Last month I joined the winter 10×10 challenge. The basic idea was to choose 10 items of clothing, including shoes, and make 10 different outfits from them over 10 days. I thought it would be a fun challenge and I would learn something from it. And both turned out to be true.
I already follow the capsule method for my wardrobe so I thought it would be interesting to be limited to an even smaller capsule.
Here’s what I chose for my 10 pieces:
—3 pairs of pants
—2 pairs of shoes
I was free to choose whatever outerwear and accessories I fancied. And yes, most of the pieces I chose were black so it made it easy to create various outfits. Everything basically went well together. So getting dressed in the mornings was a breeze. I took a photo each day to document the outfits I created. And let me tell ya, taking selfies was the most painful part of this experiment.
Here are 5 things I learned by doing the 10×10 challenge:
- I hate taking selfies. Absolutely hate it.
- I’ve always been curious to see what it would be like to dress in all black all the time. Well, it turns out I don’t like it too much. I realized that I need to wear something of a lighter hue now and then.
- Because I got sick of wearing all black after a few days, it forced me to try styling my outfits to introduce some novelty. So for the first time in years I tucked in my shirts. I tried half tucks and full tucks. It’s a bit of a pain to tuck in my shirts every time after going to the bathroom but it only takes a few extra seconds to do it.
- No one noticed I was wearing the same 10 pieces of clothing for 10 days.
- Since I got by just fine with 10 items I learned that I really don’t need as much clothes as I think I do.
So this experiment gave me some clarity about how I want to shop for my wardrobe going forward. Since I don’t need as much clothes, I will fork out the money for high quality, ethical brands. Spending more on well-made, ethically-made clothes will mean I buy less, which will help me in my quest to live a minimalist life. Plus, I’ll have a more clear conscience when I do buy from independent brands that focus on ethical production.
I believe in the long run this will actually help me save money as I won’t be buying clothes mindlessly just because they are on sale or it’s a “good deal.” If I carefully consider my purchases, I will most likely end up feeling more content with my wardrobe.