Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge

Oct 25

Welp bet you never thought you’d see the day where I did a specific post on style right? Me either. I am by no means a fashion blogger, but the more and more I take a closer look at who I am, it’s undeniable that I have a large appetite for style as it is interwoven in the very fabric of everything I do creativitly speaking.

I stumbled upon Caroline’s blog, Un-Fancy, when I started researching uniform and capsule wardrobes back in the summer of 2015.  Since starting the new journey of motherhood, it’s been easy for me to get rushed and with that my clothing habits have also taken a bit of a dive. Motherhood has made my life so sweet and so joyful, but I swear being a new mom feels like learning how to walk all over again. I guess I just want to re-center myself in intentional dressing as I feel like this is a huge part of my self-care and creative ritual. When I saw that there would be a fall style challenge hosted by Lee & Caroline I knew I had to join in to try and get some balance back in my wardrobe.

SO WHAT IS THE 10 X 10 AND WHY DID I DO IT?

10 pieces for 10 days. Sounds a little crazy but it actually reinstated some sanity to my self-care routine. My attitude towards my clothing and hair is along the same lines: the less maintenance the better. I don’t like spending time on choosing outfits or styling my hair because I’d rather be putting that energy into something else, plain and simple. For me it’s easy to get caught up in mothering and getting things done, so often times I don’t get completely ready in the morning. My hope was that if I set aside time to plan 10 items for 10 days the result would be shorter time making outfit choices each morning, thus creating more efficient self care and quality looks for the every day.

INSPIRATION FOR MY FALL 10 X 10 pieces

I included utilitarian pieces that are classics in my closet and still offered great warmth since our fall was borderline turning into winter. Also — you should know up front that I slipped in another piece during my 10×10 which was a skirt for church.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MY WARDROBE & STYLE

I love keeping things simple. I don’t like a whole bunch of color, just little pops here and there. My style is definitely minimal with a vintage modern twist. I loved getting to see the different combinations I could make and it was a great reminder to only purchase pieces that will stand the test of time and will add value to my wardrobe. Even in what I chose, I realized I was drawn to pieces I always wear, not because I didn’t want to get out of my comfort-zone but because they work with everything and for me that means less time stressing about what to wear.

On the other hand, there was a day or two in there when I really just wanted to wear something with more boldness/extravagance and something a bit more on the contemporary side. So I guess the next step is finding how I can add more of that into the base pieces I purchase.

MY BIGGEST TAKE AWAYS

Quality pieces always come through!
I was reminded that it doesn’t take much to revamp an entire outfit. In my case it was opting for glasses verses contacts, wearing a hat, or changing out a scarf. Neutrals are wonderful for the base of an outfit but there were times when I really wanted to add a little bit more color into the mix which is where my scarves really pulled through for me. Bottom line: It was easy for me to dress up my staple clothing pieces by having a small but well loved collection of accessories.

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