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If you’ll remember, I shared a post last week about the Spring 10×10 Style Challenge. I’ve done mix and match challenges like this in the past, but never for this short of a period and never with this few items. While the items I chose were pretty basic and I might do something altogether different if I had to do it over again, I’m pretty happy with the pieces I chose and I’ve learned a few things about my closet in the process. It hasn’t been perfect, or without its challenges, but I’m thrilled that I gave it a spin and I would gladly do it again next season.
Since I’m not a fashion blogger and couldn’t commit to sharing a daily post during the process, I thought it might be fun to do weekly recaps instead. I’ll digest everything I wore during week one here, and share a follow up post sometime next week with the final five outfits. Let’s dive right in!
Thoughts: This dress is the most comfortable thing I own — it feels like wearing pajamas to work! I don’t actually love it with a jacket (similar), but it was chilly that morning and I needed something to wear over it to work. I thought the leather jacket would pair great with the ballet flats and I’m happy with the way it looks, but I think this is better suited to warmer weather, when I don’t need a jacket or sweater.
What I loved: I love the tie waist. It hits at the best possible part of my body and is easy to tie in different ways. I also think the half rolled sleeves are super cute and the simple neckline called for a fun necklace.
What I didn’t: I borrowed these flats from my mom (bonus points for house sharing!!), because I loved the concept and was contemplating a pair of my own. I actually do love the way they look, but they were horrible uncomfortable on my foot. I also prefer the length of this dress with a heel.
Thoughts: I never thought I could pull off a jumpsuit, so I’m really glad I gave it a shot! It was dressy enough for work, but super comfortable, and would be easy to style in other ways.
What I loved: I loved the ease of the jumpsuit and the tribal pattern was a fun way to add interest without too much color. I really loved pairing the black and white outfit with warmer accessories, especially with this hair color!
What I didn’t: I took the flat lay photos earlier in the week, not considering that I might change my mind. While I loved the cargo jacket in theory, I didn’t love how bulky it looked over the jumpsuit. The color was great, but the silhouette was all wrong. Instead, I added this cardigan in a longer length. I really needed something over this — my office is very cold and sleeves look a bit more professional for midweek.
Thoughts: This might seem like a boring choice, but it is very much my style. I love simple bottoms with a patterned top, especially for work. Several of these pairings reminded me that I know what outfit formulas work for me and which ones I love most.
What I Loved: I loved adding the collar necklace to this split neck top. It actually changed the neckline altogether and offered a simple way to change it up. Again, the pairing of black and brown was something I enjoyed exploring and I realized (over and over again) that I love the contrast between the two.
What I Didn’t: There isn’t much to report here! I did notice that these jeans are getting a little loose in the waist (thank you, Orangetheory), so I might need to replace them soon. They are my favorite jeans ever, so I’m hoping to replace them with the exact same style.
Thoughts: Here is where I admit to making a substitution. I had planned to pair the cocoon wrap with the abstract leopard print from this post. While I do love the way they looked together, last Thursday was HOT. I really needed a sleeveless top underneath the wrap, so I substituted another patterned blouse in the same color scheme. I actually had a sleeveless leopard print top that would have been a closer substitution, but it had a ruffled front that didn’t work well enough with the wrap.
What I Loved: I loved finding a way to wear this red wrap as an every day item! It worked great with the slim silhouette and was a fun pop of color for work.
What I Didn’t: My only complaint here is the shoes. Again, it was a warm day, so I was making choices based on the temperature. I think I heel or wedge sandal would have worked better, but I haven’t bought any spring or summer shoes yet!
Thoughts: I was off work on Friday for Sophie’s birthday, so I needed something more casual for her class party and after school birthday bash. I had planned to substitute black cut off shorts for these jeans and realized too late that I must have gotten rid of them at the end of the season last year. Whomp whomp.
What I Loved: I love the simplicity of this outfit and, again, the black + brown combo. I also really love the shape of this top and plan to keep it in heavy rotation throughout the spring and summer.
What I Didn’t: I didn’t realize until after I edited these photos that the arm holes are a little big for me. I wore a nude tee shirt bra (similar to this one), that I don’t mind showing, but I would probably add a camisole to be safe next time around.
All in all, I’m super happy with week one of the style challenge and can’t wait to share more next week! It has been a great exercise in mixing and matching my favorite pieces and has helped to identify a few trends in my closet that I love (black + brown | printed blouse + solid pant). Be sure to visit Lee and Caroline for tons of inspiration and search the #10x10stylechallenge hashtag on Instagram to see who else in joining in!