The first step of my grand Fall 2018 Wardrobe Super Plan was to try a 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge. I made a good start on it in early October then realized that the “official” one was starting soon and gave myself a do-over. The pieces I ended up with were these:
*black pants, actually pregnancy pants but still so comfy
*denim skirt made with gifted fabric
*new black cardigan made from a cut-down hand-me-down
*two hoodies made from an extremely hacked version of the Deer and Doe Plantain
*pink Empty Hanger Patterns Arthur Top
*polka dot crossover top
*white So Sew Easy It’s A Wrap Top
*the clear winner of the wardrobe, my black and white dress, which is just a lengthened Empty Hanger Patterns Arthur Top
*a last-minute black-and-white dress made from an Ikea365 tablecloth
Daily selfies are torturous. Just like Me-Made-May, this was the hardest part for me. I was able to sweet-talk my husband into photoshoots occasionlly; on other days there were mirror selfies and awkward trying-to-pose-casually-while-hoping-no-one-sees-me self-timer shots.
I think I missed the spirit of the “challenge”, because I’m totally fine with wearing the same things day in and day out. I wore that striped dress at least 4 times and would happily have worn it again. Who knew I liked leggings? (I wore them 5 days in a row).
And just as clearly as the challenge showed what I readily wear, it showed me what I don’t. Because seriously, if you’re limited to 10 pieces only and *still* don’t reach willingly for a certain piece (looking at you, white top) then it might be time to reevaluate your relationship with that piece.
So what’s the next step? My original plan was to expand my 10-piece wardrobe into a 16-piece wardrobe, using the Vivienne Files’ 4×4 template. But her templates focus mostly on separates with dresses as an extra, and I’m not sure how my newfound love of dress + leggings + cardigan is going to deal with that…