Does pattern mixing scare the beejeezus out of you or are you a seasoned pro who mixes patterns in their sleep?
Pattern mixing can be whatever you want it to be; decidedly obvious, as with florals and stripes or with Polka Dots and Stripes, or intentionally subtle like my outfit below.
At first glance, you’re probably thinking er… where is the pattern mixing, Petite Vix? Well, take a closer look and you’ll begin to see some emerging.
The print of the shirt is obviously the main focal point but topping and tailing the look, I’m wearing a
snakeskin ankle boots.
Then, for some added texture and colour,
the silver necklace, which itself has an intricate pattern
and a 3 colour way bag with a central gold panel, green handles and brown, lazer cut side panels.
The mixing is low key but overall these subtle details add depth and create more of a textured look. I could have easily chosen plain boots, and a bag and a beret in one colour but the outfit would have looked rather linear. Instead, by consciously choosing to wear my snakeskin boots, my 3 colour way bag and the striped beret, I’ve built in enough visual interest to balance out the block colours of the chocolate brown jeans and the teal cardigan.
And wearing my Precision hat of a Pilates teacher, I’m deeply satisfied at how my pointy collars and pointy necklace are so aligned with each other!
Lately, I’ve really started to enjoy wearing shirts. I rarely used to wear them partly because
they reminded me too much of having to wear horrible, polyester shirts for school – urgh!
I never found them comfortable.
I rarely found a shirt that properly fitted my petite frame.
If it fitted on the bust, the sleeves would be like orangutan arms. I don’t know about you but I feel quite strongly that orangutan arms only look good on orangutans.
The one I’m wearing is new in at Boden (available in both petite and regular) and when they had a Spring offer on a couple of weeks ago, I decided to order one of their shirts to try, particularly as the pattern of this one is rather fetching.
The collars sit really neatly on this shirt – always a sign of good quality in a shirt I find – so I decided to keep it buttoned up along with the top two cardigan buttons. I liked the slightly preppy vibe it gave plus it allowed me to wear my necklace high. Against the teal of the cardigan it becomes a real feature, without competing against the shirt.
With temperatures in London the past week dropping to the ‘I’d quite like to stay wrapped up in bed under a warm duvet, thank you very much‘ level, I’m not quite ready to shed my rich Winter colours just yet. The chocolate brown and teal felt right for the starkness of the day.
But the lighter pattern shirt and the snakeskin stop the look from being too dark. And with both the beret and the cardigan being cashmere, I was warm without having to pile on thick jumpers, as by now, I am ready to transition to lighter layers, as we inch our way towards the official start of Spring.
I have a real crush on these low sitting, ankle boots at the moment! You first saw them on my Playful Polka Dots post and I’ve been wearing them alot. I’m finding they are an easy Winter to Spring transitional print and boot. From some conversations I’ve had and from reading other blogs, it seems, at least for some women, that snakeskin is a little more scary, or certainly less familiar to wear, than some animal prints. However, get the right sized print and colouring and I think snakeskin is a more subtle and grown up print than leopard print.
Dorothy Perkins Petite Chocolate Brown Skinny Jeans
Boden Classic Shirt Available in petite and regular. I’m wearing a petite 14. I sized up from a 12 as it was a more comfortable fit for me.
TKMaxx Cashmere Cardigan (old)
Marks&Spencer Western Heel Ankle Boots only available now in size 8. Warehouse Snakeskin Block Ankle Boot Currently in the sale and available in petite sizes.
Urban Originals Bag from TKMaxx
New Look Necklace (last season) Not triangles but a pretty Silver Fan Collar Necklace
Seasalt Rock Beret in Merino Wool & Cashmere bought in the sale in February & still available. Also comes in navy.
If you’ve always thought pattern mixing was about screaming it from the rooftops with clashing prints and busy colours, and therefore you backed slowly out of the pattern mixing room never to venture therein again, then think again.
As much as it’s fun to be bold with mixing prints and colours – and I’m all for being bold – sometimes you can have just as much fun by being quietly confident in your pattern mixing.
What are your favourite patterns to mix. And do you mix it up by using your accessories to mix your patterns with as here?