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MOAR Stripes (and plaid)

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I’ve noticed over the past few months that I’ve gone from crazy pattern mixing to more solids paired with one pattern. I’m not sure why that is, but today I decided that I wanted to work on my pattern-mixing skills.

It helps that Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose has plaid for her Third Thursday Threads theme. So even though we’re still having highs in the 80s I wanted to wear something that fit the theme. Layer a plaid shirt over a striped tank top with jeans and sandals? That will do.


Shirt – J. Crew (similar and 25% off) | Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Express (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (code ERIN25 gets you 50% off your first month)

IMG_9027I used to mix prints all the time, as evidenced by posts like this one (featuring this same tank top!) or this one (featuring plaid pants!). It actually felt a little good to wear these two items together. In fact, I have plans to pair more plaid and stripes this winter. Recreating this outfit I pinned, for example.

Although, I suppose that I should be wearing my dresses and skirts a few more times before fall really descends on us. Or maybe I can figure out when it is, exactly, that one can wear sweaters and skirts and bare legs…


Subtle Pattern Mixing

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Chicago style blogger, polka dot dress, striped shirt, pattern mixing, black and white


Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I have a lovely low-key three days (yes, remember, I had Friday off) that basically consisted of running, grilling, and watching the first season of The Glades. I lead an exciting life, don’t I? Oh, I also taught someone how to use Facebook.

I also put together this outfit as inspired by this Erté painting chose by Salazar for this week’s Style Imitating Art.

image Spring Rain

Originally I was thinking my green pants with my polka dot chambray shirt but then I remembered that today I have a meeting with some auditors at work and decided that green pants and chambray might be a bit too casual.

So, instead, I went with subtle pattern mixing with polka dots and stripes and brought in some purple and green in the cardigan and the necklace. I also tried to find some art deco architecture to stand in front of but, alas, I could only find Victorian.

First world problems, right?

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

Pattern Mixing for Everyone

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · You Pick Wednesday
Welcome to this week’s installment of You Pick Wednesday!  After last week’s polka dot post I received quite a few requests to do a pattern mixing post.  So, here we go.  My thoughts on pattern mixing from beginners to advanced dressers!
Pattern Mixing with Stripes
Stripes make a nice “blank” canvas
Striped Top (similar)| Skirt (similar) | Pants | Polka Dot Top | Scarf (similar)*
1. When mixing with another pattern make sure that the dominant color in the patterns are either in the same color family, immediately next to one another on the color wheel, or opposing each other on the color wheel. (<-Beginner to Advanced)

2. Stick with patterns going in the same director or have one be an all-over pattern with no discernable direction. (<-Beginner and Intermediate)

Pattern Mixing with Polka Dots
Small scale polka dots go well with larger scale patterns

3. Pattern mixing is easier when the patterns are different scales.  Trying to pair one small pattern with another small pattern can make it look like you got dressed in the dark.  Larger patterns paired with smaller patterns  look best. (<-Beginner)

Pattern Mixing with Plaid

Mixing with plaid is a good illustration of all of the tips

Pants | Striped Sweater | Polka Dot Sweater | Blazer

4. If there is a lot of pattern going on, such as with plaid, keep the accessories minimal or neutral. (<-Beginner and Intermediate)

5. When in doubt, throw on a leopard scarf, belt or shoe.  But limit it to two of the three.  (<-Everyone!)


Need more help?  Angie at You Look Fab has some great pattern mixing posts as well.

Pattern Mixing for Beginners

Four Patterns for Easy Pattern Mixing

And, I hope you keep in mind that I haven’t always been drawn to mixing patterns.  So don’t expect to open your closet one morning and suddenly know exactly what patterns to put with what.  Start with the beginner tips and work your way up!

Or, you know, submit a question for a You Pick Wednesday post for your specific item or contact me for a closet consultation!

YouPickWednesdayicon*Note: I did not list links to all the items pictured.  If you want help finding something please let me know!