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Spring 10×10 Outfit 11

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Hi, friends! Have you tired of the Spring 10×10 Challenge yet, or is it just as exhilarating and exciting for you as it is for me?! I’m learning so much about my personal style and just how far 10 pieces can go! Can you believe we are on Look 11?!

Today I’m sharing a look I wore out on a dinner date with Allen this weekend to one of our favorite Sunday Happy Hour spots in Louisville. (P.S. – If you are ever in the area, you have to try it!)
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Now back to the challenge! I won’t lie to you, taking the past couple days off of the challenge felt so good. And I feel 0% bad about it. 🙂 Funny enough though, I did end up reaching for this top on more than one occasion this weekend (what?!), including to a meeting for a super exciting collaboration that’s in the works. Like, SUPER exciting guys!! Don’t worry, I should be able to tell you about in the next couple days! (Yay!) At any rate, you know that a top is a keeper if you continue reaching for it even after styling it several different ways over the past few weeks.
Spring 10x10 Challenge, Outfit 11 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Spring 10x10 Challenge, Outfit 11 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Spring 10x10 Challenge, Outfit 11 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Looking back over my favorite outfits of the challenge, I noticed that I was most proud of the ones that used multiple pieces and employed lots of layering (like this look!). So my challenge for at least a few of the final looks I share with you was to use and layer pieces in ways that forced me out of my comfort zone. And today’s look is a perfect example!

In past posts, I’ve talked a lot about how versatile a dress is. For instance, it can be worn as a dress, as a top, or as a skirt! But one piece in this challenge that surprised me in just how versatile it was is this lightweight sweater. Typically when I’m looking for a light layer, I go straight for my collection of colorful cardigans. (I have one, sometimes two, in every color of the rainbow.) But only having one cardigan in my 10 pieces for this challenge definitely forced me to think about other pieces I could use for layering–like this chambray button-up (as styled here and here) and this sweater!

In today’s look, I layered this sweater over a red tank for a bright pop of color. For styling, I tied the sweater up around my waist to let more of the bright red of the tank show, which was both a decision based in style and comfort. While a cold front did blow in last night, temperatures were still in the 60’s, so tying the sweater up gave the look a more breezy feel without making me too warm. It was the perfect way to balance out the temperatures while also showing off some color too!

Spring 10x10 Challenge, Outfit 11 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Spring 10x10 Challenge, Outfit 11 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

As for my tips and tricks on tying pieces up (like in this post here), I actually just use a tiny clear hair elastic so that I don’t have to worry about over stretching the material of the top or having it come out while I’m out and about. Easy, no? I like simple solutions like this that don’t require me to spend lots of time perfecting it. It’s time better spent getting work done at the office or out having fun with friends, right?

As for accessories, I played up on the red theme and added a fun red tassel crossbody bag. I also layered on my new favorite beaded necklaces that give the look a subtle tribal vibe, which I’m a huge fan of (especially after seeing The Lost City of Z a few weekends back). And this bracelet…no comment necessary right?! So cute! Love how it’s classic gold (read: goes with everything), but has a fun girly touch with the eyelashes. So fun!

I typically don’t wear my hair pulled back in posts on the blog, but it’s generally how I style my hair for date nights out. Simple and yet a little fancier than my usual frizzy do. Ha!

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And that’s my Day 11 look of the Spring 10×10 Challenge! What do you think?! Are you excited to see a couple more bonus looks in the challenge?

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What about you? Would you ever tie a sweater over a top like this?

You might also like…Tied Top for Summer and Crop Top Layering.

Photos by Allen Ream


Get the Look…

Top: J. Crew | Sweater: H&M (similar here, here, here) | Jeans: 7 for All Mankind | Shoes: Old Navy (similar here, here) | Purse: Gap (similar herehere, here) | Necklace: Madewell | Bracelet: Madewell

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