Fall 10×10 Closet Challenge

(photo credit: Caroline from Un-Fancy)

I experimented a lot during my high school and college years with fast and trendy fashion. It felt like my personal style was changing every season and I didn’t have the budget for investment pieces. Though it was terribly hard to resist the urge to lust after the latest “it bag” or a ridiculously popular clothing with a hefty pricetag, I’m glad I’ve learned my lession throughout the years to reduce unnecessary spending. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to shop. I just have a better idea of my personal style and clothing that looks best for my body type.

I also keep the weather in mind while curating my closet. I live in San Francisco where microclimates are a thing (yeah, look it up). It means on one side of this geographically small city you have 60-degree foggy, sweater weather and the temperature will dramatically increase to have you ditch the sweater for a tank and a pair of sunnies. The trick is to land somewhere in the middle by layering so you can easily adjust to the climate. Additionally, the weather is generally mild all year round without harsh winters or blazing summers. I don’t find myself switching out any items in my closet with the changing seasons.

Finding my personal style has been a long journey and I believe it’s not over yet. I’ve been a fan of capsule wardrobes and reading more about the idea on blogs like Un-Fancy and Style Bee. So today, I’m really excited to join their #Fall10x10 challenge to test my style creativity, refine my personal style, and establish go-to uniform formulas.

If you’re unfamiliar with this style challenge, you can read more about it on Lee’s detailed post on Style Bee (she’s the creator of this challenge)!


It didn’t take long for me to pick out my first set of 10 pieces for this fall wardrobe. I also came face-to-face with my Madewell addiction that I’ve been denying for some time… I can’t help that I love the way their high-rise jeans fit my body and how the central shirts are a perfect cut for my shape! Anyways, it’s hard to find stores that make clothes that fit you so well, for me it’s Madewell.

I’ve listed the pieces I chose for this closet challenge below and a little description of why I love each piece.

  • Madewell | 10″ high-rise skinny jeans: my favorite denim style, this one is in hayes wash, I love the high-rise fit and the slight stretch which makes them incredibly comfortable.
  • Madewell | 10″ high-rise skinny jeans: same style as above in carbondale wash, this is the latest edition of their black denim which is supposed to be fade resistant – I’ll be testing this out.
  • Madewell | central drapey shirt in blue stripes: I have these shirts in multiple colors and materials (this one is cotton), the relaxed and loose fit makes them flattering on my body and super comfy.
  • Madewell | central drapey shirt in black: same style as above, but this shirt is made with silk, making the silhouette a bit more drapey and easy to dress up.
  • Aritzia | mock neck knit sweater: my go-to knit piece, it’s lightweight and drapey (my favorite traits), I can easily layer this under my jackets because it’s not too bulky.
  • Everlane | cotton muscle tank: this is a basic staple, the material is so soft and I sized up for a loose, relaxed fit.
  • Madewell | fleet jacket: my most recent purchase to replace an older green utility jacket, it pairs easily with just about any casual look.
  • Zara | lightweight trench: this one is a bit out of my current comfort zone, but I wanted to throw it in for an extra challenge.
  • Gucci | brixton loafer: my current favorite investment piece, I love the soft leather and the lack of need to break it in. This style is convertible, you can wear it as regular loafers or backless slippers.
  • Converse | allstar low top: a classic staple in my closet, I love the white Converses because they instantly lift your casual outfit with a pop of something brighter.

I’ll be sharing my daily outfits on my Instagram (@parkmsarah) and a weekly roundup on the blog every Friday for the next two weeks. I plan on recycling the outfits on the weekend and will create a new look during the week days.

Please feel free to share your thoughts with me, you can leave a comment on the Instagram post or below :)

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