With some long weekends (I’m taking those off because…athleisure) and casual Fridays, the Winter 10×10 is extending into a third week (outfits 1 – 4, outfits 5 – 7). I am still super excited about these items and more than any other 10×10 I’ve tried, this one is really making me crave a smaller wardrobe. I have a pretty lean closet, but these past couple of weeks the easy morning and new combinations have really got me excited about my wardrobe again.
I’m still kind of processing it all and making sure I learn something from the experience, so once I get it figured out, I’ll be back to share more.
I kept thinking of this as a ‘pastel neutral’ color palette. I don’t know if that’s really a think, but you know what I mean? I feel that this outfit looked better in person than it photographed (or at least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself).
I don’t wear belts often (because I don’t tuck often), but I felt that the cropped sweater needed a belt. Unfortunately, I don’t have a true cognac one, so I had to go for a lighter brown (again, I felt like this looked better in the mirror…or maybe because it’s dark when I get ready 🙂). I also debated on what shoe color to wear – it was a tough choice between these and taupe faux suede booties. In the end, the added warmth made me choose this pair.
I added a leather wrap bracelet (which is actually an old watch strap) to tie in the cognac, but stopped there for jewelry.
I felt great in this outfit…until I saw the photo. I’m not sure if it’s the outfit itself or just one of those picture days, but I don’t feel it looks as good as I thought. I do like the gray and the beige, so I will try this combination again and maybe look for a better belt or different shoe.
Thanks to a soft base layer tee, I was comfortable with the cropped sweater at work and didn’t worry about moving my arms above my head too much. I was warm and comfortable. Plus, it is casual, but just dressed up enough for work.
I would also like to try this cropped sweater with a longer layer under it (as long as it doesn’t make my legs look chopped off and short), so this may be a good outfit to add the extra layer in and avoid the belt issue. A scarf in a similar color palette could bring some attention upward and change the look of the outfit. The lighter colors will carry perfectly into spring with a less heavy shoe choice.
Forever ago, Becky at Cella Jane wore a black blazer, with black crop pants, and Adidas Superstars and I LOVED it. I texted a screenshot of it to my wardrobe BFF an consultant, Andrea, and told her I loved the look, but would never feel cool enough to pull it off. Fast forward to the Winter 10×10, then I have the pieces needing to be worn. It’s the perfect opportunity to take a risk and force myself to wear something I may normally talk myself out of when I have other options.
I rolled the blazer sleeves slightly for a more casual look and the jeans need to be cuffed because they’re just a tad too long. I did ‘cheat’ on the 10×10 and wore a basic white v-neck tee instead of the gray tee I included because the neckline on the gray is a lower scoop, which I didn’t like with the blazer.
I kept jewelry to a minimum because I couldn’t decide what would work with a blazer and sneakers? Something bling-y felt out of place with the sneakers, though I’m sure it’s something I’d love on someone else.
Loved it! It is more casual than I’d normally wear on a Monday, but our dress code is very lenient, so it was no big deal. I’m glad I tried it out and took a bit of a risk, but it is interesting how that makes you feel just a bit more self-conscious throughout the day.
Does anyone else struggle wearing blazers? I just do not find them comfortable for a lot of arm movement (which I do at work). Luckily today, I didn’t do a ton of lecturing, so I wasn’t uncomfortable, but I rarely wear my blazer and I know that’s why.
I will definitely try another version of this look with my black crop pants to create a ‘suit’ type look. I also think this reminded me that I can mix up my ‘dressier’ pieces with super casual footwear, especially for a fun casual Friday or weekend look.
This is an outfit that 100% would not have come to life without the 10×10 challenge. I like to layer sweaters over dresses, but usually a more cropped sweater can cause a dress to ride up and become too short (even with tights). Enter the Brass Ponte Pants. Not only were they much warmer than tights, but since they’re a pant I didn’t have to worry about the silk dress riding up too high.
I stuck with the cognac booties to add some warmth and a long tassel necklace to add character (10% off at Natalie Borton here). I just love black and cognac and the little bit of tan is a great addition.
I loved how comfortable I felt in the dress knowing I had that extra layer underneath. I didn’t worry about static or wind or it riding up when I wrote on the white board.
I don’t know how much I would change this specific look, but I will definitely keep the pants under a dress trick in my back pocket when I’m feeling uncomfortable with the length of a dress or just looking for a new way to wear it. The cropped sweater is also a great length with dresses, so I can’t wait to see how it works with others in my closet.
And because I’m loving the items and ease so much (and because I already needed to go two days into a new week), I’ve decided to tag on two bonus looks that I’ll share at the end of the week.