Saturday, May 18, 2013

OOTD: Stripes and Florals + Pattern Mixing

Hi everyone, this week I did a pattern-mixing outfit on the blog.  There is a subtle rhyme and reason to this style.   My main suggestion is to pair one of your prints with another print that has more 'white space.'  In other words, pair a very busy pattern, with a less busy pattern, that is less dense.  Here, the striped peplum top from Conversation Pieces is less busy than the floral print skirt from LOFT, so the outfit works.  That's just my suggestion, but I've also seen other styles that work just as well.  Larger stripes on smaller stripes seems to work out well, and polka dots and stripes can work, too.

It's really about playing with the outfit, and choosing something that you feel comfortable in.  Attempts at styling these can leave you feeling a little bit like a clown in a circus, so don't go overboard; keep one pattern as the neutral, and the other as the standout pieces, so that your don't have pieces that compete with one another.

I'm not afraid of a little color, obviously, so I chose brightly colored blue heels from Zara.  My cat eye sunglasses are cheapies from Forever21.

Click below for the full outfit post.

Don't mind my really ugly, ugly toes :(

Bauble Bar jewels 

Wearing LOFT Floral Variety Pencil Skirt (currently 40% off) (black and white here)
Striped Peplum Top c/o Conversation Pieces Clothing (similar) (similar).
BCBG belt - the neutral color of this belt goes with everything. I always wear it.  Similar here
BaubleBar Mint Solitaire Rings (still available) (similar)  *BaubleBar jewelery (sign up here)* - My instagramed pic wearing these rings is on the BaubleBar website, pretty cool :)
BaubleBar Teal Lance Pendant (similar) (similar) *BaubleBar jewelery (sign up here)*
Clover earrings (no brand) similar here & here 
Forever 21 Cat Eye Tortoise Shell sunglasses (still available) (similar) (similar) 
Zara blue suede sandals (old) (similar here)

Thank you for reading!
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