Monday, August 06, 2018

Summer 2018 10x10 Challenge Wrap-up

The Summer 10x10 Challenge is over and boy do I have thoughts. In no particular order:

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  • It was supposed to rain all week so I switched out the white jeans for a pair of grey skinny jeans. And then it didn't really rain at all. oh well.
  • A funny note: my husband failed to notice that I wore the same clothes for 9-ish days. This was not really a surprise though--he's not the most observant about these things.
  • I think I would have had an easier time in any other season besides summer for 2 reasons. 1) The other three seasons you can make different looks with layering, while I found this challenge to be a lot of basic top, bottom, shoes: repeat, and 2) laundry was a huge issue.

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  • About that laundry: good lord I had to do laundry so many times. I tried to be as efficient as possible, like once I got a fabric order in the mail and I washed my clothes with the new fabrics, but still I was mostly washing only 3-4 items at a time. I think I did laundry 4 times in the 10 days when I normally only do laundry once a week. This goes along with my thoughts that other seasons might have been easier because I probably could've gotten away with wearing things more than once without washing them but in the summer that's not possible.
  • In fact, I actually did not finish the challenge because I ran out of clean shirts on the last day. I was sewing jeans so I just wore old clothes because all of the indigo dye from the jeans got all over everything and I didn't want to mess up any of my nicer garments. so technically my challenge was a big fail, but whatever.
  • If I had it to do over again, I would plan out my outfits for all 10 days in advance so I could maximize both the number of outfits I could wear before having to do laundry AND making sure I didn't wear the same clothes too close together. at one point I had to do a Canadian tuxedo (not my favorite look) in order to avoid wearing the same thing 2 days in a row.

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  • Apart from the laundry issue I actually thought the challenge was easier than I thought it would be. I didn't even really get sick of wearing the same clothes until the very end. However, if I had it to do over again I probably would've changed my ratios. I was working with 4 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 shoes, and 1 jacket. With a redo I would've chosen 6 tops (including a button-down shirt that I could have worn as a makeshift outer layer), 3 bottoms (but replacing the shorts with a skirt or another pair of pants that could be worn to work), 1 pair of shoes (just a practical pair of sneakers because people notice shoes much less), and skipped the jacket.
  • This may have been entirely in my own head, but I definitely felt self conscious at work. I only had 2 bottoms that I alternated every other day b/c I can't wear shorts to work and I had a couple of tops that seemed to stick out, like the red shirt. I felt like it was easy to see I was wearing the same stuff all the time. by changing up the ratios as listed above I feel like it would've been less noticeable b/c I would have had a bit more variety.

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  • However, though I felt like the 10x10 challenge wasn't right for everyday, I can see how it would be awesome for a vacation. You could pack so much lighter and still have a nice variety of outfits. Just so long as you have the ability to do laundry once or twice I think it would be amazing for a trip.
  • Because I felt more self conscious about the sameness of my clothes I put a lot more effort into accessorizing than I normally do. Especially in summer time I tend to be lazy about jewelry, etc. but I felt like I needed to mix things up.
  • Although I love how soft my Paige grey skinny jeans are, I realized that they do not fit well at all. They are among my most worn jeans of all time b/c they go with everything but repeating them so many times has made me confront how ill-fitting they are. I'm definitely adding a handmade replacement to my list of things to sew.

I would consider trying this again in another season just to see how the experience is different. I definitely felt like I learned a lot from the challenge even though it wasn't my favorite thing to do. I don't see myself going for an entirely minimal wardrobe, but it felt good to experiment and I'm glad I tried it.

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