Pattern mixing can get a little busy. Dictionary.com defines busy as ornate; disparate; or clashing in design or colors; cluttered with unharmonious details; fussy. Hmm…?
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Blazer- Banana Republic option
black pants- Loft option
shoes- Payless option
earrings- old option
So how does this outfit pass that test? Ornate? No I would not say so. Clashing in patterns or details? Maybe. That may be the opinion of some with pattern mixing that two different patterns clash. I say not. I have outlined 5 simplified ways to pattern mix before. You can find several patterns that go together well in that post. The key is harmony. If busy is unharmonious details, then the opposite is harmonious forming a pleasingly consistent whole. That’s what pattern mixing boils down to- a pleasingly consistent whole.
I’ve grounded the busy top half with black bottoms. If this were a floral dress and gingham blazer with patterns going all the way from top to bottom, I might not think it would be so pleasing. Unless, of course, it were a larger floral with a lot more negative space. That might be doable.
And at the end of the day, pleasing to you is what matters. If you feel good in what you are wearing, then it’s probably been a good day, no matter what life threw your way. I’ll admit this outfit might be a little “fussy” or “busy”, but it makes me smile. Something about it just makes me happy. It has a fun, positive energy that I need some days just to get through the work day. Sometimes it’s okay to step out of the comfort zone and outside of traditional norms and do what makes you happy.
Have you ever dressed a certain way or style because that’s what your mom, friend or husband liked but you didn’t feel quite comfortable? We watched an epsiode of Say Yes to the Dress yesterday evening and one poor girl had an entire family with her trying to pick her wedding dress and the family did not like anything she picked out. Another bride was having issues with her mom because Mom wanted her to wear a veil because she didn’t and regretted it, but the bride was dead set against it. When it comes to fashion, I think we need to stop people pleasing and make ourselves feel comfortable first. Then we can tend to others needs in more productive ways.
What clothing makes you happy? Please share in the comments!
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