Stripes galore! Yes, I could have put a navy top with these pants – expected AND a little dull. Instead I decided to do multiple stripes. Now, I will tell you that no one rushed up at work to tell me how great this outfit looked so it may be up to you, dear readers, to validate my decision. But I’ll own my choice because I love pattern mixing! What do YOU think?
Be still, my heart. This dress is THE best! Its pattern, as you can see in these pictures, is vibrant as are the colors. There are slits on the sides plus an opening below the buttons in the front so, even though the dress is long, it is airy and even a little sexy. PLUS I will also wear it as a long jacket/duster and maybe even over skinny jeans.
It is a perfect example of the beautiful and inexpensive interpretations of high end fashion that H&M can do so well. I buy maybe 3-4 things a year at H&M and I’ve learned over the years not to “leap” at something ordinary and cheap. I wait for beauties like this!
Kate picked out today’s outfit – I want to give credit where credit is due! Sometimes I scroll through Dropbox and I’m not inspired by any of my past ensembles. It helps to have another fashionista’s fresh perspective. Thanks, Kate!
Here I’m wearing a good outfit for transitioning from winter to spring – floaty, bright summer culottes paired with a cool weather top – just the ticket for a day with a cool morning (just throw on a trench or a denim jacket) that segues into a balmy afternoon. Those of us in California are experts at this kind of dressing which works between seasons everywhere else!
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Mixing patterns when using black and white prints is pretty easy and I’m always game to try. This effort worked pretty well, as least from my perspective. Black and white is such a classic combo. I firmly believe I could live forever on this combination with the addition of some wonderful shoes and accessories. How does the black and white combo work for you?
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I couldn’t help myself. These two patterns looked SO RIGHT together and, even though I had second thoughts, I wore these culottes and tee together – with my head held high!
Separately, of course, these items have a lot of versatility but I love the idea of summery printed culottes. I am also glad that yellow print tops seem to be everywhere – I gravitate towards yellow anything so I’m on board. Are you?
Kate says: Don’t you love it when you pair two favorite items together for the first time? That’s what happened here. This jacket is not very “me”, but it has turned out to be my go jacket when I want to add some pattern and color to an outfit. With this more feminine dress, it makes a great contrast. Mom shows us the perfect way to make a floral bomber and cheeky tee work-appropriate — pair them with classic black slacks and a pearl necklace!
Jeanne says: It is hard to argue with cute printed jackets. They dictate the color scheme and pull a simple outfit together. I may be pushing it with my irreverent tee, but Kate knows how to take a simple blue dress and dress it up with a fabulous patterned jacket.
Jeanne says: First of all, I have to start off by telling you that Kate’s pants ARE a very cute black watch plaid…a little hard to tell here! My plaid pants really are one of a kind, but they go surprisingly well with black and white combinations! My outfit maybe somewhat wild, but Kate’s very cute – love the turquoise with her blue shirt and plaid pants!
Kate says: Although it’s hard to tell these pants are plaid, I think the subtleness of the pattern makes them much more versatile. Plaid pants can be very loud, so finding a pair that you can almost treat like a black pant gives you a lot more outfit options. Mom’s pants are on the other end of the spectrum — but we all need those patterned statement pants in our wardrobe too!
Mixing patterns has never been difficult for us; its almost second nature! Jeanne’s pretty matchy matchy about it as we’ve seen, while Kate’s approach is much more free-spirited. We both like pattern matching because it makes our wardrobe pieces go even further!
Kate says: The easiest way to pattern mix is with two prints that utilize the same color palette. Navy and light blue go together really easily here, although I was certainly nervous about whether this outfit would be too loud! I also enjoy mixing a more graphic print (like dots) with a “natural” print (like a floral).
Jeanne says: It is all about pattern mixing. Kate’s version is bolder — we clearly see polka dots mixed with a vine pattern on her sweater. My skirt is more subtle but also mixed with a “louder” sweater. With the new year upon us, there is no better time than now to go bold with pattern mixing!
Jeanne says: Who looks cutest today, I wonder? My outfit is transitional — a cozier take on my summer pencil skirt. I bought this wonderful ombre sweater deeply on sale at The Loft and it goes beautifully with my Target skirt; how inexpensive can a great ensemble be? The pattern mixing qualities of this outfit are just one part of this whole ensemble, but they work pretty well.
Kate’s outfit (and her hair) is marvelous and much bolder than mine. I’m not sure I would have put these two patterns together, but they really work, don’t they? And she just looks so confident and chic (what every mom wants, right?). I really like the nude pumps with this outfit too; I think black would have been too much — the nude is perfect with this complex combo.
Kate says: This was one of those outfits that I questioned as soon as I put it on — but then went with it anyway! And somehow, it seems to work. I think it helps that the base color in the top matches the color flecks in the pants. And when you’re mixing patterns this boldly, you need to keep your accessories simple, which is what I tried to do here with a basic gold link necklace and nude pumps. I’ve had this top and pants for a good while now — pattern mixing is a great way to get new combos out of old clothes!
I’m so excited we finally get to see Mom’s new haircolor in its full glory! Is it possible that her platinum white ‘do makes her outfits even sassier? I am loving this ombre sweater with her mirror print skirt — such perfect color matching and a great way to fall-ify a summery skirt. Mom’s pattern mixing a more subtle than mine, but she always does a great job of working her gingham shirt in with other patterns — it’s almost a neutral for her!