If you’ve ever been curious about trying a 10×10 wardrobe challenge (they have been fairly popular on Instagram lately), I thought it would be fun to recap my recent experience and share with you why I think you should give it a try!
In case you haven’t heard of a 10×10 challenge, here’s a quick synopsis: choose 10 pieces of clothing to combine into 10 outfits for 10 days (doesn’t include workout gear or jammies). Most people tend to choose two pairs of shoes and comprise the remaining items of tops/bottoms/dresses. Accessories aren’t limited; just use them thoughtfully!
First off, you’ll notice that there are only nine outfits pictured here…I didn’t get a photo of outfit five, so in case you’re wondering, I wore my gray tee + unbuttoned flannel top + jeans + pendant necklace + combat boots.
My favorite combo from the 10×10 is a simple one, but I would wear it every.single.day if I could. It’s the outfit in the center of this layout: t-shirt dress + cardigan + leggings + boots. Done and done. If you love staying in your jammies all day, but want to look put together, this is a winning combination!
Ok, so why should you attempt a 10×10? I know that wearing only two pairs of shoes for 10 days sounds a bit rough, but keep reading for what I experienced and learned.
| creativity |
It’s so interesting to pair pieces together in combos I never thought could work. I don’t think I came up with anything too revolutionary, but you should definitely check out the many ways that Caroline styled her cashmere dress (here and here to start). I want one!
| learn how to style clothes, not just wear them |
There are many subtle changes that can be utilized to create a compelling look, and even though I sometimes find myself too interested in hitting the snooze button to care (amiright?), I get SO much more out of my wardrobe when I take the time to work out small details. I often use this “styling” trick to make more of my clothes suitable for work, because the simple additions of a statement necklace and a professional hairstyle can dress-up an otherwise casual look. I still have plenty to learn in this department, but I found that the 10×10 gave me lots of new ideas as I came up with ways to help my various pieces to work differently in a number of scenarios.
| less laundry |
I didn’t have to do much laundry at all during these 10 days, so I consider that a hug win. Now, results may vary, but hey it’s worth a shot right?
| living simply |
Living simply is becoming more of a desire of mine as I feel like our culture constantly demands more, more, more of us. Maybe it’s just my introverted-self talking, but I honestly don’t believe we were created to keep up such a frenetic pace. I found that trying this 10×10 inspired me to keep paring down, buying less, and simply being content.
| perfect for traveling |
I mean, 10 pieces. 10 days. Need I say more?
If you need some more convincing, I encourage you to check out the #winter10x10 hashtag on Instagram and see all the amazing combos that people created from just 10 pieces. So inspiring! If you decide to try your own 10×10 challenge, let me know how it goes!
What I’m wearing: Old Navy: t-shirt dress, boyfriend cardigan, flannel button-up, linen blend tee, linen blend long sleeved tee, flared skirt | LC Lauren Conrad: cream sweater, jeans/jeggings | Combat boots are by Crown Vintage (from DSW) | Riding boots are by Nine West (DSW) |