WIW 01.10 - pattern mixing a la today's blog post

Angie's fab pattern mixing blog post this morning coupled with a serious need to wear something fun today inspired me to mixmixmix! I chose to do gold gingham+gray leopard, and an extra shot of feline print with cheetah booties (mrawr!); outside, we have houndstooth+tweedy plaid, and of course the cheetah. I'm not sure how crazy this is on the Scale Of Print Mix Madness (feels pretty tame to me), but either way this outfit is helping cheer me up immensely :)

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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  • Ginkgo replied 8 years ago

    Beautifully done! Your choice of shoes are perfect: love your attention to detail. I would have probably worn #1 with black shoes, and now I see that would have made it look like I just threw on the sweater by accident. Sigh, I need the Cliff Notes for bookending.

  • taylor replied 8 years ago

    You know Aida I love your style because you can pull off absolutely everything I can't!!
    This is something that falls beautifully and naturally into your style:)

    This is just the right amount of mix and color...
    Thanks for the lovely example! YLF

  • Queen Mum replied 8 years ago

    LOVE! This is brilliant and looks effortless!

  • amyreh replied 8 years ago

    fun, fun, fun!

  • Debora replied 8 years ago

    Now that's how to do pattern mixing! LOVE it!

  • Diana replied 8 years ago

    I love this! I think what makes it work so well is that it looks very deliberate but not matchy-matchy. The leopard in the cardigan reflected in the cheetah booties, the bookending with the yellow gingham and booties, and the overall use of black/white patterns all make the outfit very cohesive.

    This is how to do pattern mixing right!

  • yankeebelle replied 8 years ago

    OK, earlier today I said that I don't mix patterns well; that I just don't "get" it. But I think I actually like this! Well done!

  • AJ replied 8 years ago

    Oohhh, very nice! I think the orange Kate Spade purse would work nicely with this too.

    I've been playng with my wardrobe today using Angie's pattern mixing guidelines. I'm excited with what I'm coming up with! Now if only my laundry would hurry up and dry!

  • Mochi replied 8 years ago

    Nice job, Aida! Fresh and unexpected and somehow works.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful comments, ladies! I'm so glad you all like the mix and think it works. I do think the colored gingham/leopard mix is an easier-to-wear mix *hint nudge* :)

    Ginko, you know, I think tall black boots would work really well with something like this. Your point is very astute though, the shoes definitely aid in making the mix look purposeful.

    Taylor, you are too sweet! Thank you so much ^^

    Diana, I loved reading your analysis, SPOT on! (too punny?) The orange (booties) and yellow (shirt) is one of my favorite parts of this mix.

    AJ, ooh that would've been fun, especially if I didn't have to wear my coat! Will keep that idea in mind for spring! I hope you'll post some of your pattern mixing outfits :D

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    OMG, I'm back from vacation and fainting from your fabness! Awesome pattern mixing, Aida!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Once again, Aida, your attention to detail wins the day. Amazing.

    Something else I really like here is the mix of warm and cool colours. I'm often "iffy" on that so you must REALLY have done a good job on it to win my approval!

  • Carole replied 8 years ago

    Wow, I'm impressed. You look fantastic and must have innate sense of style; you put outfits together in a seemingly effortless way.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Nicley done! I'm really suprised how well you wear that saffron colored shirt, but I guess by now I shouldn't be! :)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    This is pattern mixing perfection Aida!

  • cobaltblue replied 8 years ago

    Yeah! You make me think I need more gingham in my life.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thank you ladies, you've cheered me right up! :D

    Suz, good observation :) I have been REALLY really (really!!) into mixing warm and cool since determining that I am halfway between deep autumn and deep winter coloring; after much practice, I recently gave my mixed palette the label "Icy Autumn" and plan to write a post about it on my blog if I ever manage to catch up on outfits. It's a very interesting mix and I really enjoy it!

    Claire, I was surprised at this yellow too; I used to avoid yellow something serious, but am happy that golden shades work for me. I think icy shades do too; I actually have a K/R for a scarf in a bright citron I need to post so you all can tell me :)

    cobaltblue, I think everyone can use a little gingham :D

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    Very advanced! I enjoy the fact that the colors are very restricted; it keeps the patters from battling too much and, as others said, creates a nice, effortless vibe.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago


    Just fabulous in every way :)

  • Amy replied 8 years ago

    OMG! You are a genius! That gingham top and that animal print sweater? I NEVER would have dreamed of putting them together, but the combination is wonderful.

