck.
Aaaand I stayed warm! On the days that were not cold, I stayed cool. A perfect mix for Tennessee winters, which go from 23° to 62° to 45° all in one week. All in all, a successful 10x10.
I'm grateful to Caroline and Lee for starting this, and to all my #10x10friends for being inspirations during this challenge! 'Til next time.