Capsule Wardrobe 10 x 10 Challenge

My Capsule Wardrobe has taken a bit of a back seat this year and I went on a mini (huge) second hand shopping rampage (see that HERE). I have collected some beautiful new pieces for my wardrobe that I’m sure will stand the test of time, but this does mean my wardrobe needs a clear out and a re-think again.

I’ve decided to try the 10 x 10 Challenge, an idea where you take 10 items for 10 days and create different outfits for each of those 10 days. I’m hoping that by doing this I’ll learn that with a little bit of consideration, I can create so many more outfits than I thought out of a smaller selection of clothing. This would be an ideal challenge if you were travelling and had limited suitcase space.

Here’s what I have chosen:

  • 1 x blazer (nice and lightweight for all this sunshine)
  • 3 x tops (striped long sleeve / white t-shirt / black cami)
  • 1 x dress (perfect for casual or slightly dressier)
  • 1 x Jeans
  • 2 x skirts (one long, one short)
  • 1 x boots (for dressier outfits)
  • 1 x trainers (for casual outfits, and comfort of course)

10x10 challenge

As you can see, all of the pieces kind of go together in terms of colour palette. This isn’t exactly necessary so if you like a lot of colour or print in your wardrobe, go for it. Chances are if you do then you won’t mind mixing them up and clashing them. BUT if you aren’t a print clashing wizard (let’s face it, it’s a skill), then I would suggest sticking to mainly plain items, with one or two prints thrown in perhaps. Stripes are always a great print becasue its basically a neutral. Likewise floral is easy to style, just don’t go overboard with it. And checks are also quite a basic print too. Another favourite of mine would be leopard/animal print, but somehow that didn’t make the cut this time. Maybe for an Autumn/Winter Challenge.

Below I have styled up 10 potential looks from my 10 pieces, but I am sure there are many more options. Realistically, if you have 3 bottoms and 3 tops then you have 9 different combinations. Then you have 2 pairs of shoes. That’s now 18 different combinations. Then throw in a jacket. That’s 36 combinations. And then for the dress, you can wear it with either shoe, so that’s 2 more options. 38 in total! And if you had a jacket that would actually go with your dress (I clearly don’t) then you’d have another 2 options.. It’s all about the maths!

(((3 tops x 3 bottoms) x 2 shoes) x 2 options (jacket or no jacket)) + (1 dress x 2 shoes) = 38 outfits

I tried to mix up the looks between casual daytime, semi-casual day/evening and smart-casual evening. I’m planning on starting this challenge today, and for the next 10 days I have some lazy days around my house, a 5 day trip to Yorkshire, a day trip to Dublin and then home again, so I needed to mix it up.

10 x 10 oufits 5 to 1010 x 10 oufits 1 to 5

Best of luck with your own 10 x 10 challenge, and don’t forget to follow along on my Instagram to see my actual 10 looks @dreamlovestyle xx


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