  • Mo replied 8 years ago

    I'm with Yankeebelle in that I usually don't 'get' pattern mixing but I sure do like this!! Well done. :)

  • Jem replied 8 years ago

    I wouldn't have thought of that either. It looks fantastic! You are a good student. :-)

  • goldenpig replied 8 years ago

    Brilliant pattern mixing Aida! (Scribbling notes furiously...)

  • Katiepea replied 8 years ago

    Wonderful. I haven't been around much lately, but I'm so wanting a zoom feature to be able to look at your shoes in detail. They are awesome! Did you do a post on them, so I can have a closer look?

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    I love this combination. It works beautifully to my eye. And Aida, that coat is STUNNING!

  • Sharon replied 8 years ago

    This looks terrific. I'm not usually a fan of pattern-mixing, but this is wonderful!

  • ButterflyLady replied 8 years ago

    That looks wonderful - it doesn't look haphazard (like it probably would if I tried!) but purposeful and considered. Love those booties, too!

  • Claudia replied 8 years ago

    A winning combo! Looks great.

  • Lantana replied 8 years ago

    I'm late to chime in but HAD to because you are such a knockout! Your dark hair and luminous complexion are the perfect foil for this delicious concoction of colour and pattern. I am in awe of your artistry.

  • Jjsloane replied 8 years ago

    I'm quite fearful of advanced pattern mixing, but I do really like this whole look. I echo all the praise from other members. Superb!

    And I love the mixing of cool and warm. I've been mixing bronze/organe and silver/grey like mad. I think I bridge Sprign and Summer as I have pink and yellow undertones.

  • Ginny replied 8 years ago

    pattern mix perfection, well done!! very fun outfit, cheered me up looking at your fabness!

  • Jonesy replied 8 years ago

    This looks fab, Aida! There is something very witty and charming about this mix (maybe it's your sly smile too :). Maybe you will convert a few people to dip their toe into the pattern mixing pond!

  • Sona replied 8 years ago

    fab love. Your scientific backgroung makes you more artistic in a way I think ( maybe I'm philosophizing) or there is mroe science than art in pattern mixing.

    In a roundabout manner of speaking I'm trying to say you are so very, very good at this ( pattern mixing)!!!

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    My goodness ladies, you do know how to make a gal blush. Thank you all SO much for the comments, I am beyond thrilled that so many of you liked this mix!! An amusing story: After work I met up with some type-interested locals (graphic designers, type designers, teachers, etc.). I was chatting with one of the typographers about business and he stopped, mid sentence, and commented on how much he appreciated that I'd put the two prints next to each other. I was super surprised! And he couldn't even see the shoes! ;)

    Angie, thank you!! I wouldn't have thought of putting these together without your post, but boy does it open up a bunch of possibilities for this cardigan for me!

    Katiepea, thanks! The booties are the Matisse Nugent booties that Angie posted. Both of those links have some good close-up photos.

    ButterflyLady, I bet your new snakeskin dress could be mixed wonderfully! Tights or cardigan or jacket or shoes.... (Ok now I'm excited! Try one and post it? Pretty please? :) )

    Lantana, thank you very much! I need a few additional "boost" and "blush" buttons for your post :)

    Jjsloane, highfive fellow warm/cool mixer!

    Jonesy, that would be delightful! A girl can hope :)

    Sona, hehe thank you! My background is truly in art, but I've always been into science and math. I find math especially to be an incredibly artistic field, and a big part of why I went into computer science is that I think THAT is a very creative science as well (though not many other people seem to). I've always had a knack for using the scientific half of my brain to explain the artistic half and vice versa, and my work heavily requires that I solve artistic problems with scientific means. One of the biggest things YLF has helped me with is realizing that it's okay to apply this to fashion as well, and I am forever grateful for that! OK and all that to say that I totally approach pattern mixing with the artistic half of my brain :D

  • LoP replied 8 years ago

    You are such an expert pattern mixer Aida! I just love how effortless and chic they look when you put it all together. I would never have thought.

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    Fab pattern mixing here! Those shoes are so fun!

  • ButterflyLady replied 8 years ago

    Aida - I'm still very much on Style 101 at the moment - baby steps! I will get there in the end with the pattern mixing ....

  • Karina replied 8 years ago

    OK - this is a skill to be sure: mixing all these patterns/textures and making it look ridiculousy awesome. Well done.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thank you LoP, Lisa, and Karina!

    ButterflyLady, well I look forward to your snakeskin dress pattern mix post when it's ready :)

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