Summer 10x10 — Outfit 2

Work outfit with pink gingham shirt and green chinos — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Pink gingham shirt outfit with army green chino pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Smart casual summer work outfit with pink gingham shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer outfit with pink gingham shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Today's outfit is a simple one. It's actually very similar to this outfit I wore during last year's spring style sudoku (I mean, I'm wearing the same shirt!). This outfit is also the work-appropriate version of this outfit I wore at the end of spring. The length of this relaxed, soft gingham shirt lends itself well to half-tucking, so it's no wonder I share that look again here. And don't be surprised if it comes up again at some other point in the 10x10. ;)

Blush pink and army green is a favorite color combination of mine (as shown here and previously worn here). I kept the color palette warm with the addition of the matching cognac belt and sandals. Even though I have to wear pants (or long skirts/dresses) now, I'll still be wearing sandals as long as the weather cooperates. It's summer so I may as well wear them as much as possible! Today I have a whole lot of working at my desk on tap but I plan to make a stop at a local community meeting later in the evening so this outfit will take me through the whole day with ease.

ITEM #2 — ARMY GREEN CHINO PANTS

Even though I wrote a lot about the gingham shirt, today is all about the army green chino pants I picked up from J.Crew a few years ago. I practically stole these pants—they were so cheap! I fell in love with the color (can't resist a good army green) but I'm not going to lie, the fit and style of these pants aren't my favorite, and I kind of always have my eye on a replacement. I wish they had a higher rise and a slightly skinnier leg (and maybe not the slanted and bunchy front pockets), but they're great for now. I've been wearing them a ton since starting my job, so that's good! They're easy to wear because they go with everything yet add a bit of zest to any outfit and that's why I keep reaching for them. Below are a few more great green chino options if you're looking for a pair yourself!

1) Zip ankle stretch skinny cargo pants by J.Crew ($98) / Stretch twill cargo pants with ankle zippers. Available in a more saturated army green or a dark indigo.

2) Mid-rise 'Pixie' chinos by Old Navy ($35, on sale for $29) / Very similar style. Cotton/spandex blend. Available in a light army green and other colorways.

3) Cropped skinny chinos by LOFT ($60, on sale for $50) / Similar style with cropped length. Cotton/ spandex blend. Available in an army green and other colorways and in regular/tall/petite sizes.

4) The Weekend Chino by Talbots ($80, on sale for $70) / Similar style with relaxed fit and rolled cuffs. Cotton/spandex blend. Available in a light sage green and other colorways in regular/petite/plus sizes. 

5) Girlfriend utility chinos by Gap ($50, on sale for $40) / Similar style with relaxed fit and cropped length. Cotton/spandex blend. Available in a bright(er) green and other colorways in limited sizes.


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory shirt / old; similar by J.Crew
J.Crew pants / old; similar options above
J.Crew belt / old; similar by Old Navy
Madewell sandals / old; similar
Madewell earrings / similar

Summer 10x10 — Outfit 1

Work outfit with linen blazer and white denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Linen blazer outfit for work — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer work outfit with linen blazer, white denim, gold flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
White denim outfit with linen blazer and gold flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Ready or not, it's 10x10 time! I'm kicking things off by repeating the exact outfit I wore for my first day of work three weeks ago. It inspired the overall "look"/color palette I was going for in this challenge.

I didn't know exactly what to expect regarding our dress code, so I put together a look that was comfortable yet more on the professional side with the addition of my linen blazer. I love how the light blazer and white denim give off a pantsuit effect. ;) The tropical-print shirt adds some much-needed color and pattern, and of course I had to wear my metallic gold flats to really let my personality shine! Overall this look is comfortable enough to sit at my desk all day but put-together just in case I have any meetings on the agenda. Bonus: I can remove my blazer when I head home so I don't roast in the car! (It may feel like fall inside but it's definitely still summer outside!)

As I write this on Sunday night, I realized it might be weird to share my feelings on these outfits before I actually wear them since I'll be wearing each outfit the day the post on it goes live. (In the case of this outfit, I have already worn it so it's not so weird.) Because of this, my posts may go up later than usual so I can add a bit more about what worked/what didn't after the workday is done.

As I did during my winter 10x10 challenge, each day I'll be spotlighting one of the ten items included in my look!

ITEM #1 — TROPICAL-PRINT SILK SHIRT

I purchased this silk shirt from Amour Vert (my favorite retailer for ethically and sustainably made clothing) and have had it for just over one year now and still adore the print. It seems like there's always one new print at Amour Vert that I'm drawn to (the first one was this dark floral skirt that I still wear over two years later). I love the swingy and slightly cropped shape of this shirt; it doesn't bunch at my hips! I also found that the white base isn't as sheer as I thought it would be. The fact that it's sleeveless means it's great to wear in the warm months on its own or layered under cardigans and blazers in the cooler months (or in cool offices). For reference, I have it in size XS (my typical size at retailers such as J.Crew and Madewell). It fits well with the right bra so the buttons don't pull. I've yet to wash it, but I plan to dry clean it because I don't want a water bath to ruin the print! I would definitely order multiples of this style. It's a good one! Find it and more similar tropical-print top options below...

1) 'Riley' silk sleeveless shirt by Amour Vert ($138) / Exact style as my shirt. Available in a similar green palm print or four other prints.

2) Chiffon blouse by CeCe ($25) / Similar style with high-low hem. 100% polyester. Bright floral print.

3) Dahlia woven tank top by Bobeau ($40) / Similar style with ruffled collar and tie detail. 100% polyester. Pink and beige tropical pattern.

