Kelly's 10 x 10 challenge
Hi all! I'm Kelly--a mother, nurse, and wife to another nurse. We're raising our two girls, Penny and Ruby, in San Francisco.
Thanks to Camille for having me here, in her new amazing space! We originally "met" on instagram and really connected over similar interests and our wild daughters. When I decided to kick my shopping habit and create a capsule wardrobe, she became an invaluable resource and friend. We've been so lucky to get to meet in person, TWICE! I just love her and am so thankful for her help and support in this motherhood journey.
OK, let's get down to it…
I first heard about the 10x10 challenge when I became obsessed with the Unfancy blog last summer. This was my first time participating in the challenge, and it ended up being a really fun experiment. The breakdown is, 10 pieces for 10 days to create 10 different looks. It's hosted by Lee Vosburgh (Instagram + Website) and Caroline Joy Rector (Instagram + Website)
Here are the 10 pieces I chose (I did not include outerwear this time, baby steps):
- black cashmere sweater, everlane
- white linen button down, everlane
- chambray tee, amae co
- black turtleneck tee, jcrew
- mauve linen culottes, ladyfriendlife
- high waisted skinny jeans, OLD old navy
- stripe linen tunic, pyne&smith clothiers
- black leather mules, madewell via poshmark
- grey sneakers, allbirds
- t strap clogs, Lotta from Stockholm
I tried to choose pieces that would all go together and I think it was a pretty big success. Here are my top 3 favorite looks from the challenge:
day 5 (left): This dress from P&S is such a versatile piece. I love it with black tights and when I got real cold I threw my black sweater over it for an extra layer. It's also really cute as a tunic over a pair of jeans and sneakers (day 4). It's the perfect piece to take on vacation!
day 1 (middle): These mauve culottes are my favorite pants. I wanted to include a pant that was comfortable and easy, but also made me feel put together. It's an added bonus that the woman who makes them is an amazing mother and all around incredible friend. The white button up was a poshmark score, made by Everlane. This look was probably my favorite. It made me feel really polished and also SO comfy.
day 8 (right): This top from amae.co is a go to because of how versatile it is. You can wear it with two different necklines, v-neck or crew neck, and the sleeves can be cuffed or rolled down to a 3/4 length. I also wore it over my sweater on one of our colder days. The jeans are my go to skinny jeans from old navy. I keep scouring postmark for the perfect "mom jean" but always go back to this $15 pair.
Almost all of my pieces were from my capsule wardrobe, which I've had since August. The black cashmere sweater was the one piece that wasn't in my capsule, I pulled it out of storage. I have this thing about every piece in my wardrobe being washable, so I wanted to see if I could make this sweater work in my everyday life. Turns out, it was a key piece that I loved having in rotation. It won it's way back for sure. As for my "where I went wrong" pieces, I can tell you now that it's done, I was missing some key layering pieces. I should have know better, I've lived here for 9 years. San Francisco weather ALWAYS calls for layering. Cardigans are key here and I left mine out for some reason. I also decided to take out my clogs in favor of rain boots, which I never actually wore, so I ended up only using nine pieces.
By day 9 I was itching to grab some other pieces from my closet, but I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. This challenge really showed me that I can get by with a lot less and that the pieces I own are a lot more versatile than I gave them credit for. It also got me really excited to reevaluate my capsule for the spring/summer season (get ready for a lot of texts, Camille). I've had so much fun with this, I plan to do a lot more capsule posts on my IG, so follow along if you like.
Thanks for reading!