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10 Pieces, 10 Outfits

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Earlier this year I participated in my first ever 10x10 challenge. It was such a cool learning experience and I really enjoyed exercising my styling muscles throughout the challenge. So I was a little bummed that I didn’t jump in on the fun for the summer challenge.

I definitely wanted to share more about the 10 key items I picked for my summer capsule wardrobe and I thought what better way to do that than to style some outfits!

10 outfits to be exact.

OUTFIT 1

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- wearing a striped tank top, madewell crop jeans, braided sandals, and a black hat
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- a stripe tank top styled with high rise distressed jeans from madewell, braided sandals and a black wide brimmed hat

Key Piece: Stripe Tank Top

It’s no shock that tank tops are necessary to survive the summer heat. I live in tank tops when it’s hot and even though I love them, they can start to feel a little meh. Enter stripes. I loooove stripes. They’re my weakness (along with good denim). My black and white stripe tank top goes with everything and gives a nice touch of visual interest to my otherwise simple outfits.

OUTFIT 2

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- a bright indigo off the shoulder top paired with green twill high rise shorts, espadrilles and a black hat
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- a bright indigo off the shoulder top paired with high rise green shorts and espadrilles

Key Piece: Off the Shoulder Top

I included three off the shoulder tops in my summer capsule, including this blue one. Although my style isn’t particularly feminine, there’s something effortlessly cool about off the shoulder tops. They quickly and easily elevate an otherwise casual outfit and they give me a chance to play around with different outfit silhouettes.

OUTFIT 3

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- an olive green boxy crop top worn with light wash high rise mom jeans (aka the perfect summer jean from madewell) and low top old skool vans sneakers
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- an olive green boxy crop top worn with light wash high rise mom jeans (aka the perfect summer jean from madewell) and low top old skool vans sneakers

Key Piece: Boxy Crop Top

It wouldn’t be my capsule without a pop of green! I included this olive green boxy crop top in my key pieces because I knew it would be the perfect balance between keeping cool and looking cool. (oh my gosh did I really just say that? #cheesy) You get what I mean though. To be honest, I almost got rid of this top. I bought it last summer at Forever 21 and couldn’t figure out how to style it. It stayed in limbo until this spring when I reached for it and loved how it looked paired with high waist jeans!

OUTFIT 4

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- this turned out to be a very western/boho outfit! i paired my favorite vintage denim high rise jeans with a tank top and completed the look with ankle boots, a wide brimmed hat and bandana
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- this turned out to be a very western/boho outfit! i paired my favorite vintage denim high rise jeans with a tank top and completed the look with ankle boots, a wide brimmed hat and bandana

Key Piece: Vintage Denim Shorts

These shorts aren’t new to my capsules. I wore them constantly last summer and will probably keep wearing them until the rain comes. They’re just the perfect short for running around town or hanging at the river. I can dress them up with a more structured top or wear them in their casual glory with a t shirt. These are truly the best hand-me-down ever.

OUTFIT 5

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- white levis skinny jeans worn with a bright indigo off the shoulder top from madewell, brown leather slide sandals and a black hat
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- white levis skinny jeans worn with a bright indigo off the shoulder top from madewell, brown leather slide sandals and a black hat

Key Piece: White Denim

Another summer style standard, I had to put white denim on the list. I love to pair my white jeans with my blue tops, especially in the summer. My favorite white denim has got to be these Levis. A lot of white jeans tend to be more stretch material than denim, which can make them more see through than I care for. These Levis jeans have a good weight to their denim. I think the only way I’d love them more is if they were high rise. Well, that and if they didn’t get dirty so easily.

OUTFIT 6

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- high rise light wash mom jeans (aka the perfect summer jean from madewell) styled with a white graphic tee, braided leather sandals and a black fedora
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- high rise light wash mom jeans (aka the perfect summer jean from madewell) styled with a white graphic tee, braided leather sandals and a black fedora

Key Piece: High Rise Mom Jeans

Mom jeans and the like have become more and more trendy this year and I have to admit, I've totally jumped on the bandwagon. I never actually thought I could pull this style off until I tried them on and realized I loved them. The straight leg gives a such a relaxed vibe while the high rise cinches in my waist. They totally balance each other out. And it turns out that these are way more versatile than I thought they could be. I've worn them with everything from off the shoulder tops to the graphic tee I'm wearing in these photos. All that to say, you'll never know if you can "pull something off" until you try, so just try it!

