10x10 Challenge SERIES STYLE Summer Fashion

Summer 10×10 Outfit 8

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Hi, friends! Sorry for the little break from my Summer 10×10 posts. Things got quite busy during my last week at NASA Langley, and then with the move back to Colorado, I just couldn’t keep up with the posts. But today I’m back and will hopefully get all caught up on outfits 8-10 this week and a full recap at the very end!

Today’s look marks Day 8 of the Summer 10×10 Challenge, and I’m experimenting big time with how I’ve styled this look. Let’s get right into it!

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

The last time I wore this top (here) I paired it, untucked, with a flowy pair of pants. The billowy pants, paired with the open, drapey back of the top gave the look a very minimalist, casual vibe that I loved. But when styling it for a 2nd time, I really wanted to flex my creative muscles and try something different…and a little crazy. Can you guess what I did?!

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

I actually styled this top backwards and tied the drapey ends together in a little knot at the front. Anyone else’s mind blown? I couldn’t believe how natural it felt. I mean I don’t typically wear my clothes backwards (unless it’s a really, really early morning and by accident, ha!), but I’m actually a huge fan of how this look turned out!

This trick is obviously not for every top in your closet, but I’m definitely going to think twice about tops that have open backs now (like this one!). And the high-waisted floral skirt lent itself perfectly for being paired with a more cropped-top look without showing a ton of skin.

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Now before you get too excited, I will preface this with the caviat that I actually didn’t wear it this exact way to work. As you may know, I shoot my photos well in advance of posting them on the blog. And after seeing a little too much midriff for my liking (at least when it comes to a professional, working environment), I decided to wear the top front-ways and tucked into the skirt. (I know! I know! So traditional…but it still felt fun and flirty with the mixing of prints, in my opinion. Even if I didn’t wear it this exact way!)

But even still, I’m loving that I discovered a new way to wear this top! And I could totally see myself styling it this new way for a date night with high-waisted jeans or a fun flowy skirt! So I’m calling it a win in my book.

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Since the top veers more beige than cream, I decided to pair the look with a nice, big beige tote that make the creams and whites and beiges of the outfit feel more cohesive and complementary rather than clashing.

And for a fun pop of color at the end, I layered on my purple cardigan for some extra warmth at the office.

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

And that’s my Day 8 look of the Summer 10×10 Challenge! Only 2 more days to go, friends! Are you excited?!

Summer 10x10 Challenge Outfit 8 | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

What about you? Would you ever dream about wear a top backwards?!

You might also like…Styling This Top More Traditionally and Another Favorite Work Look.

Phobos by Noah Berg

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Get the Look…

Top: J. Crew Factory (similar here, here, herehere) | Skirt: J. Crew Factory (similar here, here) | Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (similar here, here) | Shoes: Madewell (similar) | Purse: Sole Society (new color!) | Bracelet: J. Crew Factory

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