Style Bee - Look 1 - 10 x 10 - Spring

Spring ’16 10 x 10 – Look 1


Style Bee - Look 1 - 10 x 10 - Spring

Here we are! The first of 10 looks for my 10 x 10 Challenge is indeed this neutral little number. Now, you might be thinking, “Weird, I guess she does leave her office once in awhile.” and you’re totally right! I thought it was about time to change things up and get out of my studio to shoot these outfits in real life or so to speak. So I asked the lovely and incredibly talented Jacklyn Barber to help me capture the series. We had a great time shooting and despite the fact it was definitely NOT as warm as it looks, I love how Jacklyn captured each look. So now that you know why I’m not in my usual location, let’s dig into the details of outfit #1 shall we?

Style Bee - Look 1 - 10 x 10 - Spring

Let’s begin with these pants! It’s funny how certain styles will grow on you. For instance, I was a die hard skinny jeans girl for ages. If the seam didn’t leave an indent on my leg, they weren’t skinny enough. Believe me, I only wish I was kidding. Even just a couple years ago I would have never imagined I’d be saving up my pretty pennies to get my paws on a pair of completely opposite pants but time (and marketing) sure can work wonders!

The Sailor Pant by Jesse Kamm has had a cult following for many years (she’s been making this pant style for over a decade) but it wasn’t until last year (via this article) that they landed on my radar. It was more Jesse Kamm’s lifestyle philosophy that intrigued me at first but it didn’t take long before the wide-legged, high-rise, slightly cropped canvas splendour of these pants had me hooked. As they’re one of the pricier purchases I’ve made to date, I took my time and stashed away spare change until they finally arrived at a boutique in Canada (One of a Few) and I made my move.

I’m so glad I did because they’ve quickly skyrocketed to the top of my closet favourites list and I feel like a million bucks whenever I wear them, even though it’s been infrequently thanks to our late Spring. I find them bizarrely flattering and surprisingly slimming since they’re a heavy-weight cotton that’s not terribly forgiving in most styles. Would you believe I’m already scheming to get another colour? Feel free to judge. I guess it just goes to show that you can never get too set in your ways when it comes to personal style!

Style Bee - Look 1 - 10 x 10 - Spring

Next up is this top, one of my favourite styles by Elizabeth Suzann, the Linn Tee. I’ve worn my boiled wool version a few times on the blog (here and here) and absolutely adore it! So as soon as the Signature Collection revealed it’s return I knew resistance was futile. The mid-weight linen Elizabeth Suzann has used for this one is absolutely gorgeous and feels fluid and light but not at all delicate or fragile. It feels like it can take a lot of wears and washes, which is key for any closet staple.

The Linn Tee is also the perfect ‘crop’ for anyone a little hesitant to embrace crop tops. It’s cropped but not too short and the hi-low hem definitely helps you feel less exposed. I always recommend it to readers and friends who are looking for a simple but interesting piece that has an oversized feel without the added bulk. I’m currently loving it over these pants but also over a simple shift dress or tunic, which you’ll see later in this series.

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The last element on this look worth noting is this bandana. Well, really it’s a lovely little silk scarf that I’ve been wearing like a bandana. I love the slightly retro, slightly French and slightly Western vibe it adds to a look without being too much of any category. As you know I’m all for adding interest in the simplest way possible. I’ll have to thank Leandra Medine for convincing me to try one.

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Thanks for reading and for joining me in this fun 10 x 10 Challenge! If you share any photos of your looks on Instagram be sure to tag them with #stylebee10x10 so I can see all the great combos you come up with!

Linn Tee in Flax Linen c/o Elizabeth Suzann | Jesse Kamm Sailor Pant | Eloise Bag The Stowe | Scarf n/a A Peace Treaty (large version) | Watch c/o Cluse | Mars Boot Rachel Comey  | Split Ring c/o Claus | Sunglasses c/o Madewell

Photography by Jacklyn Barber


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  1. Samantha says:

    My next ES purchase was going to be the Petra crop top but seeing the Linn Tee on you here is making me rethink things! Would you say the fit of the Linn Tee is more or less oversized than the J+J Blank Canvas top? Thanks!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Samantha! The Petra is on my Summer wish list for sure! I’m obsessed with the hemp twill fabric. But you can’t go wrong with the Linn IMO 🙂 The two are comparable but I just laid them flat and the shoulders are exactly the same while the body on the Blank Canvas is a few inches slimmer and a touch shorter. Hope that helps!

  2. Mun says:

    So lovely. Have absolutely fallen in love with the bandana too!

  3. Gabi says:

    Not yet. They’re out of my price range right now but hopefully one day I’ll be able to splurge!

  4. Shuang says:

    Lee, thank you for introducing me to this interview of Jesse Kamm. Her philosophy as a designer and human being is so inspiring. I’ve found my new girl crush! 🙂

    • Lee the Bee says:

      My pleasure Shuang, Isn’t her perspective so refreshing? I love how she’s managed to stay true to herself and her brand for so long despite tempting opportunities to stray. Xo

  5. Andrea H says:

    You’re right, they’re totally flattering! The pants look great on you. It’s funny how the tides shift when it comes to what we like, and you’re right, marketing definitely plays a part. Beautiful look!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much Andrea! I was mostly just intrigued by all the fuss they’ve been getting but now I totally see why. Hope your 10 x 10 is going great! Excited to see your first look. xo

  6. Alexandra Chua says:

    Loved the article on Jesse Kamm. The idea that you can and should embrace your looks is always a difficult one for me, but one of the things I’m learning on this journey we call finding our personal style. I ordered the pants when Need Supply was having their big sale and I am so glad I did. X

    • Lee the Bee says:

      I found the article so inspiring! The fact she hand delivers her local orders and how she approaches getting ready make me so happy. Plus that video is TOO good. I think we all struggle a bit with embracing our looks, especially the aspects we don’t love but I find the older I get the less I stress about the not-so-perfect parts. So glad you love the Sailor Pants! They are total game changers for me. xo

  7. susyolivia says:

    Gorgeous, as always! Can’t see what you do for the rest of the challenge 🙂

  8. Claudia says:

    Great way to kick off #whomademyclothes week! Nice work with the scarf!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Claudia! I was in the dark about the significance of this week and ethical fashion but I’m so glad the timing was serendipitous! Xo

  9. Gabi says:

    YES. This look is so perfect. I don’t blame you for wanting the pants in multiple colors. I’m definitely in the same boat 🙂