Category Archives: Mixing Patterns

a little lilac

26th May 2013

today i pair pretty pastel prints with a little bit of pattern.
i’m loving lilac this season! try pairing lavender with seafoam or navy!

if you’re mixing prints, choose two tone patterns that both use white. doing so will preserve the whimsy of pattern mixing without taking the look over the top.
top: modcloth // shorts: j.crew (try yellow) // shoes: kate spade (on sale!) // statement pearls // sunnies: karen walker // handbag: kate spade (on sale!) // ring: forever 21 // arm party: j.crew // michael kors // vintage


26th March 2013

today we’re going geometric with purple pattern mixing!

 pattern mixing is about takings risks and dressing outside the lines! dare to pair your favorite patterned dress with a contrasting pattern belt (or try a ribbon like i used) just use complimentary colors or classic black & white to keep it under controll!
as we step into spring, don’t forget about your favorite tights! instead give them an upgrade and go for a vibrant stocking to pair with your favorite flirty skirts. 
 dress: kate spade // tights: target // belt: ribbon from target // necklace: kate spade // sunnies: miu miu // cardigan: kate spade // boots: shoegasm (my new favorite) //  ring: kate spade // arm party: sequin // kate spade idioms  // vintage // kate spade charm bracelet // j.crew // sequin

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pink && teal

10th January 2013

today, let’s brighten up the usual b&&w outfit with a pop of color

i’m all about the pop of color, it is always so perfect && so on trend for spring! but i couldn’t resort to just one surprising hue, i had to double my color with a pop of teal && a pop of deep pink (both hot colors for spring).

most either opt for pattern mixing or utilizing a color pop! but this year, be bold && try both! oh && when you’re looking to pattern mix try two geometric patterns like stripes && dots, gingham && polka dots or stripes && houndstooth (like me!).
did you splurge on a holiday day dress to die for? if so, here’s a tip on remixing your favorite festive frock for the new year! layer a cute cardigan over the top && cinch it with a statement belt to define your waist while making your dress look completely different!

 dress: kate spade // cardie: target (try these) // belt: vintage // necklaces: francescas && diy pearls (tutroial) // shoes: kate spade (look for less)// earrings: vintage (check these out) // sunnies: miu miu // bag: kate spade // rings: vintage // wire wrap // betsey johnson // kate spade // vintage // arm party: vintage // sequin // vintage // kate spade idioms // vintage // michael kors // vintage // jcrew // forever 21

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13th September 2012

today’s post is all about the power of pattern mixing && a pop of color!
for this look i’m using a pop of poppy paired with b&w patterns to make a statement.

if you are hesitant about mixing patterns, try pairing two black && white prints together! it won’t come off as shocking as other pattern pairs && is uses something you probably already have lying around in your closet! try pairing your polka dots with stripes or even houndstooth like i did today! also use a solid piece, like i did with my black skirt, to keep from going over board!
some disagree, but i think leopard as a natural! i put my leopard skinny belt to work once again && used it to bring an unexpected twist to the outfit. i finalized with another spot of polka dots south of my ankles && brought some color to the look by doubling up on my poppy pins!
one tip for layering is to “double layer” or layer on either side of a specific piece. in my case, i choose a solid black skirt as my center piece && layered my patterned polka dot skirt under it && my cardigan over it. if you choose to double layer (under && over) choose a layering center piece that is opposite of your other garnets. for example, go for a solid to pair with two patterned pieces (like me) or use a pattered center piece to pair with two solid ones for maximum contrast without overdoing it!
blouse: forever 21 (similar) // cardigan: target (similar) // skirt: modcloth // shoes: kate spade // red poppies x2 // bag: kate spade // belt: express (similar) // arm party: kate spade// j.crew // sequin // kate spade // sequin // earrings: kate spade


5th September 2012

ahoy there, today’s post is a nod to the nautical!
but since navy is such a key color for nautical nonsense, and since i don’t usually wear navy, i do nautically a little different than the norm. instead of anchors && sailboats, I go pirate-esuqe…
alright matey, let’s set sail.

looking for a simple summer outfit? look no further than your closet! take your favorite loose tee, knot it at the waist over a basic black skirt, add fun heels && a flower pin for a perfect pop of color!
outfit inspiration doesn’t always have to be literal. no-one has to know you are dressing pirate-esque. I just paired black && white with bold stripes && pops of red to get the nautical-essence without going overboard. syncing a t-shirt with a side knot, is also a nice piratey touch that will make your waist look ity bitty!
oh, and did you nottice? captain waffles joined me on my sea-side adventure. he thinks that if you are willing to mix patterns, but are afraid of going overboard, you should stick to black && white!
shirt: forever 21 (old) // skirt: boutique’d (@modcloth) // shoes: kate spade // red flower pin // knotted pearls // clutch: kate spade // arm party: kate spade// j.crew // kate spade earrings: kate spadePhotobucket

predator & prey

19th July 2012

let take a walk on the wild side

today, we are taking pattern mixing to a whole new level by pairing prints with prints in a wild animal inspired look.
Pattern mixing is a great way to make the most of your wardrobe. By pairing patterns together you can breathe new light into your looks while getting extra use out of pieces that you wouldn’t normally wear together.When mixing patterns, remember to keep it classy! Stick to simple silhouettes and classic shapes like a-line dresses and cardigans to keep the look under control. Also look for complimentary colors, using black & white is always a great way to help you achieve print pairing perfection. 
dress: kate spade (& check out this awesome zebra peplum top) // caridgan: h&m (old) // bag: kate spade // necklaces: kenneth jay lane // shoes: kate spade // arm party: j.crew, kate spade, forever 21 // earrings: kate spade.
if you like this look, check out this other pattern mixing outfit featuring the same cardie. It happens to be one of my favorite to ever be featured on cmc.

spotted purfection

10th July 2012

I am beyond obsessed with all things dotted and have a strong desire to dress as a leopard lady, so it was only a matter of time before these perfect prints got paired.

