We did it! Ten outfits in ten days using ten pieces!
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.
And I don’t know about you, but I, for one, am SUPER excited to see my whole closet tomorrow. I had a bunch of new outfit ideas while I didn’t have access to my full closet, so I have some new looks I want to try. It’ll feel like a treat to get to “shop” my closet tomorrow.
Now, let’s get down to this last outfit!
I 100% love this outfit and would wear it just about anywhere. With the flat chelsea booties, it’s a comfortable outfit for a day of errands and lots of walking. But swap the chelsea booties for heeled ankle booties, and it’s suddenly right for date night.
The outfit recipe itself is simple: jeans, sweater, boots. However, the shape and color of that sweater keeps this outfit out of the bland pile, and gives it some intrigue and interest.
Also, the color palette of this outfit is on point: cognac, denim blue, and dark brown. After wearing a few outfits with a straight brown and black palette these past few days, I love how the denim blue brings in a contrasting, cooling element to the palette.
Quick rabbit trail: What do you call this color? I always call it cognac, but I see lots of other people call it caramel or spice or rust. Any thoughts?
WEATHER + DAILY ACTIVITIES
Oops. Today may be too warm for this outfit. It’s going to be sunny, with temperatures in the 60s, possibly even the 70s.
However, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. Since this sweater is so swingy, it circulates air really well — especially without a base layer. So I’m going to go base layer free and see how it goes.
If I do end up feeling too warm, I’m just going to swap my sweater for my plain white tee, essentially recreating this outfit — and proving once again that that tee has been a lifesaver during the warmer days of this challenge.
Let’s see … daily activities? Same as usual: working from home, errands if needed, and gym time. Maybe a low key date night with Aaron — hopefully including a patio and some wine since it’s such a lovely day.
Why this outfit will (hopefully) work for today:
- I have quite a few errands to run today, and these flat booties will keep my feet comfortable.
- Even though it’ll be mild, I’m hoping the cropped sleeves and swingy silhouette will keep me comfortable. Fingers crossed, and if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. No big deal.
- It’s sturdy enough for around the house, and cute enough to go out and about.
- I just like it. :)
PIECE #10: CHELSEA BOOTS
These are amazing boots.
But, truth be told, I found them on clearance at Nordstrom Rack in 2015 and I kind of just bought them because they were on sale — not because I loved them. Yep, I went against my own advice. When I saw that I could get a pair of coveted Frye boots for less than half their regular price, all logic went out the window. It happens sometimes.
At first, I didn’t wear them a ton, convincing myself they were too masculine or too western or too something.
But as time went on, I ended up finding them incredibly useful for specific situations, like:
- Fall + winter travel (they’re crazy comfortable for walking).
- Rainy weather (they keep my ankles warm and can get soaked without missing a beat).
- Visits out to the country — I live in a small Texas town, so this happens frequently (they are super high quality, yet they aren’t precious — meaning I can get them as dirty as I want and they’ll only look better for it).
So, it turns out they aren’t too anything, like I thought at first. Instead, they’re just right when I need them.
Like I mentioned, my chelsea boots are old, but here are some similar options:
1 | Wolverine has a reputation for being tough and rugged and this pair of chelsea booties from Wolverine effortlessly combines that with beauty. They feature a cushioned footbed and they are made in Portugal. ($160)
2 | I have a pair of heeled, shock absorbing Timberlands that are wonderfully comfortable. So I can only imagine these flat Timberland booties are equally amazing. Also cool: the interior lining is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, and the sole is made with recycled rubber. ($150)
3 | And if you’re down for an investment, here’s a pair of Frye chelsea booties with a chunky, two-inch heel. They are beautiful and made in the USA, but be warned — they are (gulp) $418.
BASIC OUTFIT, ONE STATEMENT PIECE | This outfit is straightforward: sweater, jeans, and boots. But the shape and color of this swing sweater makes a statement. It elevates this otherwise basic outfit.
NO ACCESSORIES | It’s the theme of all my outfits this time. I didn’t want to over accessorize, and you know what? I like how it’s turning out. So I’m going to keep embracing my minimal accessory side.
MATCHING BAG + SHOES | Well, here’s another theme of my outfits. Almost every outfit in this 10×10 challenge has featured matching bag and shoes. 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.
ROLLED SLEEVES | Nothing groundbreaking, just a simple roll of the sleeves to give the look a finishing touch. (And perhaps to keep me a little cooler today? Hopefully.)
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And there you have it! The last outfit! Make sure to hop on over to Lee’s blog to see her last outfit today, too.
So tell me, if you joined in the challenge, would you consider doing it again? Got any specific questions about my remix? And which piece in your closet are you most excited to see again? Share away in the comments!
Tomorrow, we’ll be recapping the whole process, so see you then! :)
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