July Style Sudoku

July 2019 style sudoku — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

After taking a break from style challenges for a year, I’m back at it again and have challenged myself to do a style sudoku in each season this year. I put together my winter version in January, my spring version in April, and now I’m back with my summer version! Style sudokus are my favorite type of wardrobe remixes. They’re fun for me to put together (I’m a huge sudoku nerd) and also fun to wear. I usually end up with a new favorite outfit combination…and I also usually discover a combination that I don’t like so much, but it’s all part of the fun of it. The goal is to play around with what’s already in my closet (and try to curb unnecessary spending).

A style (or wardrobe) sudoku is exactly what it sounds like if you’re familiar with sudoku the puzzle. Basically, you choose four tops, four bottoms, four pairs of shoes, and four other items (accessories, jewelry, outerwear, etc.) and arrange them in a 4x4 grid so each row, column, and corner makes a complete outfit. (You can also make outfits out of the diagonals and the inner “squares” of the two middle rows if you’re so inclined!) In my past style sudoku challenges, I shared the diagonal outfits, too, even though diagonals aren’t technically included in a real sudoku. This gives me 14 outfits total.

Light summer palette with denim, cotton, linen, knits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

To the surprise of no one, this sudoku is heavy on the lighter colors, since it’s summer and all. ;) I did keep navy around as a base in addition to tan/beige and added in accents of white, light wash denim, and surplus green. Most of the items are solid colors but I did include two striped items—a blouse and a skirt. I included two items from my spring sudoku; can you tell which ones they are?

Because I will be working for 10 of the 14 days, I specifically picked bottoms that I could wear to work: a striped midi skirt, straight leg crop pants, and boyfriend jeans. I’ll save the shorts outfits for the hot weekend days. I tried to pick the lightest fabrics I could—lots of linen and cotton—and I also selected three pairs of sandals. When picking specific items, I asked myself what I would typically reach for, so mostly everything is something I wear over and over again (though there are a few new items). It was most difficult deciding what “accessories” to select since layering is not something I enjoy doing in the summer, but luckily my office is cool enough that a blazer and light cardigan will get use. I try not to select jewelry because it feels like the easy way out, but I let myself do it here because it’s summer and I don’t really feel like accessorizing most days!

As I did back in April and January, I’ll be breaking down what I wear into three different blog posts over the next two weeks and detail what I did on each day, how the outfit worked for those activities, and the weather. As of right now, we don’t have precipitation in the forecast. Yippee! However, I will be traveling for work for the second half of my sudoku, so hopefully everything I picked will work out for that trip (and hopefully we won’t see crazy weather!).

Below the sudoku, you can find the details of all 16 items. I’ll be sharing a daily photo of my outfit over on Instagram stories (check out my “Style Sudoku” highlight) and then posting them here after a few days have passed.

July Style Sudoku: 16 items, 14+ outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

FIRST ROW

Everlane linen scoopneck tee / exact style or similar by Treasure & Bond

ModCloth high-rise button fly denim shorts / exact

Earthies ‘Morolo’ wedge sandals / no longer available; similar by Earth

ABLE hammered circle earrings / exact

SECOND ROW

Old Navy floppy straw sun hat / exact

Everlane day crossover sandals / exact

Everlane modern boyfriend jeans / no longer available; similar by Old Navy

Everlane air ruched blouse / exact

THIRD ROW

J.Crew Factory striped cotton-linen midi skirt / exact

Grana pima cotton v-neck tee / exact style or similar by Target

J.Crew Factory linen blazer / no longer available; similar by J.Crew

Earth ‘Bellwether’ flats / exact style (limited sizes) or similar by Frye

FOURTH ROW

Salt Water sandals / exact from Zappos

American Eagle knit open front cardigan / no longer available; similar by Express

Madewell sleeveless chambray shirt / no longer available; similar by Velvet Heart

Everlane straight leg crops / exact

April Style Sudoku Recap

April Style Sudoku: 16 items, 14+ outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This style sudoku ended almost as quickly as it started! I did very little planning before the start of the sudoku on April 7th. I felt like it snuck up on me! But I it all worked out in the end. I wrapped it up last Saturday the 20th, so now it’s time for the recap. For two weeks, I wore one of 14 outfits put together with the 16 items in my sudoku above, in which every row, column, and corner is an outfit (plus the diagonals…and a couple of other places if you're feeling ambitious). If you’ve been reading since at least January, you know I love putting together style sudokus because they're an excellent opportunity for me to stretch my closet, try new combinations, and remind me how much I already own (and love!). I did not do a shopping freeze during April, but I did try to be more mindful of my clothing purchases.

After putting together a darker color palette for my January style sudoku, I was excited to bust out the lighter colors for spring. I mixed the lighter colors with dark navy and burgundy. I included two patterned items (both with blue stripes, ha) and lots of texture with a cashmere sweater, velvet flats, cotton-linen sweater, and glossy Hunter boots. I included two items that were also in my January style sudoku: the dark wash skinny jeans and the glossy Hunter boots—the latter because it rained!

