How many patterns does this outfit have?
OK, we all know I’m a bit of minimalist… Or, at least I’m leaning more towards minimalism, preferring understatement and clean lines over in-your-face colour and print.
So, it’s probably no surprise that even when mixing colours and patterns I still want to remain true to my own style (clean lines, simple shapes, mixing brights with neutrals…), and I think I managed to do it quite well here. There were a few challenges, though.
The starting point was the skirt as I just fell in love with the print. Yes, I know, it’s florals, but hey, even I try something new every now and then… Actually, I fell in love with a dress with this print (unfortunately sold out online) but when I tried it on, it didn’t work as the waistline was bit too high for me (I’m quite long-waisted). So, I tried on the skirt, and had a lovely surprise. I was able to go a size smaller than usual! That’s solely because I could choose a size fitting my waist; with this style I didn’t have to try and squeeze my bum into the skirt…
But the skirt also presented a challenge
It’s (mostly) white, not exactly the best colour for someone as pale as me. And forget fake tan (let alone real tan), this pale girl is fine the way she is. But I also knew that adding some colour to the outfit couldn’t hurt.
So, I tried the skirt with a number of bright tops, and decided that I needed something that didn’t contrast so much with the skirt. Enter the trusty old Breton top. Navy and white stripes, that’s practically a neutral, right? Well, as far as I’m concerned, Breton stripes go with anything…
And once I got started with mixing patterns, I just added my old Coach tote bag and my new Marimekko sunglasses…
So, that’s four different patterns. Or five, if we count the shoes (Technically, they’re perforated, not patterned…). That’s quite a pattern mixing challenge for a minimalist, don’t you think?
skirt: Seasalt Cornwall / t-shirt: Zara / bag: Coach (old) / shoes: Gabor (old) /
How do you mix patterns?
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