2019 Spring 10×10 Challenge: Items and Approach

March 21, 2019

It’s official! Spring has sprung and it’s time for another style challenge.

The 10×10 Style Challenge pushes you to get creative by making 10 outfits from 10 pieces that you wear over the course of 10 days. The count includes tops, bottoms, and shoes but your accessories, outerwear, pajamas, and work out clothes can flow in and out freely.

This time around the Spring 10×10 Challenge is hosted by @buyfrombipoc and @selltradeslowfashion, two Instagram accounts that focus on slow, ethical, and sustainable fashion. They have invited participants to include any shoes, garments, or accessories made by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color.

Here are my ten pieces for the challenge:

• Striped Tee by Club Monaco
• Blue Print Top from Target
• Blue Striped Blouse by Madewell
• Black Silk Tee by Cuyana
• White Skinny Jeans by Joe’s Jeans
• Black Pants by J.Crew
• Black Pencil Skirt by Loft (Thrifted)
• White Sneakers by Vans
• Black Block Heel Sandals from Nordstrom Rack
• Black Patent Flats from Nordstrom Rack

There you have it! 4 tops, 3 bottoms, and 3 pairs of shoes in a palette of black, white, and blue. I’ll add variety and interest with outerwear, jewelry and accessories. By the way, shoes aren’t included in the photos but you can check them out in this post about my shoe collection.

Outside of the silk tee from Cuyana and a thrifted skirt, most of my clothing comes from stores that could probably be defined as fast fashion adjacent. Though not H&M or Forever 21, I’m fully aware that these stores don’t fare much better when it comes to sustainable and ethical practices. There are also no pieces made by BIPOCs included in this challenge because it seems that I don’t own any (a common thread among many participants).

Initially, I was racked with guilt over the fact that my closet was not very ethical or sustainable. So much so that I almost didn’t participate in the challenge. In my own defense, my aim has to cultivate a minimalist wardrobe with the focus on quality items that I’ll wear often and will last a long time. But maybe I’ll try to fold in more ethical items moving forward?

I can already see that this challenge will be a fun one and we’ve only just begun. Follow along on Instagram as I post my daily outfits! Also, check out the following hashtags for inspiration: #STSFxBFBIPOC10x10 and #spring10x10.

P.S. See the ten pieces I choose for the Fall 10×10 Challenge and the 12 outfits I put together with the ten pieces.