My Gamine Daily Uniform
Doing the Spring 10x10 Challenge gave me a rather intense focus on each outfit I wore. And that was deliberate so that I could figure out what worked and what didn't work, practice creating gamine outfits & try to create ten outfit formulas I loved, that I could wear during the warm seasons.
Though I didn't create the perfect ten, I did create several workable gamine outfit formulas, and while doing so, discovered two ideal gamine daily uniforms.
Gamine Elements for Each Outfit Formula & Daily Uniform
During the challenge, I discovered that my plus-sized spring capsule wardrobe & each gamine outfit formula needs to have a fitted base, vibrant color, fabric that holds its shape, color contrast and pattern or print mixing. They seem to be the most important gamine elements I need to incorporate for my plus size signature style.
The outfit formulas, themselves, are...
(1) Asymmetrical cardigan + fitted tee + leggings + scarf.
(2) Fitted, striped tee + floral neck scarf + leggings.
Do you have a daily uniform or two?
See you next time! Stay tuned for Wordless Wednesday & Friday's infographic on plus-sized gamine style elements.
Most Important Lesson from the Spring 10x10 Challenge
I think the most important thing I learned from the 10x10 challenge is that atypical color combinations can be almost magical in their power. They can transform a color that isn't exciting on its own just by pairing it with another vibrant color. The same is true with mixed patterns and prints.
They, too, can take an ordinary outfit and make it extraordinary.
Right now, I have a limited budget for re-making my wardrobe. I have to use the spring capsule wardrobe I have.
But my strength in overcoming my wardrobe's limitations is in splashy, vibrant, atypical color combinations and mixed patterns and prints.
See you next time!
Several weeks ago, my spring 10x10 challenge was officially over, but I decided to take the final week of April to re-do some of the outfit fails, to see if I could get them that much closer to perfect. There were two outfits, with olive as the main color, that just weren't quite right and today, we'll see if the redux managed to save one of them...
Spring 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: The Olive Redux
As a gamine, I look best when I am wearing a fitted base.
On top of that base, there can be a little flow, especially in the service of creating a combination of opposites, which is quintessentially gamine. But you have to be careful not to drown in too much fabric or be overwhelmed by too much flow.
In my first attempt at creating my daily uniform with my rust-colored duster, an olive top and olive leggings, I think I overdid the flowy look and feel of it. So, I tried a second attempt, hoping to create straighter lines, more gamine elements and less flow.
Did it work?
Well, I definitely like the second look better. And not just because I'm not wearing my slippers. ;)
I still think this particular combination may not work as well as I'd like. Still possibly a little too much fabric.
But I feel better in it. What do you think?
I may keep wearing it, from time to time, because I love the vibrant color combinations and other gamine elements. But it is not perfect, not by a long shot.
See you next time!
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