Autumn Pattern Mixing

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Seasonal challenges

Autumn weather can be tricky: one minute the sun is shining, and  the next it’s pouring.  What exactly are you supposed to wear then???

My autumn outfits always start with a coat and shoes. It doesn’t really matter what I’m wearing underneath the coat. But if I get the coat and the shoes wrong, I’m going to be miserable. Or cold, or wet, or both. So, a rainy day (even if it’s just showers) requires a water-proof coat and shoes.

And because it was sort of a sunshine-and-rain kind of day, I decided to take this fun and quirky raincoat out for a spin. And I really wanted to wear something in a contrasting colour with it. But the problem is I don’t really have long-sleeved (or short-sleeved) tops in solid colours. Seriously, looking at my wardrobe you’d think I have a mild obsession with stripes. OK, fine, nobody needs as many stripy tops as I have…

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So, what I’m trying to say is this  is sort of accidental (rather than intentional) pattern mixing: I decided to wear the stripy top that looked the best with the coat. And you know what? I actually like these two patterns together.

I’m not a big fan of pattern mixing, as far as my own outfits are concerned (some bloggers are very good at pattern mixing, and it also suits their personalities). I like my outfits simple and  minimal. Too many patterns in one outfit makes my head spin. It can look a bit too busy for my taste. But this, stripes with simple, graphic florals… This could work. At least for now.

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Outfit details:

coat: Seasalt Cornwall (old) / top: Gant / jeans: Opus / 

shoes: Maripé (old) / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / bag: Furla (old)
location: Katajanokka, Helsinki

Do you like pattern mixing?

Tiina

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18 Comments

  1. Tine Jensen
    September 20, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Super pattern mixing! Lovely colours too, and with that great bag. I think the weather is pretty much like ours in Copenhagen these days, wet and windy, with a few spots of sunshine. Good to see you taking advantage of those moments!

    • Tiina L
      September 24, 2017 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks! Yes, one day it's nice and sunny, the next day rainy and windy. Or a bit of both on the same day. Autumn is here…

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    September 20, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I think you are right, the patterns do go together very well. I am like you, if I mix patterns it usually is accidental. Nice coat. Never expected it to be a raincoat. Lovely relaxed look.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      September 24, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Greetje. I've always preferred solids, but a little bit of pattern is sometimes nice. Especially stripes… I really need to have my head examined, I'm totally addicted to stripes. I don't even see any other pattern when I go shopping!

  3. Suzanne Carillo
    September 20, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Love the two patterns together. For me I always try to challenge myself to mix even more patterns together. Melanie and I are having a contest! Ha! The coat is wonderful.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      September 24, 2017 / 3:29 pm

      Yes, and I love your pattern mixing! You're so good at that, and it suits your style and personality.

  4. Elegance and Mommyhood
    September 21, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    OK, I hope this chic outfit convinces you to mix patterns more often and girlfriend I love a good striped top or dress, anytime. Your coat is fab and it definitely feels like a very hot Summer, here. =) Not time for coats by far.Welcome by and share your awesome style with my new linkup this week, which goes live every Thursday. =) Thanks and enjoy the weekend!!http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2017/09/thursday-moda-81-reflections-and-recaps.html

    • Tiina L
      September 24, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks, Ada.I don't think I've ever met a stripe I didn't like. And stripes, that's practically a neutral, right? It goes with anything.

  5. Nicole Mölders
    September 22, 2017 / 3:42 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. The coat is gorgeous! Great find. I love the pattern.

    • Tiina L
      September 24, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. I got the coat a long time ago, I wanted to have a raincoat with a twist, something a bit fun.

  6. Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    September 22, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Pretty color combo and love those MJ sunnies! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & have the best weekend!OXOXDawn Lucyhttp://fashionshouldbefun.com

    • Tiina L
      September 24, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you! I guess you could say these are my favourite sunnies (at the moment), I've been wearing them non-stop for ages now.

  7. Patti
    September 24, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Yes, this is a lovely amount of pattern-mixing, and I love, love that coat! Thanks for linking up, xohttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Tiina L
      September 25, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Patti.

  8. Jill James
    September 26, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Your Autumn weather sounds just like our present Spring weather. I am like you with pattern mixing , love it on others on me not so much , hadn't thought of the personality side of things but you are spot on. The stripes and pattern coat work beautifully as it is so subtle.

    • Tiina L
      September 28, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks, Jill. Subtle pattern mixing, that's my thing.

  9. Sheree Ho
    September 27, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I love this look! It is a perfect hybrid outfit for any weather. The patterns are so bold and blend together beautifully. Amazing job!Thank you for linking up this week!~xo ShereePoshClassyMom.com

    • Tiina L
      September 28, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks, Sheree!

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