Casual Pattern Mixing

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Pattern Mixing

I’ve always been more of a solid-colours-and-simple-shapes kind of girl, and pattern mixing takes me out of my comfort zone a bit. So, it’s probably not a surprise that I keep the patterns small(ish) and opt for a limited colour palette.

Oh yes, I might be mixing patterns but I’m going all matchy-matchy as far as colours are concerned. It’s because I like harmony, and things that blend together organically and easily. Contrast is not my thing.

mixing textures

Casual and pulled-together

Maybe I’m a bit of a control freak: I want everything to look pulled together, as if there was some sort of a master plan. But a master plan that is almost accidental and spontaneous: something that just sort of came together naturally, without too much effort.

If I had to describe my style personality, that would be it: casual but pulled together. My biggest fear (when it comes to outfits, that is) is looking sloppy.

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I don’t worry about dressing age-appropriately, and I don’t give a damn about women’s magazines telling me to dress this way or that. I know what suits me, and I know what I like. And what I aim for is a successful synthesis of the two. Dressing is always a compromise of sorts: the ideal look has to be modified so that it also feels good to wear. And when something looks good and feels good, it looks natural and harmonious. It’s looks like me.

This is why I like this outfit: it’s casual and easy-going, yet everything blends together seamlessly. That’s what I want to look like, and that’s how I want to feel like. Not a tall order, then: letting my outfits reflect my goals in life?

puffa jacket 40+

Outfit details:

down jacket:Beaumont / shirt: KappAhl / scarf : Jigsaw / trousers: Marks and Spencer /

shoes; Clarks / bag: Longchamp / sunglasses: Chanel / wristwarmers: Brora

What’s your style personality?



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  1. Patti
    6 March 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Casual and pulled together is definitely you! I would add colorful to your descriptors, as this pattern mix is lovely. xox-Patti

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 1:55 pm

      Thanks, Patti.

  2. Shybiker
    6 March 2016 / 11:25 pm

    I admire how well your style suits your personality. It virtually displays who you are. I wish I could find that.

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 1:57 pm

      I think style reflects personality, but only if we stop trying too hard to look a certain way and focus on how we feel instead. When something feels right, it probably also shows. That's what I believe, anyway.

  3. Tami Von Zalez
    7 March 2016 / 2:25 am

    I like your pattern mixing, as you said they are all of the same palette so it works!Popped by from Visible

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks, Tami.

  4. fashionandfoodandotherstuff
    7 March 2016 / 7:47 am

    I like that casual look that is thought about!

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 1:58 pm

      me, too. And now that I think about it, I think I learned that from my mother…

  5. Jill James
    7 March 2016 / 8:13 am

    Tiina you certainly do what I call dressy casual so very well, always so well thought out. I do like your quiet pattern mixing, I admire it so much on others and like you find it hard to pull off for me.

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Wild pattern may look fantastic on some people, but if it doesn't feel like you, you will never feel comfortable and the outfit seems forced. I prefer staying in my comfort zone…

  6. Suzanne Carillo
    7 March 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I love the pattern mixing. It is fun to see you mixing it up. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne. I do like patterns, but I think I will keep it simple: more in tune with my personality.

  7. Darcy
    7 March 2016 / 7:45 pm

    I really like the pattern in your scarf!

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Darcy!

  8. Sheela Goh
    8 March 2016 / 12:16 pm

    One small step towards prints, one big step outside your comfort zone 🙂 I know precisely what you mean, Tiina, and I think it looks lovely.

    • Tiina L
      8 March 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Thanks, Sheela! Sometimes a small step is enough. I believe in the 'less is more' approach…

  9. Alice Warren
    11 March 2016 / 6:19 am

    You are always so pulled together from the pictures you share with us. Fun patter mixing.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    • Tiina L
      11 March 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks, Alice.

  10. Jessica Jannenga
    11 March 2016 / 4:46 pm

    I really like the color of your jacket, a mullbery. I also love how you mixed patterns, beautiuflly and subtly.Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess

    • Tiina L
      12 March 2016 / 10:40 am

      Thanks, Jessica. I don't often mix patterns, so when I do it tends to be subtle.

  11. Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    12 March 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Pretty pattern mixing … And thanks for joining Fun Fashion Friday! Hope your weekend is marvelous!OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2016 / 6:29 am


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