Thursday, October 27, 2011

Skippy Says: Lessons In Pattern Mixing (OOTD)

It's no big secret that I love the pattern mixing trend (trend?). Trend or not, I'll keep mixing patterns until the cows come home. And since I live in San Francisco, that's probably going to be a while. Lately, I've seen all sorts of "rules" about how to properly mix patterns on other blogs, and maybe I'm just dense, but I have to admit they don't make much sense to me. Instead, I employ the following 2 step foolproof strategy:

1. Pick out two pieces with different patterns that I think I want to wear together and lay them out on the bed. Look at them and, wait for it, decide if I think they look nice together. Tada!

If the answer to step 1 is "no," move on two step 2:

2. Angrily throw one of the pieces on the floor and pick out another one I think might work better. Tada! Ok, I lie. My OCD would never let me do that. Neatly but still angrily hang up one of the pieces back in my closet and then pick out another one. Repeat until satisfied.







Shop:
- Mango top (bought on sale, no longer available. Buy similar here, here, here, or here)
- Banana Republic factory store skirt (bought on sale circa 2006 or 2007? No longer available. Buy similar here or here)
- Purse from SF vintage sidewalk sale ($5!)
- Banana Republic Factory store scarf (bought on sale circa 2010, no longer available. Buy similar here or here)
- Target tights (buy here)
- Shoes from random little store in Germany
- Earrings from random little store in cape cod circa 2008

86 comments:

  1. it is always a good lesson and so fun to do! love the color of the sweater

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  2. Oh these two patterns look great together! And the scarf is a great pop of colour :)

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  3. I think that you have mixed patterns supremely well here. I say, "Forget the silly rules." "Wear what makes you feel comfortable."

    http://theleatherskirt.blogspot.com/

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  4. you always have the cutest shoes :)

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  5. Cute! Man, I wish I was OCD about hanging things back up when I take them off. When I am done getting ready I have a pile of misfits lying on the floor crying. I take about 2 days to hang them back up - and then they're all wrinkled.

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  6. Pattern mixing scares the crap out of me, but I am slowly working on it. You pull this off perfect! Heather

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  7. Ana Cristina MartínezOctober 27, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    I love your outfit! The top is so cute!
    Kisses

    www.ineedmorehungers.blogspot.com

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  8. Interesting and fun look. Not many people are able to wear mix-matched patterns. You look great

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  9. Thanks Ki! It's a foolproof strategy I tell ya :)

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  10. Thanks! You really don't wish you were OCD, trust me. It annoyingly seeps into all other aspects of your life too, so wrinkled clothes are a much better trade-off :)

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  11. Thanks Heather! Seriously, try my foolproof strategy :) If you think they look good together, they probably do!

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  12. aw, thanks Sam! I really think anyone can do it with the right pattern mixture :)

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  13. Loving the stripes hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  14. Haha! I think your rules rock! =) And obviously they work, because the outfit pretty awesome!

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  15. Ur outfits are great! love 'em all!
    thx for ur comment dear!

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  16. I don't think I put that much effort into deciding whether or not my patterns match, so I'm impressed! Your method turned out very nicely!

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  17. that combination looks perfect to me ;-)

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  18. Love that you admit to the OCD. You definitely can patter mix. It's never that easy for me. Your skirt is super too!

    I would love your tips and trick to SF! I am here until the 2nd with no real plans.

    Cheers,
    Bre

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  19. You are hilarious and I LOVE this post! One, you look GREAT! Two, YAY for your "rules" on pattern mixing, haha! I love it! Amazing! You totally made my day.

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  20. hhhaahahah! Nice advice! ;P
    But at the end your outfit really work out!
    Love your top!
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  21. LOL!! Like your instructions!! Seriously, I laughed out loud!!

    And totally loving this combination of patterns!! You make it seem so easy! :o)

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  22. nice post!!i'm following you!!if you like mine, do the same!!!!

    www.zagufashion.com

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  23. Saw the second photo, thought: you're purrrty.

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  24. The colors in that sweater look beautiful on you! Great look!

    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  25. so pretty.. i think the pattern/color combo looks great. i'd totally wear it :)

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  26. HAHAHAHA!! I laughed so hard reading this. Too funny! I get my daily dose of laughter from reading your blog.

