JUNE 30×30 – LOOKS 1-4

If your weekend was anything like mine it involved lots of sunny skies, backyard BBQs with friends and family, long walks around town and some much needed sleeping in. If not, well, I hope it was even better!

Now let’s get crackin’ on this whole June 30 x 30 Style Experiment shall we?

I’ll be honest, last Thursday I woke up feeling anxious about committing to the next 30 days with only 30 pieces from my whole closet (plus no shopping!). ‘What have I gotten myself into?‘ was one question that kept circling back and ‘What if I miss out on a chance to wear/buy something I love?‘ was another. But I was pot committed already (a little poker jargon for ya) so I decided to ignore those doubts and forge ahead by choosing 30 items to mix and match for the month of June. It was much tougher than choosing 10 pieces for a 10×10 Challenge but once I’d made the final call I took a deep breath, tucked everything else back into my closet and said, ‘See you in July friends!’ What, you don’t talk to your clothes?

Now, we’re already on day #5 and I can tell you that I’m feeling much better about embarking on this challenge and style experiment. Actually it feels awesome! It’s already made a positive difference in my day-to-day life and I feel such a sense of relief knowing that I’m on a shopping fast and having everything I need right in front of me. So as of right now, I’m all thumbs up for the #June30x30!

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out Friday’s Post and if you’re interested in joining in, please do! We’ve got almost a whole month ahead of us and we’ll need all the style inspo and support we can get!

Luckily we’ve had some great weather in Guelph, which has made life extra easy. So here are the first 4 Looks I’ve tried so far!


LOOK 1 – THURSDAY JUNE 1


Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4

Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4


TEMPERATURE – High of 17º C and sunny. This look was perfect for the day.

ACTIVITIES – Full day of client meetings in the city and working in the office.

ITEM PERFORMANCE – Everything was really comfortable and I felt very put together. I took the blazer off in the car to keep it from getting too wrinkled while driving. After lots of sitting the pants had some creasing through the hip but the long tunic covered them and held up very well. A quick iron with steam freshened the pants and blazer right up.

STYLE TIPS:

  • Add structure to a slinky base with a sharp blazer and a pointed toe shoe.
  • Soften a black base easily with a light, natural top layer and a brown bag.
  • Roll the cuffs on your blazer to give it a more casual feel.

  • LINEN BLAZER | REFORMATION | $228 USD | WEARING XS | MADE IN USA
  • TUNIC | c/o EILEEN FISHER | $218 USD | WEARING XXS | RESPONSIBLY MADE IN CHINA
  • SILK PANT | c/o EILEEN FISHER | WEARING XXS | RESPONSIBLY MADE IN CHINA
  • CLAUDIA MULE | c/o L’INTERVALLE | $138 CAD| WEARING 37 (USUALLY US7) | MADE IN SPAIN |
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  • TOTE | CUYANA | $195 | MADE IN USA

LOOK 2 – FRIDAY JUNE 2


Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4

Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4

Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4


TEMPERATURE – High of 17º C and sunny. This look was perfect for the afternoon and I simply added my green duster for a cool morning walk with Dobby.

ACTIVITIES – A day in the office/studio and a BBQ with family and friends in the evening.

ITEM PERFORMANCE – I love this look. It’s comfy and simple yet the wide shapes and bold print give it lots of presence and a unique, artistic vibe.

STYLE TIPS:

  • Let a bold print do all the heavy lifting in a look. No need to add much else in terms of interest, just keep it simple.
  • Add one element in a rich neutral to a black and white outfit if you want to warm it up.
  • Complement the sharp lines in a graphic patterned top with a super minimal sandal.
  • When pairing two wide items opt for a dark colour on the bottom. This will draw the eye to the lighter upper item and helps to balance the shapes.

  • GRAPHIC TEE | EVE GRAVEL | $168 CAD | MADE IN CANADA | WEARING XS
  • Save $20 off your first order from Garmentory
  • FLORENCE PANT | c/o ELIZABETH SUZANN | $205 USD | WEARING S REG | MADE IN USA
  • SOPHIE SANDAL | MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH via SSENSE | Black Sold Out. Awesome MNZ selection here (many on sale).
  • OXBLOOD BAG | VINTAGE | Love this option from Baggu  | $120 USD | Made in USA

LOOK 3 – SATURDAY JUNE 3 – DAY


Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4

Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4


TEMPERATURE – High of 23º C with thunderstorms in the morning and lots of sun in the afternoon.

ACTIVITIES – I was working on the blog most of the day Saturday but I took Dobby for a long walk once the sky cleared and ran some errands around town.

ITEM PERFORMANCE – It was the perfect warm June day. Not humid but warm enough to bust out shorts and sandals! This look was ideal for what I was up to.

