It feels good to be back in the saddle sharing outfit round-ups! Even though this is a little different. I’ve really, really missed publishing my 7 Days of Outfits series, and I’m excited to bring it back very soon.
For now, let’s talk 10×10. How is yours going? Are you having fun? I am enjoying the ease of getting dressed, but I’m starting to miss parts of my closet. When choosing my 10 I made the mistake of not including any boots or sweaters – seems like a crime for a fall 10×10, right?
On building outfits.
One thing I forgot to include in the introductory post – the importance of brainstorming outfits. Taking a few minutes at the beginning of the challenge to work through your options is a very helpful approach for honing your creativity, and avoiding burnout. This is what I did. Otherwise I’ll just end up wearing the same jeans and tee each day because it’s easy. Twenty minutes of brainstorming one time can change the whole course of your 10×10, AND it makes getting dressed a snap. I use my outfits list each day when deciding what to wear.
I mentioned on Instagram that I made a quick clothing swap. I was feeling a little too casual in my faded, vintage jeans when getting dressed over the weekend, and I had just picked up my darker wash vintage jeans from the tailor, so it was a no brainer to make the swap. Something about the fall makes me crave the dressiness of darker denim.
I found the old Levi’s on Etsy. I’m not sure if they’re old enough to be ‘vintage,’ but they’re at least old enough to have been made in the USA. I compared the measurements to my other Levi’s so I knew they’d be a (mostly) good fit. I took them to the tailor and had the waist taken in a bit, and now I’m totally in love. They are the 505 style, so sort of in between a bell and a boot cut, with a nice, high waist. I almost feel like I should be in Stranger Things when I wear them.
First 5 looks.
1 | FRIDAY:
I kicked off a few days earlier than most people. And I was very excited to wear this outfit. But looking at the pictures, I don’t love it. I think it’s the scarf. It makes the outfit feel too busy. I’ll have to try it again with a simpler look.
Style Score: 6
2 | SATURDAY:
I can’t say enough good things about this shirt. It’s very versatile. This fall I wanted to add a blue oxford to my closet because I love how classic they are, and I’m really happy with this instead. It has the same general sturdiness and a classic fit. Plus the added bonus of texture, my favorite accessory! If you’re looking for a more neutral shade, The Potter is beautiful, in bone white with gray texture.
Style Score: 10 // Overall I love this look. I’d wear it a million times over, and I probably will.
3 | SUNDAY:
In my mind, when I dreamed up this outfit, I was not wearing tights. And then it got cold, and tights were in order. I have a pair of black, patterned tights, that almost look lacy, I think those would have worked better. Or nude tights. Do those even exist? Are they just called nylons? I think I need a good pair of nylons, but I’m not sure how I’d avoid snagging them on the first day out.
I loved wearing this cardigan as a dress. It felt very easy and effortless. It gave me shape, but wasn’t a body-con fit. I’m wearing a size small, and I think it’s perfect. I especially love the added belt detail. I look forward to styling this again with better tights (nylons?) and these boots.
Style Score: 8
4 | MONDAY:
Another winner! It’s hard to go wrong with this basic palette of colors. It’s slightly augmented by a necklace I picked up a few weeks ago by The Pursuits of Happiness. There was a necklace-making bar at an event I was at, and it was hard to pass up on all the beautiful colors! In the end, because I’m indecisive, I bought an already made one that has tan, teal, rust, white-flecked, and cream ceramic beads.
I love the structure in this outfit. The bold, sleek shape of the jumpsuit and the simple, sleek shape of the purse. It’s a look I feel really ‘at home’ in.
Style Score: 10
5 | TUESDAY:
Brr, it was cold this morning, in the 40’s! This was the day I got bummed that I didn’t include any sweaters. I decided to make a simple look and top it with one of my warmer jackets, and all was good. It’s not a super-sexy combo, but it was very functional without being boring.
Contrast is another one of my favorite ‘accessories’ when outfit building. Here, I adore the way the polished bag juxtaposes with the vintage jeans and white sneakers.
Style Score: 9.5
I’ll be back next week with looks 6-10.
Meanwhile, I’d love to hear what is and isn’t working for you.
Remember not to get too hung up on the rules (which I tend to do!). If you need another shoe, wear it. If you need to make a swap, do it. The important thing is to have fun and learn to style and love what you have in your closet. And don’t forget to leave your link in the comments, if you’re doing a 10×10, so we can follow along!
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