Summer 30×30: Outfits 26-30

And…that’s a wrap on the Summer 30×30! It’s been so fun seeing how Andrea (of Seasons and Salt) managed a dress for a huge range of weather with just 30 items, which is a reminder for me that a small wardrobe is possible, even in seasons with inconsistent temperatures. And Lee (of Style Bee) always looks so chic and pulled together, which just confirms that investing in quality, well-made pieces that are true to your style makes it possible to do a lot with a little. I have been so honored to participate in the Summer 30×30 with two women I admire and look up to so much. I’ve loved following all of your journeys at #june30x30 as well, so thank you for being so willing to share!

These style challenges always remind me of how quickly time passes; 30 days sounded like a long commitment, but it’s gone by in a flash. It’s been a whirlwind week starting to get our house back in order. The floors are complete and the railing is about halfway up, so we’ve still been living on our lower level but I’ve been dusting, cleaning, touching up paint, and hauling loads back upstairs when I get a chance. But true to my goals, despite all the craziness, I managed to pull together 5 new outfits to finish out the challenge.

Outfit 26 // Monday

Busy schedules were on my side this week – the boys had a basketball camp and Liv had a dance camp, so that bought me some time to get work done around the house. I spent a majority of the day in my work clothes dusting, washing windows, and painting trim, but at 5:00 finally managed to get myself dressed to take Liv to her swim lessons. We rushed out the door, so I didn’t take the time to add any accessories.

One of my favorite style tricks I’ve taken from the various style challenges I’ve done is layering over dresses to create new outfits. The arm holes on this dress are fairly low, so I have a specific bralette I like to wear under it. Today it was dirty, so I layered my gray linen tank over it to solve that problem. I added a quick knot to shorten the length and create some shape. I don’t think this looks that flattering in the photo, but I’m hoping it’s just this photo (maybe the angle of my 4-year-old photographer wasn’t on ๐Ÿ˜‰) because I felt much better about it when I wore it.

I could have easily gone to swim lessons and had dinner in my work out clothes and then called it a day, but it felt good to put on an easy outfit for the end of the day.

Tank (c/o Everlane) // Dress (c/o Everlane) // Birkenstocks

Outfit 27 // Tuesday

My husband and I took advantage of the kids’ camps and a grandma willing to babysit Brynn and had a mini-date to IKEA. We decided to buy him one of those huge wardrobe units for our bedroom and I’ll take over the entire master closet so that we can each have all of our items in one place. We’ve spent the past 11 years sharing the closet and dresser, which meant a lot of trips back and forth between the two in the mornings since the door to the closet is in the back of our bathroom.

I have always loved how longline cardigans look over shorts and this was my first attempt at the look. I kept my footwear super casual and simple so it didn’t feel too dressed up. I think had I worn my clogs or strappy sandals I would have been self-conscious in the outfit. I added my go-to wood bead necklace and watch to add some warmth and a pop of color.

Tee (Tapered Collection) // Sweater (old from Gap) // Shorts (old DIY from men’s jeans) // Shoes (Rainbow)

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here) // Watch (c/o JORD)

Outfit 28 // Wednesday

Today was another work around the house day. We assembled Miles’ new bed during camps and naptime and I knew I would be stealing any moment I could get to haul another load upstairs, so I threw on clothes I’m not afraid to get dirty and gross.

Tee (old from Old Navy) // Short (old DIY from men’s jeans) // Birkenstocks

Outfit 29 // Thursday

After another full day of assembly and moving, my husband and I went out to celebrate our 11th anniversary! We went to our favorite local brewery and enjoyed beer and appetizers on the patio (until the rain came), then came home to put the kids to bed and eat cake. We had carrot cake at our wedding and every year on our anniversary we share a slice.

I loved the all black outfit I wore last week on our weekend in the mountains, so I repeated that look with my T Top and clogs to dress it up for some kid-free time.

T Top (Jamie and the Jones) // Shorts (Everlane) // Clogs (Lotta from Stockholm) // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here)

Outfit 30 // Friday

As much as I love the days the kids have camps and are busy so we can continue working on the house, days with a totally open calendar are the best! I wore the most basic of basic outfits today, but I love that just as much as my more ‘styled’ outfits. For me, summer is all about being able to be more laid back with what I wear and not thinking quite as much about it, so this seemed like a perfect outfit to wrap up the challenge. It reminds me that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing in terms of getting dressed. There is a great middle-of-the-road place where I’m not living in loungewear, but I’m also not getting all decked out and that seems to be my summer style happy place.

