My girl Lee of Style Bee and I are hosting a 10×10 wardrobe challenge, using 10 pieces to create 10 outfits over 10 days. And it’s not too late to join us! We’re all working on our own time table here — some are wrapping up, some are just starting, some are right in the middle. So hop on in. You can get started in 15 minutes flat — details here.
Now, let’s get down to outfit six!
Overall, this look is fine. Just fine. It’s perhaps a little masculine for my preference these days — I’m thinking I should have added a necklace or something a little shiny — but this dark look matches the vibe of this dreary day.
And like yesterday’s outfit, I’m wearing this dress as a top again. I have to say, this time it’s working much better than when I tried it in my fall remix. The dress I wore in the fall wasn’t the ideal dress to tuck, and I felt a little self-conscious and kept checking the tuck to make sure it wasn’t giving me a fabric pooch. But when I wear this one out, I’m not even thinking about it. It just works.
So the success of this really comes down to the particular dress you’re trying to tuck. Not every dress will work as a top and that’s okay. Just try it if you feel like it, see if it works, and either way, How Fascinating!
In case you missed yesterday’s IG Story on how to wear a dress as a shirt, you can watch it right here.
Also! This is the fourth day that I’ve worn this dress (actually the fifth, because I wore it over the weekend too), and it’s still fresh. No need to wash it yet. My secret? A soft base layer underneath, a sweater freshening spray … and deodorant. :)
(Want to see more on how to keep your sweaters fresh between washes? Right this way.)
WEATHER + DAILY ACTIVITIES
I typically steer away from wearing all black at home because of my sweet pup and his incessant shedding. But today, I’ll be out, working from a coffee shop, so I can get away with it.
The weather is going to be rainy and quite cold again, with temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s. So I’ve got on three layers — a soft base layer, my thrifted cashmere dress/top, and my long cardigan.
And honestly, with it being so cold today, I might end up topping it all with a real coat.
Now, I didn’t include a coat in my 10 pieces, but I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to capsules and fun wardrobe challenges. The word “cheating” adds this weird element of guilt to something that’s meant to be lighthearted and fascinating. So I’m calling it: There’s no such thing as “cheating” — just creative solutions.
So a coat will be my creative solution for today’s cold weather. See what I did there? :)
This outfit works for today because:
- I’ll be out of the house, so I can wear all black and not worry about getting dog hair all over me.
- These boots are virtually indestructible, so I can traipse around in the rain and not worry about getting ’em wet.
- Very important: it’s comfortable for a long day of writing, and warm enough to keep me toasty through the day.
- Plus, it’s just got this great rainy day vibe, don’t you think?
PIECE #6: LONG CARDIGAN
I wasn’t a cardigan girl for the longest time — no idea why. But I sure am now!
A soft, cozy layer that I can throw into my tote and grab for instant warmth? I’m in! For me, it’s all about finding a cardigan with good weight and drape.
This long cardigan has quickly become a fav. A few details about the fit + fabric:
SIZE + FIT: I got an XS petite to get a shorter hem length. However, because it’s petite it’s a little short in the wrists too. I don’t mind though because I usually wear it with the sleeves pushed up. The sleeves are fitted, but not tight, and they loosen up nicely over time (without bagging in the elbows). However, if I were doing it again, I would get a S petite so the sleeves would be a touch roomier.
FABRIC: It’s a thin linen blend, so it’s portable and more appropriate for mild weather. But even though it’s a light layer, it adds a decent amount of warmth, when layered over other pieces like I did today. Overall, it’s got great weight, great movement, and great texture.
Want to see three other ways I’ve styled this cardigan? Right this way.
DRESS AS A TOP, WITH A LONG LAYER TO MAKE IT EASIER: Getting this right is a little hard to explain without a visual, so you can watch the how-to video I made right here. This time, I topped it with my long cardigan, so I don’t even have to worry about making sure the back of the dress lays well — making the whole dress-as-a-top thing a little easier. If you’ve wanted to try it, but feel a little nervous, try it with a long cardigan or coat over it first.
BLACK + BROWN PALETTE: Since it’s going to be rainy today, I was feeling the all-black vibe, but with some brown accessories thrown in to add a little bit of interest.
A LONG CARDIGAN FOR SOME VISUAL INTEREST: This outfit is pretty simple — and essentially all one color — so I decided to break up the fitted-bottom-fitted-top silhouette with a long cardigan. It adds a little volume and drama to an otherwise basic outfit.
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And there you have it!
Make sure to hop on over to Lee’s blog to see her outfit today!
See you tomorrow for outfit seven! :)
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02 | Black cardigan
03 | Black jeans (old) | similar (made responsibly)