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 otherwise!
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!
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.
J.Crew Snap Front Pixie: Hands 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 Jeans: When 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.
J.Crew Boy Shirt: I 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.
Uniqlo Fleece Turtleneck: I 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.
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 Vest: A 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.