Less Choice = Less Stress
Happy day, reader dear!
Whew. If you read last week’s post, you know that it was a bit bananas Chez Closet Play. And still is. (Hmmm. Maybe Closet Play Atelier is better? Do let me know which you prefer!) When life gets (extra) stressful, one of my coping mechanisms is to clear the decks of anything non-essential. That means the cleaning schedule slides a bit, meals get super basic, and I will pull a 10X10. Why? Well, fewer choices mean less bananas. Even when I can’t control the circus or the monkeys…
What’s a 10X10? A 10X10 is a Mini-Capsule, like the kind you might pull together for a vacation. It’s 10 pieces of clothing to wear for 10 days. So, although this past week and a half have been no vacation, it was time to grab a 4-3-2-1. You might think that picking your 10 would be stressful. It could, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve…
One: I am pulling from my Summer Capsule Wardrobe, so everything is already season appropriate. I don’t need to waste my time looking through things that won’t work or don’t fit.
Two: Everything in my capsule is in my color palette and share the same color properties, so even if I dress in the dark, it will most likely work. That’s because everything shares the same color DNA. If that sounds like a wardrobe dream, let’s talk about getting you a color consultation!
Three: I have the 4-3-2-1 formula which means picking my 10 is plug-and-play! I’ll choose 4 Tops, 3 Bottoms, 2 Toppers and 1 Dress. You can play with these numbers. You might prefer 2 Dresses and 1 Topper. You choose what works for your life and style!
White is my super simple default with jeans. The soft blush makes me look healthy, especially when I’m lacking sleep. The print makes me happy and it’s silk which feels both businesslike and luxurious at the same time. I need a little luxury right now. And the blue and white stripe? It feels crisp and cool, also feelings I think I’ll be needing. If that’s not enough? It plays into my current Blue and White Obsession.
I can’t build a 10X10 without my jeans. Since any work events I have right now will be virtual, dress trousers aren’t needed. White jeans provide a change, and the snazzy black stripes feel a little fancy. I’m throwing in my cutoff shorts for hot days or weekends. (Don’t wear shorts? Try a skirt, a loose pair of linen trousers, or some lightweight joggers.)
A wool sweater? Yes. I expect a few days at the hospital, and it’s always freezing cold there. If this pack was for vacation, I’d still pack a sweater (or a light sweatshirt) for cool nights or sunburn recovery. The jacket is also for sitting around in the chilly hospital. It is stretchy, SO comfortable AND has crisp lines that feel pulled together or in charge. I need some of that. Mood dressing isn’t always about how you feel in the moment, but how you need to feel! Clothes are a tool that should support you, not sabotage you. For vacation, I’d swap out the blazer for my jean jacket.
This dress was one of my Spring/Summer French 5 picks, and I love it! No, it’s not a fabulous quality piece. If it makes it through this summer, fall, and next summer, I’ll have gotten my wear from it. It’s floaty, fun, and perfect colors for me. (Cool animal prints are hard to find.) For vacation, I throw in a casual dress that will work for nice dinners or church. I chose this one because it’s long enough to wear alone, or can be a tunic over my jeans. It will work for church and is casual enough to wear as a day dress.
Why Try a 10X10?
I’ve written before about different Style Challenges as great way to grow your style, but that’s not the only reason for a 10X10. The most common? I referenced it above. A 10X10 makes for dead easy trip packing. And for me, stress relief! For some other tips to choose for packing, watch this.
What outfits did I build with the 10? Well, if you pop on over to Instagram and follow me there, you’ll always know what I am sporting… If you missed it, here’s the sartorial skinny of the past 10 days:
How About You?
What do you think? Chez Closet Play? Or Closet Play Atelier? What steps do you take when life gets (extra) crazy? Do you feel the need to simplify? Or do you pull things in around you and nest? Neither is right or wrong, they’re just different ways of handling it! Do you have a packing formula you use? What is it? I’m always looking for new ideas… If you were to choose a 10, on what colors would you base your 10? Would you shift the numbers? Do tell… There’s plenty of room in the comments for your thoughts!