i learned many things throughout the summer 10×10 challenge. trying to capture all of them here would be foolish, but there are some big takeaways from the last week and a half.
- it is possible to do a lot with a lot less than we think. i’ve read plenty of fashion magazines over the years, and i’ve seen plenty of write-ups on how to make a month’s worth of outfits with a fairly small number of pieces. and i always thought that it was completely impractical, and i would never wear about a third of what they came up with anyway. after this challenge i realize that it really is possible to come up with a lot of different outfits that i would actually wear from a limited number of options. it makes me think twice about ordering something new when i could make tons of combinations with what is already in my closet.
- my style is evolving, and i should let it. before we had kids whether or not i could move around well in whatever i was wearing didn’t really matter. of course i didn’t need to move around all that much most of the time at work, so shoes could be cute before comfortable. clothes didn’t have to do much multi-tasking. now they do. now shoes have to be both cute and comfortable because i don’t do ugly shoes, but i also need to be able to keep up with two preschoolers. clothes need to be able to move without readjusting them all the time.
- traveling should be so much easier. i love to travel. i get to go to a couple of different places in the next couple of weeks, and this challenge coming right before back-to-back trips has me excited to pack. i usually hate packing. but when i think through and realize how much i can do with far less, it actually makes me excited about the packing part too. it’s just another 10×10 of sorts.
- it’s so important to think through the “why.” this is a big one. there are a lot of things we do from day to day that we don’t really think about. we buy clothes because our culture tells us we constantly need more. but despite cleaning out my closet at least 3 times in the last year, i still have a lot more than i need. a lot more. i’ve started waiting more before purchasing things. i’ll think about it for weeks. i’ll think about what i’m going to get rid of if i buy the thing in front of me. yes, i still buy things, but i don’t end up with nearly as many things, and far fewer impulse buys that i only wear a couple of times even though i “had to have it” in the moment.
i could go on. i learned a lot from this challenge! it is making me rethink my wardrobe even more. and while i doubt that i’ll ever fully embrace having a capsule collection and nothing else, this challenge made me realize just how possible it would be.
have you learned anything from this challenge? i’d love to hear your thoughts!