Happy Winter 10×10, friends! It’s been great to dive into the feeds on Instagram (#winter10x10 and #10x10friends) and see what so many folks are wearing. Seeing how other people style themselves is interesting and inspiring, and it’s fun to do it on this scale. Mega kudos to my friend Lee for creating this amazing challenge.
This is the first winter in a long time that I’ve been feeling really good in my clothing. Usually January is a tough month for me because it’s so cold and dark. And often, by the time I put enough clothes on to stay warm and dry, I end up feeling frumpy and mismatched.
This year I haven’t felt that way. I think it’s because I have finally started to figure out how to layer well – for both warmth and style. It’s leaving me more satisfied with my look each day. This winter closet challenge has been a great way to tryout what I’ve learned.
We’re just over half-way through the 10×10, and here’s a quick look at my first five outfits.
Cardiff Work Jacket in Camel, OS Regular, c/o Only Child (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%) | Striped top, old thrifted (similar) | Black Denim, c/o Everlane | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | Coin Necklace, Nashelle
I’ve been enjoying styling this Cardiff Work Jacket by Only Child. Previously, I have shied away from Kimono style jackets because they never seemed to work for my shape or my weather conditions. This jacket is different because the sleeves are full-length rather than cropped, which makes it more wearable for me. If I want them to be cropped I can simply roll them up. The second difference is the shawl collar, which is a favorite collar style of mine. It works with my body type and is comfortable to wear.
Style Notes: It’s hard to tell here, but the shirt is actually navy. I love the way the jacket warms up the cool black/navy/white color palette. I really like how this jacket takes a simple outfit, fitted jeans and a fitted top, and gives it more of an artsy feel.
Style Score: 10
Style Notes: I was inspired by Caroline’s Instagram stories to be more mindful of my accessories. I love how one additional item can influence a whole outfit. Here, I opted to add my favorite big earrings to a simple jeans and sweater ensemble. Without the earrings, the whole outfit would be a lot less interesting to me.
Style Score: 9 – Not sure I’m sold on the cardigan as a top look, the collar doesn’t quite lay right for me.
Cardiff Work Jacket in Camel, OS Regular, c/o Only Child (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%) | White Turtleneck, Splendid | Jeans, vintage Levi’s 505’s, Etsy | Isa Nubuck Bootie, c/o Nisolo | Necklace, no longer available
Style Notes: I did not love this overall look. At first, I thought it might be the combination of large proportions on top and bottom with the jacket and jeans. But I realized that wasn’t the case; it was the shirt and shoes that threw me off. These understated, flat shoes sort of get lost in the baggy jeans and strings, and proportionally they feel wrong for the outfit. Further, adding a turtleneck made me feel like there was too much fabric and coverage overall. Next time, I would opt for different shoes and a different top.
Style Score: 6
Cardiff Work Jacket in Camel, OS Regular, c/o Only Child (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%) | Raglan Sweater, several years old (very similar) | Black Denim, c/o Everlane | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | Coin Necklace, Nashelle | Rain Jacket (S), Everlane
Style Notes: It was cold today so I pulled all my warmest pieces for layering: sweater + canvas jacket. I was happy to see how easily my rain jacket fit over it all, thanks to the oversized style. This rain jacket was a last minute buy last spring, but I have worn it many, many times over. It’s a great topper over anything that’s not slim fitting (like chunky sweaters or mid-layer jackets!).
I could have easily worn my Isa Booties with this outfit, but it was raining pretty hard so I went for the clog boots. For me, this outfit would feel boring and too basic without the Cardiff Jacket. That is what drew me to this design. There are many days when I just want to wear a cozy sweater and jeans, but the combo feels too plain to feel like ‘me.’ This jacket, with it’s pop of dark camel and unexpected shape, is exactly the piece I need to take those ‘plain’ outfits to the next level.
Style Score: 10
A note on this jacket: I was chatting with the designer about it, and she said to expect the cotton canvas to break in just like jeans. It will soften and give with time. The discount for Only Child runs through the end of January!
I’ll confess, I only wore this half the day because I spent the morning playing with paints in my 3rd grader’s class, but I love how it turned out. This old sweater is a favorite of mine, but sometimes the wide neck is a little chilly on cooler days, so I decided to layer a collared shirt underneath it. In the five years that I’ve been wearing this sweater, I think this was the first time I tried this combination. That’s the beauty of a 10×0, making me think outside the box!
Style Notes: This shirt is so easy to layer under sweaters because it does not add any bulk. I like the way these shoes work with these jeans. The proportions are just right, and the boots don’t get lost under the fringe. Cream/black/blue is a palette I don’t wear enough. I am nearly always tempted to add brown in, but today I’m glad I didn’t!
Style Score: 10