For this sudoku, I only chose denim as my bottoms because that’s what I wear 4-5 days a week at least! It’s easy and comfortable. I felt most like me in the outfits featuring my green utility jacket, but I was also surprised to love the diagonal outfit featuring the tonal sweater blazer and cotton-linen sweater. I have been struggling to style the camel sweater blazer but enjoyed layering it with the items in this sudoku. I also included the navy blazer and striped button-down shirt since I also hadn’t worn those recently and wanted a bit of a challenge. Good news: I still enjoy all of these items!

I’ll be back to do this again in the summer and the one more time in the fall! It’s crazy to think I’m halfway done with my style sudokus for the year. ;)

Below you’ll find all of my outfits and where they landed on the sudoku, a widget at the end where you can shop the exact or similar items I wore, and a blank sudoku so you can make your own! Head on over to the original posts for more photos and details: outfits 1-5, outfits 6-10, and outfits 11-14. (Or you can directly click on the outfit photo you’re interested in below!)


ROWS

April Style Sudoku: 4 row outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

COLUMNS

April Style Sudoku: 4 column outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

CORNERS

April Style Sudoku: 4 corner outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

DIAGONALS

April Style Sudoku: 2 diagonal outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

SHOP MY STYLE SUDOKU


MAKE YOUR OWN STYLE SUDOKU

Make your own style sudoku — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

April Style Sudoku

April 2019 style sudoku — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This year, I’m challenging myself to do a style sudoku in each season. I put together my winter version in January, and now I’m back with my spring version! Style sudokus are probably my favorite type of wardrobe remixes. They’re fun for me to put together (as I am a huge sudoku nerd) and also fun to wear. I usually end up with a new favorite outfit combination…and I also usually discover a combination that I don’t like so much, but it’s all part of the fun of it. The goal is to play around with what’s already in my closet!

A style (or wardrobe) sudoku is exactly what it sounds like if you’re familiar with sudoku the puzzle. Basically, you choose four tops, four bottoms, four pairs of shoes, and four other items (accessories, jewelry, outerwear, etc.) and arrange them in a 4x4 grid so each row, column, and corner makes a complete outfit. (You can also make outfits out of the diagonals and the inner “squares” of the two middle rows if you’re so inclined!) In my past style sudoku challenges, I shared the diagonal outfits, too, even though diagonals aren’t technically included in a real sudoku. This gives me 14 outfits total.

Striped shirts, light sweaters, blazers for spring — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This sudoku kind of snuck up on me, so even though I had a few items in mind, it was mostly thrown together this past weekend. Let’s see how that goes! ;) My color palette is slightly lighter than it was in the winter. I kept navy and blue denim as my base, then added in camel and cognac as accents along with creamy whites. The pink, burgundy, and army green give it some more color for spring. I included two patterned tops this time (and both are striped—big surprise, haha!).

My full sudoku is shown below; do you notice any repeats from winter? I tried to select mostly items that I hadn’t worn in January, but I did end up choosing my dark wash skinny jeans again because they’re a staple. I also included my Hunter boots again because, well, it’s gonna rain. Again. I selected a few items I haven’t worn in a while (navy blazer, striped shirt, burgundy hat, green jacket), an item I struggle to style (camel sweater blazer), and a new item (cotton-linen sweater). I unintentionally chose a hat as one of my four “accessories” again. My other “accessories” are a sweater blazer, a regular blazer, and the light jacket.

As I did back in January, I’ll be breaking down what I wear into three different blog posts over the next two weeks and detail what I did on each day, how the outfit worked for those activities, and the weather. And, like January, we have precipitation in the forecast… However, I included my boots in only three outfits this time, which may end up being a poor decision because it looks like we could get rain for quite a few days. Eep! I’m really hoping it all works out like it did in the winter. Fingers crossed!

Below the sudoku, you can find the details of all 16 items. I’ll be sharing a daily photo of my outfit over on Instagram stories (check out my “Style Sudoku” highlight) and then posting them here after a few days have passed.

April Style Sudoku: 16 items, 14+ outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

FIRST ROW

Elizabeth & Clarke ‘The Laurent’ unstainable shirt / exact

Madewell high-rise skinny jeans: tulip hem edition / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Hunter original gloss chelsea boots / exact

J.Crew ‘Sophie’ open-front sweater blazer / exact

SECOND ROW

J.Crew ‘Schoolboy’ blazer / no longer available; similar from Nordstrom Rack

Madewell ‘Billie’ ankle boots / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Madewell high-rise skinny jeans / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Gap striped tee / no longer available; similar by Gap

THIRD ROW

Everlane kick crop jeans / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Banana Republic

Everlane cotton-linen crew sweater / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Everlane

Leith floppy hat / no longer available; similar from Macy’s

Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ velvet flats / exact from SSENSE

FOURTH ROW

Earth ‘Bellwether’ flats / no longer available; similar by Frye

Madewell ‘Outbound’ jacket / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Everlane cashmere crew sweater / exact style

Everlane modern boyfriend jeans / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Everlane