The first week of a 10×10 Style Challenge always seems the most obvious, the most safe. I always look back and realized I was careful with my outfits in an attempt to not ‘waste’ any looks. The second week seems to be when I stretch out of my comfort zone and find new ways to pair and style my items.
I tweaked the ‘rules’ just a bit this time and selected only eight clothing items (with my faux leather jacket being an option on cold mornings), but I am not limiting my footwear. This little adjustment makes the challenge a lot more enjoyable, which is something I’ve learned from my previous experience.
Here’s a look at the first five looks from the Style Bee 10×10 (see the items I selected here). I am feeling that these outfits are pretty spot on my style (which identifying has been an ongoing journey). I like the color palette, simplicity, and basic looks I’ve created here, which is a result of building my 10×10 out of items I love wearing and feel good in.
I wore this to a Teacher Professional Development Day (which really means a day of classes/meetings), so it’s more casual than a typical school day. I love that adding the clogs helps pull together the simple jeans and tee outfit and gives it a more ‘styled’ look.
There is nothing too extraordinary about this outfit, but I really like it. I like the boxier fit of the top (and the stripes, of course) (similar) paired with a wide leg trouser jean. I will definitely wear this combination again, but will play with adding different accessories (neckerchief or an unexpected layer underneath?) to upstyle the outfit.
I had originally added the Everlane white blouse as a layer over my black silk dress (as seen in the photo collage above), but I took it off at the last minute. The top has half length sleeves and the long sleeves of the dress don’t stay rolled up, so I only liked the layered look with the jacket on. I wasn’t sure I’d want to wear a jacket all day, so I decided not to go for this look today, but I’m going to keep it in the back of my mind for a colder day. Below is what I actually wore (and I did end up taking my jacket off before 1st period was even over).
This simple combination of black crop pants and a sweatshirt is another playing-it-safe look, but I totally don’t mind it. This is another outfit that makes a great starting point to experiment with more styling ideas.
This outfit combines two of my favorite fall additions, the clogs and the white top. Any time I wear these items I feel a little more pulled together, a little more effortless, and a lot cooler than I really am. And when I wear them both at once?? Forgetaboutit.
It’s Homecoming Week at the school where I teach, which means a week of dressing for the theme days. I’ll be taking the week off of the 10×10, but I’ll be back next week with five more outfits from these eight items.