Winter 10x10 — Outfit 9

Winter 10x10: Black seed stitch sweater, grey skinny jeans, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane black seed stitch sweater + Madewell grey skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black sweater, cuffed grey skinny jeans, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black Sam Edelman Petty ankle boots with grey cuffed skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

There's only one more outfit to share after this one; thank goodness! It's not that I ran out of steam when it came to putting together the outfits since I thought of most of them prior to the start of my 10x10, but after a while I just wanted to wear different clothes. I think it definitely helped to do the challenge when I was away from most of my closet. I wasn't tempted by everything else I own. It also helped a lot to put together the looks ahead of time so I could just pick out a complete outfit each day without thinking much about it. The hard part for me right now is getting these posts up every day. My blog isn't my full-time job, so it's basically taken up every one of my evenings for the past two weeks and I'm ready for a break. ;)

Anyway, back to the outfit! I don't have much to say about this one. It's pretty basic: another rendition of my winter uniform. I actually didn't leave the house at all on this day, so I spent the day in socks instead of shoes. I did, however, manage to get some work done. Everyone who works from home says to get dressed for productivity, so I did that instead of defaulting to my loungewear for the day. I didn't mind so much because this outfit is almost as comfortable as a sweatshirt and sweats, haha.

My favorite element of this look is the small cuff on my jeans. I normally would have tucked the hems under an inch, but I decided to try folding them out and I'm obsessed with the look. The outfit is pretty dark between the black sweater, dark grey skinny jeans, and black ankle boots, so the cuff adds a nice, light contrast. It adds just enough interest to an otherwise pretty uninteresting outfit.

ITEM #9 — SEED STITCH SWEATER

I fell in love with this sweater from Everlane and received it for my birthday a little over two years ago. At the time, I didn't realize how bad of an idea it was to own a black sweater with three cats that are mostly white. I seem to always have a stray cat hair (or, you know, 15) on me! That said, I love this cotton-cashmere seed stitch sweater. It's an excellent basic sweater in a relatively timeless, comfortably loose fit. At first I wasn't sure if my usual XS was the right size in this sweater since the sleeves are a tad short on my long arms, but now I'm a fan. The slim fit makes it easy to tuck. This exact sweater (in other colors) is still available in Everlane's Limited Product Collection, but I've also found a few more similar options.

1) Cotton-wool Teddie sweater by J.Crew Factory ($60, on sale for $36) / Crewneck. Cotton, wool, nylon blend. (Other colorways also available.)

2) Seam detail high/low sweater by Halogen ($59) / Seam detail down the front. Crewneck. Available in regular and petite sizes. (Other colorways also available.)

3) Christine pullover sweater by Eddie Bauer ($60, on sale for $24) / Seam detail down front. Side slits. Cotton/nylon blend. Available in regular, petite, and tall sizes. (Other colorways also available.)

4) Supima cotton 3/4 sleeve sweater by Land's End ($49, on sale for $25) / Crewneck. 3/4-length sleeves with buttons at the cuffs. Available in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes. (Other colorways also available.)

5) Cotton cashmere wide ribbed sweater by Uniqlo ($30) / Boatneck. Ribbed style. (Other colorways also available.)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweater / exact (unavailable in black); similar options above
Madewell jeans / unavailable; similar (high rise)
Sam Edelman boots / exact (on sale!)
Kate Spade earrings / similar

P.S. If you're new to Everlane, please consider making an account with my referral link prior to making your first purchase. My cat Rosie destroyed my new sweater hoodie and I'm trying to save up some credit to repurchase it. Ahhh, cats...

Winter 10x10 — Outfit 8

Winter 10x10: Ivory chunky knit cardigan, striped tee, skinny jeans, shiny black oxfords — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
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Ivory chunky knit cardigan outfit with striped tee, skinny jeans, shiny black oxfords — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy Coach 'Court' bag outfit with ivory cardigan, striped tee, skinny jeans, shiny black oxfords — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Here's another outfit I love and definitely see myself repeating in the future. It's pretty fun when that happens during a minimalist challenge, don't you think? I always worry that my outfits are going to be too boring, and while some of them are on the less exciting side, it's cool that some of them are more interesting and worth wearing again.

I have worn this exact cardigan and tee combination in this previous outfit post. I just love how they look together! I styled this look a bit differently this time by cuffing the cardigan to allow the stripes on the tee sleeves to peek out. I'm such a fan of how it turned out. I love how the shiny oxfords add an unexpected element to the look, but sadly, it was so slushy that I had to wear—you guessed it—snow boots instead. I wore this outfit around the house before heading out to dinner in the evening with my navy Coach 'Court' bag (and black parka) in tow. 

