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A Recap of my 10×10 Closet Challenge Recap - Fall Edition (2017)

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Recap by Conscious by Chloé

I wrapped my first 10x10 Challenge close to 2 weeks ago and think that now is a good time to look back on it.

Since I've jumped into this challenge without preparation and did not plan outfits or put a lot of thought into the pieces I chose, this could have been a total disaster.

But I guess beginner's luck was with me, or the stars, or whatever else I believed in during these 10 days, everything worked out fine and I'm so glad I took that challenge.

Here are the subjects I want to cover in this article:

  • My motivations to participate in the challenge

  • The 10 items I selected

  • Style notes

  • A few takeaways

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Recap by Conscious by Chloé

My motivations

The fact that I joined the challenge ar the very last minute explains a lot.

After an eventful summer, I was back at home, trying to find my routine, looking for content to post (somewhat regularly) on the blog, transitioning to a new season, wondering what I would wear (or more accurately fit into) during the colder months after a summer of letting go and indulging.

So there you have it. I needed structure, something regular and short-term to kickstart a new routine for a new season (of the year, of my life).

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Recap by Conscious by Chloé

My 10 items

Here are the 10 simple items I wore for the 10 days of the challenge: 2 jackets, 2 sweaters, 1 top, 2 pairs of pants, 1 skirt, 2 pairs of shoes.

  • Artist Cardigan - Vintage. Similar here.

  • Leather Jacket - Old. Similar here.

  • Fisherman Sweater - Old. Similar here.

  • Cashmere Sweater - Everlane, made consciously in China.

  • Linen Top - Handmade by my mom. Similar here.

  • Wide Pants - Lauren Winter, made in Portland, OR.

  • Jeans - Vintage. Similar here.

  • Long Skirt - Old. Similar here.

  • Clogs - Nina Z, made in NY, NY.

  • Boots - Danner, made in Portland, OR.

My 10 outfits

Style notes

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Recap by Conscious by Chloé

| HAIR | I wear my hair down 99.9% of the time. That's just how I roll. I'm slowly realizing that my hair has grown and that I can now style it, wear a ponytail if I want to (which is good for my yoga practice. No, seriously, between my hair and my glasses, it can be tricky to master the downward facing dog pose). Still, I prefer my face surrounded my hair, I don't like the way my bangs look when my hair is pulled back, and I like to wear hats. So I played a little with my styling wand, and that's enough to keep me happy for now. I take things slow, I can now style my hair in less than 3 minutes, and that's more than I care to spend on this activity. So there's room to improve, room to play, and I should start thinking about it, because this could go 2 ways: (1) I'm gonna cut my hair again (yeah, I cut my own hair, because I'm cheap and impatient); (2) I'm gonna want to dye or highlight my hair and I will regret it during the process (burnt scalp), after the first shampoo (hello dry and weakened hair) or after a couple weeks (hello regrowth). No really, it took a lot of willpower to get this far, so I'm gonna try to have a little fun with my hairstyling skills. Send Pinterest inspo or youtube tutorials my way. Thaaaaaanks!

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Recap by Conscious by Chloé

| ACCESSORIES | I've pared down my accessories collection (I became my little cousins favorite when I brought them bags of them to chose from) a couple years ago and tend to wear the same ones over and over (family heirlooms, gifts from Octave and a couple pieces I chose for myself). Since this part of an outfit was not "regulated" by the challenge, I expected to go a little crazy but ended up wearing the same necklace twice and regretted it. It's funny how when you have freedom or too much to chose from, you get analysis paralysis and end up revolving around the same pieces. This made me realize that even though my accessories collection is minimal, there are certain pieces I have not worn in a while, so I'm slowly trying every single piece on, and making a decision to either wear it more, part with it and, for some of them, repair (I stepped on one of my rings a while ago and need to reshape it, and one necklace lost a part which I need to replace). So there's that. Always room for minimizing, reevaluating, caring, appreciating.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Recap by Conscious by Chloé

| TUCKS & ROLLS | The top my mom made me is a little too big, but this might make me love it more because I can tuck it, roll it and even tie a know in the back. It makes for such a versatile piece. I cannot wear a long sleeved top without rolling the sleeves. And the same thing goes with my jeans, I have to show my ankles, socks, boots. I recently cut vertically the front of a trench coat that looked too bulky on me. I never closed it, so I figured I'd make the most of it and just remove the extra fabric, tie the belt in the back rather than in the front, and, of course, roll my sleeves.

Takeaways

This was a fun experience overall.

This 10x10 has been both a styling and a blogging challenge for me, and I'm very proud I got through it. It made me realize that sometimes you shouldn't sweat it. On the one hand, you can get great results by just giving something a try. And on the other hand, it's ok to try something and fail. You'll learn something no matter what!

I have to say that I got a little anxious as, as days went by, the styling options seemed restrained.

But I found support and inspiration in the 10x10 community. Browsing through the #10x10friends and getting comments from you guys and from other participants really kept me going.

The weather also did not play in my favor at the end of the challenge, so I was afraid that if I skipped one day I would just give up.

