Winter 10x10 Challenge

I've always been really into the idea of a capsule wardrobe and have been reading blogs like Into Mind and Unfancy since their early days. As much as I love the idea, it never seemed right for me and instead I worked on creating a more intentional wardrobe without worrying about numbers and switching out items each season. However I can definitely get behind the idea of doing a mini capsule and the 10x10 challenge was perfect considering that I'll be on a 10 day mini trip before I start next semester. I'll be packing all of this in my duffle bag so I don't have to deal with rummaging through my suitcases to find something to wear. I had a lot of fun picking out these items and creating outfits that I wouldn't have thought of other wise!

I chose a few items that I really loved and then assessed what pieces were missing, created some outfits, made some edits, and kept going until I had a selection that felt right. Caroline's post here is great to read if you're unsure of where to start. I'll be doing a lot of flying and running around and will be dealing with temps between 60-30F and possibly some rain and snow. I personally didn't include my winter jackets or items like hats in my 10 items because they are definitely essentials and needed for practical purposes.

Down below I've listed each item I included with a bit about why I included it. I'll also be sharing my outfits here and on my instagram story so make sure to keep checking back!

SHOES

Adidas ZX Racers: These are my new babies and I am in Love with a capital L. I've been looking for the perfect athleisure shoe to replace my converse for day to day wear and these are perfect.

LL Bean Boots: My bean boots are the only shoe I have suited for any type of weather. They are also my heaviest and bulkiest shoe, so I plan on wearing these on the plane to save space in my bag.

BOTTOMS

J.Crew Snap Front PixieHands down the most comfortable pants to wear that also make you look put together. Thick enough to keep me warm, and stretchy enough to curl up in a ball while on a long flight.

J.Crew Lookout Highrise JeansWhen I first bought these jeans I wasn't crazy about them, but they have now become my favorite pair of denim. They are incredibly soft and comfortable and they have a slightly looser fit for a skinny jean which makes them great for a causal day out.

TOPS

J.Crew Boy ShirtI used to be a button-up fanatic but I think after wearing them everyday this summer, they started to lose their appeal. A crisp white button down makes any outfit look put together and this shirt has enough stretch to still be comfortable to wear all day long.

Everlane Box Cut TeeThis tee was my first Everlane purchase and I recently rediscovered it in my closet. It's the perfect tee to wear with high waisted pants and can goes with everything.

Uniqlo Fleece TurtleneckI love this turtleneck because fleece anything is always a winner in my book. It has an oversized fit on me and I love to layer it under everything or tuck it into a pair of jeans.

OUTERWEAR

Gap Cardigan (Similar): There's no way I couldn't include at least one of my Gap cardigans. This is the coziest thing to wear and can be worn like a light coat if the weather isn't too chilly on under an actual coat for extra warmth.

J.Crew Factory Puffer VestA puffer vest is a winter staple and hands down the best thing to wear while traveling. It has pockets for days which makes it easy to keep track of the million and two things I need while traveling. It's also great for those of us who hate toting purses around.

Cotton On Cropped Sweater (Similar): Despite being a $5 purchase, this is one of my favorite sweaters. It's great on it's own, over a tee, or under a vest or cardigan.