9.16.2014

A Little Pattern Play

I admire people like Natalia from In the Writer's Closet who can pull-off pattern mixing without a hitch. Natalia puts looks together with different patterns and textures and it works. However, for myself, I have always been intimidated by the whole idea. Each time I have made the attempt, I end up re-examining myself in the mirror and then removing an item in place of a solid piece.

Today I had to get in touch with my inner Natalia, so that I would have the courage to step out and enjoy a little pattern play. I played it safe and took the easy route with stripes and polka dots. But here's why I chose to first stick my toes in the water before diving right in...First, I realized I don't have many patterns in my wardrobe. Yep, much of my closet is based on solids. And second, though I like the look of pattern mixing on others, I'm not quite sure if this look is for me. Get where I'm going? I chose the subtlety of tiny dots and a finer stripe because I feel like this pattern play meshes much better with my style.


Today's Look - A-line skirt is by Willie Wear and was purchased from TJ Maxx ages ago (similar on Amazon); The top, which I've worn for you before, was purchased at Nordstrom Rack (also ages ago. Options on Shopstyle); Sandals are by Nine West (very old); Belt is by Michael Kors also purchased from TJ Maxx; Polish is Devil's Advocate: essie; Clutch is vintage; "G" Monogram: Swell Caroline; Apt 9 Open Ring: Kohl's and Crackle Quartz Bracelet: Urban Solstice Designs





 
Delicate jewelry to compliment the delicate dots and stripes.


By the way, these photos were taken at 8:00am this morning (Tuesday) and already the temperature is at 95 degrees. Our weather has been scorching hot with temps coming in at 115 by noon. So truthfully speaking, under these circumstances, I would much rather dive into the deep end; but I had to play it cool {wink}

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45 comments:

  1. What a fun outfit, Glenda. I love this type of off the should neckline...so flattering.

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    1. Off the shoulder is my favorite neckline, Pam. Thank you!

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  2. would. not. change. a. thing. Love this look Glenda! I'm going to suggest that perhaps you are not intimidated, but rather that you are subconsciously in tune with your natural energy movement. This level of movement works perfectly on you!!! Too much pattern play, and it just wouldn't be You. And yes, I agree. Natalia does pattern mixing brilliantly, and it seems to match her personal movement just right.

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    1. You know what, Sue. I think you're right. I love to see others do it, but I think I better stick with gentle pattern play.

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  3. WOW! What a delightful surprise! :) My eyes got big and round when I saw the beginning of your post - totally unexpected and such an honor to hear it from you, Glenda!

    I like your pattern mix playing very much - it's delicate, feminine and classy which is so very you! Love the choice of jewelry too, something magical about the bracelet. :) I appreciate subtlety, but I can see you in bold print mixes as well!

    With me, it was like this - at first I admired print mixes on others, but had no idea where to begin, then I remembered some things I read when I was into interior design and just decided that the basics can apply to anything. I dipped my toes a little bit, then got a bit braver... It's all because of blogging and thanks to other bloggers! It is such a great support system and countless inspiration to me. It really helps me to free myself up on the inside to experiment more and more. And I agree with you - it must feel like us, we need to find our own way to do all these things with style, we have to own it. It just doesn't work otherwise. I think you totally own this look, Glenda!

    It is so hot where you are! It's been around 80 F here - untypically long and hot summer for us.

    xxxx

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    1. You flatter me, Natalia :)
      I can see how working in interior design would give your bravery. With my home, I take more chances, but on my being...I think I'll go slow. Right now it's so very hot that I barely want to wear anything. I probably wouldn't if it wasn't illegal. Come fall perhaps I'll try more.

      And yes, summer is hanging around a bit longer for all of us on the Pacific shoreline.

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  4. Print mixing can be so tricky. When its done right its sleek and chic and you did great! Stripes pretty much go with everything. I hope it cools down a bit for you. We have been experiencing chilly weather in my area and last weekend awoke to frost.

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    1. Delilah, I never thought I would say this, but I'm looking forward to cooler days. This summer has been brutal.
      Thank you for the compliment on the pattern mixing. It is tricky, but I'm willing to play around with it more in the future.

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  5. Looking goodddddd...
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  6. You did pattern mixing the Glenda way and that is what is so perfect. You look like you. I love dots with stripes and they have a sleek, classic sort of look that really suits you. It is more difficult to achieve pattern mixing in hot weather simply because you want to wear fewer items.

