July Style Sudoku: Outfits 6–10

After today, there are only three more days of my style sudoku! Last Friday, I shared my first five outfits, and now I’m back with my second batch of outfits. As always, you can keep up in real time by checking out my Instagram stories (and I will eventually save them all to my Style Sudoku highlight).


OUTFIT 6 • Friday, July 12th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 6 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Friday was HOT, so I broke out another skirt outfit. The tee is linen, and the skirt is a linen blend. I expected there to be heat at some point during these two weeks, so that’s why I picked multiple linen items for my sudoku! I have to be honest… It was a little weird wearing my hat inside my office, lol. I kept it on when I was at my desk but took it off when I was walking around. It’s definitely more suited for the outdoors. ;) Korri and I ended up going out to lunch, and I had my hat on but it was a little difficult to eat pho with a big hat getting in the way!

Weather: 99°F (37°C), dry with a shower in the evening

OUTFIT DETAILS

Old Navy hat / exact
Everlane tee / exact style or similar by Treasure & Bond (review here)
J.Crew Factory skirt / exact
Salt Water sandals / exact from Zappos
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 7 • Saturday, July 13th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 7 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Saturday started with a bike ride with my brother and his girlfriend to the farmer’s market. I didn’t wear this outfit because it would not have been comfortable for the ride, and I’m so glad I didn’t wear it because I sweat buckets. It was disgusting! I showered once we got back home and changed into this outfit to go out for happy hour. Since it was so hot, I ended up not wearing the cardigan out and just had it on at home (I’m the person that wears shorts and then curls up in a blanket on the couch because I’m cold, haha).

Weather: 98°F (37°C), dry with a shower in the evening

OUTFIT DETAILS

American Eagle cardigan / old; similar by Express
Grana tee / exact style or similar by Target
ModCloth shorts / exact
Everlane sandals / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 8 • Sunday, July 14th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 8 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Korri and I went out to brunch late on Sunday morning, and it was poised to be another warm day (story of our lives in July!). I kept cool with my linen tee and shorts. My wedge sandals dress this look up a little bit as far as Boise standards go. ;) I didn’t do much of anything else until heading out to the grocery store later in the evening. A gust front from a distant thunderstorm blew through and kicked up dust right as I was leaving the store, so it was fun trying to stay upright and keep dust out of my eyes while walking to the car carrying all the groceries. Haha! I was glad I didn’t wear my hat outfit!

Weather: 94°F (34°C), dry with gusty winds in the evening

OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane tee / exact style or similar by Treasure & Bond (review here)
ModCloth shorts / exact
Earthies sandals c/o / old; similar (last seen here)
ABLE earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 9 • Monday, July 15th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 9 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I was supposed to be on a week-long work trip starting today, but it was cancelled at the last minute. That probably worked out better as far as doing my sudoku goes! I’ve worn this blazer and shirt combination before so I knew it would work well here, even if the chambray shirt is a little warm for 90-degree heat. I like how this outfit isn’t matchy-matchy in the slightest: all the colors go together, but none of them are exactly the same, and it keeps things interesting. I realized that I’m not a huge fan of wearing long tops with these pants because I feel like my legs look shorter than usual…

Weather: 91°F (33°C), dry with some wind in the evening

OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory blazer / old; similar by J.Crew
Madewell shirt / similar by Velvet Heart
Everlane pants c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Earth flats c/o / exact style (limited sizes) or similar by Frye (last seen here)
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 10 • Tuesday, July 16th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 10 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I really like tucking this blouse into my boyfriend jeans, but it did not look this good in real life. Ha! The blouse didn’t stay tucked in the back for some reason, so I left it as a half-tuck. It’s a pain to get it just right, and using the restroom during the day didn’t help matters any. Wah-wah. I love pairing these jeans with these sandals, though. I wore this outfit with the hat (which I actually kept on for most of the day and got multiple comments on from coworkers…) because I got a massage and my hair always looks pretty gross after getting a head massage.

Weather: High of 86°F (30°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

Old Navy hat / exact
Everlane
blouse c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Everlane jeans / similar by Old Navy
Everlane sandals / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

July Style Sudoku: Outfits 1–5

I’m nearly a week into my July style sudoku! The first few days always seem to go by so fast. As I did with my two previous style sudokus, I’m grouping the outfits into three posts starting with the first five outfits. Below, you’ll find all the details on what I wore on each day, the weather for that day, and my thoughts on each outfit and how well it worked for me.


