Today is a fun day — it’s time to kick off the summer 10×10 remix! I’m so excited to get to host this challenge alongside my blogging bestie (and 10×10 remix creator!) Lee of Style Bee.
Here’s how it works: Pick 10 items of clothing from your closet. Include tops, bottoms, and shoes for your everyday life. Don’t include accessories, bags, PJs, or gym clothes — they can flow in and out freely. Then, for 10 days, create a new outfit each day using your 10 items.
No need to buy anything. No need to throw anything out. No need to commit to minimalism forever. No need to overhaul your wardrobe.
Instead, it’s all about trying something new and having fun. Like a lot of fun. This isn’t a serious, rule-based challenge. I mean, sure it has guidelines, but really, it’s less about the success of the challenge, and more about what it teaches us along the way.
Everyone has a different reason for jumping in. Some people do it to test drive a minimalist wardrobe without the commitment. Some do it to foster contentment with the clothes they already have. Some use it as a trial run to pack for an upcoming trip. Some do it to find like-minded style friends through the #summer10x10 hashtag. And some do it to push their outfit-making creativity to new heights.
Whatever your reason, Lee and I would love for you to join us in the spirit of lightheartedness.
And if you mess up, or can’t make 10 outfits, or something just goes plain wrong — how fascinating! :)
Intrigued? Keep reading — today I’m sharing:
- my single goal for this challenge
- the 10 pieces I picked for my remix
- how to plan your remix in 25 minutes flat (so you can start this weekend and join us for the first outfit on Monday!)
MY 10 PIECES
While I usually approach these challenges with no pre-conceived notions or goals, this time around, I’m going in with the intention to try a new style. I’ve been drawn to a more romantic and vintage style lately, but I haven’t been brave enough to fully embrace yet. The 10×10 is the perfect chance to go all out and see how I like it in real life.
All in all, I included:
- 4 tops
- 3 dresses (well, 2 dresses + 1 romper)
- 2 bottoms
- 1 pair of shoes
My lineup feels a little different than usual — perhaps a little lopsided, with the 3 dresses and only 1 pair of shoes. But somehow, since it’s summer, I think I can get away with it and still make 10 outfits.
(However if this is your first time trying a 10×10 remix, and you’re not quite sure where to start, try using my typical formula as a template: 4 tops, 1 dress, 1 outer layer, 2 bottoms, 2 pairs of shoes.)
Here’s the complete line up:
PLAN + START YOUR REMIX IN 25 MINUTES
Keep it easy and approach it as if you’re packing for a trip.
1 | CHECK THE WEATHER / 2 min
Hop online and look up the 10 day forecast. Jot down any quick notes.
Crazy weather? There’s no better chance to learn! Our weather looks stable and hot this time around, but during my winter remix, we had temperatures ranging from 30 degrees to 80 degrees. It was challenging for sure, but I learned so much — and now when I have to pack for a trip with crazy weather, it’s not so hard.
2 | NOTE YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES / 3 min
Next, grab your calendar and make a note of any special activities you have coming up in the next 10 days.
Oh! And, just to be clear, life activities (gym, sleeping, etc) still call for work out wear and PJ/loungewear, so those will still go on in the background like usual.
3 | GATHER THE BASICS / 5 min
Gather two or three foundational pieces you know you’ll include, like jeans and sandals.
At this point, it’s helpful to make a temporary space so you can see your 10 pieces as you’re pulling them together. You could use one side of your closet, a garment rack, or even your shower curtain rod.
4 | BUILD AND FINISH / 15 min
Begin to build on your foundation, pulling pieces you love to wear, while considering:
- WEATHER + LIFESTYLE. Go off the notes you made earlier, and be ruthless. You’ll enjoy this challenge so much more if you pick items that work with the weather and your lifestyle.
- COLOR PALETTE. Keep it minimal and neutral so you can easily mix and match. Ask yourself, what colors go with the basics you already pulled? I ended up with an blue + neutral palette, plus a pop of coral.
- PROPORTIONS. Pick shapes and silhouettes that work well together, like fitted tops with fuller bottoms or high rise bottoms with crop tops.
And there you have it! The summer 10×10 is underway!
Are you joining in? Instagram your 10 pieces over the weekend and tag ’em #summer10x10 so we can all follow along. And you can also use our ongoing hashtags — #unfancyremix and #stylebee10x10.
Your turn! We all have different reasons for doing this — what’s your motivation for joining this time? Do you have a particular goal in mind or are you going into this without any expectations? Share away in the comments!
See you Monday for the first outfit! :)