Well, we did it!
If you participated in this season’s 10×10 Closet Challenge, you are probably about to wrap up wearing the same ten items of clothing for ten days. Bravo!!
It’s not exactly easy, is it? I’ll be totally honest, I am usually tired of my clothes at the end of every single 10×10 challenge. And this was no different. But wow, it really makes me appreciate all the wonderful pieces in my closet! Today is officially my last day, I photographed my 10th outfit ahead of time so I could have this post ready to share. I am excited to wear some different pants and shoes tomorrow.
At the end of of the post I’ll dive into my thoughts on how this Winter 10×10 Closet Challenge went for me. I will say, I have been struggling with my hair this week. I’m at a crossroads of long/short, bangs/no bangs, so please pardon me while I sort it all out.
On to the outfits!
Style Notes: I like this outfit enough, but I feel like it could have been improved with some subtle accessories. If the sweater had been a pullover, I would have gone for the obvious, a necklace. Something about the lineup of buttons made that spot feel like it would be too busy with a necklace. BUT, looking at the photo, I’m not so sure.
I’m really looking forward to testing out this jacket with other combinations in my closet after the 10×10 is over. I can’t wait to mix and match it with different shoes and bottoms. A friendly reminder: the 10% discount code for Only Child expires tomorrow, January 31st at midnight PST.
Style Score: 7
Crewneck Cardigan, Everlane | Striped top, old thrifted (similar) | Jeans, vintage Levi’s 505’s, Etsy | Clog Boots, No.6 Store (similar) | Bag, Thrifted Madewell (better option) | Coin Necklace, Nashelle
Style Notes: I have worn this exact outfit before, so I knew it would work well for me. I really like the combination of the fitted top with the loose, vintage bottoms. The elevated boot pairs perfectly with these jeans. A black, navy, blue palette almost always means success for me.
Style Score: 10
Cardiff Work Jacket in Camel, OS Regular, c/o Only Child (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%) | White Button Up, c/o Tradlands (sold out, try this or this) | Black Denim, c/o Everlane | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | Bag, Thrifted Madewell (better option)
Style Notes: I was a little nervous about how this combination would come together so I put it off until nearly the end of the challenge. I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. The button up shirt lends more a professional feel to this jacket, making it wear almost like a blazer. It’s a fun switch-up from the artsy vibe I normally get from it. And, surprise, surprise I’m wearing these boots yet again. They seem to improve any outfit I add them to.
Style Score: 9
Cardiff Work Jacket in Camel, OS Regular, c/o Only Child (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%) | Raglan Sweater, several years old (very similar) | Jeans, vintage Levi’s 505’s, Etsy | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar)
Style Notes: I wanted to try this jacket with these jeans one more time. It worked a lot better than it did last week. But, I think ultimately, a more delicate shoe would be best, or at least one that shows some ankle. Also, please note: in an impulsive move I cut my strings off, and look how sad my jeans look! I think I prefer my ‘stragglers.’
Style Score: 8
Crewneck Cardigan, Everlane | White Turtleneck, Splendid | Jeans, vintage Levi’s 505’s, Etsy | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | Senza Necklace, c/o Loop (use code SEASONS10 for 10% off) | Tirhas Saddlebag, c/o ABLE (currently on sale for $108!)
This is basically day 7 with a different top, but the proportions work for the same reasons. My jeans still look a little sad without my fringe. Going to throw them in the wash to take care of that stat. I added a burgundy bag to lend some color to this outfit. I love black, but I rarely love all black.
Style Score: 8
I wish I had included more than two bottoms. That made my outfits feel pretty redundant. I’ve learned over the last few years that I often express my style through my pant choices, and being limited to two, similar silhouettes made my overall looks feel limited. I wanted to include my beloved denim jumpsuit, but I shied away from doing that because I included it in the fall 10×10, and I was worried it would have been too redundant. But, would it really have mattered? Nope. I should have traded my unfounded fears for a more satisfying 10×10 selection.
1 // Pre-planning outfits is absolutely key for me. I did some of that beforehand, and it was great. When my creativity started to wane, I planned again and it helped me finish strong. The wake-up-and-grab method never works for me in the morning. Spending 20 minutes the weekend before, or even 5 minutes the night before has a tremendous impact on my ability to pull together an outfit.
2 // Including key pieces can set the stage for an entire challenge. I kind of did that with my Cardiff Jacket, but I’d love to be even more conscious of this the next round. I love Helen’s approach of picking three key items, and planning her 10×10 around them.
3 // My clog boots were a kick ass purchase. I am nowhere near close to sick of them, even after nearly ten days straight. I am kicking myself for not buying them a year ago when I was weighing them verses chelsea boots. Now, I have them and the chelsea boots. It’s generally better to just wait and save for what you really want. You’ll waste less money in the long run. In my case, I could have saved the $$ I spent on the chelsea boots.