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Style Challenge: A Week Without Your Go-To Pieces

Break out of your style rut!
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Summer wardrobe basics: Tee shirt, denim skirt, striped t-shirt dress, Converse sneakers, basic pendant necklace

Products: Tee - J.Crew Factory, Sneakers - Converse, Dress - Target, Skirt - Target, Necklace - J.Crew Factory

I think it's great to have versatile basics in your closet and some easy outfit formulas to throw on when you're in a rush. But if you're anything like me, sometimes it's a little too easy to just throw on your favorite outfit instead of creating a new look.

It's always so fun when you find new ways to wear a piece you already own - so this week, I want you to put aside your tried and true pieces and opt for some different looks than you'd usually wear!

I find myself constantly reaching for comfy, casual pieces like knit shift dresses, solid tees, sneakers, denim skirts, and long tassel necklaces. Below are a week's worth of outfits that are still comfy and casual, but without my over-worn basics!

Monday

Cute outfit idea for warm weather: Patterned shorts in grey and white, rose gold birkenstock-style sandals, off the shoulder ruffle top in black, rose gold choker

Products: Top - J.Crew Factory, Shorts - J.Crew Factory, Necklace - Target, Sandals - Target

This knit cold-shoulder top is much cuter than a basic tee, but just as comfy! It's knit, so it's still soft and breathable but with a trendy neckline too. 

I added some adorable patterned shorts as well instead of going with my usual denim skirt. (I love the bow on these, too!) For shoes, I found these rose-gold sandals that should be just as comfy as sneakers. I also added a choker to stay on-trend.

Tuesday

Cute, preppy and girly outfit for summer: Light blue fit and flare dress with blue, pink and gold statement necklace and nude sandals

Products: Dress - J.Crew Factory, Necklace - J.Crew Factory, Sandals - Target

Solid fit-and-flare dresses are so classic and cute! I'm obsessed with the blue shade of this dress too (*insert heart eyes emoji*). 

I paired the dress with a colorful statement necklace instead of my usual neutral pendant necklace. I also added some versatile nude sandals to finish up the look (and not compete with the bright colors up top!).

Wednesday

Cute outfit idea for warm weather: Pink babydoll top, boyfriend jeans, white lace bralette, pink ballet flats

Products: Top - Target, Bralette - Target, Jeans - J.Crew Factory, Shoes - J.Crew Factory

This girly blouse is a great alternative to my favorite plain tees. It's loose, but still super cute! I added a halter bralette to peek out in the front and to add some coverage for the sheer part in the back. 

Next, I added some jeans and matching ballet flats for a look that is feminine and classic, while still remaining casual and comfy.

Thursday

Cute and comfy boho outfit for summer: Patterned fit and flare dress, fringe vest in cream, brown flat booties

Products: Dress - Target, Vest - Target, Booties - Target

This boho fit-and-flare dress is not something I'd normally wear, but I absolutely love it! 

I usually shy away from sleeveless tops, so I added a fringe vest to cover the shoulders a bit more. I think it adds so much to the look!

For comfortable footwear, I went with booties - the closed toe will transition well into the fall and the flat heel makes walking a breeze.

Friday

Cute and easy romper outfit: Black and white wrap romper with a simple print, metallic clutch with fringe detail, statement earrings, flatform espadrilles

Products: Romper - Target, Wedges - Target, Clutch - Target, Earrings - Target

Rompers are another good alternative to your basic tee-shirt dress. This one features a trendy black and white pattern and a flattering cut. 

I paired it with some black platform wedges, some silver earrings, and a metallic clutch. It's an easy outfit, but definitely not basic!

Saturday

Cute outfit idea for summer: Pink and blue patterned maxi skirt, royal blue cami, knee-high gladiator sandals, pink tassel earrings

Products: Skirt - Target, Top - J.Crew Factory, Shoes - Target, Earrings - J.Crew Factory

Maxi skirts are SO comfy, and yet I feel like I never wear them! Instead of wearing a denim skirt, I traded it out for this patterned maxi

I added a bright blue cami (instead of a tee!) and some gladiator sandals to keep a casual vibe. I also threw in some tassel earrings because they're just so fun!

Sunday

Cute and simple outfit idea: Black and white striped maxi dress with short sleeves and a wrap detail, black espadrille flats, nude crossbody bag

Products: Dress - Target, Espadrilles - Target, Purse - J.Crew Factory

Wrap dresses are pretty trendy right now and they're a good alternative to tee shirt dresses for everyday activities. This one features an adorable vertical stripe pattern in black and white which I love. 

I paired it with espadrilles which are a good alternative to my fave sneakers and I added a versatile nude crossbody bag to hold the necessities.

What do you think?

What are your go-to pieces? Which outfit is your favorite? Do you have your own idea for a style challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

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