Oh. Em. Gee. You guys, pattern mixing is my nemesis!
So here’s the problem: I really don’t own that many patterns. And I really really really don’t own that many bottoms that have a pattern. Really really. So THAT’S a hole in my wardrobe to remedy!
I tried on 1 zillion outfits for this. Ok, maybe only like 20. But dang, that’s a lot of outfits! Here’s what I came up with.
Of all the prints I mixed, these are my favorite together. But, wow, that striped shirt makes me look really boobalicious! There’s also the fact that that is not a skirt – it’s a dress. And since it’s a dress, it’s a lil’ lumpy on the top half. I liked this look, but I didn’t love it.
Shirt: Julie’s Closet (free), Dress: Charter Club (thrifted), Shoes: Lower East Side (soooo old), Black braided belt: thrifted
I was having lighting issues here, so apologies for the weird. This is a pink and white striped button-down with the same skirt (dress) as outfit 1. Again, it was okay. But the button-down is pretty sheer and you could really see the dress underneath the shirt, which irritated me. Next!
Shirt: J. Crew (thrifted), Dress: Charter Club (thrifted), Shoes: Lower East Side (soooo old), Black braided belt: thrifted
Okay, so I predict this will be the most popular of the four outfits that I actually photographed. I really do like this outfit – it’s cute, and the colors are neutral, which keeps me from looking a little nuts. But you guys – it’s fancy. And let’s be real: I’m a stay-at-home mom! I would wear this out on a date night for sure. But for just hanging around the house (which is what’s happening today), I just could not keep this on. Back to the drawing board!
Polka-Dot Shirt: No label (thrifted), Pleated Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (thrifted), Shoes: Lower East Side (soooo old), Black belt: Target
Ahhhhhhh. Okay, so I realize these colors are NOT subtle. 😉 But, guys, of all the outfits I tried on, this is the one I felt most “me” in. The cardigan kind of tempers the colors a bit, though it’s a bit shapeless. (But isn’t that flower pin adorable? My eight-year-old made it for me for Mother’s Day last year! Swoon.)
Without the cardi. I feel a little exposed without it, but it’s fairly realistic of how I would spend the majority of the day.
Teal Striped Shirt: Gap (thrifted), Plaid skinnies: Mossimo (thrifted), Black caridgan: Kimchi & Blue, Shoes: Lower East Side (soooo old)
That’s it! It was a very educational experience, this whole pattern mixing thing. It clearly did not come naturally to me, but it’ll be something that I keep learning about in the future (particularly if/when I get some more patterns for my bottom-half!)
Which one do you like the best? I’m curious what you guys think!