How to conquer closet boredom. I’m always attracted to books and blogs about wardrobe organization, closet challenges, and ways to “do more with less”. First, because I am analytical by nature. Also: if I allowed myself to buy every appealing piece of clothing I came upon, I’d be both broke and covered in clutter.
So the 10 x 10 Style Challenge (ten pieces for ten days, mixed and matched) sounded intriguing. It’s everywhere on the ‘net, but the blogger Style Bee has made it a specialty and a mission: to “to get more creative with [my] clothes”. I used her general guidelines to power through closet boredom.
I had to break a few rules, I had to! So I didn’t count outerwear among my ten pieces because, heh, it’s Florida and usually a denim jacket will do. But adding in coats and jackets will create a whole lot more looks. I didn’t count hairpieces either, although they can change up a look in an instant.
My challenge pieces included: Four tops, four bottoms, my navy booties and my oxford/sneakers. I’ve actually since donated one of the bottoms, a corduroy skirt, because in a picture it looked dowdy on me (the horror!). An unexpected benefit of the challenge is to look at yourself with fresh eyes.
Lessons learned after nine days:
There’s no way ten pieces would ever be enough to keep me interested! This was just for fun. But with 20-30 more pieces, I will have conquered wardrobe boredom.
I have a ton of clothes. I seriously don’t “need” another thing for at least a year. But:
I need to upgrade the things I wear the most, like this denim skirt: I’m looking for a slimmer, darker one, and maybe an inch longer.
It’s fun to wear things in contradiction to manufacturer’s instructions, like a backwards sweater. Try it with a cardigan for an unexpected look.
Necklaces, scarves, bracelets, tights: they make a huge difference. Pile on the scarves, wear one as a headwrap, stack your rings or wear just one thin bangle. It’s all there in the closet!
Do you enjoy a wardrobe challenge? Please let us know about it in the comments.
Keep joy in your heart, and stay fabulous, xo,
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