Let’s put this 10×10 Closet Challenge to bed, shall we? But first, let’s rewind and play through the hits!
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1 – For me, this is an example of simplicity at its finest. I believe it works well here because of the unique pieces. The fabric and cut of the top lend easy style to the garment, and I could say the same about the skirt. I am generally terrible at remembering the details, aka accessories, but I think this wave bar necklace provides the perfect finishing touch. See full outfit details here.
2 – The thing I love next after simplicity? Color or tonal harmony. I love the way the soft shades in this color palette play together. It’s oddly soothing to me. Light gray + cream + tan + powder blue. See full outfit details here.
3 – I love not taking myself seriously. And this outfit reflects that. It is playful, fun and practical. Without this closet challenge I never would have paired this t-shirt with this dress, but I’m so glad I did. See full outfit details here.
4 – More simplicity. This is my life. Wearing easy, but not boring, clothes while I keep up with my busy family. Oh, and must be comfortable 90% of the time! Cotton-meets-linen-meets-cork footbeds. Yes, please. See full outfit details here.
I had two sort of ‘ah-ha!’ moments during this process.
I’ve been thinking about why I like simple outfits so much, and what separates a well-done simple outfit from an unintentional simple outfit, and I think there are a few things. One, that word I just touched on: intention. I think intention has everything to do with how well a simple outfit comes off. Did you intend to pull together a unique, simple look, or were you absently grabbing the cleanest t-shirt and jeans? Now, a t-shirt and jeans can be beautifully simple, but it comes back to that intention. Second, I believe the quality and uniqueness of the items are paramount for elevating simple looks. A t-shirt and jeans combo can easily be run-of-the-mill or it can make a statement (think: modern cut t-shirt paired with some vintage Levi’s). Third, I believe the last factor is attention to detail. How does your bag work with you entire outfit? What does your hair styling for the day say about your look?
Further curating my closet by way of ten pieces really made getting dressed easy. Easier than ever. No room for being wishy-washy. And man, that felt good. It made me think, what if I applied the curating process to my closet even more? I mean, I’ve pared down, and then I’ve pared down again. I don’t think it’s wise to get rid of things willy-nilly, but I do think it’s smart for me to take an even more critical eye of what’s hanging in my closet (especially if it’s not getting much wear). Am I keeping stuff because it’s ‘easy’ even though I don’t love it? Am I keeping stuff because I feel like I ‘should’? (I’ve already pulled a small handful of things out of my closet.)
What I’d Do Differently:
I think I already knew this, but I don’t LOVE the cobalt top I included. It made the cut because I felt like I ‘should’ include more color in my 10×10, but it’s those darn ‘shoulds’ that are always leading to trouble. I need to continue to listen to my instincts instead.
Styling Outfits for the Blog vs. Real Life:
So, this is kind of weird information to admit, but I think I learned more from my virtual outfit styling (for the blog) than I did from my day-to-day dressing in real life. In the mornings I seemed to be in a hurry and not have time to brainstorm. However when styling for the blog, I put in a lot more thought. Thankfully, this always carries over to ‘real life’ for me because once I plan a look for the blog, it seems like a much easier outfit to just grab and go with in the future.
I realize most of you are not style bloggers, so here’s what I think you should do if you plan on executing a 10×10 sometime soon. To learn from a 10×10, you don’t even have to wear ten things for ten days, the learning (for me) comes from using the ten as puzzle pieces to make ten unique creations. So grab some coffee on a slow morning and play away with your clothes. Configure and try on ten outfits, photographing each one with your phone. You might just find a new look you love!
Did you do a 10×10? What were your takeaways? I’d love to hear! :) For more 10×10 inspiration, check out Style This Life and Style Bee!