Summer 10x10 — Outfit 10

Pink gingham shirt outfit with linen blazer and white denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Linen blazer work outfit with pink gingham shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Linen blazer summer work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
White skinny jeans summer work outfit with linen blazer — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

It's the last day! Woohoo! I'm really excited to see the rest of my closet next week, but I'm also going to miss how easy it was to get dressed everyday. I should definitely think about planning my outfits ahead of time to cut down on crazy mornings... 

My boyfriend said that this outfit was his favorite out of all of them. I don't share the same sentiment, though, haha. I'm wearing my linen blazer/white skinny jeans "suit" that I wore in the first look (which is still my favorite), and I actually do like how the gingham shirt looks with it. I folded the wrists over the blazer so the pink gingham could peek out. Here I have the shirt tucked in, but it looks so sloppy in the photos! I swear I had it looking nice before we started shooting, haha. I ended up leaving the shirt untucked in real life (it's on my Insta stories right now!) for a more casual Friday vibe. I'm not crazy about the shoe choice, but I didn't know what else would have worked better other than my beige wedges (I decided those needed a break). What shoes would you have picked?

Another 10x10 down! I'll be back on Tuesday (hopefully) with a full recap of the challenge. :)

ITEM #10 — WHITE SKINNY JEANS

I know that those "10 items every women should have in her closet" lists are dumb because there's not one list of items that fits every person's personal style. That said, it seems like white denim in some form is a staple in pretty much everyone's wardrobe. White denim shorts and pants are definitely staples for me in the warmer months! These jeans from LOFT have been my most-reached for item in this challenge aside from my linen blazer, not surprisingly. LOFT brings them back every spring, and they are still available now (buy them when they're doing a promo!). I got them in a size 24 petite because they ran large for me and I wanted the shorter length. They stretch out a bit with wear but washing them shrinks them back (I don't tumble dry them). Of course, the white stains easily, but I haven't had any issues with set-in stains! Bonus: they're not crazy see-through! If these aren't your jam, I rounded up more white skinny jean options at different price points below.

1) Modern skinny jeans by LOFT ($70, on sale for $65) / Working front pockets and the least sheer of all the white jeans I tried on back in this post. Available in regular and petite sizes.

2) Modern fresh cut skinny jeans by LOFT ($70, on sale for $65) / Very similar style but with raw hems and a slightly cropped length. Reviews say they aren't see-through. Available in regular sizes.

3) Mid-rise stay white Rockstar skinny jeans by Old Navy ($44, on sale for $32) / Features coin pockets and stain-repellant technology. Cotton/polyester blend. Available in regular, tall, and petite sizes (regular sizes are available in short, regular, and long lengths). 

4) Nico ankle super skinny jeans by Hudson ($165, on sale for $99) / Mostly cotton with a bit of polyester. 30" inseam. Some reviews mention that they're slightly sheer and have fake front pockets. Available in most sizes.

5) 9-inch high-rise skinny jeans by Madewell ($125) / Mostly cotton with a bit of polyester. 28.5" inseam. 


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory blazer / exact (on sale!)
J.Crew Factory shirt / old; similar by J.Crew
LOFT jeans / exact (similar options above)
Earth flats c/o / exact (last seen here

Summer 10x10 — Outfit 9

Striped lace-up top outfit with green chino pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Army green chino pants work outfit with gold flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer work outfit with army green chino pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue striped lace-up top outfit with green chinos and gold flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Truly the best part of a 10x10 challenge (and shooting the looks ahead of time) in my opinion is the fact that I already know exactly what I'm going to wear for the week, so all I have to do in the morning is get dressed without needing to think too hard about it. That gives me time to hit the snooze button one more time because it only takes me a couple of minutes to get dressed!

I had another day of training today, which meant another very early morning. Today's look feels more casual than the others with just the lace-up top and chinos, and I think it's because I decided not to tuck the shirt at all. I kept it loose and comfortable and pushed up the sleeves to add even more of the casual vibe. :) I did end up bringing my linen blazer with me since the classroom tends to be on the chillier side, and it was well appreciated! 

Tomorrow is the final day—yay!

