I had the BEST time co-hosting this remix with my delightful 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 Lee is the original creator of the 10×10 challenge? She sure is, and it’s always such an honor to team up with her.
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.
Now, let’s get down to recapping this remix! We’ll chat through 9 Q+A’s and then take a look at my favorite outfits that you posted from the #spring10x10.
My 10 pieces included everything you see in the photo above:
- 4 tops
- 2 bottoms
- 1 dress
- 2 pairs of shoes
- 1 cardigan
You can find the links to each piece here. I didn’t include any accessories or outerwear. Instead, if I needed them, they flowed in and out freely.
Let’s jump right in with some Q+A’s.
1 | Did your clothes work for the weather?
They did! Although I’ll admit, I had it super easy this time around. The temperatures hovered between 60 and 90 pretty much the whole time. We had a few thunderstorms, but those pesky temperature swings were nowhere to be found.
Even though I had it easy during this remix, it is possible to do a 10×10 with wild weather. During my winter remix, I experienced everything from 30 degree days with sleet and snow flurries, to 80 degree days with bountiful sunshine. And it worked out. :)
2 | Did you wear anything that wasn’t included in your 10 pieces?
I sure did, but I’m not sweating it. I believe there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to these wardrobe remixes. Why? Because the word “cheating” puts this weird, serious shadow over something that’s supposed to be playful, experimental, and fun. :)
My denim jacket wasn’t included in my 10 pieces, but I wore it twice anyway. And you know what? I’ve been on the fence about that jacket lately — so it was exciting to see that I still reach for it and enjoy wearing it.
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 or smelly, I washed it. If not, I didn’t.
I washed my white tee and my striped dress after I wore them each time. Since I didn’t want to run a whole load of laundry for one or two pieces, I’d add them to a load of workout clothes or toss it in with a load of Aaron’s clothes.
But get this: the other day, Louise of Less Less Yes shared this tip with me in the comments. If she needs to wash just one piece, she simply brings it into the shower with her, washes it with a little Castile soap while she’s taking a shower, then hangs it to dry. Clever, right? This tip is changing my world — especially since I already use Castile soap as body wash. Thanks, Louise!
Although I didn’t do much laundry, I did use my steamer a fair amount. I steamed my pink tee, black silk tee, and cashmere cardigan throughout the challenge.
Steaming doesn’t just remove wrinkles — it sanitizes clothes by actually killing any bacteria that might be lurking in the fibers. Because of that, it can even remove faint odors. It’s an excellent way to “wash” your clothes between washes. I love using it as an excuse to do less laundry.
4 | Were there any pieces you included that felt like mistakes?
Not one piece in particular. But I included two crop tops and only one high rise bottom, which limited things dramatically. That’s probably why so many of my looks were so similar. Going into it, I knew I’d be limited by that, and it worked out fine, but it’s something worth noting for next time.
5 | Which piece was your favorite?
It’s probably tied between my pink tee and my cashmere cardi. My pink tee just made me feel pretty and vibrant, and my cardi feels delicious on my skin.
6 | Which outfit was the most outside your comfort zone?
To be totally honest, none of them. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. :)
7 | What did you learn about your personal style?
Clothes can comfort | I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve just been feeling a little more emotional and sensitive in life lately. I was so glad to have comfortable jeans, that happy shade of pink, and my super soft cardigan in my 10 pieces. They actually helped comfort my emotions and made me feel calmer.
Minimal accessories are my jam | I learned this lesson during my winter remix, but this spring remix only confirmed it. I rarely wore jewelry, hats, or scarves, and it felt right. Instead, I’d use shape (that round bag or a boxy top), color (that peachy-pink shade), and texture (hello cashmere, raw silk, and denim) to add interest to an outfit.
8 | What would you do differently next time?
I feel like I should say I want to experiment more next time. But that’s actually not true. I was totally happy with my outfits as I wore them day to day. Sure, they may not have been the most interesting “blogger” outfits, but I’d rather be real and embrace my true style, even if it’s kind of boring sometimes.
Besides, if I was packing for a trip I wouldn’t feel pressure to constantly experiment and make ultra unique outfits, you know? I’d just be happy if I felt comfortable and like myself each day.
However, back to the question at hand. Next time, I’d like to be a little more mindful of picking silhouettes and proportions that work together, so I can have more options. Like I mentioned before, I included two crop tops and only one high rise bottom, which limited my mix and match options. Noted for next time. :)
9 | Why did you do the challenge in the first place?
To me it always 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.
The 10×10 community is my favorite part of this whole thing. Scrolling through your posts became my little routine at the end of each day, and I’m going to miss it now that the challenge is over. :)
I found it especially inspiring when you guys shared about the challenges you faced during the 10×10. Weird weather. Unexpected events. Feeling frustrated. Yep … stuff happens.
But I loved reading how you made it work, whether by wearing a piece that wasn’t included in your 10 pieces, pausing the challenge for a day, or reworking your whole 10 piece collection in the middle of the challenge.
In fact, that was the #1 lesson I learned from you guys this time around: If it’s not working, rework it.
So thank you. Thank you for being a community of people who are kind and caring, yet who won’t hesitate to challenge others to try something out of their comfort zone, and then cheer for them along the way.
Here’s a little collection of #spring10x10 photos that caught my eye. Just look at all this goodness!
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And there you have it! That’s a wrap on the spring remix. :)
What’s next? First up, I’m taking a little blogging break until Thursday. But then, I’ll be back with regular outfit posts.
Plus, I’ve got tons of fun stuff in the works for May, including:
- A couple of packing list + travel guides.
- A capsule update — including what I’ve swapped out, what I’ve added, what it looks like now.
- And finally, I’m stepping outside the normal realm of Unfancy and sharing our house tour! I’ve put it off for so long because our house isn’t “finished” — but who cares. The process is more fun than the finished product anyway. :)
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!
See you on Thursday!