10 days, 10 pieces of clothing, 10 outfits! Done and done!
I had the BEST time co-hosting this remix with my friend Lee of Style Bee — and before we jump into the recap, I just have to give her a big ol’ THANK YOU! Did you know that the 10×10 challenge is Lee’s brainchild? It sure is, and it was such an honor to get to co-host this remix with the original creator. I so appreciate Lee’s grounded, conscious approach to style, and she never fails to get me thinking about my closet in a new way. Bookmark her blog quick — you’ll be glad you did.
Let’s get down to recapping this remix! We’ll chat through 9 FAQs and then take a look at my favorite outfits that you posted from the #winter10x10.
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My 10 pieces included everything you see in the photo below: 2 pairs of shoes, 3 bottoms, 1 dress, 3 tops, and 1 cardigan. You can find out more about why I picked these pieces right here. I didn’t include any accessories or outerwear. Instead, if I needed them, they flowed in and out freely.
You can scroll through the outfits I created here.
Let’s jump right in with the FAQ.
1 | Did your clothes work for the weather?
YES. And that’s probably the thing I’m most proud of this time around.
Because, over the course of the remix, I experienced everything from 30 degree days with sleet and snow flurries, all the way to 80 degree days with bountiful sunshine, and everything in between.
Because of our varied weather, I had an excellent opportunity to dial in and pay attention to what real winter looks like where I live — instead of getting caught up on fantasy winter. While I wanted to include more sweaters in my 10 pieces — after all, this was a winter remix — I had to be honest with myself and acknowledge that, where I live, I needed to include a short sleeve tee, along with the sweaters.
2 | Did you wear anything that wasn’t included in your 10 pieces?
I sure did, but I’m not sweating it. I’m a believer that there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to capsules and fun wardrobe remixes — just creative solutions. :)
And a couple of other days, I wore my big coat when it was super cold.
And, just to be totally clear, life activities (gym, sleeping, etc) still called for work out wear and PJ/loungewear, so those were still going on in the background when needed.
3 | How did laundry work out?
Laundry worked like normal. If something was dirty, I washed it. If not, I didn’t.
I ended up needing to wash my white tee and spice colored blouse after I wore them each time.
Other than that, I wash my jeans as little as possible anyway (to preserve the dye), so I didn’t need to wash them. And my sweaters stayed fresh thanks to a sweater freshening spray and a base layer underneath (which got washed every day or two).
4 | Were there any pieces you included that felt like mistakes?
Surprisingly, no, not this time. I almost made the mistake of not including my white tee, because I wanted a more “winter” item. But thankfully, I ended up including it — and it was a lifesaver on warmer days.
5 | Which piece was your favorite?
Hands down, my thrifted cashmere dress. And to be honest, this was a big surprise. I’ve had this dress for a year, but I rarely wore it because I could only think of one way to style it. Not the case anymore — now I’ve got five new ways to style it, including as a top! Take a look:
6 | Which outfit was the most outside your comfort zone?
Outfit 3. It was totally new for me, but I loved it.
7 | What did you learn about your personal style?
This time, I clearly saw that minimal accessories is my jam. I rarely wore jewelry, hats, or scarves, and it felt right. Instead, I’d use shape, color, and texture to add interest to an outfit.
I also learned to be realistic about my winter wardrobe needs. My winter may look different from yours. And as much as I’d love a formula — a list of the pieces “every woman should own for winter” — someone else’s winter formula probably won’t work for me, and that’s okay. Instead, I simply need to pay attention to what’s in front of me — my daily activities, my lifestyle, my weather — and base my wardrobe on that.
8 | What would you do differently next time?
I’m glad this one worked out so well, but I want to experiment even more in the next one. I’d like to include one piece that I’ve fallen out of love with and try to rekindle the flame.
9 | Why did you do the challenge in the first place?
To me it comes down to this: if you want progress, try new things.
I never know exactly what I’m going to get out of these challenges. In fact, I purposefully try to approach it with no expectations.
But one thing I know: our clothes are intertwined with our habits and attitudes, and I’m curious about the relationship between them. So getting out of my norm and doing a short-term challenge like this helps me see things from a different perspective.
Every time I scrolled through the #winter10x10 tag, I felt inspired and incredibly connected to you and the light in each and every one of you.
And there is so much light. This is the kind of community I want to be a part of: A community of people who are conscious and caring, yet who won’t hesitate to challenge you to try something out of your comfort zone, and then cheer for you along the way.
The amount of comments I saw on all of your Instagram posts, like, “You do you, girl!” and “Maybe it didn’t work out this time, but how fascinating!” and “Good for you!” and “I never thought of it like that!” — they just made my day every day.
So thank you. Thank you for using your time and energy to encourage + engage with the people around you.
Just look at all this goodness!
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So that’s a wrap on the winter remix! WOOHOO!
- I’m taking a little blogging break until next Monday, but then it’s packing week! We’ll be tackling winter packing with all it’s challenges — coats, shoes, and carry-ons. So let me know if you have any packing-specific Q’s in the comments.
- And I’m so excited to tell you that Lee and I are teaming up again for a remix in the spring! Stay tuned for dates.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you! Care to share what worked + what didn’t work in your remix challenge? Any style breakthroughs? Any life lessons learned? Would you try it again in the future? Sound off in the comments!