Shirt (c/o Tapered Collection) // Jeans (Madewell secondhand from Poshmark)

I had hoped I’d be ready with a complete wrap up for you today, but it didn’t happen this week, so stay tuned for a look at the entire 30 days ย of outfits (plus a few bonus looks) and how I feel about the goals I set for the month and if the challenge helped me meet them. And again, a huge thanks to Andrea and Lee for letting me join them…it’s been a blast!

Did you complete the Summer 30×30 or a similar challenge this month? How did it go for you?


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      1. Liv,
        Thanks so very much! I don’t usually feel it’s worth it to invest too much into my summer wardrobe, so I keep everything pretty simple. I’d rather save up for something new for the school year!

    1. I love outfit 27 – it screams summer!

      Congrats on finishing the challenge – that’s a tough one!

      1. Krystal,
        Thanks so much! I bought the longline cardigan a few years ago for fall and it was much too lightweight to wear in colder weather, but it’s been perfect for summer and spring!

        For me the toughest part was forcing myself to get dressed in real clothes when I knew we weren’t leaving the house, but it’s been good to realize I don’t have to go all out – there is a happy medium!

    1. Happy belated anniversary!
      My wedding anniversary is June 23rd! Seems like a popular time of year to get married.
      All your house renovations sound so exciting. Cant’ wait to own a home someday, such a blessing!

      LOVED all these outfits. Especially the long cardigan over shorts and the all black one with clogs.
      Super cute.

      Have a great long weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Jodie,
        Happy Friday! Thank you and happy anniversary to you, too. June 23 was actually supposed to be our wedding date, but the venue we booked ended up closing, so we had to find a new place (and therefore a new date).

        Thanks for following along and participating in your own maternity-wear way!

        Enjoy your weekend,

    1. love outfits 27 and 29. You look great.

      I love how these are real everyday outfits, not styled shoots or pre-planned and shot like some bloggers do! Proving you can look great and have a real, busy, messy life.

      1. Rachel,
        Thanks so much for your kind words! It can be very easy to feel I’m not doing this whole blog thing ‘right’ because I rely on my kids to take my photos and my outfits aren’t always spot on, but….that’s how I wanted this space to be. More of a journal of my journey into learning about capsule wardrobes, reigning in my shopping habit, and figuring out my style. So thank you for the vote that it’s AOK to not be perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’ve enjoyed and been inspired following you for the last month. I have the same tendency to spend all my time in loungewear during the school breaks but I like what you say about the happy medium – make an effort to wear real clothes but not necessarily go all out when you’re spending the day at home doing jobs (or lounging). Today was my first weekday of summer break and I was really happy that I had got dressed so that when my husband popped in as a surprise at lunchtime I was not still in PJs. I was ready to join him for a quick lunch and he thought I had had a productive morning!

      1. Celeste,
        I love it! I think I often forget that I can do casual outfits and still look far more pulled together than when I’m wearing yoga pants and a grubby tank. I also love athleisure wear, so I often try to make an effort to have “cute” loungewear for days I know I’m not leaving, though that seems much easier in cooler weather with joggers and cozy sweaters or sweatshirts.

        Happy summer break to you! And yay for giving off the appearance of a productive morning ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I always either change my top and/or wear an apron when I cook. It guarantees I never spill when I cook! The biggest issue lately is foundation getting on clothes (and I wear very little makeup) so that’s frustrating. I am working from 38 pieces (from June 19-until mid August) since we just moved from England to Seattle and I was limited to what fit in 2 suitcases while everything else is shipped by sea. It is forcing me to be creative but I find myself reaching for the same few items. We hit an extreme heatwave since we’ve been here (90+ degrees!) so I bought a couple of tees. I only had 4 and it simply wasn’t working with the heat.
      I don’t currently work, so I’m casual most of the time but I definitely like to look put together and most people think I’m dressed up by comparison to the yoga pant land I find myself living in. If loafers make you dressed up, then I’m always dressed up!

      1. Hi Andrea!
        I should just do a quick change for cooking and cleanup – that’s a good idea! I would love to hear more about how you find the style is different from England to Seattle. I live in Colorado, which is also super casual, so yoga pants/athleisure are totally the norm (even to work). I often feel dressed up, even if it’s just putting on a necklace with my jeans and tee ๐Ÿ™‚
        Welcome to the US. I hope you enjoy your visit!!

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