I cannot believe we’re already on outfit EIGHT for this summer 10×10 challenge. I’ve had so much fun with you all this time around — I’m definitely going to have withdrawals afterwards.
My 10×10 co-host, Lee of Style Bee and I have loved seeing + reading about your experiences via the #summer10x10 tag. We all approach getting dressed in different ways, don’t we? It’s been immensely inspiring to see you guys walk your own paths so confidently, and value approaches that might be different than your own. You ladies are the light — keep on shining.
We still have two more outfits to go, so let’s get down to it!
This has been my favorite 10×10 challenge of all time. Usually about this time in the challenge, I get a little bored and just want to wear other clothes already — but not this time! Even though I’m working with a limited number of pieces, things are still feeling super fresh because I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone so much.
However, after a few days of trying new things, it’s always nice to fall back on an old standby, like this black dress. If I had to pin down a reason as to why this challenge has been more enjoyable than past challenges, I’d say it’s because I have a mix of both challenging new pieces and comfortable old favorites. Noted for next time. :)
You know what’s cool? This black dress is from my very first capsule wardrobe back in 2014. In fact, I think I even got it in 2013, before I started blogging. It makes me so happy to see pieces start to stand the test of time. I still love this dress just as much as I did the day I bought it, and it’s holding up beautifully so I have the highest hopes for it’s longevity.
ADD INTEREST WITH A CIRCLE BAG | Since this is a super basic outfit with minimal styling, I decided to pull out my round bag to give it a jolt of energy and interest. And it worked! This little subtle statement bag has done wonders to elevate plain outfits while staying in line with my low-key style.
MINIMAL STYLING | I’m almost laughing here because there’s practically zero styling to this outfit — so it’s kind of hard to come up with styling notes. But I suppose that’s a lesson that a great dress can just work. No fancy styling needed.
COMFORT FIRST | Yep, I’ll call this a styling note. :) Because as much fun as it is to get outside of that style comfort zone, feeling good in clothes is just the best.
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And there you have it!
Make sure to hop on over to Lee’s blog to see her outfit today, too!
Keep sharing your outfits on Instagram with the #summer10x10 tag — we love keeping up with you guys. See you tomorrow for outfit 9!
Photo Credit: Katie Jameson
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