4) Tropical high-low tank top by Vince Camuto ($80, on sale for $62) / Similar style with high-low hem and pleated back. White base with graphic green palms and pink flowers.

5) Scoopneck linen Sunday tee by Ann Taylor ($40, on sale for $14) / 100% linen tee featuring palms and exotic animals.


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory blazer / exact (on sale!)
Amour Vert shirt / old; exact style (similar options above; last seen here)
LOFT jeans / exact
J.Crew flats / old; similar by Sam Edelman (last seen here)

Summer 10x10

The time has finally come for my summer 10x10 challenge! Last month, Lee of Style Bee and Caroline of Unfancy hosted a summer 10x10, but I decided to delay mine until this month due to my trip to Florida. If you've been around a while, you probably remember that I did a winter 10x10 challenge back in January. It didn't go quite as I had planned, but that's the fun of this, right? ;) I have a feeling this round won't be very exciting, though...

A 10x10 is exactly how it sounds: you pick ten items to style into ten outfits and wear them over ten days. Typically, everything you wear is included in the ten items except for accessories and jewelry. This would include tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes. Well, after failing at the shoe portion of my winter 10x10, I decided to not include shoes this time around. Instead, I added some more layering options. Also, because I'm at work the majority of the time now, I've decided to do this with work-appropriate looks! 

For this challenge, I picked two sleeveless shirts, one long-sleeved top, one long-sleeved shirt, a light cardigan, a denim vest, a blazer, a pair of jeans, and two pairs of pants. I would have really liked to include a skirt instead of a third pair of pants, but I'm still waiting for the one I ordered from Amour Vert to ship. If it shows up, I may end up swapping it in at some point because otherwise you're going to be seeing the exact same outfit formula ten times!

Summer 10x10: 10 pieces, 10 outfits, 10 days — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

MY TEN PIECES

1. Tropical print silk shirt by Amour Vert / This adds a fun, summery pattern with some much-needed color, but the base is white so it's easily able to mix-and-match. / Shop similar pattern/exact style, similar by Ann Taylorsimilar from Nordstrom Rack, similar by Bobeau, similar by Vince Camuto

2. Sleeveless chambray shirt by Madewell / Chambray is a summer staple for me, and I love this sleeveless option to wear with layers. / Shop: similar by Who What Wear, similar by Mavi Jeans, similar by Bobeau, similar from Saks Off 5th, similar by Buckle

3. Striped lace-up top by LOFT / Because stripes, of course. I also like how it's light and airy to keep me cool in the heat and the lace-up front is a fun detail. / Shop: similar by Forever 21, similar by Joe Fresh, similar by Splendid, similar from Zappos, similar from L.L.Bean

4. Pink gingham shirt by J.Crew Factory / This shirt adds even more pattern and color plus it has long sleeves to keep me comfortable in my chilly office. / Shop: similar by Brooks Brotherssimilar from Macy's, similar by J.Crew, similar by Polo Ralph Lauren, similar by Talbots

5. Denim vest by Madewell / A denim vest is the quintessential summer layering piece. / Shop: exact, similar from Nordstrom Rack, similar by Forever 21, similar from Shopbop, similar by J.Crew Factory

6. Grey lightweight cardigan by Madewell / I don't have much in the way of light layers and this is one that needs to be worn more often. / Shop: similar by Old Navy, similar from Sierra Trading Post, similar by H&M, similar from Nordstrom Rack, similar by Pendleton

7. Tan linen blazer by J.Crew Factory / This neutral blazer is one of the newest additions to my wardrobe so it's time to put it to the test. / Shop: exact, similar by J.Crew, similar by Ann Taylor, similar from ASOS, similar by H&M

8. Blue-grey linen pants by LOFT / If you can't wear shorts, loose linen pants in the dead of summer are basically lifesavers. / Shop: similar by Caslonsimilar by Mango, similar by Old Navy, similar from Macy's, similar from Nordstrom

9. Army green chino pants by J.Crew / The green adds a bit more color to my primarily white and blue palette and they go with basically everything. / Shop: similarsimilar by Old Navy, similar by LOFT, similar by Gap, similar by Talbots

10. White skinny jeans by LOFT / White denim lightens up the bottom half of my outfit while still being as easy to wear as blue denim. / Shop: exact, similar, similar by Old Navy, similar by Hudson, similar by Madewell

Summer 10x10: 10 pieces - 10 outfits - 10 days — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Songmics Bamboo Garment Rack

I apologize in advance for how predictable my outfits are going to be! Hopefully I can spice them up with the right shoes and accessories! It'll be nice to not be constrained by my shoe options (though because it's summer I don't have to worry about a couple feet of snow ruining my grand plans like I did during my winter 10x10, haha). ;)

As of now, the only item I'm kind of worried about is the denim vest. It's harder to incorporate into outfits that feel like me than I thought it would be. I wanted to challenge myself by including it so hopefully I don't regret that decision. Guess we'll see at the end!

Usually a wardrobe challenge like this corresponds with a shopping ban, but you already know that I'm adding new things to my wardrobe this month... I'd like to do another shopping ban, but that won't happen this month or probably anytime soon. I'm hoping it'll just sort of happen organically (maybe someday I just won't feel like shopping?) and then I won't have to force it upon myself. I think I need to slow down so I don't go overboard with the new "work appropriate" additions, though. Ha.

I'm planning to shoot the outfits in advance and then wear/blog them during the weekdays for the next two weeks. I also want to record them on Insta stories (hopefully I remember), so follow along if you want to see them in action each day!