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