WIW triple plaids!

A couple outfits featuring triple plaids :D Wore the first (orange/red) out for lunch and errands this weekend, and the second (green/yellow) to work today.

Having trouble coming up with a good explanation of these, they were pretty much off 100% feel. Hectic, just because! In the plaids there's a little shared color (blue across all three in the first, yellow in jacket/scarf in the second), a little shared scale (jacket/sweater in the first, jacket/shorts in the second), and some, but not entirely, shared contrast levels. I don't think any is necessarily required for a successful mix but any one can be a good place to start.

Very happy with both outfits -- lots of color, lots of pattern, lots of texture, and in line with my updated style goals -- and will definitely be wearing again ^^

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • FashIntern replied 3 months ago

    You did it!
    I’m not a fan of winter shorts, would rather see cropped flares, but I get why you needed them for this. The pattern mixing is, of course, amazing.
    But why two? Shouldn’t it be a triple triple? ;) ;) ;)

  • Dianna replied 3 months ago

    Aída, I am impressed. Love both of them, my favorite is the shorts outfit.

  • shevia replied 3 months ago

    Excellent! The first one has a sort of balance to the scale of the plaid and the second one has the brilliant shoe- scarf bookend, but there is sometimes no reducing flair to logical connections, am I right :) ?

  • Joy replied 3 months ago

    This is like a graduate class in pattern mixing. Somehow you brought harmony out of chaos. I love both outfits.

  • Diana replied 3 months ago

    Both super fabulous! You are so good at combining hectic with cohesive.

  • Mirjana replied 3 months ago

    So cute Aida, you look beautiful. As Joy said you are a graduate class in pattern mixing. I especially like #1.

  • bella replied 3 months ago

    You are a pro at print-mixing! Especially love #1!

  • rachylou replied 3 months ago

    Squeeeeeeeee!!! :D

  • Staysfit replied 3 months ago

    You pull this off so well! I particularly love the red grouping! I admire people who can mix patterns and get away with it without looking clownish or like they were dressing in the dark.

  • chouette22 replied 3 months ago

    Ha, you are really good at this. Both outfits looks incredibly fab on you! I am curious: how did people react (especially to the red one as the other is certainly more subtle/less hectic)?

  • Meredith replied 3 months ago

    You are the master.

  • Sara L. replied 3 months ago

    I love the winter shorts!  That's a look I would love to wear but I've never found quite the right pair of shorts.  

  • Janet replied 3 months ago

    You are fearless! I prefer the second outfit and love the play of those more neutral patterns. I really much prefer pattern mixes that play with scale and tone, rather than similarly scaled patterns, but I'm a chicken when it comes to pattern mixing. :-)

  • lisa p replied 3 months ago

    Fantastic !  Both outfits are pure Aida :)  I would have to weigh about 30 lbs less to even attempt all of that pattern, but you make it sing.  

  • Marilyn replied 3 months ago

    Very cool, Aida! Love the red plaid bomber jacket.

    Ever since Angie posted about the J Crew mismatched plaid shirt and pants I've been all over this.  Yesterday I ordered two plaid shirts to try with my Black Watch tartan pants. :)

  • JAileen replied 3 months ago

    These are crazy fun! I love the subtlety of the second one.

  • Angie replied 3 months ago

    KILLER to the Power of KILLER x2. 

    And much love to you. xo

  • karen13 replied 3 months ago

    Love them both. You can wear anything! Adore the cognac touches and subtle patterns in #2 and #1 is just plain fun.

  • MsMary replied 3 months ago

    SO FUN!!!! LOVE!!!

  • Karie replied 3 months ago

    Fearless Fashionista! I love both.

  • Sterling replied 3 months ago

    Hi Aida!  This works.  I don't know how or why, but it looks gorgeous on you.  As Karen13 said, you can wear anything and look perfect.  

    On a side note.  I own those Kut from the Kloth pants.  Perhaps you are even the YLF Forum Member that guided me toward their purchase.  I get complements on them to this day.  

  • Joyce B replied 3 months ago

    I love both outfits. The plaid mix is nicely put together with the matching colors and the second outfit is also fab, I never thought of wearing shorts with knitted tights but it works beautifully and your riding jacket is gorgeous.

  • FashIntern replied 3 months ago

    I just realized how close you came to quad plaid. If those tights had a few lines running the opposite direction, maybe with the pattern running diagonally...

  • SarahD8 replied 3 months ago

    A master class in pattern mixing!

    I think #2 is my favorite, I love the clear focal point of the brighter scarf and then the other plaids harmonize more subtly. They are both great though.

