Spring 10×10 – how to get started + my 2018 picks

By now you guys know all about how much I love 10×10 challenges (and if you haven’t, catch up here and here).

But, look I know a 10×10 closet challenge might seem intimidating if you’ve not done it before. And you may even be thinking

‘why should I take part?’

But if you’re interested in what you wear, what you make, or think about what you wear at all these challenges are such a great way of pulling you out of your comfort zone and adding joy to getting dressed.

And, yes, officially the challenge started on Friday. If you haven’t joined in, you might even be thinking

‘why bother if it’s already started?’

But, I really can’t recommend it enough. And, heck, you may be a few days late to the party. But the great thing about these challenges is how relaxed they are. No one in the 10×10 community would even bat an eye. Plus the lovely ladies Lee from Style Bee and Caroline from Un-fancy are being joined by LIz from Elizabeth Suzann. There’s even the chance to win a $100 gift card from Liz.

So it’s the perfect excuse to take part, isn’t it?

So with all of that in mind, here’s my quick and dirty review of what I’ll be wearing this time round, some thoughts on my goals, and my top 5 quick n dirty tips to help you join in with the challenge (even if you’re a bit late!)

Phew! That’s a lot, so let’s get to it.

What I’ve picked

  • 2 jeans (1 black skinny + 1 boyfriend)
  • 1 skirt (me-made Moss skirt blogged here)
  • 1 cami (me-made blogged here)
  • 1 dress (Fen dress blogged here)
  • 1 sweater (thick, oatmeal-coloured wool)
  • 2 button downs (1 chambray long sleeve + 1 white silk short sleeve)
  • 1 pair of shoes (leopard with slight heel)
  • 1 leather jacket (though might have to swap this out for a cardigan if the weather stays cold)

I’ve tried really hard to break away from my usual 10×10 picks (like this shirt, a knit shift like this one here). Which means I’ve had to push myself out of my comfort zone. And I’m down with that. 10×10 challenges are all about spicing things up.

I usually lean in hard on dresses, but I’ll be spending most of my days at home – hanging with my crew, or working from home. And it’ll be on the nippy side, so I reckon separates are just going to be where it’s at.

QUICK (GEEKY) OVERVIEW

  • 3 me-mades (but might be more if I swap out my jacket)
  • 2 second-hand pieces bought by me
  • 2 second-hand pieces from people I know (swapped or gifted)
  • 1 new item – made with organic cotton
  • 2 pieces aren’t me-made or ethically made, but I’ve had them for at least 6 years

So you can see there’s a good mix of clothes, but not many me-mades. And I’m OK with that.

Those of you that are makers ans also capsule wardrobe enthusiasts probably are like me. Maybe sometimes we can get a bit too caught up in creating our wardrobes from scratch. Which is great, but, I mean, exhausting, right?

Now, I’ve taken a more zen approach.

I gave up thinking I had to make everything in my closet (which you can read more about here if you’re interested). Instead, I’m embracing secondhand shopping and supporting ethical brands and companies engaging in ethical practices. You could say I’m focused more on making sure my wardrobe reflects my approach to slow fashion – in all its forms.

My goals for 2018 Spring 10×10

I’ve had so many different goals in the past. Sometimes it’s been as simple as just taking part. Last time I was keen to just have fun and take risks.

This time, I’ve got 2 goals:

1 | Make it work

Channelling my Tim Gunn there for sure 😁 I’m keen to find ways to breathe new life into some of my favourite pieces – like my boyfriend jeans, mini skirt, and short sleeved button up – that don’t get much air time.

I really like these pieces so I think the reason I don’t wear them is because I just don’t know how to style them.

2 | Embrace the creativity

While I was looking through my picks this time I realised how much the pieces in my wardrobe have stories of their own.

I was thinking for a way to honour that and came up with the idea of writing a haiku each day to a different item I’ve picked.

Sure it’s nerdy, but I’m super stoked about the extra layer of creativity it will add to the challenge.

Tips for picking your own successful 10 x 10 wardrobe

With a few 10x10s under my belt I’ve come up with a few quick and dirty strategies for pulling together a solid 10 x 10.

1. Check your plans

It helps to know what you’ll be doing. How many times will you need to dress for meetings? Or maybe you’ll be based at home a lot? Where will you be going in the evenings – casual drinks with friends, or a fancy date-night?

2. Look at the weather

Pretty obvious right, you don’t want floaty dresses in driving rain? Check the forecast for the next few days and be sure you dress to stay warm/cool/dry.

3. Over choose

This is one of my favourite tips. I always try to pick about 3 more items than I need and put everything together to see what picks will go together. Then I whittle things down to my 10. It just helps to know your options before focusing in.

4. Plan you looks

Take about 20 minutes with your final picks and try a few different looks. You can even document your favourites by taking photos. This way you already have some outfit options ready when inspiration doesn’t strike. I did this in my last challenge and it was 100% one of the best things I’ve learned about taking part in a 10×10.

5. Have fun

At the end of the day, this is all about having fun. Try some new things. Or play it safe. In any case make it your own, join in with the community, and enjoy yourself.

I know there’s so many different reasons for wanting to join in, but I’d just really encourage you to give it a go. Even if it’s as small a challenge as 3 x 3. It’s with dipping your toe in this great challenge.

Come join in the fun on Insta with the #spring10x10, #stylebee10x10, #unfancyremix, #es10x10 and #10x10friends tags.

Can’t wait to see you over there!

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