2017 Spring 10 x 10 – Look 4

I hope your week has been going well! Whether you’re joining in this #Spring10x10 with Caroline of UnFancy and I or just taking it in from the sidelines (totally cool too BTW) I’m sure it’s been a busy one for you too. Something about the Spring season arriving here seems to have everyone out and bustling around. I love it!

Spring brings about an energy that’s contagious and uplifting and it’s definitely apparent in the #Spring10x10 community! Yesterday I put out a little feeler post to see how everyone’s been doing and your responses were such a treat to read! After going through them all it became pretty clear that there’s a few things people are feeling about the challenge so far, which are:

  1. Spring is way more fun to dress for than Winter. Hear you on that one!
  2. It’s hard to forego your shoe options even if just for ten days (for both practical and stylistic reasons). Oh hell yes!
  3. Taking photos of your looks while wearing them really helps you analyze them better. Indeed it does!
  4. The 10 x 10 Challenge can really help you assess what you might need and what you can let go. Yessir!
  5. It’s hard not to be tempted by your full closet. Oh don’t I know it!
  6. Overall, it’s super fun, even if it’s trickier than expected! Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

So in case you’re feeling any of these struggles, know that you’re not alone and that the real fun/challenge is yet to come! If you’re in need of some encouragement I highly recommend you peruse the hashtag feed. It’s definitely where I turn for inspiration and lots of good vibes. If you’re up for joining in, it’s not too late! You can get all the info here and tons of inspo here.

Now I don’t know about you but Thursday’s always seem to be one day during the week when I’m least motivated to fuss with my style. I’ve usually got a long to-do list before Friday rolls in and comfort and practicality zip to the top of my outfit priorities. So I’m keeping it super simple for today’s look and just following my outfit instincts.

So let’s see where they’ve led me!


Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4

Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4

Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4


INITIAL THOUGHTS


It’s Thursday and I’m finally feeling about 80% back to normal after a sinus cold knocked me out. So this look is my attempt to stay super comfy but still looking put-together (with minimal effort). White button-down, check. Favourite jeans, check. Black everything else, check. Red lip, cheeee-eck.

I’m actually really into this one for its ultra easy-going vibe with lots of nods to classic timeless pieces that still feel fresh and relevant. This is my idea of a good go-to outfit for when I don’t want to have to think too hard about styling or fits or anything else. Just button up and go.

After wearing this white shirt to dinner on Monday (a cold medicine induced decision) I simply hung the shirt back up and waited to see if the creases would fall out. They’d didn’t totally come out so I quickly ran the iron over it this morning to get a smoother finish. No big deal! Plus, I actually don’t mind a few crinkles on this shirt when I’m wearing it out.

This outfit is a great travel option now that I think about it. Unfussy but polished and comfy but sophisticated. Mentally-noted!

Today’s Agenda: A morning meeting, some errands, a visit to the V.E.T. (just a yearly check-up for Evie) and an afternoon trip down to Hamilton to pick up my wedding invites!  Then we’ve got a gallery opening in town for which I’ll swap out my jeans and tee for my jersey tank dress and a statement necklace. Easy peasy! It’s also warmer than yesterday and nice and sunny out so a light-ish coat on top should do the trick. 


Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4

Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4


STYLING DETAILS


1 | BOLD LIP | Whenever I’m wearing something super casual like this look I like to add a pop of red. Just to give it some polish and trick people into thinking I put some effort into it. Works every time!

Next time you’re rocking jeans and a tee or something super simple try adding a bold lip colour and see how that feels. Pretty sure you’ll feel fabulous! 

2 | MIDDLE THREE | To keep an oversize button-down from feeling to bulky I like to only button up the middle three buttons, especially when wearing it over high-rise denim. Then it has a bit movement and an even more relaxed vibe. Plus, easy pocket access!

If you’re inclined to wear your button-down untucked, try the three button trick! It’s just about the easiest styling tip out there.

3 | MODERN TAKE | Everything in this look is sort of a modern take on a classic. The white button down is a quintessential staple, updated with big front pockets. These jeans are a reinvented version of a classic 90’s vintage fit (aka Mom Jeans). My black boots and black bag have a contemporary cut. So even though this outfit has been done a zillion times already, it doesn’t feel stale (at least note to me!).

When you’re investing in timeless staples look for something special about them that sets them apart. It will help them feel more unique to you. It doesn’t need to be flashy or even overtly noticeable, just an interesting detail or a smart cut that takes them up a notch. 