ITEM #8 — SHINY BLACK OXFORDS

I purchased these beauties from Madewell in the fall of 2015 and am honestly surprised by my love for them. They were somewhat of an impulse purchase, which usually means that they won't be in my closet for long, but I've had them for over a year now and can't see myself falling out of love anytime soon. I've always liked the idea of oxfords but wasn't sure how I felt about them on me (would my feet look like clown feet?) and if they really went with my personal style. Turns out I like the touch of masculinity they add to my closet. I also love the "shiny" (but not patent) leather for something a bit different. As evidenced by this challenge, they go well with both skinny jeans and skirts with tights. I'm tempted to try them with my cropped flare jeans in the spring. There are a few similar options available right now if you're in the market!

1) Lilianne Almond Toe Oxford by Nine West ($89, on sale for $59) / Similar style in faux patent leather. Small platform and heel. Available in limited sizes.

2) Imagine Lace-Up Oxfords by Franco Sarto ($79) / Similar style in faux patent leather. Wingtip detailing. 

3) Adwin Almond Toe Oxford by Louis et Cie ($140) / Similar style in patent leather. Grosgrain laces. 1.5" heel. Available in limited sizes.

4) The E2 Modern Oxford by Everlane ($180) / Similar style with patent leather. Made ethically.

5) The Modern Oxford by Everlane ($168) / Similar style with matte leather. Made ethically.


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane cardigan / exact
Uniqlo tee / unavailable; similar by Old Navy
Madewell jeans / exact (available in sizes 24 and 32); similar
Madewell oxfords / unavailable; similar options above
Coach bag / exact style on eBay
 

P.S. If you're new to Everlane, please consider making an account with my referral link prior to making your first purchase. My cat Rosie destroyed my new sweater hoodie and I'm trying to save up some credit to repurchase it. Ahhh, cats...

Winter 10x10 — Outfit 7

Winter 10x10: Red cashmere sweater, high-rise skinny jeans, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Red cashmere sweater + high-rise skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Red cashmere sweater outfit with high-rise skinny jeans and black ankles boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Back at it again wearing my simple winter uniform of sweater + skinny jeans + boots. Even though much like outfit #4 this outfit isn't very exciting, the combination is a true representation of my everyday style and feels classic to me. I actually wore this exact sweater and skinny jean combination for Christmas day and felt very festive without being over the top.

On the day I wore this particular outfit, my boyfriend and I ran a few errands during a snowstorm (not exactly my idea of fun...and everywhere we went was out of snow shovels, naturally). We spent the rest of the evening chowing down on make-your-own pizzas at his parents' house while watching pro football. This outfit ended up working great for the occasion, but as you probably guessed, I swapped the ankle boots for snow boots. Again. Sigh. I should have just picked my snow boots as my two pairs of shoes, clearly. ;)

ITEM #7 — ANKLE BOOTS

Ankle boots have been a staple in my wardrobe for about three years now. I own six pairs in various styles and colors and can't get enough of them in the fall, winter, and spring when the weather cooperates. I received my black Sam Edelman 'Petty' ankle boots for my birthday in 2014, and they have been my most worn pair of ankle boots since (worn 104 times!). It's pretty obvious why... I mean, they're black, so they're bound go to with everything! Plus, the low heel makes them extremely wearable for everyday. I'm also a big fan of the low profile. My feet don't look gigantic, and that's something I can always appreciate. :) I travel with these constantly, I wear them if it's rainy but not pouring... They can withstand basically anything! They're the best.

These boots are still being produced as far as I know (I've seen them on sale so I hope that means they won't be gone forever), but here are some more options if you're on the lookout:

1) Basel Booties by Lucky Brand ($129, on sale for $77) / Similar style with inside and outside zippers and brown 1.5" block heel. Available in most sizes and in other colorways.

2) Beckoned Booties by Dr. Scholl's ($95, on sale for $57) / Similar faux leather style with decorative buckle and 1.25" block heel.

3) Tallie Ankle Booties by Steve Madden ($89, on sale for $53) / Similar style in suede with brown 1.5" block heel. Pull-on. Available in most sizes.

4) Bailee suede boots by Jack Rogers ($128, on sale for $116) / Similar style in suede with brown 1.5" block heel. Inside zippers. 

5) Pinot Ankle Bootie by Dune London ($159, on sale for $90) / Similar style in suede and leather with 1.75" block heel. Inside zippers. Available in size 36 (European).


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweater / exact (limited sizes in red); similar by AQUA
Madewell jeans / exact (available in size 24); similar
Sam Edelman boots / exact (on sale!); similar options above
Kate Spade necklace / exact