10x10 Challenge SERIES STYLE Summer Fashion

Summer 10×10 Outfit 2

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Hi, friends! And welcome to DAY 2 of the Summer 10×10 Challenge! Woohoo! Today’s look is all about feeling sophisticated and classic by mixing a traditional blue button-up with a more modern wide-leg pant. Excited? Me too! Let’s get right into it then.

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

This is one of those looks that makes you feel instantly ‘grown up’ and put together. Can we talk about how sophisticated I feel (without much effort on my part, I might add)?! And we all know how much I love an effortlessly chic look. Ain’t nobody got time for anything else when you’re running late in the mornings!

So here’s how I achieved the look. I paired a more structured, form-fitting button-up with the more billowy, wide-leg pant. It’s all about balancing out the different aspects of the pieces and combining them in a way that accentuates YOUR body. The combination is perfect because the two silhouettes squeeze me in at my smallest part, while the pants flare out to give me a nice curvy shape down below. No swallowing of my figure here!

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

I love a good, classic button-up as much as the next girl, but sometimes they can be tricky to style in such a way that doesn’t feel stuffy and dated. In my experience, unbuttoning the top of the blouse and forming a make-shift v-neck seems to make the top feel more feminine and flattering on me. But I’d love to hear your suggestions on the subject! What do you do to make classic button-ups feel more like you? Button-ups are a great piece to have because you know they’ll never go out of style! (Loving this new ‘updated’ version with a cute bow around the neck too!)

As for these gorgeous wide-leg pants (loving the lace details on these), a large part of why I included them in the challenge is that they are a new-to-me silhouette that I’ve been dying to style in my daily life more. So I thought, why not give them a go and try to style them as many ways as possible in 10 days. (A type of speed dating for these pants with the rest of my 10×10 pieces. Hehe!) So far, I’m loving this first look! The white is so crisp and clean and fresh for summer. In fact, I’ve really into the bright whites and blues recently, if you haven’t noticed 🙂 (here, here, here).

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

I again added a comfy pair of black flats and layered on a black quilted leather purse to match (cute clutch version here!). I’m really loving how the black accessories complement each other and give a nice contrast to the otherwise very light-colored outfit. Had I been thinking about it, I may have added a black skinny belt around the waist too–just to give it an extra punch of contrast!

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

For a bright pop of color (and to keep warm in my chilly office), I added on my purple cardigan over top.

One of the reasons I love this blue button-up top sooo much is that it is sleeveless! (In fact, sleeveless has become a requirement of any new work pieces I buy.) Like I’ve mentioned before, I love mixing and matching my work tops with different colored cardigans to add variety into my wardrobe. Picking out sleeveless tops means that I won’t have to deal with bunching of the sleeves when wearing a cardigan over top, and also means that they will be heat-approved in the summertime when I’m not indoors with the AC blasting. For instance, I like to take frequent walks throughout the day to clear my mind, and so being able to put on/take off my layers easily to go in/outside has been so nice!

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

And that’s my Day 2 look of the Spring 10×10 Challenge! Simple and sophisticated by mixing traditional and modern pieces.

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 2 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

What about you? Do you like sleeveless tops for work? Or do you  prefer longer sleeves?

You might also like…How To Style High-Waisted Pants and Styling Fashion-Forward Pieces At Work.

Photos by Noah Berg

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Get the Look…

Top: Banana Republic (similar herehere, here, LOVE this bow version) | Pants: Club Monaco (similar here, here, | Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Madewell (also here, similar here, here) | Purse: Michael Kors (similar here, herehere) | Bracelet: J. Crew Factory (similar)

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