I've got another 10x10 challenge under my belt! While I still don't consider myself a closet minimalist even though I've now done two 10x10 challenges, I can appreciate a smaller wardrobe, especially when it comes to workwear. It was super easy to get dressed in the morning because I already had the outfits planned in advance! I also enjoyed how I was able to create ten different outfits with only ten pieces, and I don't think it was too boring considering I only included pants this time. It definitely helped that I left the shoes out of the ten pieces this time.
I actually liked most of my outfits this time around! For only dressing with ten items, I liked how the outfits turned out. They were all very wearable and were exact outfits I would have worn had I not blogged them. (Real talk: I honestly do wear all the outfits I blog, but some are definitely more "put together" than my usual day-to-day outfits, mostly because I like to have a bit of fun for "blog" outfits.) I wore minimal jewelry and accessories and was pretty predictable when it came to my choice of shoes. These four (outfits 1, 4, 6, and 7) were my very favorite, but it was a tough decision! I'd repeat almost all of them to be honest. My blazer made an appearance in three of the four, so obviously that was a great item to include. ;) I love how simple each outfit was but little details really made the difference: a tropical-print shirt, some colorblocking, stripes, a little bling... They came together effortlessly. :)
LEAST FAVORITE OUTFITS
Because I really didn't hate any of the outfits, it was difficult for me to pick two least favorites; really, the only outfit I wouldn't repeat is the one on the right above (outfit 8). The colors combination didn't jive well and I kind of forced myself to do something different with the black belt and loafers when I should have just gone with my gut. The reason why I'm also showing outfit 3 is because I'm not crazy about the color of the grey cardigan with the cotton-linen pants (or how the cardigan falls at the widest point of my hips and the pants seem to enhance that), but that's being really picky, haha.
- Item most reached for: Linen blazer (5x—4 blogged outfits + 1 as extra layer) followed by my white skinny jeans (4x)
- Least favorite item: Denim vest (probably obvious since I only wore it once, but I didn't hate the outfit I wore it in)
- Number of shoes worn: 6 different pairs (this wasn't planned at all; I just didn't want to wear 10 different pairs)
- Weather: Didn't really pay attention or matter since I was inside for 9-10 hours per day, but it was easy to shed a top layer if needed. No rain meant no issues with footwear!
- Laundry: Done midway through first week (ran out of underwear) and at end of first week (stained my gingham shirt/tightened up my cardigan and cotton-linen pants); didn't have problems with sweat since I hardly spent any time outside.
- Did I wear anything extra? Nope! I stuck to my core pieces and only added different jewelry and shoes. I didn't wear any of these items on the weekend, but that's because this was strictly a "workwear" challenge so I gave myself (and my clothes) the weekend off.
Overall, I'm glad I challenged myself to complete another 10x10 remix. It's good for me to have self-imposed limitations every once in a while to keep things interesting and remind myself that I can do more with my wardrobe than I think I can. (And to use it as a way to keep myself from shopping as much even though I still shopped this month, ha.) I confirmed what I already knew about my style: I'm predictable and pretty confident in what I like to wear!
Originally I had wished that I could have included a skirt or dress instead of three pairs of pants, but I'm actually glad I had a uniform during the challenge. I didn't have to think too hard when it came to putting together outfits because of that. It's worth noting that in my winter 10x10 recap, I made a note to myself to not include an item just for the sake of variety, and including a dress or skirt in this 10x10 would have been to add some variety. I'm also proud of myself for including bits of color and pattern with my items because it was really fun to have a light, summery color palette that actually included some color versus just neutrals. Everything pretty much went with everything else, though I didn't wear the gingham shirt with the denim vest because it looked a little bit too "western" for my taste.
I have no plans to do another 10x10 (especially because it's next to impossible for me to work and blog every single day), but you never know what the future may hold!