In case you missed it, I’m joining in on the 10×10 challenge co-hosted by Caroline of UnFancy and Lee of Style Bee. For the next two weeks, I’ll be narrowing down my spring capsule wardrobe to style 10 pieces into 10 different outfits for 10 days.
The basic recipe making up my outfit for day two consists of a few hardworking closet staples, a little something fun, and accessories to pull it all together.
When I decided to do the spring 10×10 challenge, I knew I had to include my black and white dotted peplum top. It’s been in every one of my capsules over the last year and is still a favorite. The relaxed shape means I can wear on days when I’m not feeling my best and still look stylish and put together thanks to the fun dots and peplum. I also love a good patterned neutral because you can wear it with just about anything without it feeling too boring or sparse.
Since I wear this blouse to the office so often, I really wanted to take advantage of the challenge to style it differently than I have in the past. For me, this meant layering it with a springy crisp white scarf and adding in touches of cognac with my flats and clutch.
Lately, I’ve been loving black and cognac together, and, even though this bag has me wishing I was hopping on a plane right now, I think it adds such a fresh dose of color. I even used the pink flowers in the print as the inspiration for my #the100dayproject embroidery today. Be sure to head over to my Instagram to see more of that challenge as well!
I’d love to know – are you doing the 10×10 challenge?
If so, leave me a link to your Instagram or blog in the comments below so I can check it out and follow along!
I decided at the last minute to jump in on the 10×10 challenge this spring. For the next two weeks, I’ll be narrowing down my spring capsule wardrobe to style 10 pieces into 10 different outfits for 10 days. If you’re interested in learning more about the 10×10 challenge, visit the Style Bee here.
I’m starting off with a tried and true look that hasn’t made it onto the blog just yet. At some point, I went out on a limb and styled my maroon pants with a rose-colored blouse, and it just worked! I love that the combination of a cardigan, top and pants is so simple, but the color blocking makes the outfit anything but boring.
If anything, this outfit shows how you can work with a limited wardrobe without resorting to just plain neutrals. I do love a good neutral, but there’s no way I would have stuck with a capsule wardrobe for as long as I have if I couldn’t find some ways to bring in colors and patterns.
The capsule wardrobe has also totally turned me into an accessory girl. I used to never give accessories much thought, but restricting the number of items I have in my closet at any given time has definitely made me think more about how I accessorize those pieces. Scarves and jewelry can be the icing on the cake or the bow on the package, whichever way you want to look at it.
In particular, I’m loving my Rocksbox subscription for a constant jewelry refresh without worrying about accumulating too many trendy pieces. This Kendra Scott necklace is one of my absolute favorites. It goes with just about everything and the length is perfect for polishing up an untucked blouse and pants combo. If you’re interested in trying Rocksbox for yourself, you can go ahead and use the code hannahmosbornxoxo to get one month for free!
If there’s one thing college taught me about fashion, it was the importance of having a personal uniform of go-to outfits you can throw on in the morning with zero effort and without resorting to wearing sweatpants.
While I still loved pulling together the perfect outfit to wear to class or out with friends, I learned that having a go-to outfit is essential for those mornings where you really just want to hit that snooze button one more time. Throughout my time on campus, I built a repertoire of pieces I could mix and match to create a stylish outfit in less time than it takes me to brush my teeth.
Even though I’ve been out of school for over a year now, some of these combinations have continued to be staples for the office and the concept of having a style uniform has helped me transition into a new work wardrobe with ease.
Read on for some of my go-to on-campus (and now weekend) looks.
Field Jacket + Button Down + Ponte Pants
Ponte pants are the perfect base to any comfortable yet stylish look. Pair them with a utilitarian jacket, a chambray shirt, and a patterned scarf for a layered look that will get you through the day of shifting temperatures. Add a warm coat if it’s extra chilly out, then shed layers in a warm classroom.
Cardigan + Ponte Pants + Boots
I don’t think I could live without my cozy cardigans. They are my favorite pieces to wrap up in and can be warm enough to wear without a coat over top. The geometric print and pop of teal make add some fun and trendy touches to this ultra-comfy look.
Oversized Sweater + Scarf
A last-minute outfit doesn’t get any easier than comfy leggings, an oversized sweater, and a cute scarf. Switching up the sweater and scarf make for endless options with the same basic formula.
Here’s a breakdown of my college uniform essentials:
Ponte skinnies. Because they’re made with a ponte knit fabric, these feel just like a pair of comfy leggings, but function and look like a pair of pants. The best part? The super-thick material prevents the wardrobe malfunctions that are common with leggings that are too thin and too sheer.
Chambray shirt. I wear mine all the time with different scarves layered on top. It’s the perfect unassuming layer – no one will notice if you wear it constantly!
Oversized sweater. This is so easy to toss on with a pair of ponte paints or jeggings, and there are so many different styles out there that you’re bound to find the perfect one (or three!) for you. I like to buy sweaters a couple of sizes too big to make sure they’re perfectly slouchy.
Cozy cardigan. These cardigans can basically double as blankets and are the coziest thing you can wear during a long day on campus.
Infinity scarf. Nothing adds instant style and comfort like looping an infinity scarf around your neck. Just vary the color, pattern, or texture of your scarf and the same old outfit will feel new again.
Loose-fitting tee or tank. This is perfect for layering under one of those chunky cardigans without losing out on any of the coziness. You can also wear it under an unbuttoned chambray shirt for a different look.
Accessories. Make your go-to outfit a little more special by adding your favorite pair of boots, a colorful watch, or a fun headwrap.
By switching around these pieces within a few basic combinations, I had a seemingly endless number of outfits to pull from, even when working within a capsule wardrobe.