Unconventional Approach to Mixing Patterns

Hi All! I am feeling rather deceptive posting a summery dress while it’s raining outside. I swear the weather was +20 degrees two days ago. This is a re-mix outfit from my postΒ is July. I’ve added a peter pan collar necklace, leopard print cardigan and floppy hat. I’ve always wanted one of these floppy hats but frankly, didn’t think I could pull it off. I always envision the models from Free People magazines wearing them with their beautiful long mermaid hair streaming out. Alas, I traded Β some old clothes at Freestyle and picked up this hat for the credit. I am taking a liking to it. This cardigan has been with me for many years. Just a cheapy find from Forever21. I think all 8 of my college room mates took a turn wearing it out for a night on the town. It’s definitely been around the block a time or two. If you are looking to add a fun detachable collar to adorn a shirt or dress check out this, this and this.

I asked my boyfriend to photograph this outfit for me. Before we did, he asked why I chose to mix an umbrella pattern with leopard print. I really didn’t have any answers. Sometimes putting together a decent outfit has no logic.Β When I am throwing on outfits in the morning it’s purely all based on intuition. The combination could work out perfectly or crash miserably. Most times I just hope for the best and go with my gut.

What do you guys think of mixing patterns? Are there any pattern matching no-no’s?

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  1. Jess

    I love the peter pan collar. You can just tell him it’s very British. I think this leopard print is a very neutral print and could be paired with most any pattern. =]

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  2. Kayce

    I love your blog! I especially love how you mix unexpected patterns. I’m such a fan of that, and you look great!



  3. Rach

    So cute and quirky! Love it! I’m hosting a giveaway today, I’d love for you to stop by!

    xo Rach

  4. Brandy

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! You’re blog’s layout/design is amazing! Nice work! Your style is fun and quirky too!


  5. Leigh

    Oh I am a firm believer in mixing patterns! My husband always just laughs when I over do it, but still tells me I look cute or adorable… So I still figure it is ok! Neddless to say, I love the mixed patterns among other things about this outfit. And you totally pulled off the floppy hat!
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love yours! Adding you on bloglovin now!

  6. Taylor

    So cool. I love pattern mixing…this is definitely not something I’d think of but it’s super cute. I love floppy hats too. I bought one this summer but didn’t get much of a chance to wear it, but this outfit gives me inspiration for it in fall!