OUTFIT 1 • Sunday, July 7th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 1 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Day one! I spent most of the day finalizing my style sudoku and doing other house things and didn’t leave the house until later. We headed over to my dad’s house for dinner and activities (dominos!) before swinging by the grocery store. Even though it was a warm day, we split our time between my parents’ backyard, which cools off quite a bit in the evening, and inside the air conditioning, so jeans were perfectly comfortable. I wanted to save my shorts outfits for future weekend days because those looked to be much hotter!

This outfit is not particularly groundbreaking and is probably not one I would blog on its own, but it is something I would throw on on any given day. Can’t ever go wrong with a plain white tee and comfy boyfriend jeans.

Weather: High of 86°F (30°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

Grana tee / exact style or similar by Target
Everlane jeans / similar by Old Navy
Salt Water sandals / exact from Zappos
ABLE earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 2 • Monday, July 8th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 2 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

There was a surprise on my commute to work: rain! That was definitely not in the forecast. ;) Luckily it wasn’t a heavy rain, and it had passed my office by the time I got there, so I didn’t ruin my pretty new Everlane sandals.

Speaking of, I know everyone and their mom has these crossover sandals…and I didn’t want to want them, but I was super curious after reading the rave reviews. I’ll add another rave review: the leather upper is so supple, and I love wearing these sandals. Yes, the sole is flat and not supportive, and because of that I wouldn’t wear these to walk long distances, but they’re amazing for short stints. I had to order a half size up after the order of my true size was cancelled, but they actually fit pretty well! I wish the leather was slightly snugger over my feet, but otherwise they’re great. Love them. I want to wear them everyday!

This monochrome green outfit is one of my “craziest” outfits of the style sudoku. Both the tee and the pants are also Everlane, so the greens go together pretty well. The blazer adds some contrast, and I’m a fan of the overall color scheme. It’s summery without being obviously summery, if that makes sense.

Weather: High of 85°F (29°C), sprinkles in the morning

OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory blazer / old; similar by J.Crew
Everlane tee / exact style or similar by Treasure & Bond (review here)
Everlane pants c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Everlane sandals / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 3 • Tuesday, July 9th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 3 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

After work, I had plans to head to happy hour with my family so I picked an outfit that could easily go from desk to, well, happy hour! I think this is my favorite outfit of the sudoku so far. I love the floaty top tucked into the boyfriend jeans, and the sandals take this look from being casual to being just dressed up enough to be worn to a nice restaurant!

Weather: High of 88°F (31°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane blouse c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Everlane jeans / similar by Old Navy
Earthies sandals c/o / old; similar (last seen here)
ABLE earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 4 • Wednesday, July 10th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 4 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Hot and dry is the name of the summer game here in Boise, ha. I decided this day would be a good day to pull out the cotton-linen skirt. I had three skirt outfit options to choose from and chose this one for the sandals and light cardigan. I didn’t really need the cardigan; our office A/C wasn’t running on overdrive for once, and I probably would have been fine without it. That said, I love feeling cozy and didn’t mind having it on inside. It definitely came off as soon as I stepped foot outside, though. Whew!

I stopped by my dad’s house later in the evening to hang out and bid farewell to my brother, who was preparing to leave for his third year of college. (Where does the time go?) The cardigan definitely came in handy for lounging around and snacking while they packed up the trailer.

Weather: High of 95°F (35°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

American Eagle cardigan / old; similar by Express
Grana tee / exact style or similar by Target
J.Crew Factory skirt / exact
Salt Water sandals / exact from Zappos
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 5 • Thursday, July 11th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 5 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

To avoid wearing my skirt to work for a second day in a row, I went with another outfit with the airy blouse. I was inside all day but I definitely would have opted for a skirt or shorts if I was going to be outside for long since it was another hot day! When I picked this blouse and these pants as part of my collaboration with Everlane, I thought they would make the perfect outfit…and I still agree with that assessment. I love a good billowy blouse tucked into a high-rise. :)

Weather: High of 96°F (36°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane blouse c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Everlane pants c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Earth flats c/o / exact style (limited sizes) or similar by Frye (last seen here)
ABLE earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

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