Mixing Patterns on Over 50 Feeling 40

Today, we are discussing some style tips to keep in mind for mixing patterns.  Why?  Because so many of you were IN LOVE with the Would you Wear It Look last weekend on this blog.  Mixing Patterns is one of the favorites of bohemian style which several readers have said they love.  So, I thought I would occasionally share some tips for wearing the different designs that get a garment or outfit labeled bohemian.



Stripes and Bikes on Over 50 Feeling 40

In fashion design, this is perhaps one of the most controversial creative techniques and may be the most controversial when it comes to bohemian style.  Some women love it…some hate it…and most men do not get it at all!

I am wearing a nod to mixed prints in this picture.  This is not a bohemian look, but sometimes I subtly enjoy wearing the style (though Mr. B just does not like it at all…or understand it). 

Style Tips:

  1. As the first outfit above, one print should be the star and the other the supporting act.
  2. I am wearing different prints in the same color families…black & white. This is an easy way to mix prints.
  3. Consider wearing the same print with one garment on a large version and one in a smaller version.
  4. For some reason when it comes to mixing prints, fashion professionals say to treat stripes as a neutral …meaning, any other print will go with a stripe.


Mixed leopard prints on over 50 Feeling 40

  1. The known tip for wearing prints is to select prints in the same color families or that share a dominate single color. In the first picture, the dominant color is the peach or coral.

I hope this will help you going forward.  It is fun to play with the prints you currently own and mix in another piece or a scarf that you had not considered before.  You just might be surprised on how great it will look.



Bohemian on Over 50 Feeling 40 

 Yes, straight from a screenshot on my phone is the idea of mixing textures instead.  Pay attention to the top under the kimono above.  This is a nice way to “mix things up” a bit.


Mannequins on over 50 feeling 40

On Friday, in Texas, retail will open, malls will open, restaurants will open and the stay home guidelines will lift for everyone but ME!  Actually, not just me, but for anyone 65+.  Though I understand why, I am wondering if I would get “carded” if I just ran into the mall to shoot the picture of a mannequin for Would You Wear It?  A friend suggested a baseball cap and sunglasses. HMMMM…the incognito senior! Do you think security will believe me when I tell them why I am there?  The Governor is looking at salons for May 18….by then I may have to go into hiding.  I promised my hair stylist no home remedies.  I have never been a baseball cap fan, but desperate measures are on the horizon.

 Stay tuned…this could get interesting!

Back to the topic at hand, how do you feel about pattern mixing.  Do you do it…do you like it…do you stay away? 

Please share and enjoy the Fabulous Find Slideshow!  I am celebrating today, because I finally figured out how to get my server to link to Nordstrom Rack again.  I celebrated by ordering a kimono…will show you soon, but here are more options plus JJill has some incredible sale prices and there are so many pretty options for home now.  Enjoy!


Remember, in our social distancing world, your smile is the way you send hugs! 

KEEP SMILING and hugging!

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By Pamela Lutrell

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