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This month my favorite style bloggers and I decided to go out of our comfort zone with our style. Actually, this might not be true for all of us but definitely was for me. What we decided for October was to try our hand at pattern mixing. I will be honest, this is not something that I have tried at all. Typically I play it pretty safe when it comes to my style and I don’t get too wild and crazy. This is one of the best things about this collaboration is getting my old, non-risk taking self to try new and different styles. Because of this, I am pretty excited to show off my girls this month. Let’s check out how the 6 Style Bloggers conquer pattern mixing in October.
The Georgia weather has been insane lately. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do for this month because most of my patterns scream “spring” and “summer.” After rooting around my drawers for a bit I pulled out these awesome camo skinny cargo jeans that I’ve had for years but hardly ever wore.
When the day came to take my photos I was lucky enough to have a crisp day that wasn’t 90 degrees so I was able to really stretch our pattern-mixing theme and layer three patterns! My camo jeans, my striped tank, and my leopard scarf are much busier than I would normally pick out but doing this with intention made me feel super pulled together and chic. Adding my trusty denim vest also helped break up the crazy patterns so it wasn’t too overwhelming.
Gabby was a great help to all of us pattern mixing newbies, she provided oodles and oodles of examples for us to look at and hopefully find something that would work for us. I think she did a great job of mixing things up with camo, stripes and animal print which is something I would have NEVER thought of.
You should run over to Gabby’s blog at Gift of Gabby and check her thoughts on this month’s style.
I honestly had no clue what I was going to wear for this challenge right up until it was time to go! I found these black and white printed leggings in the closet, and paired it with a black nursing top. I had this black and white long sweater and since I was already on the black and white theme, I paired it with black calf height boots. This was a harder challenge for me because of the different pattern theme. I am not used to doing this, so I felt a little out of place in it. Here’s to trying new things!
I think Lauren was in the same boat as me when it was the October style was finalized and we were trying to figure out what we were going to wear. I love how Lauren used a color theme to create her look, and those leggings are super cute!
I also cannot pass up a chance to say how adorable her daughter is.
To find out more about Lauren and her thoughts on our pattern mixing style, check out her blog at Mothering Honestly.
I recently have started to play with pattern mixing more, but still tend to play it safe. Today I decided to be a little bolder! I have this classic black and white buffalo plaid shirt from Talbots, so I felt like it was the perfect base to have fun with. I then tried pairing it with a few different options but I really love it with this floral scarf, that if you look closely pattern mixes all on its own! This scarf is a floral pattern on top of a black and white herringbone, so even if you are nervous about pattern mixing on your own you can have fun with this trend by finding pieces that do the hard part for you!
Chelsea is a natural at this pattern mixing thing. I really love the polka dot bomber jacket she chose to wear with the plaid. She also paired a floral scarf with her plaid shirt to provide us a couple of different looks. I know this is off topic but I looove her boots!
You must check out Chelsea’s blog at Rosy Point of View so you can hear more of her thoughts about this month’s style.
I play it safe when it comes to patterns. In this outfit, I have stayed with such a safe combination of black and white. The scarf-turned-shrug has tangram and geometric patterns in black on white. On the other hand, the pants have black strokes and splatters. The classic color combination is one of the main reasons this works. Besides, the solid white top has created space and kept the patterns from overlapping. Plus, the patterns themselves are quite different from each other, one being large systematic, and the unruly and small.
I love the uniqueness of the patterns Oendrilla has chosen as these patterns are not very commonplace. Oendrilla always has a very feminine beautiful style that I think is amazing. This has given me some ideas of my own for new pattern mixing combinations. I also admit that black and white color combinations are my favorite.
To find about more about Oendrilla’s pattern mixing style head over to her blog at Just-OD-Things
Rosy’s pattern mixing style is pretty similar to mine. I love how she paired a plaid shirt with a floral pattern. This look is very pretty but casual at the same time.
How much fun does that look to take walk through that water?
If you want to learn more about Rosy’s thoughts on our pattern mixing challenge you can check out her blog at Radiantly Rosy.
Well, here I am feeling a tiny bit uncomfortable showing off my out of comfort zone outfit. For this style, I chose to go with a little more casual look as that is really my go-to look.
My outfit was pulled from items that I already had in my closet. The striped shirt I received in my very first Stitch Fix box, the plaid button down it feels like I have had forever, and was not able to find anything similar. Finally, my joggers, I did purchase recently and this was the first time I was able to wear them. If you are interested in either of the items I am wearing you can find the links below.
Here is what I had to say about my outfit.
I tend to gravitate to casual outfits when trying something new, and pattern mixing for me is definitely new for me. I decided to mix 2 of my favorite patterns plaid and stripes then added a pair of jogger pants to add to the casualness of the outfit. I am glad that we chose to mix it up a bit this month as pattern mixing would not have been something I would have done on my own. Thanks, ladies!
The last thing I want to say about this month’s style is to never be afraid to try something new. I would have never worn these shirts together, ever, if it wasn’t for these girls and their idea to do pattern mixing this month.
We have started voting for next month and we have some great ideas that I am pretty excited about. Make sure you tune in November and see what fun styles we come up with.
I would love to hear from you, what are your favorite patterns to mix? You never know I may have to try this pattern mixing style again and I just might use one of your ideas.