Hi everybody! I’m here for you this morning with a Monday-proof strategy for looking polished with minimum effort. I present to you, pattern mixing. Stripes and plaid? Why yes, yes indeed. Don’t mind if I do.
The first time I wore this outfit I was low on sleep (and therefore energy), but was dressing for a full day, and didn’t have time to change before dinner. You’ll imagine, then, how pleased I was to be told at dinner that night that I looked “cool.” YES. Thank you patterns, dry shampoo, and good under-eye concealer.
Anyway, onto the strategy. When I pattern mix, I try to keep colors relatively consistent. Really, just pick one and go with it. I find that mixing both colors and patterns can quickly cross the line from chic to chaotic without vigilant supervision, and on days when I’m turning to pattern mixing for help I don’t consider myself equipped for that kind of adult responsibility. I also try to keep the rest of my outfit relatively clean. In other words, I choose two pieces with different patterns to mix, and keep the rest of my outfit relatively pattern-free. It helps make the overall look smooth and minimizes distraction from the true stars of the show. It also means I can shrug on a hoodie and leather jacket, a comfy pair of jeans, and my favorite go-to booties and waltz out the door.
What do you think about pattern mixing? Would you give it a swing? Let me know how it goes for you! And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by!
Top: BP Brand (old, similar), American Apparel hoodie
Jacket: J. Crew (similar here, here, and here)
Bottoms: Articles of Society
Shoes: Donald J. Pliner (current season here)
Bag: BP Brand (old, similar here and here)
Accessories: BP Brand scarf (old, similar), Bauble Bar earrings
Photography: Kate Comee