While it wasn’t my most satisfying 10 x 10 challenge, it was still really fun, and I learned a little bit about how I crave some variety.
I had a good mix of warm and cold weather pieces in the mix, and never really struggled to stay 50°-75°-appropriate. To be completely transparent, I started my challenge a bit early and shared my outfits online after the fact, and if I had followed a same-day posting schedule, I would have run into some majorly warm weather that would have made my sweater and boots seem a little silly.
I wore all my clothing items at least once within my first 5 outfits, and ended up doing laundry at that halfway mark. It wasn’t any hardship, but it’s also not likely something I’d be able to do while traveling, so I’d probably want to pack some laundry spray for refreshing armpits before second wears of tops.
My favorite outfits from the challenge didn’t really follow any pattern, except that they’re all variations on a uniform of big pants and ankle-covering footwear. I like day 2 because it’s big and cozy, day 1 because I feel tall, day 7 because it felt so refreshing to throw on a t-shirt at that point in the challenge, and day 3 because of the red-camel color combo. So it was really instinctual and about feeling good, with a few small discoveries thrown in.
LEAST FAVORITE OUTFITS:
In both of these outfits, I get sort of swallowed up, so they’ve made me more conscious of a defined waist and overwhelming dark colors. I don’t dislike them, exactly, but I’m not as drawn to them as the others that I came out with. (I even quite like the simplicity of the outfit on the right.)
Test a uniform formula of cropped, voluminous pants + ankle-covering footwear.
I definitely found a uniform that I’m pretty happy with, but it was a little tiring after a while. By the end of my 10 days, I was happy to wear my wedgie jeans and button-up tops again.
Create a realistic packing list template.
I think this works pretty well as a packing list, and I didn’t let myself cheat with jackets or accessories. One thing that did come to mind was that I tend to get bloated during travels, so having more forgiving pants would be really important, and I might not go for two high-waisted, wide leg pairs if I were actually going on a trip. I would probably also swap the giant sweater out for my Vetta one, which packs better and can be worn more ways.
Work my high neck blouse into some looks.
Yep, did it! It got me a little out of my everyday comfort zone because it’s a bit fancy, but it got lots of compliments.