After attempting the Spring 10x10 Challenge (and then failing miserably due to baby hormones taking over leaving me completely useless halfway through), I’m excited to hop on the fall 10x10 100% prepared!
WHAT IS THE 10x10 CHALLENGE?
Created by blogger, Lee of Style Bee, the 10x10 challenge is a wardrobe challenge where you take 10 clothing items consisting of pants, tops, shoes, and outerwear and create 10 outfits for 10 days.
The main goal is to help you discover creative ways to style the pieces you Already own and to learn that you really don’t need all that much in your closet to dress yourself everyday.
It’s a fun way to learn how to get creative with your wardrobe, fall back in love with pieces that may have lost their wow factor, and experiment with pairing down and making more from less.
Learn more about it here.
WHY I’M TAKING THE CHALLENGE
There are a lot of people who take the 10x10 challenge and so many different reasons to try. Some like to try out new styles, others want to try living with less before fully committing.
For me, I want to get excited about my wardrobe again. I’ve been feeling a little disinterested in the pieces I have and I’d love to get excited about them again before doing my official fall wardrobe shopping.
Not every 10x10 needs to be taken on with a significant purpose. Even just trying it out for fun is a good enough reason to join in!
How To Join
It’s pretty simple. You just do it!
If you want to join on instagram (where the challenge is held), just simply share your outfits each day and use the following hashtags: #fall10x10 #10x10friends #stylebee10x10 (also, #unfancyremix to join Caroline Joy of Unfancy)
PLANNING FOR THE FALL 10x10 CHALLENGE
So, if you’re new to the challenge or you just want to be a little more prepared, here is how I’m planning for this Fall 10x10!
This year, the challenge will be from October 22 - October 31st.
CHECK THE WEATHER
Of course, you’ll want to know if you need to pick thick pieces to stay warm and cozy or if you’ll need to layer up to mold with changing temperatures.
Will it rain? Will it snow? Will it still feel like dumb summer?
Get a good idea of the weather you’ll need to plan for so you don’t stick yourself with discomfort and derail your challenge experience.
CHECK YOUR CALENDAR
The second thing you’ll want to do is check your calendar to see what you have going on during that time.
Will you be working? Will you travel? Do you think you’ll have an outdoorsy day or two? What about a more relaxed day?
Check to see what activities you’ll have to dress for so you can pick pieces that can accommodate all of it.
SET THE TONE
While this challenge is meant to be fun and carefree, I think it’s always good to have some kind of goal for things like this. It’s a good motivator and will ultimately help you decide what type of pieces you’ll choose.
Do you want to love old pieces? Do you want to branch out and try something totally new? Do you have pieces you never wear and want to give them a try?
Whatever you’re wanting to gain from this challenge, think about that now. It’ll help the planning process
PICK YOUR BASICS
I like to start with basics. The pieces that don’t draw a ton of attention, but you know you can’t make an outfit without them.
A good pair of jeans. The perfect tee. Your favorite pair of shoes… etc.
I like to think of basics as a canvas you can embellish with functional, yet decorative pieces along the way. I’d say having at least five basics will help to give you a good foundation to start with.
ADD SOME FLAIR
This is where the fun in planning starts. You may be like me and think that most of your wardrobe is full of basics, but this is where you can experiment with different styling and pairing to really make it interesting.
Just make sure to keep your plans and weather in mind when adding your flair.
PUT IT ON PAPER
This is a new thing I’m trying this time around. I want to be extra prepared so I can really stick with it.
This is why I’ve made a planner to help us all stay organized so we can save our energy for having fun with our pieces and outfits!
Under the date, put the weather for that day.
Under the weather, put the activity you plan on doing (or at least stuff you know you have going on)
Write out your basic pieces under “basics” and your flair pieces under “flair.” You can add more or less to one section if need be. Just make sure there’s ten!
Plan your outfits if you’d like in the “outfits” column. It’s not the most necessary, but may help you in the long run!