Jacket: Marshall’s
Traveler’s Blouse: Chico’s
Scarf: Forever 21
Skirt: Lane Bryant
Shoes: Target

“Her eyes must be going…poor dear…and so young!”…. One of the lines I imagine teachers saying in the teacher lounge on the days I show up for work in mixed patterns! It’s always risky, because so many people do not get it…however, I do find that it is mostly men who do not seem to like the look.

Another thing Stacey and Clinton from What Not To Wear taught me is that it’s fashionable to mix patterns as long as they are in the same color family!! That helps a lot if you are just not sure…check the colors. At first I looked for a necklace to wear with this outfit, then my eye fell on the scarf (hanging on my scarf tree). Do I dare? Well, I am glad I did…I liked the look and it was well received! At least I do not know for sure if I was discussed in the teacher’s lounge!!

From Beyond Beauty Basics, an article by Jennifer Long-Levy gave the following guidelines for mixing your look up:

1.Don’t wear two or more bold patterns together. The result is that they just compete with each other, and people will either think you got dressed drunk or in the dark.

2.Mix patterns that are in the same color family. This is kind of a no-brainer way to change it up with more than one pattern.

3.Don’t go overly matchy-matchy. Head to toe black and white polka dots in various sizes may seem like you’re following rule number one, but really you just look like you’re on your way to your prom. In 1986.

4.Some patterns are neutrals: Think tweed skirts and trousers or a small houndstooth. They are so classic and understated, they become a neutral.

5.Mix patterns of different weights. For instance, a cotton or silk blouse with a small dot or stripe pattern with a wool argyle sweater vest is a easy way to mix patterns. This look can even go with tweed and houndstooth for lots of visual interest, but no competing patterns.

6.Distance: Sometimes patterns work well together if they’re not against each other. For example, the other day a stylish friend of mine wore neutral-colored trousers with a light stripe with a black tunic. The pattern punch? A lovely leopard-print belt. The key was not belting the stripe with the leopard.

Have a Wonderful Day!

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