Winter 10×10 Wrap Up: What I Learned & Actually Wore

So are you sick of hearing about this topic yet?

Well if you are, fear not! This will be my official Winter 10×10 Wrap Up post and then you won’t need to hear about it for a good long while.

Hopefully you’re not sick of it yet, and are ready to dive into some of the things that I learned, some exciting new developments, and a look at the actual outfits that I wore each day.

So let’s get started shall we?

Lesson One:

It’s nice to have a very specific excuse to get dressed in the morning. I do typically change out of workout clothes or pajamas into real clothes (to feel more productive), but usually I do so with a bit of grumbling. Having this challenge made me excited to put on each new outfit. I’m wondering how I can channel that excitement into my daily task of getting dressed. Any ideas?

Lesson Two:

Now this was a big one folks, and it might not surprise you if you’ve been paying attention to my posts. I’ve learned that in a lot of ways I’ve been dressing for others instead of dressing for myself… and you know what? It hasn’t been working out. I’ve been unhappy with my outfits and the styling has felt way off. I think part of it is the format of my posting… planning all of my outfits out ahead of time. I’ve been getting in my head a bit too much I think. I have some ideas for how to change that with my spring capsule reveal (first week of March!), so stay tuned. I’m pretty excited about it actually.

Clothing lessons:

Lesson One:

I have come completely full circle on my Everlane denim. Surprising huh? What did it for me was figuring out that they really are meant to be worn lower and slouchier. Duh right? I know. I needed to stop trying to make them something that they are not and celebrating them for what they are. And I do have to say, despite all of my struggles, the denim does keep getting softer with each wear and so I think they are the type of jeans that get better with age. With that said, I still may try to sell them because I do think I could go down a size. If you’re thinking of ordering them, I would suggest going down at least one size (they will be tight at first, but they do stretch out).

Lesson Two:

I have been thinking for awhile that I may have completely transformed into a wearer of colors and this 10×0 completely convinced me of that. I did have the red striped shirt, but my pieces felt a bit blah. I do still really love my neutrals, but I’m realizing I like to thrown in a bit of color as well. This definitely will impact what my spring capsule looks like.

And finally! The big, overarching lesson from this capsule:

Thrifting! A conversation about thrifting was started that just absolutely blew my mind. The 10×10 community is pretty awesome on Instagram, and that showed itself when I brought up the topic that ethical fashion doesn’t always have to be about the ethically made garment (although that is super important too). For a lot of people, the entire movement isn’t accessible without going the route of thrifting or sewing. The conversation led to the creation of a hashtag (so exciting!), and it’s going to lead to some new conversations here at Truncation. I’ll be posting more specifically about all of this on Monday, but I wanted to let you know that I’m really excited about it and you should be too! 😉

And that’s it!

Hopefully you stuck to the bottom because here’s the fun part… you’ve been following along what I imagined I’d wear each day of the 10×10 challenge and now it’s time to see what I actually wore!

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Sorry folks, didn’t make it out of lounge wear this day!

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I had to forgo the tennis shoes in favor of my more slush appropriate shoes, but I changed into my Vans later on. You can’t see what’s under the coat, but it was my black sweatshirt. 🙂

Winter 10x10 Wrap Up: What I Learned & Actually Wore

Put my black converse on later in the day.

And there you go folks! My winter 10×10 wrapped up! Monday, we’ll get back to sharing some regular outfits and I’m excited to dip my toes into some other clothes for the remainder of this capsule!

Is everyone else who was doing it done? What are some lessons that you learned? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

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  1. 2.2.18
    Polpop said:

    This 10×10 was immensely reassuring – partly because of your post on what constitutes ‘ethical’ and also because of photographic evidence, in many of the #10x10friends pics, that not everyone can afford fairtrade silk cardigans and oh-so-simple but oh-so-pricey artisan linen dusters! For many of us, thrifting has been a way of life for most of our existence, out of necessity. That it’s become a lifestyle choice for hipsters sometimes annoys me (prices have gone up and good pieces are harder to come by). But initiatives like 10x10challenge and #ethicalmyway are a welcome reminder that there’s more than one way to dress responsibly and that women of all shapes, sizes, colours, ages and budgets can look and feel great. My biggest takeaway from the 10×10 is my decision to unfollow celebs and follow 10×10 friends instead, as they’re way more inspiring.

    • 2.5.18
      Karin said:

      I completely agree! I was so encouraged to see the amount of people responding and speaking up about how they felt! And I love how you say that: every shape, size, color, and budget… this movement needs to get back on track and find a way to encourage people from all walks of life to participate. I hope #ethicalmyway will help with that!

  2. 2.2.18
    Krystal said:

    Loved following you along on this journey! I agree about the importance of dressing for yourself – I find that I feel much more comfortable when I’m dressing for me instead of for others. I love when an outfit fades into the background of my day, as opposed to constantly worrying about it.

    • 2.5.18
      Karin said:

      So good! Outfits should become a part of who we are and not BE who we are. I think sometimes that’s the difference. When I’m dressing for other people I’m essentially using clothing as a shield.

  3. 2.4.18
    Shelbi said:

    I too learned that I like colors. I’m not longer just wanting to wear neutrals and want to sass things up a bit. I love the mommy and me striped outfits you wore with the girls. Seriously, your girls will see that picture one day and it will bring back so many good memories. xo

    • 2.5.18
      Karin said:

      Isn’t that funny? I think it’s easy to stick to neutrals at first when you’re just starting out building a wardrobe, but for me at least, I’m now ready to build on those neutrals with something fun (or sassy!)

  4. 2.7.18

    I liked this 10×10 challenge better than the previous. Your clothing pieces were diverse enough that it never seemed like you wore the same pieces more than once. Hard to believe you only picked out 10 pieces!

    • 2.19.18
      Karin said:

      I definitely do to Erin! Although a little more thought went into this one than the previous one, so I think that helps 🙂

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