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  27. Thanks so much! I'm all about easy-to-follow rules :)

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  28. Thanks! It's minimal effort, I promise! At least for me, it's much easier than trying to follow the "rules"

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  29. Aw, thanks Bre! Want to email me and tell me what you have already seen? That way I'll have a better idea of what to recommend. Some great places to visit include golden gate park, the haight/ashbury street area, northbeach, the mission district, and the castro district just for a start :)

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  30. Aw, Courtney, you always leave me the nicest comments and totally make MY day. Thank you!!!

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  31. Thanks so much Sil! It's foolproof I tell ya :)

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  32. Thanks Samantha!! It is easy with this method. Honestly, when you put two pieces together your eye will tell you if it looks good or not :)

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  33. Aw, Lara. Really? Thank you so much!

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  34. Thanks Hannah!! The colors is definitely why I bought it :)

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  35. Aw, thanks Sarah, that's always so nice to hear!!

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  36. I love this outfit! It's so, well, sassy! I really wish I possessed the pattern mixing gene. I always end up looking like a three-year-old dressed me. LOL! I'm determined to get better at it, though.

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    Kelsey
    charmingpumpkin.blogspot.com

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  37. Thanks so much Kelsey!! Everyone can possess the gene with my foolproof strategy :) Trust me, your eyes will tell you if you put the pieces next to each other :)

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  38. love your stripes knit top! I have one similar I bought at Loft, sadly I kind of ruined it coz I threw it in the washer (once) and when I pulled it out, there's a big puncture in it that is not mendable! ;|

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  39. Aw, that sucks :( I linked to some similar ones at the bottom of my post if you want to take a look and see if there's anything you like to replace it with?

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  40. Emily of EL VintageOctober 27, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Thanks for the comment on our blog!
    Love your style.....perfection! Shall we follow each other? Let me know.
    xxxx Emily

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  41. Lovely!!! love the combo of the skirt n shirt! I love mango

    www.dresscodezero.blogspot.com

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  42. Aw, thank you so much! Glad I can make you laugh :)

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  43. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I love the pattern mixing!

    onelifetoshop.blogspot.com

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  44. wow, great mixing prints, its a fantastic trend :D
    natalie
    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

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  45. I love your rules, I am also an angry hanger-upper of clothes! I love how bright your top is and the pops of blue with that scarf and great purse.

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  46. wow, i do so love your pattern mixing! and thank you for your comment on my blog. (:

    shantel
    keenforclothes.blogspot.com

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  47. I still have to try this whole pattern mixing thing. I am a LOT scared, actually! hahah. you look fantabulous! and your shoe collection is just amazing, girl. AMAZING.

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  48. Beautifully done! And love the little knit details on the sweater as well :)

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  49. Very nicely done...pattern mixing is not an easy task....done well it'll have depth, done poorly it'll look like you got dressed in the dark. Ehhh no worries, I am good with the 2 to 1 store conquering ratio ;)

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  50. your top is gorgeous!! Come follow my blog darling! xx
    http://cecylia.com

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  51. Thanks so much for your lovely comments! I love pattern mixing too and you did it perfectly here! xo www.casualglamorous.com

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  52. Thanks Natalie! I definitely agree :)

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  53. Hehe, glad that I've got a fellow angry hanger-upper in the house :) Thanks so much!

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  54. Thanks Laura! I actually really don't own many pairs at all, but I try to only buy unique ones I love :) Don't be scared! Honestly if you put two different patterns together next to each other (and not just try to imagine it in your head) your eyes won't deceive you in telling you whether they go together nicely or not!

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  55. Thanks Katherine! Yeah I love this little sweater too, sadly it hasn't gotten much use since I bought it but I'll be changing that now :)

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  56. Thanks Bessie! I'm so glad you like it :) Can't wait for our shopping help each other out date :)

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  57. great pattern mixing! i love the little cutout detailing on the top. you have so many great outlet finds!

    cute & little

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  58. I totally agree with you on pattern mixing. If no.1 doesn't look good, out comes the next top, and usually by the end my bed is piled high with cloth :) I love your pattern mixing today!! The blue really adds a pop out!! love love.

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  59. Thanks so much Sayaka!! Isn't it a really easy strategy? :)

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  60. Thanks! I'm big on the outlets :) Banana Republic and BCBG outlets usually have tons of good stuff right up my alley :)

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  61. Great tips and great pattern mixing in your outfit!

    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
    http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

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  62. AND it works! I think we defeat ourselves before even trying to see if two things go together! Great look. :D
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  63. Thanks Kim! I think that's definitely true.

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  64. Love the colors and how you mixed the prints!-Jessica

    http://thirtyandgirly.blogspot.com

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  65. Those patterns do work together. Great shoes too.

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