2020 Spring 10X10 Challenge
We walked through the house empty and smelling of fresh paint dreaming about what it could be like to live here. The couch would go there, the dining room table over there and someday when we had kids we’d see them running through the door in the back, covered in mud from the backyard. Room by room we would let our imaginations roam about what life could look like for us here and of course thinking about what the lives of the people were like who lived here before us. How did the use this space, what were their days like? The vision of past owners filled my mind especially when we entered the master closet.
It used to be that Americans would spend 15% of their yearly income on clothes. Today we spend 5% of our income AND have 400% more clothes.
Smaller than the master closet in our 900 square foot condo built in the ’80s, our 1960’s home proved the fact that closets used to be smaller because people used to have fewer clothes. It used to be that Americans would spend 15% of their yearly income on clothes. Today we spend 5% of our income AND have 400% more clothes. Back in the 18th century, a woman would have 2 outfits because she had to sew them herself.
My question to my self is with all the extra clothes we have, do we feel any better? Do I feel more stylish, more confident or just pretty in general? Not really. Most days I have no idea what to wear. I lay in bed scrolling through Pinterest for ideas or running through pieces I have in my head. Most days the stress of figuring out what to wear outweighs the excitement of creating a new look that matches my feeling for the day. And with the pressure of not knowing what to wear and being stuck at home all day, it’s hard to want to wear anything other than jeans and a t-shirt or the infamous sweatpants all day.
All this to say, thinking about what women used to work with their closets, not spending extra where we don’t need it right now, and feeling the creative pressure of looking my best to feel my best, I started a 10×10 challenge.
For 10 days you wear the same 10 articles of clothing but mix and match to create a variety of outfits.
This challenge not only forces you to see how far your closet can go but really helps you understand what articles of clothing you really like and feel gorgeous in. For me, I became very quickly aware that while I LOVE my light pink blazer, I don’t actually like myself in light pink. I’m a bold color kind of girl and the outfits in this didn’t make me feel as confident as I’d like. I also learned from these 10 pieces how much I love color and layering things. It’s my go-to style statement.
So here’s what I had to work with:
- White Tank Top
- White Blouse
- Patterned Blouse
- Blue Blouse
- White Sweater
- Pink Blazer
- Jean Vest
- Bright Red/Pink Trouser
While some 10×10 challengers say that shoes count in your 10, I decided they do not (and this is my challenge isn’t it?) To me, shoes are an accessory and I NEVER limit my accessories.
Each day, for 10 days, I would mix and match these looks to come up with new ideas (taking photos of each day helps to ensure there are no repeats and to help you see what your favorite looks are at the end of the challenge.) I did find that by the last 2-3 days of the challenge I was getting a bit tired of the limiting factors of these clothes. Mostly because the weather was changing and these layers didn’t support the 70 degree sunny days we were getting.
The trick to having a whole closet that works in a 10×10 challenge is to really curate the things you wear. For example, I have a pretty fluid color pallet throughout my closet. Blue, white, black, grey and deep purple/red are the staple colors I work with. I’ll add in a few floral patterns or leopard print here and there and some textures like fur, tweed, and knits. But otherwise, you don’t see a lot of other variables in my closet. This means that I can easily mix and match pieces because so many of them are solids or in the same color pallet. I also know that these colors work for me so I feel good wearing them too.
it will give you a few days of not having to outfit plan and just maybe, give you the confidence you’ve been looking for in your look.
Here’s my challenge for you, while you’re stuck in quarantine, or just stuck feeling like you have nothing to wear, find 10 pieces you can mix and match for the next 10 days. If that feels like too much, just do 5 days. See how it feels to really utilize your closet. You might discover you have all the clothes you need or you might find that you need to do some curating all your own. Either way, it will give you a few days of not having to outfit plan and just maybe, give you the confidence you’ve been looking for in your look.
Try it out and come back to tell me how it went. I want to know what you discovered about your closet in the comments below!