Style Bee - Winter 10 x 10 - Look 6

Winter 10 x 10 – Look 6

01.17.17

Okay! Moving right along here in this #WINTER10x10 Challenge with Look 6 coming at you today from both myself and my co-host Caroline of Un-Fancy! Many of you are closing in on your final outfits and it’s been really cool to see the conclusions you’ve been coming to about your closets. It’s wonderful to read so many positive reviews of your experience so far and how the overwhelming consensus is that less really is more in so many ways. Keep sharing your ideas, outfits and insights folks, we’re really onto something here!

If you’re new to this whole challenge thing, that’s ok! It’s never too late to join in and you can learn everything you need to get started from this post and get lots of tips and info on this page as well. We’d love to have you!

Now back to Look 6. It’s usually after the halfway mark during the 10×10 Challenge that I wind up testing out a look I’m not super crazy about and this one is right on cue. There are a couple of things that I like a lot about it and couple things that just don’t feel right. Let’s discuss!


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INITIAL THOUGHTS

If it wasn’t for this challenge this outfit would have probably never seen the light of day. I certainly don’t think it’s terrible and I’m perfectly comfy, it’s just not exactly a clear representation of what my style is. Well that, and it just feels a little awkward to me.

BUT I wanted to try layering this Linn Sweater over my black turtleneck and I felt like I should force myself to wear these skinny jeans again. Otherwise I would have gladly worn my Kamm pants instead. I guess if nothing else this look simply reaffirms that my Kamm pants are (for me at least) just as versatile as a classic pair of skinny jeans.

What don’t I like? I would never normally be inclined to wear skinny jeans with an oversize cropped sweater. Flares, yes. Wide-leg pants, definitely. But skinny jeans, not so much. It’s just a bit of an unusual balance for me and the silhouette feels off.

This thought has been pestering me for a while now, but I might as well say it, I think I might need a break from skinny jeans. GASP. I know. I’m not sure yet, but it’s a real possibility but I’m not going to say any more on the topic for now.

What do I like? One thing I definitely like about this look is how well the Linn sweater layers over a turtleneck. It’s a really easy way to add warmth without feeling confined or bulky the way a big cardigan or sweater might. Even though I’d opt for a different pair of pants and I might tuck the turtleneck in instead, I think this is one element of the look that I’d be inclined to repeat.

I’m also liking the way these boots are working with my cuffed jeans. Next time I’d go for a longer sweater like a tunic or a relaxed crew-neck but at least I know that the cuff styling works well!

Similar to LOOK 3 I like the OUTSIDE version of this outfit much more than the INSIDE version. The proportions just seem to work better once the cocoon coat is involved.

Lesson learned: You don’t have to love everything about an outfit for it to be worth trying. More often than not it’s the things you don’t like that give you the most insight about your style! 


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STYLE + FIT DETAILS

1 | THE TOPPER | *Insert exhale* Ahhh, instantly feeling so much better with my cocoon coat in the mix. The most simple Winter failsafe I can think of is, ‘When in doubt add a black coat.’. It’s just instantly elegant and sophisticated yet, still totally functional too. I don’t honestly know what I’d do without this one and rarely go a week without reaching for it at least a couple of times. The cocoon shape slips over literally anything and the über minimal shape and details make it the easiest thing in my cold weather closet to style.

If you’re in the market for a black top coat opt for something that gives your flexibility with your sleeve and collar styles. Keep it super simple and look for one with little or no hardware, a fabric that drapes and a length that hits at just above the knees. This will work with any base layer and be flattering on any figure.

2 | BASE TURTLE | It’s no secret that I love a thin turtleneck for a base layer. It’s especially nice under a layer like the Linn sweater because you get to see it from all edges (neck, arms and torso). It’s always great to add a bit of dimension to a simple look if the opportunity strikes.

If you’re scoping winter sales right now and don’t have a lightweight turtleneck, definitely consider giving it a try!

