What a week. What. A. Week. Just a friendly reminder before I jump into talking about ethical fashion and lean closets and outfit remixes: this is not normal. None of this is normal. Friends and I are vowing to engage in one act of protest, volunteering, resistance or political activism per week (or per day if we can). If you'd like to know what we're doing I would be happy share and discuss. All voices, perspectives and opinions are welcome.
In other developments, I wrapped up my Winter 10 x 10 last week. This challenge was the perfect way to kick off the new year - a time when many of us commit to resolutions and try to cultivate clarity before plunging into the next twelve months. The challenge helped me see my wardrobe more clearly, taught me a thing or two about versatility, and reinforced the importance of accessories in my life (hats, you guys. Give me all the hats).
Check out all ten looks below:
I spoke about a uniform in my last post, and the above collage only reinforces those assertions. My most favorite look of all time is jeans and a long-sleeve button up (preferably silk) in neutral tones. Add a jacket for good measure. While this is something I have suspected about myself for a long while, the comfort and ease of waking up every morning over the past few weeks and knowing I was going to throw on some favorite pants set my mind at ease. What can I say? I'm an LA lady and a blue jeans baby. Or something like that.
As you may remember, I went into this, my first 10 x 10 challenge with the goal of focusing on Creativity, Resourcefulness, and Clarity. Although I truly loved the majority of looks I put together, I did surprisingly better in one focus area over the others.
Not a one of these looks is groundbreaking. As I mentioned, they follow a pretty consistent formula and I didn't ever feel like I was pushing myself too far in any creative direction. I suppose the neckerchief (btw, what do you call these? Bandanas? Even when they aren't paisley?) was the biggest risk. My biggest victory in this area has to be the way I attempted to play around with monochromatic looks (the tan family), shirting (tucked, not tucked, etc.), and also how I chose to wear my jackets and coats (over the shoulders vs. arms in sleeves, etc. etc.). And also though it looks great when out and about, I regret wearing a beanie at the office. My work vibe is casual, but I fear I may have taken a little too much creative liberty with that one.
I went into the 10 x 10 challenge with the goal of shaking up my typical look and deviating from the norm. Ha. No. I wore what I'm most comfortable in and didn't waver from it in the slightest. But, you know what? That's okay. I'm learning to embrace what I love and to take note of what I'm wearing when I feel my best. I've found that in doing so I'm able to curtail any chasing of the Pinterest dream (re: chasing other people's style). Maybe consistency isn't such a terrible thing after all. I do think I was resourceful in how I began to define my own aesthetic, but that falls more squarely into the last category.
CLARITY: A (!)
Did you guys ever read the book or see the movie Harriet the Spy? I must have read it in second grade and there is a scene that has always stayed with me. Harriet's mother is trying to convince her to try something new for lunch by way of sandwich choices. She goes through an extensive list of options, but to her dismay, Harriet is a creature of habit. As she slices a tomato and jams it between two pieces of mayonnaise-coated bread she replies to her mother's inquiry with, "I know what I like and I like tomato."
Well. I know what I like and I like a classic four-piece outfit formula. Namely, high-waisted pants, a button-up, an outer layer, and interesting shoes.
Although I suspected a real preference for the above formula, this challenge really solidified it and actually taught me a thing or two about how I prefer to execute, as demonstrated in my most favorite outfit combos below. As an aside, it is bizarre and entirely frustrating that I can recall in detail that scene from a children's book but cannot remember large swaths of what I learned in high school science classes.
TOP THREE FAVORITES:
1: Everlane button up, thrifted Madewell jacket (better option), thrifted wide leg crop pants (amazing option), Everlane modern oxford, Everlane beanie; 2: Raw hem vintage Levi's, Everlane button up, vintage coat, Everlane modern oxford; 3: Everlane silk button up, thrifted wide leg crop pants (amazing option), thrifted Helmut Lang jacket, Everlane street shoe, Everlane Beanie
1: This is a total 'get stuff done' outfit for me. The blue button-up from Everlane is a workhorse in my wardrobe (as evidenced by its inclusion in two of my top three looks). It's durable, and when paired with the utility jacket, makes me feel like I can pretty much conquer anything. You know those ensembles that make you feel like you have to be extra mindful so as not to ruin or stain them throughout the day? The ones that cause you to be cautious with your actions, or fearful of a wardrobe malfunction? This is not one of those outfits. 8/10, would wear again.
2. The slouchy, casual, laid back feel of the second outfit speaks to my fantasy, boho life. I would love nothing more than to be one of those women who is effortlessly chic in her casual, boho attire. You know the type? The woman who somehow manages to appear put-together while giving off the vibe that it was all a happy, flawlessly executed accident? This is my attempt at that. The untucked shirt made me feel easy-going and unfussy, and the vintage coat lent itself to the overall aesthetic pretty nicely. It's the oxfords that give me away - as much as I love the boho thing, masculine preppiness will always have a place in my heart. 10/10, I may or may not be wearing this right now.
3. I wore this look (minus the beanie, plus some heels, and with the coat over my shoulders) for date night with my main guy. It totally worked. I was able to take the look from day to night with only a few minor adjustments. It's funny - as someone who almost exclusively wore black for many, many years, I've noticed that I'm veering into the world of color (albeit neutrals) more frequently. This black on black on black ensemble brought me back to my roots, and there's nothing that signals to the world that you mean business like a monotone look with a power lip. 9/10, would wear again but maybe with different shoes.
So there you have it! My first 10 x 10 over and done with. I'd like to thank Lee and Caroline for graciously hosting, Andrea and Jaana for being all around style mavens, and also shout out to the SLEW of fabulous ladies I now consider internet friends. Hashtags bring the people together, ya know?
Questions? Comments? Concerns? HMU below.