fall 10×10

Fall is here! Though in ATL that may still mean we’re in for 80+ degree days. No matter the temp, with fall comes the urge to re-analyze and refresh my wardrobe. Inspired by the lovely Caroline of Un-Fancy and Lee the Style Bee, I’m embarking on the 10X10 style challenge as a way to hone my personal style. I’ve been feeling in a bit of a rut lately, with the cliche closet full of nothing to wear. I think my tastes have been evolving over the past year but my wardrobe hasn’t quite caught up. Narrowing down my choices was surprisingly easy as I realized I don’t actually love a lot of my wardrobe anymore. Here are the 10 items that made the cut:

 1| BLACK VEST by Sam Edelman, NA – an easy but unusual layering piece. An old impulse buy that has worked out surprisingly well.
2| JEAN JACKET by Gap – another easy layer. Perfect for early fall temps in ATL.
3| BOX-CUT TEE by Everlane – Oh, Everlane Box Cut Tee, how do I love thee? My perfect white t-shirts.
4| PRINT SILK TANK by Madewell, NA – this one has a print that’s noticeable but neutral and is a flattering cut.
5| STRIPED S/S TEE by Everlane – Honestly I only picked this one because I liked it the most of what was left in my closet.
6| STRIPED T-SHIRT DRESS by Everlane – I can’t wait to try styling this one over jeans.
7| BLACK SKINNY JEAN by Banana Republic, NA – a flattering, comfortable, go to.
8| BLUE HIGH-WAIST SKINNY JEAN (new-ish) by Banana Republic, NA – I’ve realized lately that I prefer a high-waisted jean. It’s more flattering on me, and no cringey plumber shot when I’m moving around the store.
9| BILLIE BOOTS IN TAUPE by Madewell – my favorite booties. I wore these almost every day last winter and plan a repeat performance this year.
10| CHUNKY HIGH SANDALS IN BLACK by Madewell – I actually need to replace these. My feet slide out of them way too easily, but I definitely wanted to include more of an evening option.

The selection process alone for the 10×10 has helped me put my finger on the parts of my closet that were not working for me.
  • too many button-downs A significant portion of my tops wardrobe is made up of button downs. Naturally, I was considering some of them for my 10×10, but I realized that for me, they aren’t actually that versatile. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good button-down, I just don’t really like layering them under jackets/vests/sweaters – the collar and sleeves create too much bulk. I’m not a big fan of pairing them with skirts, either. Really the only way I wear them is half-tucked with skinny jeans. Not nearly mixable enough for a 10×10.
  • too many skinny jeans I love my skinny jeans and they aren’t going anywhere. BUT when planning for this challenge, it hit me that I only own one pair of pants that’s NOT a skinny jean.
  • not enough layering tops I realized why I love my two favorite tops so much – they have the same not-quite-cropped, oh-so-slightly-boxy fit. None of my other tops fit this way, and I realized it is my favorite for layering and for the way it looks with different bottom options.

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