3 | CALCULATED BLING | Because I was already feeling a little ‘off’ about this look I wanted to keep the accessories super simple. I opted for a minimal pendant to draw the eye up and provide a focal point and then I carried that ‘gold’ accent through with my frames, rings and even the brass buckle on my bag. The continuity is a subtle by impactful way to create a cohesive feel without overdoing it.

We all know the devil is in the details but often the sophistication is too! 

4 | A LITTLE LIGHTNESS | Before I added this grey beanie the look was feeling a little dark and heavy on the colour palette. It’s amazing the difference that a little touch of lightness can make to freshen the whole outfit. I also like that it helps the cuff of my jeans stand out more because your eye connects the two lightest parts.

When you’re wearing a lot of dark tones and feel it’s getting heavy, try a light but neutral accessory to give the look a lift and soften it up. 


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OUTSIDE

It’s pretty miserable outside today. Forecast is calling for freezing rain and aside from running to and from my car to get to a status meeting I’ll be hunkered down in my office.

I might have to switch the Pistol boots for my Hunter rain boots and will definitely be grabbing a pair of gloves on the way out the door. Otherwise, this look should suffice for all the day has in store for me. The beanie will be staying on and so will the cozy socks!

Drive safe and stay warm my fellow Southern Ontarians! 


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SO THERE WE HAVE OUTFIT #6!

Be sure to pop over to UnFancy for Caroline’s latest too!

+ Keep sharing your looks with #Winter10x10 and if you have a sec, check Instagram Stories today for a real-life look at our outfits in action (@caroline_joy + @leevosburgh).

SEE YOU THERE!


  • COCOON COAT | Old version from Elizabeth Suzann (linked to similar canvas option $365 USD) | Gorgeous Boiled Wool version with closure and pockets by Eileen Fisher ($270 CAD 40% OFF) | Slightly more streamlined option from Everlane ($265 USD)
  • BOILED WOOL LINN TEE | It’s not available in wool but you can still order it in canvas ($140 USD) or linen ($145 USD) from Elizabeth Suzann. I’ve also sourced a few similar options: ASHLEY ROWE (Tan + Options | $145 USD) | BLACK CRANE (Golden $128 USD) | LOVE this long sleeved option by MEGAN HUNTZ ($250 USD) | All made in the USA
  • MERINO TURTLENECK | Old from Zara | Everlane makes a couple similar styles in Cashmere ($135 USD) and Merino ($85 USD) which I have and LOVE.
  • DARK WASH SKINNIES | MADEWELL | 10″ High Rise in Hayes Wash ($177 CAD)  Imported | Similar pair by CITIZENS OF HUMANITY ($218 USD) + PAIGE ($ 265 CAD) + AG ($235 CAD) All made in the USA | Made in Canada option by IRIS ($185 CAD)
  • FRAMES | Wilson by Garrett Leight (Wearing the 46 mm $310 USD)
  • PISTOL BOOTS | ACNE STUDIOS ($570 USD ) Made In Italy
  • BAG | The Stowe ($318 USD on sale!) Made in Montreal | BEANIE | Old | Similar Here ($55 CAD Imported) | NECKLACE | CLAUS ($ 165 USD)


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  1. Megan says:

    I watched your instagram story and when you first put on the raincoat, I was so excited! I’m a Texan who normally doesn’t need a raincoat, but I’m about to take a trip to to Ireland, and I’ve been on a hunt for a raincoat that isn’t bright yellow or sportswear specific. When you said you bought yours in Amsterdam, I was so bummed! Any ideas on where to find a similar one in north America?

  2. I’ve been posting IG pics way less this go – just really busy these 10 days! But am still playing along at home and loving your posts! Thank you!

  3. Holly J says:

    Thanks so much for the fun challenge Lee! I love visiting your site and seeing your different looks! You have a lovely sense of style!

