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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Orphaned outfit

If you are wondering about the strange lack of snow in this photo, it's because I took it on January 3rd. For whatever reason, I didn't wear it that week. And then I didn't wear it the week after, and it sat, like the puppy no one wants to buy watching all it's friends get chosen.
Until today.
The Mix
Maybe it was reading Jessica's post on mixing polka dots and patterned skirts the other day that prompted me to finally put this outfit on. Granted, my $3 thrifted skirt isn't nearly as gorgeous at the Vionnet tulip skirt she mentions with the MSRP of $1,745 -- but really, how to even compare? I shouldn't be so cruel to the skirt, after all it is on it's second life and really is quite cute, even though I just noticed it does have a small hole in the side...
The Mix

As for my shoes today, they were purely inside shoes. Today's weather was freezing rain + a foot of snow left from the last storm = slush and misery. I wore my snow boots and stepped in a puddle that swallowed my whole foot and had I been wearing any other shoe I probably would have died.
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Some Hipstamatic shots taken today, and you can see a bit of my houndstooth coat in the last one, which added an extra layer of pattern mixing.

The Rundown
Top Gap - Skirt Thrifted Ann Taylor - Shoes Dress Barn - Belt Gap - Tights Calvin Klein - Earrings So Good Jewelry

33 comments:

Rachel said...

I'd never be able to mix the polka dots with a print; it'd end up looking really silly on me. :'D
Totally wowed that you pulled it off so amazingly. :D

Ashley said...

Nice work! Pattern mixing at its finest! I'm in love with the lack of snow in these pictures, too...at least the snow will be gone for good pretty soon!

Thanks for your comment on my "10 reasons why I unsubscribed from your fashion/style blog" post! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on all of the issues I brought up, and I totally agree with you! Giant headers also frustrate me a little bit, too. Half the time, I don't even look at them, anyway, so for them to take up an enormous amount of the page is a bit excessive!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I never would have thought to do this, but it really works on you! Does anyone say that it is hard to look at the outfit too long or their eyes go weird!! From the pattern...not cute you!

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE this mix of prints!! That top is such a pretty color!! Wooohoo purple, ha ha :D
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Ashley J said...

Fabulous combo of colors and prints, love this entire outfit!!!

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Rad in BK said...

The polka dots are beautiful. I love the retro vibe of this outfit.

Courtney Erin said...

You're so adapt at mixing prints - I'm always too chicken to actually do it but it creates such rich looks.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Daniela said...

very cute outfit, love. January
3rd's weather was definitely better than today's... :/

Terri said...

the pattern and color mixing here is wonderful!

Alex Elizabeth said...

Way to fake everyone out :) I could have ice skated on top of the snow outside today, seriously... I like the two patterns you mixed a lot! I think a skinny belt over a skirt is always so elegant too.

Kellie said...

Cool outfit! I'd never think to mix those patterns but they look great.

Tamuna said...

The dark colors and the pattern really suits your complexion :)

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Anne said...

WOW! I never would've put these patterns together myself, but they look great together! This outfit was definitely worth the wait :)

cococricketsmama said...

caaaauuute! I love the mix of patterns!!

this free bird said...

Purple AND polka dots?? Two of my absolute FAVES!!

jamie-lee said...

I really like that you've combined two different patterns here - it looks great :)

Krystal said...

those necktie shirts are so popular now, I really like it!

Victoria said...

Another gorgous outfit, I love the mix of patterns, and you have that gorgeous skin-tone that can pull off any colour! xxx

Lindsay said...

I really like your mix of prints here. What a great combination. Plus, I adore that skirt! It doesn't look like Ann Taylor, more fashionable and forward. Love it!

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Thekla said...

you look great:)x


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Between Laundry Days said...

So I totally adore the mix of patterns here. Lovely!

Amandamarie said...

i wish i could mix prints like that!

xxx

Artfully Awear said...

Cute! I like the mix and it looks great on you!

Lorena said...

Arent you looking pretty ?
This pattern mix works perfect.
That skirt is so very Missoni like.

Amber Blue Bird said...

cute cute, love the mix of patterns. i totally wore the wrong shoes today and took a fall outside my office, not fun

Diana Mieczan said...

You know that Im totally smitten with your blouse...Its stunning! Hugs and kisses, my dear

Ps: I am hosting a natural cosmetics GIVEAWAY today! Hope you’ll join in :)

POONG said...

so cute :)

Amanda, The Upside of Wonder said...

Ah, I love this outfit! You look so sophisticated, as always. Plus, your hair is suppppeeerrr gorgeous! I love how you wore it.

xx

Toni Tralala said...

This is a great look as compared to the usual patterned skirt and plain top or vice versa. This is an eye catcher! :)

Iris said...

I love this outfit, everything about it and I'm sure it looked fab with boots as well!

brittneynikkole said...

Fun pattern mix! Love how it seems kind of anchored by the tights.

Jessica said...

Nice! After I posted about mixing patterns, it reminded me that I need to buy a patterned skirt to mix with! That's the missing link in my closet!

I love these subtle prints together. :-)