Spring 10×10 Style Challenge: Look No. 2

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April showers can’t stop this style challenge! The spring 10×10 is well under way, and today I’m sharing my second look. I combined three of my ten pieces for a rainy day of my usual activities. This combination is a tried and true one for me that I find myself reaching for fairly often during the workweek. It has a bit of polish, but is still laid back which I love. This outfit combines three of my favorite things: stripes, neutrals, and denim, so for me, it’s a win win win.

Read on for more about this look and my everyday outfit formula!

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casual spring outfit 2017The Piecessimple capsule wardrobe outfit

  1. A striped tee (thrifted, similar)
  2. A sleeveless trench (Poshmark)
  3. Organic cotton skinny jeans (prAna)

When it comes to everyday outfits, I have a little formula: top + bottom + completer piece = outfit. You can see that formula at work in this look! I started with a base layer of my favorite organic cotton skinny jeans (once you go organic, you’ll never go back! So comfortable!,) and a fitted striped tee. I tucked my tee into my jeans for a more tailored look. That’s the top and bottom part of the equation, so now for the completer piece. I topped off the look with my camel colored sleeveless trench. I picked this up on Poshmark last year, and it’s been such a great addition to my wardrobe. I especially love how it looks with striped tops.


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vintage chanel ballet flats beige and blackThe Accessories

  1. A black cross-body bag (Vintage Coach from Dear Golden Vintage)
  2. Vintage Chanel flats (eBay)
  3. A blush pink watch (Berg + Betts)
  4. A blush neck scarf (Madewell)

Of course I had to add in a couple of blush pink accessories! First I tied on a bandana style neck scarf. I love these little scarves for a touch of vintage flair, and this one just so happens to match my watch. Since my outfit combines different neutral colors, my vintage flats make the perfect shoe choice for this look. They combine beige and black bringing together the sleeveless trench and striped tee seamlessly. For a final touch I added my vintage Coach Regina. This is probably my most used bag, and it’s definitely my favorite for weekdays.

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The main activity I wore this look for was of course work. I teach music lessons, and since I spend most of that time on my feet, I like to be comfortable. The environment is pretty casual, so I typically wear jeans but try to dress them up a bit. My only qualm with this look is that I didn’t plan for rain– lesson no. 1 learned! Apart from teaching, this look was perfect for a morning typing up blog posts and an evening walk.

Look No. 2 = done!

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Do you have an outfit formula? How do you have to dress for work? Is it laid back, or do you have an enforced dress code?
I’d love to hear!



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