Winter 10×10: Outfits #1-4

We’re a few days into the Winter 10×10 and I’m sharing my first four outfits today. Up to this point I’ve kept my combinations pretty simple, so I haven’t had to get creative yet.

I always brainstorm a list of outfits before we start, but I spent some time this weekend figuring out I’d wear each day to avoid repeating items on consecutive days at school. On weekends, repeat items are fair game, but for work I try to space items out to be worn every few days. That sometimes feels like the biggest challenge of this whole thing.:) I am excited to get further into it this week to see if some of the new combinations I came up with work as well in person as they seem to on paper.

If you didn’t see it last week, here is my post sharing the eight items I chose (and explanation of why I choose 8 rather than 10).

Outfit #1

style notes

As soon as I saw these two colors next to each other when I was making my final decisions for my 8 items I fell in love. I love this palette. Like a lot. Originally I had planned on wearing my clogs, but then the slightly darker, rich tone of these Nisolo oxfords seemed to be the perfect finishing color for this palette.

I typically go super comfy for casual Friday at school and would save this combination for another day. I was please to find that this outfit was more comfortable than most I wear on Fridays. It is a great reminder that comfortable doesn’t have to equal overly casual.

would I rather be wearing something else?

Absolutely not. I cannot wait to wear this again. I have a feeling it will be a go-to throughout the spring and early summer.

Outfit #2

style notes

My typical weekend uniform when I have running around to do is a sweatshirt, jeans, and my clogs. Today I took it up just a notch by wearing my cashmere sweatshirt-style sweater. I had to do birthday party drop off and pickup and played outside with the kids and this outfit was perfect for that.

I did worry some about wearing cashmere around the kids, but didn’t have any major incidents. My biggest complaint is that the black seems to attract every little bit of goo they give off (yogurt on fingers, runny noses, cracker crumbs), but I have that happen with a plain black fleece I wear too.

side note: I had mentioned before that I ordered a size down in these clogs and that the length was perfect, but I couldn’t get the strap to fit around my back heel. This weekend I tried the back strap again and it fit! I have to adjust the buckle to the longest length, but I’m happy that means I have room to adjust if they stretch. My best guess is that with wear the upper (including the strap) has stretched enough to make it work. The back strap definitely helps the fit feel more secure, which is great if I’m walking a lot in them.

would I rather be wearing something else?

Not necessarily, but I do prefer wearing my gray sweatshirt on weekends. It’s easier to just throw in the wash if I need to and it camouflages dirt better.

 Outfit #3

style notes

For a long time I have struggled with how to wear tights with dresses. I could never get the footwear right. I think a big part of my struggle is that I don’t like to wear black shoes, so no matter what style I chose there was always a harsh line between my black tights and brown shoes.

Last year during the winter 10×10 I tried adding a pair of chunky knit socks to transition between my tights and shoes. It made all the difference! I used that trick today and add some dark gray socks. The bulk of the socks softens the width of the top of my boots and the dark gray softens the line between black and brown. It also makes the outfit a little more casual for school.

would I rather be wearing something else?

No. I really liked this outfit. And I love the mindless styling of dresses on a Monday, especially since it always fools everyone into thinking I have my act together.

Outfit #4

style notes

This tunic style top looks great untucked over my super skinny Ponte Pants, but was too bulky looking left untucked with these straight leg jeans. I went for a full tuck to show off the high-waisted denim and create more shape to the outfit. Plus, keeping my shirt more snuggly tucked in feels more modern than the bloused-out style of tucking.

I first tried my oxford style shoes, but didn’t like the full ‘menswear’ look, so opted for my clogs to add some height and add warmth to the black and dark gray outfit. I skipped the belt because I thought it would break up the outfit too much and feel too ‘busy’ with the stripes.

would I rather be wearing something else?

No, this outfit is perfect for a day of teaching. It was comfortable, but looked professional enough for work and a district meeting I attended in the evening.

So far I think Outfit #1 is my favorite because of the color palette, but I’m really happy with all of the looks. Don’t forget to check out the #winter10x10 and #10x10friends hashtags on Instagram…there is some great style inspiration there for the 10×10 and beyond.

How is your 10×10 going so far? Any unexpected wins or something that isn’t working with the other items?

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    1. You are such a style inspiration Paige!
      Loving your looks and color palette as always!
      My 10×10 is going okay. My biggest take away is that it always shows that I can live with WAY less clothes!!!

      Have a great day! Xo!

      1. Jodie,
        Thank you!! Yes, it’s a great reminder how just swapping a few details totally creates a new outfit. I also appreciate having just one little section of my closet to focus on each morning, as well.

        Have a great rest of your week!

    1. I thought I was the only one who hated wearing black shoes.! Tan is the #1 neutral in my book. I’ve struggled with tights + dresses or skirts for a while too, and I recently wore a tan a-line skirt (long mini) with black tights and black flat mules! Those ones that look like Gucci that target sells. It actually worked really, really well!

      1. Chrissy,
        I tried and tried to wear black shoes and I always bought them because that’s just what people wear! It was probably a year or so ago that I realized I just think black shoes are too harsh. I never looked back – it honestly totally changed the feel of my wardrobe and outfits!!

