/ 02 October 2016 / Leave a comment
10 x 10 SUMMER CHALLENGE: THE OUTFITS
Most of you are already deep into thinking about fall colours and style but I hope you can indulge me in this summery round up. It's been a long time coming but I am finally getting around to showing you the outfits I made from my ten (+3 shoes) items. If you follow me on instagram you probably saw these, though with the new algorithm one can't be sure, right?
I had a lot of fun taking these photos and putting the outfits together. As it happens, I planned all my outfits beforehand, because I'm the kind of person who's inspired by new experiences / visual stimuli. If I'm looking at the same clothes for a while, the inspiration just flows right out. That's why I'm an advocate for "hiding" my clothes off-season. When I get a new piece, what I try to do is note down all the ways I could style it, because I know the ideas will be coming to me the most when the piece is still new to me.
Have a look at the outfits below, any you particularly like?
Why did I do the 10 x 10 challenge?
a) I hate my personal style in the summer
b) I have very little summer clothes I feel good in, so I needed to try do more with less
Did I learn anything from the challenge?
For sure. It taught me I can't just wing it, for me to be successful, I have to do a bit of planning. As I said, as the challenge goes on I become a bit fed up with the clothes and it helps immensely to have a ready-made list of outfits I can wear.
It also reassured me that yes, you can have a colourful wardrobe and still have mix and match potential.
I have a better idea of my style than I did a year ago, but I am nowhere near done.
Why did I cheat and actually work with 13 items including shoes?
10 items altogether just seemed too much pressure to me. I know I struggled last year toward the end of the challenge and that didn't include shoes either. And who says? I can make up my own rules
The truth is I could have made at least 3 more outfits from my selection (so really 13 x 13) but they didn't particularly add anything new or interesting. Here they are in basic form:
I mean yeah but nothing to shout from the rooftops about.
My favourite outfits?
I'm actually finding it hard to pick one or two I like the most - which is a good thing! So perhaps I'll tell you which feel the most me: #1, #4 and #9. I also love #2 it's such a lovely holiday outfit, but perhaps a little too girly for my style.
And my least favourite?
Definitely #3 and #10. Both including the stripy dress - which I guess says a lot about said dress...
Will I do this again?
Most definitely. It's a great way to refresh my stylistic game and explore where my style is at and where it's going. It's like a separate entity.
Perhaps in winter I'll jump on the Unfancy + Style Bee bandwagon. I might even include shoes. But no promises here!
How about you? Have you ever tried the challenge? Would you? It's not a huge commitment time or otherwise so I'd recommend it as a fun exercise to literally anyone with an interest in fashion & style.
And tell me, which of the outfits was your favourite?
P.S. I hope you'll bear with me for just a little bit longer - it's still summer here on Katberries because I have a lot of photos to share with you from my very recent holiday to Greece. Outfits too! But fear not, I've shot the first fall outfit today, so it shall be making its way to you some time in the near future.
(If you've been wondering about what I've been up to during the slight and unplanned hiatus, I'm planning on doing a life update post soonish too.)
Have a lovely day!