4 | BLACK ACCESSORIES | I guess I’m into matching accessories these days but for some reason it just feels right. I matched my boots, bag and watch, all in black for a touch of continuity throughout the look. Adds just the right amount of polish to feel purposeful.

Matching accessories or elements within a look that are not side by side is a great (and easy) way to add some continuity without it feeling matchy-matchy. 


Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4


ITEM SPOTLIGHT – THE PERFECT SUMMER JEAN


These jeans have been in my closet now for a couple of years and they’re still one of my favourites. They’re the Perfect Summer Jean from Madewell and I originally reviewed them on the blog before I was committed to shopping responsibly (also when I had short hair and did hilarious poses). Even though they’re mass-produced in China and Madewell is pretty tight-lipped about their manufacturing partners, I still consider them a relatively responsible purchase, all things considered. One reason being that they’ve held up extremely well and another is because they’re a timeless style and one that I know I’ll have in my closet for more years to come. In fact, I have two pairs in different sizes! One is this pair and another is a larger size (bought first) that has a much more relaxed fit that’s perfect for lounging around, cottage-ing and camping.

I’ve looked for a pair of vintage Levi’s like these forever and just haven’t found them (yet) so for now these are my go-to vintage fit jeans.

Here’s a quick run-down on them:

SIZE: I sized down for this fit, which hugs my waist, hips, butt and thighs just enough but not too tight, while the leg is slightly relaxed and the length is cropped at the ankle. I’m wearing a size 25 and usually wear a 26 in Madewell denim. I also had to have the waist taken in slightly for a perfect fit.

RISE + INSEAM: The rise on these is 11″ which hits right at belly-button level on me and the inseam is 28″ which hits about 1.5 inches above my ankle and pairs perfectly with my Mars boots.

PRICE: $115 USD

FABRIC: These are 100% cotton which means no stretch but also what gives them a truer vintage fit. Plus the lack of stretch means they hold their fit (and the butt in them) really well. The wash of these jeans has maintained since day one, no fading or any issues on that front either.

WASHABILITY: I wash these jeans very seldom and usually only when there is a stubborn stain. They go in the machine, then I tumble them for 20 mins on low and let them hang dry overnight. They’re usually stiff afterwards but soften right up again within an hour of wear.

RESPONSIBLY MADE OPTION: This pair by ALGOLDE looks very similar (but has a button fly so even better) and is made in the USA of 80% Organic Cotton 20% Recycled Cotton. They’re $158 USD and are currently part of ShopBop’s ‘EVENT17’ 20-25% OFF sale. If I was buying again I’d definitely go for these! 

Do you have a pair of these cult faves? Or are you one of the lucky ones who’ve nabbed a perfect vintage pair? Maybe this style ain’t yo thang, and that’s cool too! 


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COAT ADDITION


So I’ll admit this vintage houndstooth beauty was an impulse buy earlier this year. But I have always dreamt of an oversize houndstooth coat and it happened to be the perfect rendition (and well within my price-point) so I pulled the trigger. I found it online at Frances May, one of my personal favourite sites to window shop and this reversible dream spoke to me. I’m so glad I snatched it up, wear it all the time and it’s the perfect weight for this brisk spring day we’ve got today!

Yes, I know, lots of new coats popping up here lately but they’ve been way too good to pass up and all will be well-loved and well used! I mean, it’s still Canada up here and Spring does not guarantee warmth!


Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4

Style Bee - Spring 10 x 10 Challenge - Look 4


1 | LINEN BUTTON DOWN | c/o Power of My People (new) | $165 CAD | Made responsibly in Canada | The lovely folks at P.O.M.P. have generously offered Style Bee Readers 20% OFF sitewide during the 10 x 10 Challenge! Just use code: STYLEBEE when you checkout. 

2 | VINTAGE FIT JEANS | Madewell (2 yr old) | $162 CAD | Imported | Responsibly US Made Option by AGOLDE ($158 USD)

3 | MARS BOOT | Rachel Comey (6 months old) | $426 USD | Made in Peru | Similar for less here ($240 USD) also made responsibly.

4 | WATCH | c/o CLUSE | $99 USD | Imported.

5 | HOUNDSTOOTH COAT | Vintage RL via Frances May | *Linked to similar in blazer form.