  • Brooklyn replied 3 months ago

    Fantastic!!! My favourite is no 2. The colour mix really appeals to me. And I love the idea of winter shorts. So funky! Much better than summer shorts! I am always keeping an eye out for winter weight shorts (or shorter winter weight culottes) but never see them here (weird because we have the climate for it). The first pattern mix seems like a tonal progression of colours with each plaid picking up a colour in an adjoining piece. Almost ombré plaid! I love that idea and will try to use it sometime. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration :)

  • Katerina replied 3 months ago

    This is incredibly cool! Both are so interesting and sophisticated. Admire your creativity!

  • anne replied 3 months ago

    You go where many wouldn't dare - and completely pull it off!! Well done Aida!

  • cindysmith replied 3 months ago

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!

    The first one works so well it could absolutely be featured in one of those magazine features on "power clashing". I'm always drooling over those features. they take patterns that would be stars if they were in outfits with only one pattern, and they throw them all into one outfit that just looks so awesome. This one is bold and bright and happy and it makes me smile really big.

    The second one works to me because everything but the scarf seems rather subtle and subdued, and then that scarf is just a delightful POW (insert comic book graphic here LOL) against the soothing backdrop of the rest of the outfit.

    Well played, Aida ! You have reached triple black belt status in the art of pattern mixing.

    Edited to fix where my phone autocorrected your name from Aida to aids.

  • Suz replied 3 months ago

    These give me enormous joy. 

    Why do I adore a good pattern mix so well? 

    Is a triple plaid a pattern mix, or a pattern layer? 

    I don't even care. 

    I just love them. Full stop. 

    Rock on. 

  • Kaelyn replied 3 months ago

    I think you just became the queen of plaid. These are too wonderful for words!

  • La Pedestrienne replied 3 months ago

    Masterful mixing! I adore the shorts-and-riding-jacket combo. 

  • unfrumped replied 3 months ago

    These are really excellent mixing outfits! Wow!

  • FashIntern replied 3 months ago

    My copy of the bomber jacket arrived today. It’s a keeper, but after this, I feel compelled to do something wonderful with it. Two solid color blocks of neutral like the model is wearing would be a travesty.

    Hm....maybe one of these tops?
    And I think it wants the cowboy boots.

  • Aida replied 3 months ago

    Oh wow, thanks so much for all the lovely comments ladies!! Tickled these went over so well I wasn't really expecting it; I know this type of mix isn't everyone's cuppa <3

    chouette, surprisingly little reaction so I suppose these were not thought of as particularly out of the norm for me ;) The second actually got more but it was due to the very large scarf which is a bit more dramatic in person.

    Sara and Brooklyn, it's tough to find the right pair of winter shorts! I have been looking for another pair without much success. Am seriously considering just picking up some wool trousers to cut to shorts length then having the hem done up properly.

    Marilyn, I hope one of those shirts works out!

    Angie and Suz, I thought you both would like these :D

    Sterling, I get compliments on these KUTs whenever I wear them too. Fan favorites, I guess.

    Cindy, loved reading your thoughts on these thanks very much. "Power clashing" sounds right up my alley, heh. And this was the exact POW I pictured ^^

    Fashiontern, glad to hear the jacket is a keeper! Liking the potential mixes of #2 and #3. I think one of the best things about this jacket is you could go subtler and wear solids beneath OR go pattern for higher drama and still get good impact either way. My other favorite ways to wear this jacket are actually with solids: navy fringe sweater, charcoal skinnies, tall black riding boots; cream sequin top, black pants, olive combat boots; and bright orange sweater, light skinny jeans, and brown slouchy tall boots.

  • FashIntern replied 3 months ago

    I’d love to see that third outfit, with the orange, in action. I’ve always been very prosaic about putting things together by matching colors, as you can see by my choices here. I hope this jacket will push me beyond that. I think the colors work for me, but I have very little in my closet that’s really a match.

  • Aida replied 3 months ago

    I don't have a photo of the exact outfit but it's basically the following with tall boots (in Finds) and the jacket over the top. I'll take a pic next time I wear it :)

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  • Firecracker replied 3 months ago

    These are both amazing outfits, and you look so good in both of them. I really love the way the second one goes a little bit bombshell with the nipped in waist, the lace peeking out of the V neck on the blazer, and the sharp shoulder line--while playing with the menswear vibe of the plaids. And it's surprising how great you look in both the colorful outfit and the more subtle neutrals.

  • Brooklyn replied 3 months ago

    Aida, what a great idea! I have an old pair of wool wide leg pants. I wonder if they could work as shorts. I will be investigating this...

  • Aida replied 3 months ago

    Thanks Sharan! I liked that little bit of bomshell-meets-menswear going in the second outfit, too ^^

    Brooklyn, if you get to it before I do please let me know how it goes!

  • Runcarla replied 3 months ago

    Very different but equally wonderful outfits.

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