ITEM #9 — STRIPED LACE-UP TOP

I don't jump on every trend, but every once in a while there's a trend that I can't help but try for myself. I was immediately drawn to the lace-up top trend. They looked like a fun twist on basic tops—especially striped tops, of which you know I own a ton. ;) I just didn't like the tops that had those shoelace-like laces (why?!), so when I saw this top at LOFT last year I decided to give it a try (a few months earlier, Madewell had a very similar top that I tried on but it ended up being a bit too sheer for my taste). Not surprisingly, I fell in love and have worn it a bunch ever since! I ordered it in both an XS regular and XS petite and ended up keeping the XS petite because the regular fit way too oversized. The sleeves on the petite are a bit short on my long arms but I like how the body fits. The only downside is the fact that the tie is unravelling in one place. :( I wonder if a tailor could stitch it back up for me? I'd hate for it to fall apart! Still, I'm glad I gave the trend a try because I was pleasantly surprised. It's not too late to try the trend yourself, so I found a few more that have a similar style below!

1) Multicolor rayon stripe Mandarin collar stripe lace-up shirt by Mod-o-doc ($84) / Very similar style with banded collar, lace-up front, and elastic cuffs. Rayon. Available in light blue/grey stripes.

2) Signature lace-up seersucker shirt by L.L.Bean ($89) / Similar style but with 3/4-length sleeves. Cotton/polyester blend. Available in blue/neon orange stripes in most sizes.

3) Stripe lace-up shirt by Joe Fresh ($29, on sale for $20) / Similar style with roll tabs on the sleeves and a high-low hem. Cotton. Available in white with grey stripes or light pink with light grey/red stripes.

4) Striped lace-up top by Old Navy ($30) / Features fluttery short sleeves and a relaxed fit through the body. Rayon. Available in blue/white stripes.

5) Striped lace-up bell-sleeve hi-low top by Westbound ($50, on sale for $29) / Similar style with banded collar but with 3/4-length bell sleeves and high-low hem. Cotton. Available in light blue and white stripes or light khaki and white stripes.


OUTFIT DETAILS

LOFT top / old; similar options above
J.Crew pants / old; similar by Old Navy
J.Crew flats / old; similar by Sam Edelman (last seen here)
Madewell earrings / similar

Summer 10x10 — Outfit 8

Summer work outfit with pink gingham shirt and linen pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Pink gingham shirt outfit with cotton-linen pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Pink gingham shirt work outfit for summer — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Pink gingham shirt summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Whew, day eight! I'm ready to wrap up this challenge in a couple of days!

Today's look may very well be my least favorite of the bunch... I knew I was going to wear this shirt with these pants, but I wasn't sure how to finish the look. In haste, I decided to wear a black belt and black shoes instead of the lighter options I wore in my previous looks. Lesson learned; I should have just stuck with my gut! Ah well. The other thing I'm not a fan of is how the shirt looks half-tucked in these pants. I think the rise on the pants is too low because the shirt drapes over my hips and accentuates them...and that's not a part I like to accentuate. ;) I tried tucking it completely, but that looked weird too. Lol.

Here's to (hopefully) finishing strong! 

ITEM #8 — PINK GINGHAM SHIRT

Today's spotlight is all about the pink gingham shirt. I picked this beauty up from J.Crew Factory a few years ago and surprise myself by how much I still reach for it. Gingham is a classic pattern, and I love that the blush pink is different without being too trendy. ("Millennial pink" was cool even before it had that name, lol.) Plus, pink goes with so much; you've already seen it multiple times with army green, here I'm showing it with the blue-grey pants, and it would obviously go well with denim, white/ivory, black...the list goes on! I have this shirt in my usual XS, which fits well. The shirt has darts so it doesn't fit boxy. As much as I love boxy tops, it's nice to have a shirt that is more fitted for once! Since this shirt isn't currently available (they seem to bring it back every spring, but it's sold out now), below are a few more very similar options. :)

1) Boy gingham crinkled-cotton shirt by J.Crew ($60) / This version sold by NET-A-PORTER may very well be the retail version of my shirt—that's how similar it is! Cotton/elastane. Slightly sheer.

2) Gingham stretch cotton poplin shirt by Brooks Brothers ($58) / Similar style. Available in a light pink gingham or other colorways.

3) Roll-tab print shirt by Charter Club ($60, on sale for $30) / Similar style with roll-tabs on the sleeves. Available in a salmon pink gingham or other colorways/prints.

4) Gingham sleeveless shirt by Foxcroft ($69) / Gingham tailored sleeveless shirt with split neck and Mandarin collar. Available in a pink or black gingham in regular and petite sizes.

5) Boy shirt in crinkle gingham by J.Crew ($60) / Exact style as the first shirt but in more colors (pink not available).


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory shirt / old; similar options above
LOFT pants / old; similar by Caslon
Madewell belt / old; similar by H&M
Vince Camuto loafers / old; similar from Zappos
Kate Spade earrings / old; similar