Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pattern Mixing

We took the pictures inside today as I have been suffering from allergies and asthma. Usually, we will have had a freeze by this time of year and the pollen will not be as bad. However, with the hot weather and no rain, the pollen is horrid. My ears hurt, my nose is stuffy, my teeth hurt, and I am running a temperature. I am amazed the pictures looked as good as they did as my face is a bit puffy.

I am not sure if this pattern mixing works or not. I will leave it up to my readers to decide.  I am kind of on the fence about it. The top is one I just got from Chico's. It is Mother approved, as my Mom was with me when I got it and said she thought it looked good. It is a really different design as there are multiple panels crossing over the front of the top. The jacket is one I got at Name Brand Clothing (NBC), which is a store that has closeouts from stores all over the country. It is kind of like a thrift store in that you have to do a lot of digging to find good stuff.  I tried on a pair of leather pants that almost fit. If they had been just a bit bigger around the waist, they would've been perfect. Someone will get a great buy as they were just $26.00 and were nicely made.

While I was at NBC, I also got a Ralph Lauren silver metallic sweater for $9.99. I got a few other things, the highest price for any piece was $15.00. I will debut those pieces sometime this month, hopefully--if it ever gets cool enough for fall wear.
Jacket: NBC
Top: Chico's
Jeans: Dressbarn
Shoes: Pataguas
As you can see, Mr. Harry had to be in the pics. He was kind of wild and running around while we were taking the pictures.
Here is the top without the jacket and Harry of course.
I have to include this picture. If I had man parts, I would've been on the floor rolling around in pain as he came running to me and hit me with a big, big paw. It almost knocked me backwards.
Can you tell that my eyes are about to bug out?
So, what do you think? Is the pattern mixing just too much? Honesty please, you won't hurt my feelings. You may save me from being stared at by people who think I am a crazy old lady who will wear anything together!


  1. I am generally so-so on pattern mixing. That said, I can't tell if the jacket pattern is that different of a shade of black or if it's the flash washing it out. If in regular light, I'm sure it looks great, but honestly that tee gives you a great shape. The twisted stripes are very flattering. And I love your silver shoes!

    Always love seeing your pups pop up in your photos!

  2. So sorry about your allergies, mine go crazy this time of year as well!! I just think the blouse looks so good without the jacket...that is the way I would go. The top has a flattering fit and looks good with the pants. The jacket kills the fit and makes you look larger...i would go without it...and that doesn't have anything to do with the patterns.

  3. I would totally wear those two patterns together. In my mind, they work because they're both black and white. And stripes of that width can probably go with almost any other pattern. (Or, to put it another way, stripes are the neutral of patterns. Ha!) I like the striped top by itself, too--it's little details like those layers that elevate it above just another striped tee.

    Have you ever tried pushing up the sleeves on the top so that just a little sticks out at the bottom of the jacket sleeve, almost like a cuff?

  4. @Sue Sue, that is a great idea. I hadn't thought of that, even though I usually end up pushing the sleeves up. But I will have to try that. It would work with several things I have.

  5. @Pam @ over50feeling40 Pam, I really agree with you. I tried it, but wasn't really satisfied. The top is quite a lot on its own with the layers. And it does make me look heavier, and I sure don't need that! Funny how you can see it better in a picture than in a mirror.

  6. Fabulous top and pattern mixing!

  7. First, may I say Harry is looking very well, and very confident : >

    I love this mix of patterns: they're both in the same color family, roughly the same scale, and they complement each other. Plus it's a nice bold move on your part! (I felt so brave when I did it). Love the top on its own too, it's got a lot of interest. Doesn't blogging bring out the daredevil in one?

  8. Oh, I'm so sorry your allergies are making you miserable. My DH gets really bad allergies sometimes to the point that he needs a inhaler. No fun.

    I think pattern mixing is really subjective. Your version works because you've mixed very different patterns but both are black and white. But how do YOU feel when you look at them in the mirror? I know when I've tried this I always end up feeling too "busy" even though other people tell me it looks great. So I just have decided that pattern mixing usually isn't for me.

  9. I think it's great that you're exploring pattern mixing. I agree with pseu, and if YOU feel good, it's a keeper. I absolutely love the striped top on you; very interesting and you wear it with panache.

  10. I kind of like this pattern mixing. Yours works for me!

  11. I am totally clueless when it comes to pattern mixing but agree with Pseu and SC, it's really up to you.

    I love the striped top.

    And Mr. Harry is adorable!

  12. Yes those patterns mix together perfectly! I think it's always safe if you mix two prints with the same colour combo!

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

  13. Oh, as promised -- there's your doggie! He's adorable. I know nothing about pattern mixing.... but I had to comment about your furry friend. :)

  14. I'm just going to bring you a thought in this post, this comment is made with love in the world, so I tell you. Please do not look at people who look bad to you on the street, you are master of your body to wear what you feel nice and dressing for you, nothing more. In my humble opinion. I have "special love" you, I think several things that unite us despite the distance and the probability of not ever personally fold.

  15. I am dying laughing at Mr. Harry "CHARGING" at you!! haha I am in love with that striped top. I like it alone. It is such an interesting piece on its on. I do think that your pattern mixing choice was great in that it has the same colors and the circles in the over top look great with stripes! Now when can I plan to fly in to go to this NBC!!! lol I can't leave without commenting on that fabulous piece of Native American art in the background. Love it! Kiah

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