Pattern Party

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

I’m having a pattern party on the blog today and you’re all invited! Mixing prints has always been equal parts fun and challenge for me. It takes a vision, a little bit of creativity, and some serious trial and error (I wish I had a dollar for every weird look Peter has given me during some of these experiments). And although I’m not quite at Color Me Courtney or Lexicon of Style status, I definitely try and have fun with it.

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Sweater: White House Black Market (on sale!) | Skirt: Express | Scarf: Sheinside (on sale!) | Clutch: GiGi New York | Coat: H&M (LOVE this) | Sunglasses: Coach (similar) | Booties: Coach (similar) | Tights: Ann Taylor | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot + eff.Y.bee | Rings: Paul’s Jewelers (similar) + Rocksbox + Prism + Stella & Dot

When it comes to mixing prints, I’ve really only been playing in the minor leagues. So today I’ve decided to up my game a little bit, inviting a third print to the party.

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

To be honest, this outfit kind of came together as an accident a few weeks back. I had a blogger event at Orla Kiely after work and had to do a 2 minute quick change right before (because that whole “business casual” thing isn’t as chic). I first swapped out my black pencil skirt for this striped number, and quickly realized I liked the combo better than the what I had originally planned to wear! I threw on my coat and scarf and rushed off to the event. Once I got there I checked my coat, and right as I was about to take my scarf off I thought … why not just leave it! I ended up loving this triple threat so much that it reached “repeat offender” status for this shoot.

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

If you’re looking to host your own pattern party, it might be helpful to keep in mind some of these tips and tricks. I find it easiest to pick a common theme and run with it, whether that be having a unifying color palette or doubling (or tripling) down on the same kind of print.

Since I went with an all black and white theme, I decided to inject some color into my look. The hot pink not only breaks up the patterns, but also adds a touch of playfulness and sass, don’t you think?

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

A New York Love Affair :: Pattern Party

So, who wants to RSVP to this pattern party?!

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