Caroline and Lee encourage not spending a lot of time picking out the items, but I am an overthinker! My basic strategy is to check the weather, figure out how many days I'm going to be in the office, make sure I have a good mix of garment types, stick to a fairly basic color palette but with a bit of bright color thrown in, and this time I focused on adding in some me-made garments! I didn't end up with as many as I hoped, as I tend to be attracted to busy, colorful fabrics, but I tried! Without further ado, here is what I'm working with:
The weather should be fairly stable in the 60s/70s, with a few outliers, so I didn't have to worry too much about that. I'm shooting for 3 days in the office so I have a pair of dress pants and dressier loafers in the mix. My color palette is black/white/blue, which I'm feeling these days. You may notice that I have only nine items pictured above, and that's because I have plans to sew up a top in the next day or so. Maybe a bit ambitious, but it should be quick, and it will fit in well.
J. Crew blue tank - I hemmed and hawed on this one, thinking I should instead do a me-made top (of which I have a few different blue options available, but in the end I figured having a basic knit tank in the mix was a good thing.
Boden black/cream striped tee - I really love this tee, with the scooped neck, fitted but not too fitted, and the thin black stripe/wider cream stripe, plus I'm just always a sucker for a striped shirt of any kind.
Me-made grey striped blouse - This was a recent make I have yet to blog, but it was a bit out of the box for me, with it's ginormous sleeves and verticle stripes. I like it, and I get a lot of complements, but I'm still not exactly sure it's my style.
Lilla P. cream cardigan - I like this one, but I'm not sure I love it. Dolman sleeves are not my jam, as I think I look best with more fitted through the bust tops, but I'm giving it a go. It's my only white/cream topper at the moment, so it's filling a gap, but not perfect.
Kut from the Kloth white jean capris - I got these last year and didn't wear them a ton. I know it's not white pants season yet, but I want to wear them more, so this is a good opportunity. Although when I wore them yesterday I quickly learned that white pants and jumpy little dogs don't go super well together - oops!
Boden black ponte cropped trousers - My wardrobe has a fair amount of Boden in it these days. I just really like their style and they are generally good quality clothes. I bought these pants, the full-length version, and a blazer last year as I needed a new suit, and they've been great. I love that they are machine washable and super comfy.
Boden overalls - These were a recent impulse purchase, as they were from the girls section on super clearance. They were a bit of a gamble fit-wise, but I love them and have worn them a lot over the past few weeks.
Sam Edelman blue loafers - I was on a search for blue shoes last fall and never found anything I liked. I got these this spring, and they are brighter than I was anticipating, but they are fun!
Franco Sarto black leather espadrille sneakers - I'm a sneaker girl! I loved my old Superga black sneakers, but my mischievous puppy decided to eat one of them (luckily that's the only shoe casualty so far). I wasn't planning on replacing them, as I have a pair of light grey sneakers that are a good neutral, but I loved the slightly dressier look of these espadrilles.
So there you have it - we'll see how I do! Both of the other challenges I did I ended up bending the rules a bit, so I do give myself a little leeway, but I like to push myself as much as possible!