        Love the idea of the mules with tights – especially paired with tan!

        Thanks for taking the time to comment,

      1. Thank you, Lo! I’m pretty excited about them. It’s such a great feeling to be content in the denim department. I don’t know if that’s ever happened?!?! 🙂

    1. Wonderful outfits, Paige! I love your choices for the 10X10, and for your wardrobe in general. You look fantastic, and you’ve really figured out your style so well. And you manage to have a ‘good hair’ day every. single. day. 🙂
      Hope you have an awesome rest of the week!
      P.S. Also, you are looking so great and fit. What’s your exercise program these days?

      1. Hi Holly!
        Thanks so much, I’m really enjoying the 10×10 this round – I’m so glad I went with some of my ‘comfort’ items and didn’t try to force something I wasn’t feeling. I feel like the past year I have really payed close attention to what outfits and styles I feel best in and it’s made a world of difference.

        I have been using The Transform App program for the past 4-5 months and have been focusing on strength training, which I do at home. I have been enjoying it, so it’s easy to get the workouts in regularly.

        Thank you for your kind words and for being the type to always build others up…I really admire that about you and I’m sure everyone else does too.

        Enjoy the rest of your week,

        Oh and my hair…don’t tell…it’s straight on the days I wash it, wavy on the days it’s dirty 😉

    1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–I LOVE that black/white striped blouse!!

      1. Ophelia,
        Thank you! I’m so glad I included it so I can experiment with layering it more in the next week.
        How is your 10×10 going for you?

        1. It’s goin’ GROOVY this time around—so much easier than the last two times I tried a 10 X 10, so YAY. I’m more comfortable with my closet and in my clothes than ever before…and that feeling is both NEW and A RELIEF!

          In retrospect, I probably should have included another TOP (I included 4 and a vest) and eliminated one of my THREE pairs of shoes, but I was trying to showcase the elements of my winter wardrobe that were Made IN America, and shoes are a big part of that (plus they are all so different and lovely)! So, no regrets (although my poor flannel needs some buttons replaced I’ve been wearing it so much!)

          1. Ophelia,
            Love that you’re lovin’ it! I have found the last two rounds WAY easier and more fun. I think the more comfortable you are with you wardrobe and style the easier it is to feel confident in your choices and pairings.

            Have a great week!

    1. I love those madewell summer jeans on you, and would love to buy a pair but I’m so unsure of sizing and fit. I have two pairs from everlane (boyfriend in 27 and skinny in 28) and both of them are just downright tight on my thighs (I lift heavy things at the gym for fun lol). You look like you are probably similarly shaped, what’s your opinion?

      Oh also, I have to say, that rust colored top is amazing. Great choice!

      1. Hi Katherine!
        I have the boyfriend in 27 also (the black ones I wore this week), but would have ordered 28 in any other style. I have a 28 in the Madewell jeans. I feel like the fit in terms of my thighs is very similar between the 2 brands. However, the Madewells don’t have any stretch, so that may be something to consider.

        I have been trying to lift heavy things too. I’m a newbie and I workout at home 🙂

        Let me know what you decide!

        1. Awesome congrats on starting to lift! It’s so rewarding and calming for me. And thank you for the info – I will probably have to try out a 28 and 29. I’m specifically looking for a pair that fits well with no stretch because I am so darn tired of constantly hiking them up!

          1. Katherine,
            I am so happy that high-waisted jeans are back to help reduce the constant pulling up of those horrible stretchy skinny, low rise jeans 😉

            An FYI if you’re a secondhand shopper, I tried both sizes (both bought secondhand) and the great thing is that it’s really easy to resell them. Keep me posted!

    1. You are nailing this friend! I always love reading your insights about why you chose the items in your outfit. Can’t wait to see your next round!

      1. Why thank you! And I forgot to tell you that I tried my clog straps again and sure enough, they fit! I think even just that little bit of wear stretched out the uppers and straps just enough. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

      1. Me too! Those babies were awful. Good to know – I will let you know what I decide to do! I shop a lot secondhand, BUT I’m trying to do a no-spend month or so. It may be a few weeks yet but I’ll be combing ebay!

    1. Maybe this is too personal, but how does the T-Top in that color, which I love, and in silk handle sweat marks? Maybe you don’t have that problem? Most silk shirts start making me sweat right when I put them on.

      PS, I live in Tokyo, where wide legs are.all.the.rage and where most women are max 5ft2, and I think they all look cute. Wear you wide legs with pride. They look great!

      1. Hi Pri!
        I have had no issues with sweating in these tops, but I know what you mean about silk making you sweaty. I wonder if the raw silk breathes more than smooth silk? Both of my J+J tops are the T Top style which also has an oversized arm hole, so that probably helps quite a bit too. The boxy fit allows a lot of air flow 🙂 I’m not sure if a more traditional style sleeve would cause more sweating.

        And thanks for the vote of confidence in the wide legs!!

    1. I love seeing your outfit posts in the feed, and so far looks 1 + 3 have been my favorite. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    1. Yes, I like outfit 1 and outfit 4. So far I pretty much loved all my pieces for this style challenge, but I wore a lot of neutrals and needed more color in my wardrobe. That’s my challenge since I no longer want to wear black every day.

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