spring 10×10 wrap-up

hello may!!  how the heck did we get here so fast?  school is quickly winding down, and summer is a-comin’!

so, the 10×10.  i’m finally sharing my experience with the whole thing!

first, i was a little apprehensive because i thought being so restricted would be SUPER boring, but guess what?  I LOVED IT.  and i plan to do it again and again.  the simplicity of getting ready was amazing, and i found myself putting together outfits i never would have considered if not for this experiment.  i liked the challenge of making each outfit interesting, and i think the fact that you can mix in accessories makes it so easy and fun to do.

as a refresher, here was my line-up for the 10 days.  

two pants, one skirt, four tops, and three layering pieces.  i did give this some thought as i planned it and made sure i could come up with several outfits easily.  i think the mixing in of pattern and texture helped to keep things interesting.  it also helped that the weather cooperated almost completely, so i only had to add a sweater one of the days.  i was pretty compliant, although i would have broken the rules more had i needed to!  i was able to ‘mom’ in everything, and the only real annoyance was wearing the skirt on a windy day, but i made it work.  i did skip a day because i stayed in gym clothes, but guess what, i do that a few times a week, so the fact that it only happened once makes me want to pat myself on the back. ;)

these got me through a night out (top middle), a visit to beckett’s school (middle left), dinner out with the family (bottom middle), a brunch/easter egg hunt (bottom left), and a presentation i gave to a MOPS group (middle middle), and every little thing in-between.

– find these photos and more details of what i did each day via #cso10x10 on instagram –

so, here are a few questions i wanted to answer for myself as i reflect back on this.

was there anything that didn’t work?  i really felt good about my choices.  might have been beginners luck, but all the pieces just worked.  you might notice that i didn’t wear the blush bomber jacket at all.  i had 100% planned on it, but the weather was pretty warm that week, and the material just felt kind of hot, so i opted out. so, really i worked with just 9 pieces!  the only look i didn’t feel totally confident in was the blush tee/black skirt/denim vest.  i wore the tee tucked in, but it has a knot at the hem, which is great when untucked, but made it feel rather bulky.  no big deal, i just didn’t love the outfit.

what look was your favorite?  i felt the most ‘me’ in the olive pants/black & white tee (bottom right) and the unexpected favorite was the skirt/blue & white button up (bottom left).  not sure i would have put these outfits together looking at my entire closet, but when looking at limited options, i loved how these came together.  and the little knots to add more personality!


what did you learn?  working with a color palette that all flows together was key.  i really felt like every single piece could have worked with all the others, and i liked having the layering pieces to make things a little more interesting each day.

will you do this again? 100% yes!!  loved it, totally recommend it!

what would you do differently for the next 10×10? next time, i’ll work a dress in.  otherwise, i felt like i had plenty of options and was able to dress things up or down dependent on the days events.


this experience really opened my eyes to how little i actually need, and i think it will affect how i shop and look at my closet from here on out.  it also helped me pack for our trip this past week.  we had limited space in our car, with the stroller and pack&play also coming along, so i wanted to get the kids and myself into one carry-on-sized suitcase.  i thought carefully as i packed for myself and each of the kids, included a few tops and bottoms for each of us that all went together, and it was no problem at all.

i didn’t photograph, well anything, very well, but here are a couple little peeks at what kinds of accessories i worked in.  for me, the fact that accessories can come and go as you please made this so easy and a fun challenge to make each outfit look different in subtle ways.

still pretty dang awkward with selfies – someone please give me a lesson


olive moto leggings (i purchsed at CW boutique)

denim (old gap, distressed myself) – similar

black skirt (old banana republic) – similar, more casual option

blush tee (random find at tj maxx) – similar, similar

black and white striped tee (old) (fit note: i sized up 2 sized so i could tie it)- similar, similar

cream lace top (old) – similar, similar

white and blue striped button-up (abercrombie, can no longer find this online) – similar

denim vest (old j. crew) – similar

blush bomber (old) – similar, similar

camo jacket

so, whaddya think!?!  are you up for doing a 10×10?  i’ll definitely let you know the next time i do it so you can play along too!

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