After a three day break from the winter 10×10 I’m back at it! This is the first time I’ve done a 10×10 that I’m not starting to feel antsy and sick of the clothes by this point. I have a feeling it’s because I included some items that were new in my wardrobe (that I absolutely, positively LOVE), so I’m having a lot of fun styling them.
Outfit 5 is from last Friday and then I picked up outfit 6 on Tuesday since we had a pretty low key weekend and I picked 10×10 items with my work outfits in mind. You can see the 9 items I selected and how I changed the ‘rules’ here and Outfits 1 – 4 here.
Typically I don’t go much beyond layering cardigans over basic tees, but today (thanks to the inspiration from Andrea and Jaana) I doubled up my sweaters. I love the cropped length of the crew neck sweater partnered with the longline of the cardigan. Because the items I selected for the 10×10 all coordinate in the neutral color palette, it’s easy to mix any of the pieces together and create unexpected (and unplanned) combinations.
I added my straight leg jeans and cognac booties, but kept the jewelry to a minimum and only wore my JORD wood watch. I kept it simple in part because I’m worried about snagging the sweater, but I also felt like I didn’t need to add any extra visual interest to the outfit.
I cuffed the jeans to meet right at the top of the booties and I did have some cozy socks on that peeked out ever so slightly. I also always try to keep the sleeves of my under layer a bit longer to add some interest and a bit of style to my cuffs.
I was worried I would be hot wearing the double layers, so I was pleasantly surprised this wasn’t an issue. I did add a soft tee as a base layer to keep my sweater protected and to cover my belly just in case I lifted my arms too high.
It was comfortable for casual Friday and I felt much more pulled together than my typical tee and cardigan looks. I’m so excited to have found a new layering option (which was the point, so yay!).
I don’t think I would change much about the styling, but I’m definitely going to keep an open mind when it comes to pairing sweaters. I have quite a few lighter weight options that I can’t wait to try as under layers to some of my heavier sweaters.
Since this Jamie + The Jones sweater arrived I knew the boxier cut would pair perfectly with skinny pants. Then, the Brass Ponte Pants showed up and I realized I had found an outfit match made in heaven. I have been wanting to wear this outfit for two weeks, but knowing these pieces were going to be in the 10×10 I held off.
The chunky texture, shorter length and wide fit of the sweater works so well with the fitted, high-waisted pants. I rolled the sleeves just a bit since they are bulky and they don’t stay pushed up.
I think it’s obvious that I have a major love of black and cognac happening right now, so the booties were a no brainer to me. I added my Hurtig Lane vegan watch and my gold bar necklace (with my kids’ names), which I wear daily, and let outfit be the focus.
So far this may be my favorite outfit of the 10×10. It was simple, oh so comfortable, and most importantly I felt GREAT. I’m not sure if it’s the flattering cut and fabric of the pants that hold everything in or how the sweater just feels like something special or the simplicity of it. But I LOVED it.
These have been two huge investments in my wardrobe, but I know they will both be worn regularly (borderline too much) because of how great I feel wearing them. And investing in that is totally worth it to me on so many levels.
A few accessory swaps could easily make this outfit dressier or more casual, but I don’t foresee myself changing a thing. I just took this outfit off 3 hours ago and I’m already excited to wear it again. #closetgoals I really hope someday I am this excited about everything I own.
One of my favorite ways to wear longline cardigans is with dresses (this silk one is from The White Label Project and it’s become one of my workhorse items). They can add enough length to shorter dresses to make them ‘appropriate’ or they can add interest and detail to the silhouette of the dress to make it look like a totally new item.
It’s January, so tights are still necessary, but I wasn’t loving the look of them. They looked too harsh. After checking the forecast and seeing temps nearing 60 degrees, I decided to go with bare legs. I tried a new styling option by pairing these chunky knit socks with the booties and bare legs. I just recently tried the socks peaking out of the boots with jeans, so this was a big jump from that. I liked the way it looked, I’m just not sure if I’m pulling it off or if it looks like I’m trying to hard. It was warm and I felt like it added the extra touch to the styling. I finished the look with my go-to long Natalie Borton necklace (10% off code here) and leather wrap bracelet to tie in the cognac.
This was another win to come out of the 10×10. This particular challenge has really showed me what a difference having items you really love and feel great in makes. I am starting to feel like a broken record because I love every outfit and they’re all so comfortable and I feel great wearing them. But…isn’t that how we should feel each day?!
While I do think I would have created the outfit with or without the style challenge, it was nice to be ‘forced’ to wear dresses in January. I like that the longer cardigan feels like it’s adding warmth all the way down, so it’s not as cold.