WOOHOO! 10 pieces, 10 outfits, 10 days — we did it! The summer 10×10 was one for the books!
Lee of Style Bee and I had a BLAST hosting this challenge, and I think it’s time for all of us to pat ourselves on the back for a second. Even if you didn’t quite make it all the way to ten. Even if you lost steam mid-way through. No matter whether you feel it was a “success” or a “failure” — the fact remains: you tried something new and learned from it. That’s worth celebrating.
Ready to get into to this last outfit? Let’s do it. :)
Hah, I had so much fun with my other clothes that I almost forgot about my white button-down! I haven’t worn it all challenge long, and it’s definitely feeling like a treat to end on such a fresh outfit. Usually by the end of a 10×10, I’m repeating a look or just feeling uninspired — but not this time!
I focused so much energy on pushing myself outside of my style comfort zone this time around, and I loved every minute of it — I even discovered that the romantic + vintage style is definitely my thing. But you know what? Even still, this classic + simple outfit makes my heart sing.
It got me to thinking about my style and how I define it.
I think in our online worlds of pretty Instagram squares and curated content, it’s easy to want to define ourselves (or our style) narrowly and omit anything that doesn’t “fit.”
But real life isn’t like that, is it? :) That’s a lesson my closet is constantly teaching me, as silly as that sounds — it reminds me that I’m more than one thing.
So while this challenge introduced me to a romantic + vintage style that I love, I don’t feel the need to change or overhaul my style all of a sudden. It’s not an out with the old, in with the new thing. Instead, it’s an opportunity to embrace both. :)
CHANNEL A CLASSIC | Soooo, I might have watched Dirty Dancing the night before we took this photo. I haven’t watched it in years, and I found myself getting so much style inspiration from Baby. Her iconic button down + denim shorts combo is 100% responsible for this outfit. :) Nothing wrong with channeling a classic. What about you? Do you have a fav classic movie that inspires a part of your style?
WEAR YOUR SIGNATURE COLOR PALETTE | Denim blue, white, and cognac — it’s been my signature for years and I love seeing this color palette stand the test of time.
STYLE FOR THE SEASON YOU’RE IN | I’ve worn this button down with a knot in the front countless times, but I’ve never tied it so that a little peek of skin shows. And to me, that tiny tweak puts this outfit squarely in the summer camp. I’m having fun with that summery vibe, and taking it a little further than I usually do. After all, summer styling won’t work as well in fall and winter, so I’m staying present and enjoying it while I can.
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And there you have it!
Make sure to hop on over to Lee’s blog to see her final outfit today, too!
So tell me, do you have a favorite movie/character that inspires part of your style? I’d also love to hear about your signature color palette and how you discovered it. Share away in the comments!
See you Monday! I’ll be sharing what I learned during this 10×10 — can’t wait to dig in! Start thinking about what you learned during the challenge, too, because I’m definitely going to ask you about it on Monday. :) I can’t wait to hear your conclusions + insights about your own personal style. In the meantime, I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Photo Credit: Katie Jameson
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