    I’ve taken on the 10 X 10 challenge as well and I’ve also challenged myself to dedicate this year (and the rest of my life, really) to slow, ethical fashion. It feels right. Blogs like yours make me realize I’m not alone in my pursuit…although in the community where I live and work, such concepts are entirely foreign and strange. The sense of community you and Caroline have built is really special.

    Anyway, just a quick note to say thanks!

    I’m no style expert…I’m working on a sense of style…but I’m blogging and musing and posting photos as I go. 😉

    Holly J
    http://closetmatters.blogspot.com/

    • Holly, It’s my pleasure! So glad to hear you’ve been enjoying it and thanks so much for the kind words. I really appreciate it!

      So excited to hear about your decision to shop responsibly for your closet. It will be entirely worth it once you get going, I promise! I know what you mean about the concept being foreign in most environments. Good for you for going against the norm! Keep up the great work and have fun! xo

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  5. Cameron says:

    We are in the process of moving and I will be doing a 10(ish) by three weeks while our things arrive. Seeing what you and Carolyn are doing with this 10×10 has made me feel so much more confident in my ability to dress fashionably for interviews, days around town, and interviews with an incredibly narrow selection. I’ve had a very minimal wardrobe (four seasons in Chicago with under 50 pieces including shoes and outerwear) for a few years now, but even so, doing that many days with just a suitcase has been a touch daunting.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • That’s so great to hear Cameron! I’m impressed with how lean you’ve managed to keep your closet in a city with 4 real seasons. That’s awesome! I’m sure you’ll be able to manage some fabulous looks for all those activities. Good luck at your interviews! xo

  6. Robyn says:

    I like the balance and proportions of a full top with a more narrow bottom or a narrow top with a fuller bottom. I have always dressed using this formula.

    • Hey Robyn, I totally agree with that general formula. For some reason I’m just not loving the oversize crop with the skinny jeans. If it was longer I’d be smitten! xo

  7. I was surprised to read that you didn’t like aspects of the look because I love how it all came together! While I’m still 100% in the skinny jean camp, I’m interested to see the future looks you put together with other jean silhouettes. 🙂 I bought myself a pair of crop flares late last year and hope I can come up with a few outfit combos once the weather warms up.

    • Thanks so much Kimi! It’s definitely grown on me, it’s just not a new all-time fave. Would love it with a longer version of the top though for sure. Just tried to be honest about my initial thoughts on it 😉 Oh I bet those crop flares looks fabulous on you! I can’t way to bust out my flares again this spring! xo

  8. Love the cuffed jeans with those boots, and I agree that tucking in the turtleneck might balance out the silhouette a little more. And/or wider pants. Still think it looks really cute and different with the skinnies!

    • Thanks Emily! I love taller ankle boots but it’s tough to know what to do with your pants sometimes! haha I’m definitely coming around to this look too 😉 xo

  9. Johanne says:

    Love it!
    I’m also thinking of giving skinny jeans a break! Seriously they just don’t feel as fun, stylish and classic as they once did.

    • Thanks Johanne! I’m so glad it’s not just me! With all the ‘vintage’ fits out there now, wearing tight jeans just seems off. I don’t plan on letting any of them go, I just want to explore some other options for a bit. Thanks for chiming in girl! xo

  10. Krystal says:

    I also really like this look! I feel like it is feminine -with an edge, and also modern. It’s the kind of outfit I would wear if I wasn’t so hip-py!

  11. Jodie says:

    This is one of my favorites so far. Love the colors, silhouette, and how great each piece fits on you.
    I am surprised you don’t like the look since to me it’s the same formula you did in your 3 looks post that I loved: oversize top, skinny jeans and booties.
    Have a good day, and stay warm up there! Xo!

    • Thanks Jodie! I really appreciate you saying that 🙂 It’s a similar formula to #3 for sure, but I think maybe it’s just that I’ve liked other outfits a lot more that’s making this one feel off. One thing about the 10×10 Challenge is that there is a lot of comparison between looks (at least for me). Hope you’re avoiding this icy drizzle in NY! xo