OUTFIT 7

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- my thrifted button up fit and flare cotton dress from J Crew works well dressed up with strappy sandals or dressed down with some vans sneakers and a black hat
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- my thrifted button up fit and flare cotton dress from J Crew works well dressed up with strappy sandals or dressed down with some vans sneakers, a denim jacket and a black hat

Key Piece: Cotton Dress

It's no secret I love jeans. I wear them constantly. Even though I love them, sometimes it's nice to mix things up. The problem is, I'm not big on skirts. I like the idea of them. I think the're super cute and I even like how they look on me, I just never wear them. Part of it is I'm never as comfortable in a skirt as I am in jeans or shorts.

Enter the dress. I found this dress while thrifting earlier this year and it's definitely been my go-to when I want to mix up my look. It's so funny, I don't usually go for girly silhouettes unless we're talking dresses. If I'm wearing a dress, my absolute favorite is a fit and flare that has at least a little twirl to it. This dress meets ticks both of those boxes, plus it's cotton, which makes it easy to dress up or dress down like I did here by pairing it with my vans and denim jacket.

OUTFIT 8

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- these lace up espadrilles from avarcas USA are my new favorite way of dressing up a mostly casual outfit. they're a great mix of stylish and comfort! worn here with high rise black jeans from madwell, a peplum top from forever 21, a black hat and bandana
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- these lace up espadrilles from avarcas USA are my new favorite way of dressing up a mostly casual outfit. they're a great mix of stylish and comfort! worn here with high rise black jeans from madwell, a peplum top from forever 21, a black hat and bandana
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- these lace up espadrilles from avarcas USA are my new favorite way of dressing up a mostly casual outfit. they're a great mix of stylish and comfort! worn here with high rise black jeans from madwell, a peplum top from forever 21, a black hat and bandana

Key Piece: Espadrilles

These espadrilles were on my list of things to try this season and I'm so glad I went for it. I always struggle with summer clothes, but especially summer shoes. My boot collection is strong, but it's really hard to wear boots when it's 100+ degrees outside. Just like my thing with dresses, I like to be able to switch things up in my footwear. These espadrilles are comfy and cute and are a really easy way for me to make a casual outfit feel a little less casual.

OUTFIT 9

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- vintage high rise denim shorts worn with a madewell button up shirt, a black wide brimmed hat and teva original universal salndals
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10 pieces, 10 outfits -- vintage high rise denim shorts worn with a madewell button up shirt, a black wide brimmed hat and teva original universal salndals

Key Piece: Teva Sandals

Man oh man do I love these sandals. I got them last year and they've been my go to sandals since then. I wear them hiking, running errands, on beach days, and when I'm working long shifts at work and really want my feet to be supported. They work well with jeans and shorts but I've even paired them with a t shirt dress and really liked how they look. I'm so glad I bought these because they've turned out to be way more versatile than I thought they'd be!

OUTFIT 10

10 pieces, 10 outfits -- i didn't really need new sneakers when i bought these vans but i've been wearing these non stop since i got them. they of course look great with casual outfits but i even love them paired with dresses like this striped button back linen shift dress from madewell
10 pieces, 10 outfits -- i didn't really need new sneakers when i bought these vans but i've been wearing these non stop since i got them. they of course look great with casual outfits but i even love them paired with dresses like this striped button back linen shift dress from madewell

Key Piece: Old Skool Vans

I feel like this is the first year in a long time where I've been willing to try out some trends. The sneakers-with-everything trend is for sure a favorite! I wasn't really in need of new sneakers this year but every time I brainstormed outfits (as I tend to do when I'm falling asleep) I kept imagining looks with low top Vans. I went back and forth about getting them, even after I ordered (and returned) a pair. I ended up buying some because I couldn't stop thinking about them and they've basically been glued to my feet ever since!

I had such a blast bringing my capsule wardrobe planning to life! I know all these photos are of me in my apartment, but just know that a few of these outfits have already made it into the wild.

Let me know what your key pieces are for this season! Oh and if you want to see these outfits in motion, I've also made a short look book video!

Keep it green,

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