Today marks day four of my 10x10 and I'm still feeling pretty good about things. I'm wearing one new item in today's look: my sleeveless chambray shirt. I hesitated on whether or not to include it in this challenge because it reads more casual and I wasn't sure if I'd feel okay wearing it to work. But, I think the blazer dresses it up quite nicely! (I feel like I look like Ellen Degeneres a bit...) I've got a group meeting on tap for today and we'll see what else is in store. Either way, I'll be ready for it!
With the solid colored blazer, shirt, and pants, this outfit looks very colorblocked. Sometimes I'm into that and sometimes I'm not (I'd usually opt for a patterned top to break up the colorblocking, for instance). Here, I don't mind it so much. The colors are light enough that it's not overwhelming. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the shirt and blazer together, especially since the shirt is longer than the blazer, but I actually kind of like how the shirt peeks out below the blazer. The only downside (to me) is that the longer tops make my legs look short, but that's a minor detail. At least I won't have to worry when I sit down or bend over! I picked these sandals to finish the look because they go with everything without being too matchy-matchy.
ITEM #4 — TAN LINEN BLAZER
As soon as it looked like I was going to get a job offer, I placed an order at J.Crew Factory for this linen blazer (at the time, it was 50% off and shipping was free). It was very much an impulse purchase. I looked at the blazer a few days before ordering it, and the second time I looked at it was when I pulled the trigger. Normally I'd think about it for longer, but I knew that I'd get plenty of wear out of it, and I don't regret that decision one bit! My first blazer purchase was the navy original Schoolboy by J.Crew (last seen in this post), which I ordered in my regular size 0, so I ordered this blazer in the same size. I did not order the petite size because I wanted the sleeve length of the regular; I don't think the body length is too long, though, so that's a bonus. It fits maybe a touch tighter in the shoulders than my J.Crew blazer but definitely not enough to warrant spending the money to return it. Other reviews were mixed on the sizing which didn't help when it came to ordering and why I ended up with my usual size. It does wrinkle easily because it's linen but I'm learning to get used to it. All-in-all, it was a worthy addition to my wardrobe and one I hope to wear for many springs and summers to come. I rounded up a few similar options below if you want your own!
1) Schoolboy blazer by J.Crew Factory ($138, on sale for $100) / Runs true to size to slightly small. Also available in white. Petite sizes appear to be sold out.
2) Campbell blazer by J.Crew ($168, on sale for $85) / Similar style. Linen. Single button closure. Available in flax in limited sizes or in white (white available in limited sizes in tall and petite).
3) Textured Newbury blazer by Ann Taylor ($159, on sale for $120) / Similar style. Linen/cotton blend. Single button closure. 3/4-length sleeves. Available in light tan or black in regular sizes (black available in limited petite sizes; light tan available in limited tall sizes).
4) Jersey jacket by H&M ($35) / Similar style and color. Lined. Polyester blend. Also available in black.
5) Tailored blazer by Vero Moda ($68, on sale for $42) / Similar style in a more relaxed fit. Textured woven fabric. Polyester blend. Single button closure. Available in limited sizes.