STYLE TIPS:

  • Repeat curves throughout a look for subtle continuity. In this case my top, necklace, short pockets and bag all have a curved element.
  • When it’s hot keep things simple and leave your top loose over your loose fit shorts. Pick a cropped length top and a high-waisted short to pair together for a flattering silhouette.

  • OLIVE CROP | c/o JAMIE + THE JONES | $120 USD | WEARING A SIZE S | MADE IN USA
  • SHORTS | old FORMATION DESIGN | $110 USD | SIMILAR HERE | $135 USD | BOTH MADE IN USA
  • SLIDES | PALATINES | MADE IN LA | $260 USD
  • Save $20 off your first order from Garmentory! 
  • NECKLACE | ANOTHER FEATHER | $92 USD | MADE IN PORTLAND
  • SATCHEL | VINTAGE | Love this option from Baggu  | $120 USD | Made in USA

LOOK 3 – SATURDAY JUNE 3 – NIGHT


Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4

Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4


TEMPERATURE – High of 23º C with lots of sun in the evening. It was light until 9pm!

ACTIVITIES – I switched things up for an evening BBQ at a friend’s place. I’d planned to wear this look and to ride my bike over but time ran out and I got toothpaste on this top so I had to swap things out. I wore my cream Georgia tee and my green duster instead (because I wanted some leg coverage from bugs) and the look worked out great. Definitely saving this one for another time!

ITEM PERFORMANCE – The shorts were a little too cold for the evening but it was definitely not unbearable. Otherwise the rest of the outfit performed great!

STYLE TIPS: 

  • Don’t be afraid to rock a cute backpack with a blazer and don’t shy away from a blazer and shorts!
  • Add some continuity by repeating one colour. In this case my black shorts, sandals and bag work nicely to give the look a cohesive feel.
  • When your base is casual, amp it up for a night out with some elevated elements like a patent leather sandal, suede bag and sharp blazer.

  • LINEN BLAZER | REFORMATION | $228 USD | WEARING XS | MADE IN USA
  • OLIVE CROP | c/o JAMIE + THE JONES | $120 USD | WEARING A SIZE S | MADE IN USA
  • SHORTS | old FORMATION DESIGN | $110 USD | SIMILAR HERE | $135 USD | BOTH MADE IN USA
  • SOPHIE SANDAL | MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH via SSENSE | Black Sold Out. Awesome MNZ selection here (many on sale).
  • KANYE BACKPACK | c/o OPELLE CREATIVE | $525 CAD | MADE IN TORONTO | HOLDS 13” LAPTOP

LOOK 4 – SUNDAY JUNE 4


Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4

Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4

Style Bee - June 30x30 - Looks 1-4


TEMPERATURE – High of 23º C with lots of sun and clouds in the evening. Thunderstorms came and went in the morning.

ACTIVITIES – For most of the day I was in loungewear to clean the house and work in the office but we had a family dinner in the evening so I switched to this dress, belt and slides for a more presentable look. I LOVE how this one came together and will definitely wear it again sometime.

ITEM PERFORMANCE – This dress is such a classic closet gem and so comfortable. It was the perfect simple look for a Sunday dinner with the soon-to-be in-laws. I love the length and high-low hem because even with a belt it doesn’t feel too short. See three other ways I styled it here.

STYLE TIPS:

  • Keep a basic black dress looking über chic by adding a wide black belt and black bag. This monochrome approach is a fail-safe trick and always looks purposeful and put-together.
  • A light neutral slide has a flattering, leg lengthening effect when worn with a dress or shorter piece on top.

  • IDA SHIRT DRESS | c/o ODE TO SUNDAY | €220 | WEARING SIZE S | MADE IN LITHUANIA
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  • DAY MULE | c/o EVERLANE | $120 USD | WEARING SIZE 7 | MADE IN ITALY
  • BELT | ELIZABETH SUZANN | $75 SIZE S | WEARING SIZE S
  • ELOISE BAG | THE STOWE | $387 CAD | MADE IN CANADA

SO THERE WE HAVE THE FIRST 4 LOOKS OF THE #JUNE30x30!

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE SO FAR?


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24 thoughts on “JUNE 30×30 – LOOKS 1-4

  1. Thanks for info!
    About the 30×30 now that I am”in” on the fun😊
    Struggling a bit to get all 30 out… guess it is as you mentioned— pull out 30 & go for it. Have fun. Relax.
    Realizing I actually need crop tops as you are modeling with several of your outfits. Really like them. I agree— the cream & the green are beautiful on you!
    So? ….check weather forecast, occasions coming up, casual cabin, town errands, Sunday church, & boom…..go for it.
    ( workout wear and accessories as well as outer wear not included)
    I read all of your previous posts re: capsule & 10×10 Startups& great startup steps for 30×30. Thank You! I think way too much😜
    All about process & not perfection! “Lighten Up” I say to me🤸‍♂️ The instagram pics are awesome! Now they all are having FUN!

