Capsule 49: Uncommon Pattern Mixing Styles
So. You want to mix some patterns. I'll admit my forays into this world of mixed patterns have been many, but few have been successful. I can't seem to find a pairing that I think looks good but is also my style. I don't mean my past tries have been unsuccessful because they looked awful (okay, maybe a few), but rather that they just didn't feel like me. I need to feel like I am who I am if I'm going to be confident in an outfit. After all, confidence is what sells an outfit. I think this week's capsule wardrobe I've found at least one new type of pattern mixing that is just so ME.
I am so graciously rewarding you with what you came for first, but hey, I'd stick around after this for some tea to sip and more tips. Tips and sips, if you will. I'll tell ya straight up, I was hella uncomfortable in this outfit the moment I put it on. But, the longer I wore it, the more baller I felt. Bada** for those of you who don't speak the youth like me. One thing that worked for me is that all of the colors are neutral or muted. Bright colors just aren't really my thing, but I do love color. It just took me a long time to figure out that color didn't have to mean bright. If you feel uncomfortable in bright colors but someoneeee is shaming you for only wearing black and white, muted colors might be for you. I honestly think that was the only key to being comfortable with mixing patterns, honestly. I can tell you that this combo works because the top pattern is very busy, but it is almost so busy it looks like a solid. The pattern on the top is more delicate and the stripes are BAM. Also, the stripes on the pants are going vertically while the smocking on the top is horizontal which adds to some contrast.
Am I going to seduce someone or going to work? They're basically the same thing in some places, unfortunately. But nevertheless this is an outfit that is pretty casual for those of us who don't have strict dress codes but still professional. If you work in a more conservative office, I would suggest adding a cardigan and perhaps tucking the tank instead of tying.
Fun fact: this outfit is where the phrase "Va Va Voom!" came from. I mean DANG, and that Angelina Jolie knee pop?! This outfit was actually pretty bland to start with, but my necklace from Natalie Borton put it over the top. I was pretty skeptical that such simple jewelry could really do anything for me, because I'm usually drawn to major statement jewelry. But somehow it actually makes an even bigger statement. Elegance is a statement in itself.
Remember those years ago when peplum tops were THE thing, and now we're all exhausted by the mere mention of the word "peplum"? This top is a more relaxed version of that silhouette, which is actually really, really flattering on a lot of body types. It simultaneously defines a waistline and gives a flare to hide any imperfections you may want to not accentuate. And the smocking on the top adds some more visual interest to update the peplum style.