Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mixing Prints

My Threads: Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Hollister, Belt, Bracelet & Necklace: Forever 21, Wedges: Me Too via Nordstrom, Watch: Fossil, Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Today I'm linking up with the always stylish Marion over at Marionberry Style for her Trend of the Month Challenge. Which is...dum dum dum...pattern mixing. 

An honest confession: mixing prints terrifies me. I think it's an adorable trend, and there are loads of bloggers that are print mixing artists, but I'm just not one of them. 

Today I spent about 20-30 minutes staring at my closet before I pulled out a few patterned things. About eight outfits later, I settled on a striped shirt with a floral skirt. Then I didn't have any shoes that worked, so I just grabbed some neutral wedges. 

So this is the result of my first real attempt at mixing patterns. I've had a few previous attempts, but none were very well documented. Or not documented at all.

I think this all stems from being really good at pattern mixing (ha) when I was a kid, then having kids point out it wasn't cool (yet). 

Anyway, this was a good exercise for me. Although a little frustrating, I like taking on more difficult challenges. Plus I actually got a wearable outfit out of it! I think we can call it a win win.

Are there any trends you struggle with? 


  1. Mixing prints is def. a trend I struggle with. I still haven't mastered it, none of the looks I come up with have ever left my bedroom lol

    You look adorable tho.!! I love it! Full minis are my favorite.

  2. pattern mixing usually scares me but you look great in this look! xo

  3. I think you did great! I love the stripes with the floral cute!

  4. The buttons at the sleeves of your top are the perfect little touch!

  5. I totally agree with you that this is a difficult trend. But this outfit looks awesome. That skirt is beautiful! I'd love for you to check out my pattern mixing today!
    I love your style. I'm following you now via bloglovin. I'd love for you to follow back if you like!

  6. Found you over at Marionberry Style - love this look!! I'm definitely not a pattern mixing expert either - it is a tough look to master but I think it is a really fun one, too! Following you now - excited to see more!
    Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose

  7. Wow, I think you did fabulously...stripes/florals can't really go wrong, if you ask's my fav pattern combination. Plus these blues are so pretty on you :) I struggle with a lot of more modern trends...I def don't know how to pull of the kind of relaxed urban look that's been big lately. Or neons, they scare me!

    <3 Cambria

  8. What an adorable look! Love the pattern mixing and floral skirt is super cute!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

  9. emily this is perfect! your hard "staring" paid off :) :) hehe

  10. I love this floral skirt. Florals and stripes is such a great way to get your feet wet in the pattern mixing trend. You did it so well with this outfit, and you look great! :)

    -Mary @

  11. I think you did an awesome job print mixing! I would totally wear this adorable look--hopefully it's the start of many more print mixes to come :) Shea @ Bon Chic Bon Gastronomique


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