  2. I love your style tips on day three, I had never thought about repeating shapes before, but it makes so much sense! I’ve always loved that olive top on you, it looks great! Excited to see the rest of your looks in this series. 🙂

  3. I just got on board & am excited to begin! I have never done this before.
    Perfect timing. Moving to the cabin and need all the help you always provide! Perfect challenge 30×30. Freeing!
    Question: do you have a friend/relative who would like the Dôen willow dress? I ordered it in medium, but does not work. If you do, please message me —it is absolutely beautiful! The fabric and design are fabulous!
    patgroom1525@gmail.com
    The no shopping is wonderful. Thanks. Needed that too! Appreciate the peaceful approach to June.
    This post is awesome. Thanks!

    1. So happy to have you joining us Patricia! Summer at the cabin is the perfect opportunity to try out a 30 x 30 challenge!

      I’ll let you know if I hear about anyone looking for the Willow dress in a M but as of this moment I don’t have a buyer in mind. You could try selling it through Noihsaf Bazaar on Instagram (contact:noihsaf.bazaar@gmail.com).

      Thanks for the positivity as always! Good luck prepping for cabin life 🙂 xo

  4. I liked your shirt dress post but this is definitely the best of the four looks you’ve put on the blog! The belt adds a certain something. 🙂

  5. Great looks so far! I’m also going to attempt not to shop this next month though I’ll forgo any formal 30×30 efforts. I do feel like I’m somewhat cheating because I ordered a pair of Bryr clogs (with a narrow width after trying on a fit pair) at the end of May and they’ll hopefully arrive at the beginning of July. Last night I also placed an order from Hades Wool and then minutes later sent an email to the shop asking if they could cancel it (I decided the sweater was too pink for my red hair but also…I’m trying to be good). Somehow the fickle weather in May and June in New England has made me itch for more four-season sweaters. Summer needs to just arrive so that I can rediscover all my dresses.

    1. Thanks Eva! Glad you’re up for a little shopping fast with me 🙂 I have a couple things I ordered in Feb and April arriving soon so I know what you mean. Not shopping just makes their arrival more exciting though! I hear you on the fickle weather. One day I’m shorts, the next day I’m digging out a scarf to walk the dog! But I’m not super anxious for our summer humidity to show up just yet 😛 Enjoy the new clogs!! xo

  6. I can’t wait to see all of what you do with your thirty pieces, but man, you’re making me want to shop! I’m trying to shop really thoughtfully, only adding one piece to my wardrobe (if needed – and right now I need to replace some worn out shoes and bras) per paycheck, and I’ve already made my purchase this cycle. This has helped me to really think through what I need/want, and pick the best item I can afford.

    1. Thanks Krystal! Sorry for the shopping temptation 😛 That sounds like a great system you’ve got though. Making your additions slow and steady is definitely the way to go! xo

  7. Lee,
    I love your styling challenges!! I right with you on this one- on day 5 as well! It makes getting dressed so much easier, and so far I’m feeling ultra put-together. As for rules- I love the easy approach we had for the 10×10. My workout clothes, swimsuit, gardening and lounge clothes have all be worn- and I’m not going to sweat it (no pun intended.) This morning it was also in the low 60’s so I grabbed a denim jacket. I might switch it out with a top- might not!
    I’m getting married in a month- so would love to hear a bit more about your plans- but this challenge is going to eliminate that many more choices this month and (non-wedding) shopping- which is my go-to stress reliever… This couldn’t have come at a better time,
    Much love,
    Kat

    1. That’s so great to hear Kat! I totally agree about keeping it relaxed in terms of rules/restrictions. What I love about keeping it flexible is that you’re able to adjust and edit as needed which takes the pressure off and saves you from feeling forced to wear something that’s not working. Who needs that, right!?

      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! That’s very exciting 🙂 I’m sure you’ve got a busy month ahead of you so the fewer things to think about the better for sure! Our wedding is in September so the final details are still coming together but we’ve decided on England for our honeymoon, which I’m VERY excited about. Any plans in particular you were wondering about? Happy to share anything that might be helpful. xo

  8. I have no doubt you could go 60-90 days and look great! You items are such basics and the accessories make it all work over and over again. Just like building our furnishings. Buy one great piece a year for 10 years and look where you will be!-Laurel Bledsoe

    1. Thank you Laurel! That’s so true! I’m starting to really see that 30 piece can go a lot farther than 30 days. If only our weather would stay the same that long! xo

  9. They’re all amazing Lee! I actually can’t pick a favourite. I love the styling tips – helps me to understand why they work so well. I’m excited to see what you do for the rest of the month…..

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