I have to say, this 10×10 has been my absolute favorite. Theme wise, I took away the same main points as my summer10x10:
- I love every piece that I have
- They all mix and match really well
- They make me feel comfortable, put together and confident
- I feel good about them because most are either sustainably made, thrifted or me-made
- Many of the pieces can transition from casual, to office, to dressy
I did the same trick, where I chose 10 pieces, not including shoes, but had those pieces cover every occasion, including work, casual, and dressy. As it turns out, I definitely added things in the shoe department (5 pairs), but with these 15 pieces, I’m pretty sure I could have made it throughout the fall without a hitch. With mid-day changes for different occasions, I made 13 outfits, and there were a few others I could have worn and never got around to.
A few other observations:
- When I ordered the red Linenfox top, I figured there was a decent chance I wouldn’t actually like it. It’s a pretty bright color for someone who has gotten used to wearing almost all neutrals. But I love it! And I also love that it can be dressed up enough for work. I think I could even wear it on an evening out, paired with black skinnies and boots or heels.
- I had to alter the jumpsuit again! I think the linen really stretches over time. Once it’s been altered to fit me, the jumpsuit is one of my favorite pieces.
- The cashmere cardigan was a total splurge ($300 at Poetry Fashion) and is the only non-thrifted, non-me-made, non-independent-maker piece of clothing I’ve bought all year. When it arrived, I was pretty close to packing it up and sending it back. It’s just such an indulgence and I wasn’t sure I loved it. But after wearing it for this challenge, it’s cemented itself as a go-to piece for cooler weather.
- The artist’s smock continues to be a gem of a piece. I can’t get enough of the lovely fabric and unique shape. And it can be worn so many ways — loose, knotted, and tucked. I tried all three during the challenge.
- I think the tapered trousers are going to be a welcome addition this fall / winter. Last winter I basically wore all skinnies, all the time, and this will be a nice way to have a different silhouette, and still stay warm. I always get compliments when I wear these pants to work. They seem very unique although they’re conservative as far as fabric and color go.
Here were my 10 pieces:
- #memade black silk Emma-like kimono
- ES black silk artist’s smock
- #memade white silk Georgia-like top
- Linenfox red top
- Black skinnies
- Tapered wool trousers
- Distressed jeans
- Tobacco boxy cashmere sweater
- Taupe cashmere cardigan
- Linenfox natural gray jumpsuit
I’m continuing to enjoy wardrobe Nirvana. I wasn’t even close to this happy or comfortable with my closet a year ago, so I just wanted to thank all my 10x10friends for the inspiration and encouragement over the past 6 months. Thanks everyone!