I first dabbled in pattern mixing when the trend caught my eye a few years ago and I have become a print pairing addict ever since. 
Pattern mixing can be often used to make a bold or even unexpected statement by pairing loud prints. But I took a different approach by pairing timeless patterns with basic silhouettes to give the look classic twist.
 Oh and by the way, did you happen to notice what is happening south of my ankles? I’ve been twirling through the streets in my brand new Kate Spade Dazzle Shoes. The low block heel makes them super functional and comfortable but the big gold accent adds a touch of whimsy. 
Michael Kors Polka Dot Blouse (Similar) // H&M Leopard Cardigan (Twinsies: onetwothree) // Basic Black Skirt available at Modcloth // Kate Spade Black Dazzle Shoes (Brand New!!) // Tom Ford Nikita Cat-Eye Sunnies // Kate Spade Gold Flicker Scout Bag // Juicy Couture Gold Buckle Bangle // Kate Spade Idiom Bangles // J.crew Pave Link Bracelet // Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Small Bracelet // Vintage Hand-Me-Down Gold Earrings (Thanks Mom!) // Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring.

Style Spotlight: Carried Away

1st June 2012

It’s time for another style spotlight!

I’ve been watching sex and the city from the begining latley so I am becoming slightly more obsessed, with carrie and her ever changing style. In this look, she is channeling a trend from last year that is still hot for spring/summer 2012: pattern mixing! Lets take a look at how its done.

Rookies… listen up!
If you are new to pattern mixing, the easiest way to get the look without looking over the top is to stick to black and white and maybe one other color (like red or pink shown above). You can even mix different mediums of the same print, like spots on spots in spots (top row, center). Also pick easy to pair prints, like stripes and polkadots – a perfect match. 
Challenge yourself!
mastered the spots and stripes combo? great! now let’s explore more advanced pattern mixing. Before you even get started, pick a theme. Do you want your look to be casual & fun? or are you craving to channel pastels? your theme can be a color pallet (pastels), a style (nautical) or anything else, just make sure you have one! Then look for complimentary colors: you may stick to the primaries (casual&fun: red, yellow and blue) or pick one starting piece (the skirt in printed pastels) and pull colors from within that piece (baby blue and pastel pink). Whatever you choose, keep it simple… use simple silhouette and accessories (such as a big solid belt) to tone the look down and separate your printed pieces!
Now, lets get carried away…
In our style spotlight: Carrie is wearing stripes on stripes in both horizontal and vertical patterns! You can easily recreate this with pieces you probably already have in your closet, or can pick up at an H&M or Forever21 for cheap. Just pick a color scheme, grab two striped or color blocked pieces, dress it up with a statement necklace, belt it and tone it down with solid shoes. The “Bold” look most closely resembles Carrie’s, only she would probably be wearing red manolo’s instead.
Happy Pattern Mixing!
I would love to see what fabulous outfits you come up with!

Hello Yellow

22nd April 2012

nothing says “hello, i’m here, notice me” like a little bit of yellow.
today I was bold and bright in statement jewelry, pops of color, bold prints and a little bit of yellow. here’s how I wore it…

the day started out chilly, so I started out in a checked cape
but as it warmed up, I revealed pattern and color underneath.
Since I am currently layer obsessed, I paired two patterns together before tucking it all into this yellow mini.
The layering doesn’t stop with clothing, I pile on the bangles and bracelets too, mixing colors and textures.
 My store finally got the aqua gum drops back in, they make the perfect pop of color to compliment my matching ring
I noticed that I am wearing some of my favroites: polka dot flats, gathered bow belt, new bond street florence and kjl necklaces.
my last little bit of layering was doubling up on the necklaces, I loved my turquoise kenneth jay lane one so much I had to get the black one too, and today I couldn’t choose.. so I wore both!
 Necklaces: All Eyes On You worn doubled up in Turquoise and Black, Kenneth Jay Lane. Skirt: Yellow Mini, Donna Karen via consignment + alterations (similar here, here or here). Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Shocking Pink (On Sale!). Top: Polka Dot Cowl Neck Top, Vintage (similar).  Shoes: pointed toe polka dot flats, vintage (similar). Shirt: Black long sleeve (worn under), H&M. Basic Black Tights. Jewelry: kate spade all wrapped up bow ring, kate spade aqua gum drop studs, kate spade idiom bangles, turquoise ring, vintage link bracelet (similar), pearls.

print, please

20th February 2012

When its done right, mixing prints can give you an unexpectedly chic look that pushes your own personal style boundaries. This blair-inspired look aims to do just that by pairing subtle prints for a head turning look.  

Blouse: Vintage. Top: Basics, H&M. Cape: Anne Taylor via Consignment. Skirt: Zara. Tights: Argyle, Kate Spade. Headband: Black Satin Bow, Sally’s. Bracelet: Idom Bangles, Kate Spade. Bag: Kate Spade.

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