6 | ELOISE BAG | The Stowe | $378 USD | Made in Montreal | Receive $20 Off when you sign up here

7 | LIP COLOUR | Napa Vineyard by Burt’s Bees | $9 USD


We’re barreling towards our midway point friends!

Tune into my Instagram Stories (@leevosburgh) later today for a look at this one in action. Be sure to see what Caroline is up to over on her blog and Instagram too!

Have you worn all your 10 items yet? I still have 1 piece left, so I’ll see you tomorrow with Look #5 (or on the #Spring10x10 Hashtag)!


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24 thoughts on “2017 Spring 10 x 10 – Look 4

  1. Seeing this top in a second outfit has made me appreciate the uniqueness of the big pockets on such a simple item. I’m also loving the jean recommendation! I’m always looking for more of those. I have a pair of Acne boy mid rise jeans in black that i love but would like to get some high waisted. Do you generally like Agolde jeans? Any other brands?

    Thanks Lee!

    1. That’s great to know Shae, thanks! The pockets definitely set it apart. I don’t own any Algolde denim personally but it would be one brand I highly consider for my next purchase. I actually just tried a pair of IRIS denim which is made in Toronto and I LOVE their high-waist skinny denim. It feels absolutely amazing on. Hoping to add a pair this Fall. Other denim brands on my radar are Citizens of Humanity (the Liya looks awesome) ReDone, GRLFRND. All $$$ but SO GOOD. 😛

  2. I had the Madewell jeans on my wishlist for this spring (I looooove the style and wash) but stumbled upon the new Levi’s 501 skinny jeans in February. I would highly recommend them for anyone who is getting discouraged by trying to track down the perfect vintage pair! 🙂

  3. I found a barely-used pair of these jeans a few months ago on Poshmark, and I do love them, but I’m so deeply confused by how some people think they run big. I have Madewell skinny jeans in size 27 but I’d get 26 if I were buying them now, but when I tried the perfect summer jeans in 27 at the store I could barely get them on! Ultimately, the reviews convinced me they’d soften up and that’s the size I went with, but after a lot of effort it’s still kind of a stretch to bike in them and sometimes I think all that’s changed is my expectations. I’ve been wearing them twice a week despite this and find them really versatile and sooo butt-friendly.

    1. Thanks for chiming in Madeline! I think Madewell must have adjusted their sizing after the first release and all the feedback. I wore mine on a bike-ride yesterday actually and they’re definitely no bike short haha. Glad you agree about the butt-friendliness 😛 xoxo

  4. Sorry if this sounds creepy but…what bra are you wearing? I’m amazed that you can’t see any straps through a semi-sheer white linen shirt!

  5. Since it’s Thursday, you should to definitely post some throwbacks on instagram to those “hilarious poses!”

  6. Ha! I’m traveling on Sunday and I have a similar outfit planned. I hadn’t thought to add a bold lip but I really like how it looks. I’m always scared to add bright lip color during the day but I’ll have to give it a try. XO

    1. That’s awesome! Let me know how it goes for travel. I know what you mean about a daytime bright lip but it’s actually so fun! I opt for something more towards the berry side than the merlot side but it works wonders! xo

  7. This outfit is so ME! This is my first challenge, and I’m really getting the idea of making thoughtful,, long term investments in my wardrobe. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve bought a $30 clothing purchase, washed it, & tossed it aside. I’m now challenged to save up for all these yummy peices your blogging about. Next challenge here I come!!!🤗

    1. That’s great to hear Marti! We’ve all been there, believe me! So happy that you’re feeling inspired to make some changes. You won’t regret it! xo

  8. Hi Lee — love the houndstooth coat. You have the most awesome outerwear wardrobe!

    The linen shirt looks great — I see you’ve gone untucked on the day I’ve tried tucking! I love that casual, comfortable look. I was just mentioning at unfancy that you and Caroline have inspired me to explore linen more. Since the linen Georgia tee wasn’t quite for me, I snagged one on eBay and modified it to the style I preferred:

    http://sustainablefashionchat.com/discussion/10/my-linen-tee-edit

    That’s the linen shirt I’m wearing today and I’m really liking it. Thanks for the inspiration to give linen a go!

  9. I just bought these exact jeans so I was super excited to see them as part of your 10×10 challenge. They look great! Love your blog.

  10. Thank you! I love all the detail you put into your reviews (fabric, washabilty, etc.). It makes decisions about purchases so much easier, and isn’t making better choices the whole point?

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