Hi friends! Happy Monday. Being the start of another work week, I thought this was the perfect time to jump in on a wardrobe challenge. This one is the brainchild of StyleBee blog, an excellent resource that I highly recommend (and the inspiration for my new blog structure of summarising content up front – genius!)
But before I do, I want to quickly mention that I had a post lined up yesterday on whether slow fashion is speeding up. However, I wanted to run the post past some ethical fashion brands, and thought it better to hold off on publishing until I had received comments back rather than rush it through.
So in this (replacement) post you’ll find:
- what this 10×10 challenge is
- why I’m doing it
- what 10 items from my wardrobe I’ll be wearing at work for the next 10 days
- how I’ll be sharing my progress.
What is the the 10×10?
The 10×10 is a clever wardrobe challenge wherein you choose 10 items from your existing wardrobe to exclusively wear over 10 days. There are no hard rules – you can choose only 10 items of clothing or you can push yourself to include shoes, coats and accessories in your 10 item count. You can do the 10×10 for casual wear or for workwear, depending on your lifestyle. Some choose to pair it with a shopping ban.
Why am I doing a 10×10?
If you’ve read my 2018 resolutions, you know I’m embarking on a year-long shopping ban! I have several motivations for the shopping ban, but one is that I want to appreciate what I currently own. So what better way to lean into what I currently own than restricting what I can wear for 10 days, right?
I’m also hoping to get a bit creative and remind myself how far you can go with quite little, as well as try on a ‘capsule wardrobe’ for fit as a longer term wardrobe strategy.
I’m going to do this challenge for work only, mostly because it’s where I spend the majority of my time. But also because my work dresscode is fairly strict and I really don’t want to mix my workwear into casual wear – once the weekend is here, there is no way you’ll find me in a pencil skirt or dress pants! (And I’m doing a pentathlon training camp this weekend and noone wants to see my activewear).
The 10 items I’ll be wearing at work for the next 10 days
I work as a lawyer, but our dress code it not strictly business formal. Mostly, I can get away with separates. I sometimes wear a full suit to the office if I’m in the mood, but it’s not necessary other than for certain meetings. I don’t have any of those meetings (at this point) for the next two weeks, but I’ve included one suit, just in case.
It’s currently Summer in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s really hot here in Canberra. The next few weeks looks to be in the high 20s to mid 30s degrees Celsius, with a few stormy and muggy days.
My 10 items
1. White cotton tweed jacket (thrifted)
2. Black blazer (Everlane)
3. Black silk tank (Everlane)
4. Cream silk button up (The Fable)
5. White cotton button up (thrifted)
6. Forest green shift dress (Everlane)
7. Tweed skirt (thrifted)
8. Black trousers (Everlane)
9. Black day heels (Everlane)
10. Nude heels (thrifted)
How I’ll be sharing my progress (plus how you can discover others!)
I’ll be sharing my daily outfits on Instagram stories each day. I’ll also be summarising how I found the challenge and what lessons I learned at the conclusion of the two weeks on 2 February.