The Winter 10×10 remix is winding down! Just a few short days until we get to see our whole closets again.
How are you feeling as we come to the end? It’s funny, I’ve only done a 10×10 remix one other time, but I can already spot my patterns:
- Outfits 1-4: SO MUCH ENERGY. Giddy, confident, and excited like, “Nothing’s stopping me, I got this!”
- Outfits 5-7: Starting to lose steam and lose interest in the challenge. Not feeling confident. Starting to question why I decided to do this and if it’s really helping anything.
- Outfits 8-10: The energy is coming back, but it’s more grounded than before. The lessons are starting to come together, I feel a sense of accomplishment, and I see the benefits clearly.
From my conversations with my 10×10 co-host, Lee of Style Bee, it sounds like that’s a pretty normal pattern. And when I scroll through our #winter10x10 tag, it looks like most of you went through similar ups and downs. But, you know what was cool? Having a kind, supportive community through it all, and going through those ups and downs together.
Ready for outfit 9? Let’s do it!
It’s back — the dress that won’t go away! I’ve worn this for, what, five days out of this challenge? But I can’t quit it. It’s ridiculously useful and it’s got staying power.
No experiments here, this is just a straightforward look that works. Remember a few posts back when I talked about what I’ve been wearing out to winter events? This is the outfit!
Over the holidays, I wore it to the Nutcracker ballet, the Christmas philharmonic, and a local film fest. It’s not really a statement outfit, but I sure am warm and comfortable in it. And really, that wins over anything else — especially in the winter.
Ironically, it’s also a great outfit for working from home. Comfortable and warm, yes, but also not delicate.
And P.S. I think it would make an excellent winter travel outfit formula.
WEATHER + DAILY ACTIVITIES
Today is a typical day: working from home, errands, and gym time. Then later tonight, we’re grabbing a quick dinner with my parents, so this look should carry me through the whole day.
As for the weather today, it’s going to be cloudy and windy and I don’t mess with West Texas wind. It’s mean. So even though the temperatures are nice and mild in the 60’s, I’m dressing warmer for the wind factor. (And I’ll probably end up with a topknot because of it too.)
Here’s why this outfit works for today:
- Minimal layers — nothing for the wind to fuss with.
- (Again with the wind) This dress is loose but fitted enough that the wind can’t blow it up.
- It’s comfortable enough to work from home, but cute enough to go out later.
- Dog hair easily brushes off the dress and leggings.
PIECE #9: COATED LEGGINGS
These leggings are from my 2014 capsule, and even though you haven’t seen them around the blog much, they are still a big player in my wardrobe — especially when it comes to winter events and special occasions.
- They are leggings — the most comfortable things known to mankind — yet somehow they are classified as dressy. I’ll take it.
- The slick, coated finish means my sweater dress lays right and moves freely.
- Lint doesn’t stick to ’em the way it can with other black leggings.
My leggings are old from Urban Outfitters, but there are plenty of similar pairs out there:
Here’s a budget friendly pair for $29 with great reviews. No dry cleaning needed, and the label says to hand wash. But perhaps you could get away with putting it in a lingerie bag and running it through on a delicate/hand wash cycle?
Looking for extra warmth? Here’s a fleece-lined pair for $89. But keep in mind, they are dry clean only.
This pair from Spanx seems to be the golden standard, according to all the excellent reviews. They are priced high at $98, but they are machine washable which is a big deal. They also have a built in control top and a flattering high rise.
ACCESSORIZE … OR NOT | This is a super simple look with no jewelry and not much styling — but I’m into the minimal aesthetic right now so I love it. However, it could easily be spiced up with a long necklace, a few bangle bracelets, or a long, colorful cardigan or coat.
CUFFED LEGGINGS | It’s a simple little styling move, but try cuffing your leggings for more of an ankle length fit.
WARM UP AN ALL-BLACK PALETTE WITH COGNAC | Going for an all-black palette is an easy way to get dressed and get out of the house quickly. It’s chic and effortless. But, I like to add a little warmth to the palette through a cognac bag and pair of booties.
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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 Monday for the LAST outfit! :)
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