Happy Monday and happy 10×10! :)
In case you missed Friday’s post, here’s what’s going on. For the next two weeks, I’m joining forces with my blogging pal Lee of Style Bee, and we’re hosting a remix challenge: 10 pieces of clothing, 10 outfits, 10 days.
Each post, I’ll chat about my first impressions of the outfit and then give some styling notes. Ready? Let’s jump right in!
We’re starting off on a straightforward look, but I like it because it’s comfortable and easy to wear. This dress doesn’t wrinkle and it’s just as easy to wear curled up on the couch as it is out for drinks. Which works out well, because I’ll be doing a little of both today. :)
You know what’s cool? This dress is essentially the opposite of my boho dress, yet they both live in my closet happily. Some days I wake up and want a crazy-busy-colorful-fun look. Some days I wake up and want a tailored-striped-black-and-white look. And that’s okay. We’re multifaceted humans, so it only makes sense that our closets reflect that. A closet (or a capsule) doesn’t have to be perfectly curated or all one style to work. Kind of puts you at ease, right? :)
Let’s chat why this outfit works for me today:
- WEATHER: It’s nice and mild in the 60’s and 70’s today, so I’ll be comfortable in this short sleeve dress, cardi, and booties combo. And if I get too warm, I can always shed the cardigan. We’ve also got a chance of rain later today, so I’m wearing my booties to keep my feet dry — they can get wet and keep going like it’s no big deal.
- ACTIVITIES: Today is a typical day for me: gym time, working from home, and maybe a few errands. Then later tonight, Aaron and I are going out to dinner, so this look should carry me through the whole day.
NEUTRAL (BUT REPETITIVE) PALETTE | I’ve got black, cognac, and oatmeal going on — but if you’ll notice, almost every color repeats somewhere in the outfit. Cognac: boots and bag. Oatmeal: cardigan and stripes. Black: dress and … well, I said almost every color repeats. :) Repeating colors like that is a quick way to make an outfit look complete.
NO ACCESSORIES | I’ve all but hopped off the accessories train — I’m sure this surprises no one. :) When working with limited pieces, it can be easy to over accessorize to try and compensate, but it’s not really necessary — unless that’s your style and in that case, more power to you.
MATCHING BAG + SHOES | You know me. I love my matching bag and shoes for some reason. I don’t treat it like a rule, but when I’m working with minimal pieces, it helps pull a look together. It’s like bookends for an outfit.
SHORT DRESS, LONG CARDIGAN | Even though I’ve worn this dress on it’s own many times, I like that the cardigan adds a little extra length to the dress. Try it if you’ve got a dress that’s a little too short on it’s own, or if you just want to add a little more length on a particular day.
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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!
Are you taking part in the remix? Here’s your assignment for today: Snap a photo of your first outfit and post it on IG with the tag #spring10x10 so we can all follow along. For me, it’s almost less about the challenge and more about the community around the challenge. We truly love experiencing this with you guys, so share away!
See you tomorrow for outfit two!
Photo Credit: Katie Jameson
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