10×10 Spring Challenge: 10 Pieces, 10 Outfits, 10 Days

After reading articles on how to appreciate what you have more, I stumbled across Style Bee’s 10×10 challenge. She developed a challenge to force people to become more creative with their clothes. While she was going through a shop-free fast she decided it would be the perfect time to create a challenge where she only wore 10 items for 10 days. Since I love a good fashion challenge, I decided to try.

Rules:

  • Pick any 10 items you already have in your current closet
  • Style those items in 10 different ways
  • Use 10 days to do it

PJs and workout clothes also do not count. Lee, from Style Bee, recommends that if you’re a beginner you start off with:

  • 2 Pairs of Shoes (1 heel + 1 flat)
  • 4 Tops (Consider pieces that layer well like a fitted long-sleeve, a button-down, and a cardigan)
  • 1 Dress
  • 2 Bottoms
  • 1 Top Layer

I ended up picking 2 pants, 1 dress, 2 jackets, 4 shirts, and 1 pair of shoes. If I do the challenge again, I would pick a cardigan instead of a pink blazer because it is comfier and more versatile. Otherwise, I really liked my picks. I think for the summer challenge I would pick a few skirts instead of jeans.

Nonetheless, here are the 10 different outfits I ended up creating. If you want to see these outfits in action make sure you check out my Instagram page here.

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Day One | Friday

I felt like a total rockstar in this outfit. There is something about a solid black and white outfit with a pop of color that always looks good. I ended up hanging out at friend’s new house (talk about major adulting) after work. I can’t believe I’m starting to embark on the age where my friends are all growing up. Please make it slow down ASAP please and thank you. This bag was definitely the highlight of this outfit due to it’s bright color.

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Day Two | Saturday

I did absolutely nothing on Saturday and it was soooo nice. Most weekends I’m running around with my head chopped off so it was so lovely doing nothing. Well, I did take these pictures with a makeshift tripod (I set up my camera on a stool outside my house and hoped to God that my neighbors wouldn’t see me acting crazy). This layered outfit is perfect for spring because you never know how cold it is really going to be. Plus, I’m a huge fan of olive and light denim paired together.

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Day Three | Sunday

Easter Sunday was a big day for me! I started the day going to church with my mom and ended the day with watching my brother propose to this girlfriend! Talk about a good day! An awesome outfit to match an equally as awesome day. I was slightly worried about doing this challenge during Easter because I knew I needed a fancier dress for Church. I ended up being able to transition this dress a few different ways. If I were to do the challenge again I would have picked a dress without a pattern because it was a little too recognizable for my taste. However, I would have still picked this bright yellow because it is perfect for spring!

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Day Four | Monday

The best thing about this challenge was that it convinced me to pull out this scarf I purchased in high school. I bought this neck scarf thinking I would wear it one day and never did… until now. I love how the pattern looks contrasting with the stripes! This is definitely an outfit I would have never of tried if it wasn’t for this challenge so I’m super soaked about that.

Note: I did have to cheat on this day! It ended up randomly snowing so I needed to pull out my winter coat. I ended up wearing that winter coat on top of some of my outfits as the challenge went on. I felt guilty, but Lee said herself that this challenge is meant to be fun not stressful. Thus, I felt like it was okay for my first time ever trying this challenge.

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Day Five | Tuesday

This outfit definitely got the most compliments out of all of these. One of my coworkers told me he liked my shirt three different times. I mean, I love a good green shirt but I’m not sure it deserved three different compliments. Anyway, I did end up tucking this shirt into my pants and throwing on my white belt just because I wanted to make sure I didn’t show any of my belly at work. During this challenge, I ended up wanting to wear this green shirt the most because of the bright color and soft texture. The power of a good t-shirt is really underrated.

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Day Six | Wednesday

Since my coworker complimented my green shirt from the day before, I was worried that people would notice that I’m wearing the same shirt. Not one person noticed. This challenge was definitely a great way to refocus on the fact that not everyone cares about what you and other people wear. Often times what you say is much more important than what you wear. As someone who is very passionate about fashion, this is something that often escapes my reality. My work is very casual so it was really nice to be able to wear a fancier dress to work without it being a really big deal. dsfsfdsf

Day Seven | Thursday

Thursday was just another casual day at work. I love wearing my chambray top like this because it is the comfiest thing in the world. It’s like wearing a thick cardigan but wihtout the extra warmth. Out of all these outfits, this one was definitely the comfiest.

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I wore this outfit to work but ended up throwing on my white belt from this outfit and making the necklace a lot shorter (check Instagram if you want to see the real deal). Robert came to visit me this weekend so we ended up going out with my friends to see a live band and play some games. I did end up switching into my outfit on day one but with blue jeans because I would be devastated if anyone split alcohol on my white pants. None of my coworkers noticed that this was the same stripe shirt I wore on Monday. My boss even complimented my top.

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Day Nine | Saturday

I didn’t end up wearing this outfit the entire day because I was actually taking future blog pictures (eek, I’m so excited to show you them later). I love this outfit but it would have been a little too dressy for the day. I ended up going to Puerto Vallarta with Robert, taking pictures, and then watching Deadpool… laugh all you want but it was a great movie! I could definitely see myself wearing this outfit for a girl’s brunch or spring birthday party.

