I wore 10 pieces of clothing for 10 days

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Why I did it:

Two of my favorite bloggers, Caroline and Lee, shared that they were hosting a winter 10x10 challenge this month. The minimalist in me was intrigued, and I knew I wanted to give it a try! Basically, you just select ten items from your closet and try to turn them into ten different outfits for the next ten days. The items include pants, shirts, jacket, shoes, etc. but do not include accessories, so you can add scarves and other outerwear for cold days!

 

My Ten Items:

The pieces that I selected are all from ethical brands (with the exception of one shirt and pair of jeans that I bought secondhand). I intentionally did this to show you a small "capsule" that you can use to start your ethical wardrobe!

(Click through each photo to head to be directed to the brand it's from.)


Day 1

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This was a work day, so I felt like starting off with a collared shirt to put me in the right mindset! I added my husband's grey scarf for some extra warmth since it's been unusually frigid here lately. 

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Day 2

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Another work day, I wore my super versatile Sotela dress and added some leggings (I'm not sure if that was cheating, but I was COLD!). To top off the look (aka to cover my unwashed hair), I wore my favorite hat.

(Side note: I could have layered my black skinnies under this instead of the leggings for the same look.)

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Day 3

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Due to the weather, this was a "work from home" day. Instead of staying in pajamas, I slipped on this comfy lightweight sweater and my go-to pants. Also, let me tell you, Nisolo's new black flats are the ultimate classic shoe for a look like this!

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Day 4

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Another day snowed in at home, I paired my Sotela dress with the Alternative Apparel cardigan. I wanted to give the outfit a little more dimension, so I added my version of a choker necklace... which happens to be a sandal lace! 

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Day 5 

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I spent about 8 hours in the car this day, so it was essential to choose a comfy top (i.e. the Everlane sweater) to pair with my jeans. I added a little color with this scarf from Animana.

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Day 6 

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Sundays mean a busy morning at church and hanging out with a lot of kiddos, somehow I managed to wear a white shirt without getting drawn on. In hindsight, that was quite the risk! This is actually the same core outfit as day one, but I wore the shirt buttoned all the way up and added a beanie... viola! 

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Day 7

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Back to the office I go! I don't think I would have paired this top and this cardigan together if it hadn't been for this challenge. Now I have a new favorite look for work, hooray! My Root Collective booties held up super well walking through snowy parking lots and driveways. 

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Day 8 

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Iced in... again! On the bright side, working from home meant I could wear my flats without freezing my toes off! I'm sort of regretting not utilizing this SiiZU top earlier in the challenge; it's such a classic and easy to wear under other layers if necessary. 

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Day 9 

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This definitely was my laziest look of the week, and I wasn't particularly thrilled about it (or how blurry the picture is!) If I was lounging up at the mountain for a weekend, I think I would wear something like this. It just didn't cut it for a productive day at the office (and a bunch of coffeeshops).

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Day 10

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The last day! I layered black skinnies with my black peplum and black cardigan. The camel colored coat and boots lightened up the look. Also, sorry for the bathroom selfie! (I had jury duty today and this was the only chance I had to snap a shot of my outfit.)

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My accessories:

You don't have to count accessories in your ten items for the challenge, but I didn't want to go too crazy with the amount I used. In the end, I only used these four accessories to polish off my looks: 

 

What I would do differently next time:

Overall, the challenge went really well for my first time! However, it was such a strange week with all of our unexpected snow days that I wasn't out and about as often as I usually would be. If I were to do this challenge in the winter again, I would probably swap out one of my tops for another warmer layer. Also, I would add a pair of rainboots instead of flats if the weather was anything like this past week! 

 

What I learned:

I tried some new outfit combinations that wouldn't have been on my radar if I was using my whole closet. This challenge convinced me that I can absolutely pack for a 1-2 week trip in a carryon, even in the winter! These items would have easily fit in my favorite duffle. I'm excited to give this another try during warmer months to see how I expand the use of my summer clothes! 

Now that I'm done with the challenge, I feel like I have endless options waiting for me back in my closet! Even though my full wardrobe is pretty small, it feels way bigger than it did before I did the 10x10 challenge. I'm excited to get back to some other pieces and continue to be creative with outfit combinations! 


Huge thanks to Caroline and Lee for inspiring so many of us to make the most of the clothes we already own!