Summer Fab Series – Pattern Mixing

As promised, here is part 2 of my 3 part Summer Fab Series. I’m sure a lot of people have moved past pattern mixing but I am still going strong. For me, it’s really just another way to pair clothes – of course paisley goes with polka dots! I actually really like the way pattern mixing challenges my outfit planning and I’m always looking for new combinations – even though really, at the end of the day it’s floral, stripe, polka dot, animal print, paisley, rinse repeat.So, here we go, a few of my favorite summer pattern mixing outfits.

First up…stripes on stripes

20140711_084027Purse: Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip Tote

Stripes and polka dots are the two patterns that you can pair up a little more easily. I love the simple navy and green combination and the different width stripes added more interest to this outfit.

PhotoGrid_1405088902658Sweater : J.Crew (last year) / Skirt: J.Crew Pencil Skirt in Colorblock Stripe / Shoes: J.Crew Factory

Next up…triple pattern mix. I love paisley and stripes…and paisley and polka dots…so I decided to go for all three! I kept it “toned down” by adding the navy cardigan. I love this Tory Burch cardigan because it’s like having some fun jewelry on my cardigan!

20140731_073800Cardigan : Tory Burch Simone Cardigan / Blouse: J.Crew (old), similar here / Necklace: J.Crew Pearl Hammock Necklace / Skirt: J.Crew Factory (old), similar here and / Heels: J.Crew Factory Isabelle Pumps

Here’s another similar look with the same color scheme:

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Blouse: J.Crew / Skirt: J.Crew Factory (old) / Necklace: J.Crew Floating Gems Necklace/ Shoes: J.Crew Everly Metallic Pumps (similar here)

And yet another variation…paisley and stripes

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Blazer: J.Crew Chambray Schoolboy Blazer (similar here) / Blouse : J.Crew Moonglow Paisley Blouse / J.Crew Factory Isabelle Pumps / Necklace: J.Crew Inspired via Groopdealz

And last but not least…probably my favorite pattern mix of the summer…floral and stripe. I’ll admit, it’s been quite a few years since I’ve been in to any florals but this Cove floral blouse caught my eye this year and it’s been fun to style.

IMG_20140619_082036Blouse: J.Crew Sleeveless Drapey Top in Cove Floral / J.Crew Stripe Pencil skirt (similar from Factory here)/ Necklace: J.Crew Circular Petals Necklace / Shoes: Banana Republic Carter Flat

So, there you have it, a few of my favorite summer pattern mixing looks! What do you think? Any favorites? Too many patterns? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!

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6 responses to “Summer Fab Series – Pattern Mixing”

  1. s Avatar

    love the paisley skirt! i need more paisley in my life. 🙂

    1. fablifeforever Avatar
      fablifeforever

      thank you! I was definitely late to the paisley game but I’m all over it now 🙂

  2. anne Avatar
    anne

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these mixes — you have a great eye for color combining, which is what allows all the patterns to flow together so well! I grew up in the solids with stripes, solids with dots, paisley alone era, so I am fascinated by the pattern combining!

    1. fablifeforever Avatar
      fablifeforever

      hi! thank you so much!! I spent a lot of years only wearing solids and just try to have fun with it! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  3. Diane Avatar
    Diane

    Love your flair with pattern and colour….you are my style icon!

    1. fablifeforever Avatar
      fablifeforever

      Aww, thank you so much! That totally made my night – really appreciate it. Thanks so much for reading!

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