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Day Ten | Sunday

If you followed my Instagram stories, this actually wasn’t what I wore on Sunday! Since I took these pictures on Saturday when I was planning out these outfits, I thought I was going to wear this. I ended up getting a little bit more creative and throwing on a thrifted belt alongside my chambray button up. I love this outfit too but definitely loved wearing a belt that I rarely get to wear instead.

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My takeaways

I ended up trying new accessories that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I loved being able to try out new accessories in order to spice up different outfits. It definitely made my challenge myself to rethink how I wear things and how to make them unique. Plus, I found out what items I gravitate towards more than others. I’m loving these white jeans and my green shirt!

No one noticed that I was wearing the same items over and over again.

Literally, no one noticed. I thought for sure someone would have said something about wearing my white pants twice during a work week. No one noticed or cared. This was a great reality check that not everyone cares about what you’re wearing so you might as well wear something that makes you happy. For instance, I’m never trying the wooden basket bag trend… maybe the woven ones but definitely not this bag.  It’s more important to find stuff you like wearing instead of what other people like wearing.

I need to appreciate what I do have more.

It’s so easy to get swept up into the idea that I constantly need to buy new articles of clothes to keep things fresh. I really need to look at the items I already have and develop new ways of wearing them. Plus, I really need to appreciate that I’m fortunate enough to have all these clothes.

It’s more about a positive attitude than what you’re wearing.

People don’t care what you’re wearing, they care about who you are as an individual. It’s better to be positive and optimistic than negative and pessimistic. People want to be around you because of who you are not because of what you wear.

What do you think about the 10×10 challenge? Would you ever try something like this? What is your favorite outfit out of these 10? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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8 Bloggers to Get Style Inspiration From

If this post doesn’t give you serious outfit inspiration, I don’t know what will! There is this weird thing in the blogging world where bloggers tend not to talk about other bloggers’ blogs. I want to change that drastically. I tend to look towards bloggers instead of celebrities for my favorite style inspiration. I know what you’re thinking, how millennial. Oh, whatever, I’m a millennial and I’ll accept it. Without further ado, here are my favorite fashion bloggers of the moment.

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The Chriselle Factor: The Girl Who Got Me Interested in Style

I figure I’d start this epic list with the blogger that started it all for me. I started watching Chriselle Lim’s YouTube videos when I was in high school. I grew up watching her success grow greater and greater. I saw her styling shirts a million different ways to sitting by the hottest runways. Goodness, she is a style queen. I love her high fashion looks with a passion and hope one day I can pull off one of her epic looks.

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The Coastal Confidence: The Girl I Learned The Most From

My senior year of college, I interned for Aubrey at The Coastal Confidence. I was and still am a huge fan of her passion for everything New England. Like Aubrey, I grew up in Connecticut and got a good ole’ taste of what it is like to be a New Englander… and boy, is it great. Aubrey has a craft of writing style posts while showing different things you can do in New England. For example, she just did a post on 6 different orchards you can visit in New England. If you live in New England or you simply just love New England fashion, this blog should definitely be on your radar.

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Something Navy: The Mom Who Can Do it All

Last year, I found Arielle’s blog via Instagram and I couldn’t be happier that I did. She has by far the cutest little baby and often styles her in equally cute clothes. If you got to her blog, you’ll see a perfectly laid out website. It is literally set up like a blogger’s dream. Her Instagram is always my favorite thing to watch and my favorite style inspiration to see. She also has some killer dance moves!

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If you’re a super girly-girl you need to go visit this blog. No, seriously, click that link. Out of all of the bloggers I follow, she by far has the most feminine look. Her outfits consist of incredible silhouettes in beautiful, light colors. Plus, her and her husband are the cutest couple on all of Instagram (I’m convinced). They even have matching glasses.

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The College Prepster: The Preppy Girl

I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s hard finding a blogger my age that I love. I’m not the preppiest person, but I love seeing Carly’s carefully planned out outfits. She seems to encapsulate the bold, New England style with a young person’s touch. In my opinion, her best posts are during fall so check them out now!

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Mumu and Macaroons: The Upbeat Girl

Every time I see Katy Harrell post on Instagram I cannot help but go visit her page. She just has the best attitude about life. Upbeat, happy, and all around an insightful person. She recently posted two blog posts about her tips and tricks to blogging. If you’re as obsessed with blogging as I am, go check it out.

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All Things Blush: Bohemian Goals

Every post Rachel Baumann seems to post are major bohemian fashion goals. I mean just look at these three looks! She seems to always be one step ahead of the game and post these creative, innovative looks. Whenever I’m looking for bohemian inspiration, I go straight to her page. Plus, the pictures she takes with her friends are friend g-o-a-l-s.

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Margo and Me: The Ultimate High Fashion Boss

Margo and Me, written by Jenny Cipoletti, is a new blog to me. Like Chriselle, I found her stumbling across the vast void of YouTube. Her videos are extremely elegant and feminine ranging from posh hairstyles to dream vacations. If I were to define the word “high fashion” her name would be inserted right into the definition. Plus, she probably has the cutest french bulldog known to man.

Depending on how each and every one of you responds this type of post, I might start featuring different bloggers I’m loving on my monthly recaps. more and more. After all, we need to start calling out the girlbosses of the world (insert voice of Sophia Amoruso) and start celebrating them.

Who is your favorite fashion blogger? Let me know in the comments down below!

As always,

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