pattern-mixing for the timid

top: Tory Burch | striped bermudas: I.N.C. | sunnies: Tom Ford c/o RueLaLa | wedges: Antonio Milani




Confession: I am not the bravest pattern-mixing style blogger on the interwebs. When I wore this yesterday, I felt like I was blazing a trail in new mixology frontiers; florals and stripes — quite daring for this conservative dresser, I thought…

Then I looked at the photos. And realized that the striped half of the equation is so subtle, from a distance they just look solid. There’s nothing trailblazing about florals and solids. Clearly I need to step up my game.

However, if you’re not a trend-obsessed style blogger and just want to mix things up a little in your day-to-day, may I suggest adding a bottom of the teeny striped variety to your closet? They add just a little something to keep things interesting, but won’t overwhelm you if you’re a pattern-mixing newbie. Like me.

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  1. 7.17.12
    Jupe said:

    I am at the point of being a somewhat timid pattern mixer…I’ve gotten more and more used to the idea, but I’m no Frassy yet, haha. I actually really like your seersucker and floral together, thought it made a charming combination! That colour is beautiful on you too :)

    Following your blog…you’ve got great style and your posts are super fun to read!

    <3 CAMBRIA

  2. 7.16.12
    ibeautify said:

    Gorgeous combination.

  3. 7.14.12

    The updo is a perfect look for this fun ensemble!

  4. 7.14.12
    Anne said:

    Love this… you look beautiful as always!!

  5. 7.14.12

    I love this subtle look pattern mixing look, and I especially LOVE that beautiful top on you!! Plus these photos are extra pretty – such perfect light. Happy weekend, sweet girl! xo

  6. 7.14.12

    Admittedly, I didn’t notice the stripes at first, but, regardless, this is a great foray into pattern mixing. I love your blouse – it would look good with almost anything!


  7. 7.13.12
    Franziska said:

    I recently wore florals and leopard and felt crrrrraaazy.

    • 7.14.12

      Florals and leopard? LOVE it. Trying it for round 2 ;-)

  8. 7.13.12

    Cute outfit!

  9. 7.13.12

    This looks like a magazine photo shoot to me for some reason–maybe the high contrast between the colors in your outfit and the landscape? Cute!

  10. 7.13.12
    shannon said:

    Gorgeous blouse! Everything about it, from the color to the pattern is Summer perfection!

  11. 7.13.12

    How brave of you! You could mayyyyybe try something more daring next time, but good for you for taking the first step. You can totally pull off pattern mixing.

    Sarah’s Real Life

  12. 7.13.12

    I love your outfit! Looks great!