10 x 10 challenge: ten garments, ten days


Wardrobe challenges are a great way to challenge yourself to live with less, use what you have and get more creative. I am not sure if I could live my live with a capsule closet, but I believe it is good to always explore the different ways of getting a more sustainable closet. For the coming ten days I will do a challenge called the 10×10.

What is it and why should you do it?

The 10×10 challenge consists of wearing only 10 items for 10 days. It is a short (trial) version of a capsule closet and the project 333, which is a challenge that goes on for a 3 months. Reasons for doing it range from wanting to get to know your closet better, seeing that you can live with less to sparking creativity.

The reasons for which I’m doing this challenge is to improve my creativity with what I wear and to inspire to live with less. The Pareto principle says that 80% of the time we wear 20% of what we own so it really shouldn’t be that hard.

Since 10 items is not a lot, there are of course garments that are to be excluded from the ten. Usually they are:

  • Workout and lounge clothes
  • Socks and underwear
  • Jewelry/hair accessories

In addition, I also decided to exclude jackets, because the weather is a bit unreliable and since I only wear it back and forth to work and it doesn’t feel like a part of my outfit I chose to exclude it. However, I will probably only use one or two.

I believe that this challenge is for you to challenge yourself so if you feel like you want to include or exclude something that normally isn’t, I say go for it. Your game, your rules.

What items will I wear?

The garments I have chosen to include are:

  1. Black slim pants
  2. Blue cropped jeans
  3. White sleeveless dress
  4. White button shirt
  5. White t-shirt
  6. Knitted grey sweater
  7. Black knitted turtleneck
  8. Black midi skirt
  9. White sneakers
  10. Black healed boots

In total that makes it 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 1 dress and 2 pairs of shoes. The color palette is mostly black and white, with some grey and blue added in. I think that for a first mini capsule it might be good to stick to mainly neutrals (if you’re not a person only wearing color, then stick to that), since they in general are easier to mix and match. I have also stuck to quite simple and timeless items that go well together to make this a good experience.

So there you have it, the mini capsule 10×10 challenge. I will give you an update on how it goes and you will be able to see every days’ outfit on my Instagram too.


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