Week two of the Winter 10 x 10 challenge hosted by Lee and Caroline is officially over and done with! I can't tell you how much fun I've had pairing pieces and swapping outfit pictures with all of you. It has been a pretty revealing two weeks - one full of style discovery and community building. This exercise in styling imparted a great many lessons about creativity, flexibility, and minimalism, but it crystalized one thing for me in particular:
I have a uniform.
Give me some fun shoes, and a good pair of jeans. Top things off with a button-up (preferably silk) and a jacket (preferably a blazer or moto) and you'll see me strutting around SF like Stevie Wonder is playing in the background. In other words, that fail-proof combo makes me feel like my best self. It's my go-to, and I think the fact that I employed variations of the four-piece recipe throughout this challenge is what made it feel so natural for me.
Perhaps it's because I reside in the city known for its fog and cooler temps, or maybe it's some personal insecurities, but I am just not a dress, or even a skirt person. I wear the pants. Just give me the pants.
Exhibits A -E:
In terms of challenges, weather was less of an issue for me this week, though I am very glad I made the switch from those velvet kitten heels to Everlane's street shoe. Instead of rain, the biggest hurdle I faced was outfit fatigue. As much as I love the pieces I chose for this challenge, by the 10th combo I was jonesing for a structured blazer and some ankle boots. I think Andrea hit the nail on the head when she mentioned a restored interest and appreciation for the other pieces hanging in our closets as an unintended silver lining of a 10 x 10. I for one am happy to give my other clothes some love.
One thing I wish I had done this week was play around with my shirting a bit more - I seemed to consistently, and almost absentmindedly, go for a full tuck. Silhouettes could have been varied (and maybe some out that outfit fatigue could have been staved off) had I opted for an untucked or half-tucked look. When you're requiring the same three shirts to create 10 distinct looks, styling tricks like that really make the difference. Oh well, live and learn. Or to quote Caroline, "how fascinating!" :)
All in all I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this (my first!) 10 x 10. I've loved meeting so many new stylish women over on Instagram, and can't wait to read recaps from all my favorite slow fashion bloggers in the days to come.
I'll be posting a thorough recap of my experience next week, so please be sure to come back for another visit if you're so inclined! I hope you're all making the most of the rest of your 10 x 10 days, and if you're done, let me know how it went!