But I was lucky to have the best supporter by my side. I really want to give a shout out to and thank Octave who's been a really good sport during those 10 days, shooting and editing every single day during those 10 days.

Conclusion

I'm not sure yet whether I'll do this again, we'll see in January 2018.

Now I'd love to know what you thought about this experiment I shared with you here. Did you get something out of it? Would you like to see more style related posts over here? Did it inspire you to give the capsule wardrobe a try? I know, so many questions at once! But I'm curious to hear from you.

Thank you for tagging along and have a wonderful rest of the week!


Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2017) - Day 10

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I am so happy and proud to welcome you to Day 10 of the fall 10×10 Challenge.

I changed my hairstyle for this last one, but you all know I shot this outfit and the previous one almost back to back.

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My Day 10 Outfit

Yep I did it. Clogs and socks!

This last outfit was tricky since with 3 tops and 3 bottoms, you kinda get stuck after the 9th combination. But hey, those are the rules, so with a different pair of shoes and other accessories, you can almost make people believe that they've never seen that one before, right?

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Sweater - Everlane, made consciously in China.

Skirt - Old. Similar here.

Shoes - Nina Z, made in NY, NY.

And I'm gonna add a little note to thank my friend Sarah, who sent me this delicate origami necklace while I was living in The Hague. It was such a thoughtful and unexpected gift. Seeing it in my jewelry box gives me a little jolt of happiness. It's such a playful little piece.

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And that's it for my Fall 2017 10x10 Challenge. I'll probably do a recap post in the coming days to share a little more about my styling adventures from the last 2 weeks.


Do you have any questions to ask me about the challenge? What would you like me to focus on in the next post?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2017) - Day 9

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Better late than never! This is Day 9 of the fall 10×10 Challenge.

Yesterday, it was way too rainy and dark to shoot so today you'll get not one, but 2 articles. Enough to keep you busy for the weekend!

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My Day 9 Outfit

Steve Jobs would approve.

This is how I initially named this outfit. Then I added accessories and all of a sudden this title was not relevant anymore, but it makes me smile, so I'm gonna keep it.

Now that I look at the pictures, I wish I had not added the necklace. There's suddenly too many colors in a single outfit... Oh well!

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé

Sweater - Everlane, made consciously in China.

Pants - Vintage. Similar here.

Shoes - Danner, made in Portland, OR.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé


Do you have a style icon (just to be clear, mine isn't Steve Jobs, although he's inspiring in many different ways)?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2017) - Day 8

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Here we go! Day 8 of the fall 10×10 Challenge.

Today I met not 1 but 2 of my favorite local bloggers: Allison of The Thoughtful Closet and Ellie of Selflessly Styled.

This is one of the reasons why I started this blog, to get out of my own bubble and make connections with inspiring people. It can be awkward to reach out to people you follow on Instagram and then meet them in real life, but it usually dissipates after the first couple minutes. Trust me, I've been doing that for the past 3 years!

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My Day 8 Outfit

Sweater + Skirt // Black + White = My favorite combo for this season.

The options are starting to be limited by the time you reach the end of the challenge, so I'm glad that I planned today and tomorrow's outfits in advance.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 8 by Conscious by Chloé

Sweater - Old. Similar here.

Skirt - Old. Similar here.

Shoes - Danner, made in Portland, OR.

Lately, I've been working a lot from coffee shops, even meeting friends for work dates. The document organizer I used as a laptop sleeve featured in this look was a present from Octave (yep, he's got good taste!). If I remember well, it's made of vegetable leather, he got it from Poketo like, a year ago.

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Have you ever reached out to someone you follow on Instagram and met them in real life? How did it go?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2017) - Day 7

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Welcome to Day 7 of the fall 10×10 Challenge.

In case you were wondering what the 10th item of my 10x10 was, there it is! (yes, I totally lied last week when I told you that the sweater was the last one, sorry!)

I'm not a fan of outerwear, I really just consider it as a protection from the elements, and not a part of my styling decisions.

I usually have a bunch of jackets lying around in my car, and I grab one whenever I need one. But if I had to choose only one, this jacket would be it. I saved to buy it, and have been wearing it for a little more than 10 years now. I've only started taking care of it a couple years ago so it's got the right amount of patina, without totally falling apart, though I should definitely take care of a couple holes and prevent them from expanding.

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My Day 7 Outfit

Proportions are key.

I thought this outfit would never make it to the blog, because, honestly, I'm not in love with it. The color combo is perfect (to me) but a loose top with loose pants, that's a big no-no for my figure.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 7 by Conscious by Chloé

Jacket - A leather jacket I've had since my early 20s. Similar here.

Top - Handmade by my mom. Similar here.

Pants - Lauren Winter, made in Portland, OR.

Shoes - Danner, made in Portland, OR.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 7 by Conscious by Chloé

3 more outfits to go. Now I'm starting to be afraid I'm no longer gonna be able to mix things up enough...


Do you also wear outfits because you feel good in them, no matter if they don't actually look good? Tell me I'm not alone!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.