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.