It’s that time!
Paige (of Style This Life) and I are kicking off our 10×10 summer closet challenge! We are taking ten items from our closets and creating ten unique looks. Honestly, it’s not as hard as it sounds. We did it in the spring, and it was an awesome experience. I was surprised at how many outfits I came up with, but what really surprised me was how much I liked my outfits. They felt so ‘me.’ And they were outfits I never would have put together looking at my full closet. Sometimes we have to prune for a bit of new growth. Even though this prune is just temporary, the results are lasting.
And, without further adieu, this season’s line up:
COBALT TANK (similar) | A long-time standby, this is one of the first items I added to my closet as a ‘gut purchase.’ It was at the beginning of when I first started discovering my style. I was shopping for a cream top to layer, but this cobalt one came home with me instead. At that time, two years ago, I never wore blue, but I just knew I loved it, and it seemed ‘right.’ Today it lives in a closet surrounded by blue!
CHALK CARDIGAN, c/o IMBY | I remember awhile back my friend Paige talking about how often outfits feel more complete with a ‘third piece.’ This is my summer ‘third piece.’ It’s lightweight, the perfect shade of warm ivory, and super easy to wear (as in, looks good with everything).
VINTAGE CUTOFFS (similar) | These beloveds have been style-shaping for me! They’re the same ones I had last year, and the year before. They’re endlessly comfortable and vintage-cool. I bought them from Value Village a few years back, chopped ’em and bleached ’em.
BLACK SKIRT, c/o Bridge & Burn | Easily one of my summer staples, this casual skirt does the work of shorts and a skirt. Black shorts were on my list this summer and I got these instead. No regrets.
MICRO STRIPE TEE | This is one of those shirts that I wear every time it’s clean. So it’s rarely hanging in my closet, ha! I got it to replace my beloved gray u-neck tee that was just too big. Even though you can’t see them here the details on this shirt are fabulous! Stay tuned.
GRAPHIC TEE, c/o Bridge & Burn | Another shirt that rarely makes it in the closet, I’m either wearing it or it’s in the hamper. Gray shirts are probably my favorite thing to wear ever and the graphic element makes it a tad more visually interesting. Plus I love representing Oregon brands!
BLACK BIRKS | ‘Nuff said.
DRAPEY TOP | This lovely, raw silk number by Jamie + the Jones is one of my favorites, you might recognize it from my my spring 10×10. It’s also one of my most challenging tops, I never know what to pair it with. I am hoping to learn some new combos from this challenge.
As I was writing this post, I came across the 10×10 I put together last summer! I didn’t actually create the outfits, I just chose ten items, but it’s really fun to look back at them one year later and see what I chose. All but one of those ten items are still in my current closet, and two of them actually made it in to this summer’s 10×10. Funny stuff! I like looking at how much my personal style has come into focus even in the last year.
My goals for this round are: to engage my creativity, drive up my contentment and have fun! I am excited for all of you who are jumping on board too! If you’re blogging your experiences, please share your link down below. And Paige and I will come up with a hashtag so we can all follow each other on Instagram… any clever ideas?
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