    While we don't have 95 degrees here on Canada's west coast, we are still having very warm and dry weather. It's beautiful and perfect as I don't like heat but sun is nice.
    xoxo

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    1. I'm beginning to relate more to your philosophy. I like the sun, but not the heat...at least not this summer. It has been relentless.

      I felt that if I kept is subtle it would suit me much better than trying to go bold. However, I am willing to keep giving it a try with other prints. Keep your fingers crossed :)

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  7. Amazing photos doll! I am in love with your skirt! You look great! Well done!
    http://imperfectmuse.blogspot.com/2014/09/white-shirt-beautiful-necklace.html

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  8. Dearest Glenda, you are just beyond FABULOUS and I am sooooooooo glad to have found you.
    Thank you sooooooooooo much for being part of the Share-in-Style family.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. The mix of polka dots and stripes is fabulous. Love this...and those sandals are killer!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  10. Love it! And the pattern mixing is fabulous! You look beautiful!
    http://positivelystephanie.blogspot.com/

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  11. I understand what you mean, Glenda! Mixing and matching is not a easy task! But , as far as I can see, you did a perfect job, and the skirt goes lovely indeed with the T-shirt!!

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    1. Thank you Dan. It is tough for us solid ladies :)

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  12. I love pattern mixing especially stripes and dots! Good Job!!!

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  13. Swooning over your top here. It's gorgeous. Love the neckline, love the stripes, the color, everything. Great job here Glenda. You asked about my nail polish, it's Hidden Treasure from Topshop, I got it ages ago, dunno if it is still available.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks for the info on the polish. It's so pretty.

      I love this top, but I'm going to retire it. It's too big now. I had it pinned and tucked to wear it for this post. I'm sure I'll find a similar one though. I love off the shoulder looks.

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  14. Yes, you can surely pull off this pattern mix. I like it very much.
    Such high temperatures as you have would probably kill me. I am used to cold and wet Holland.
    The ring you are wearing is very very similar to one I own (gift from a friend).
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you Greetje!

      From what I understand, the ring is a knock-off from Chanel a couple of seasons ago. I really like it. I say a fellow blogger make one from scratch using products from a craft store. I paid very little for this one, but I like it.

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  15. Perfect outfit to beat the heat! I love that off the shoulder top!

    It looks like I left Cali just in time to keep from melting:/

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  16. I did a great job. I just love ur blog
    www.makeupcubicle.blogspot.com

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  17. You did a great job
    www.makeupcubicle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm sure you did a great job too :)

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  18. You must be melting right about now. 95 that early means trouble later!
    I love the stripes and dots together. Nice choice with the shoes too.

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    1. Yep, I feel like summer has sucker-punched us. I'm glad you like the look :)

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  19. love this look Glenda! The small dot and stripe are perfect, as is the cut of the skirt . I see this as element mixing, and great at that, too: adding the black nails and pretty shoes, and those lovely quartz pieces! beautifully done!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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    1. Thank you Elle! Isn't the bracelet super cute. I discovered the company on Instagram. I love how delicate it is.

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  20. Natalia isn't the only one who can pull it off, Glenda, so can you! You look so so lovely, it's a great outfit.

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  21. Glenda, with your confidence and sass you can definitely pull of mixing prints and you do in this outfit. I did a post, leopard with polka dots, on mixing prints just because that is what I love most about getting dressed - thinking about all the possibilities. Love the polka dot skirt!

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    1. Thank you Cherie! I'll have to stop by and see your post with leopard and dots. It sound cool!

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  22. You have so much poise I think you look great in pretty much everything you wear. Glad you pointed out what this outfit was about, otherwise I don't think I would have really seen it...but I have to say...nope, don't like it! You look beautiful anyway, I hope you feature some more pattern-mixing sometime because I'm sure you can do something more flamboyant with it. All of which I mean in a nice way! Have you seen "The September Issue" documentary about Anna Wintour at Vogue? I think you'd love it.

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    1. Yes I have seen the documentary. I have pretty much ate and slept fashion for the past 30+ years. It has pretty much been apart of my life as getting dressed each day. Perhaps I'll step out from my comfort zone in the near future to try some other pattern mixing.

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  23. Cute! Baby steps are definitely the way to go when trying something new and out of your comfort zone. I think most people tend to think pattern mixing means being bold, but subtle works well too. And can be a little more eye catching.

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    1. I think I much prefer subtle on myself. I'm not a bold, in your face kind of person, so I know what works for me. However on others, it looks amazing...when done right :)

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