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Pattern Mixing {In the Closet}

It was bound to happen, after months of watching other bloggers do it and do it well, I’ve finally mixed my patterns! I don’t know what took me so long, I guess it was nerves. We were always taught to never ever mix florals and plaids or stripes and dots.

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

But then we were also taught not to wear white after Labor Day and I threw that out the window years ago. So, you’d think I would’ve tossed this rule too. Maybe I’m a little bit more traditional than I like to think. shudder

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

This pattern mixing worked for me because the main color of the cardi matched the accent colors in the tee. I don’t know if I could do pattern matching with mixed matched colors. Which is so odd for me considering my matching code goes something like this: “If you see the colors together in nature, you can wear them together on your body.”

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Target Tee from Goodwill (with the tags) ~ $3.99 

And speaking of being traditional and all that, I recently read a discussion about how female bloggers (specifically, fashion bloggers) are all starting to dress alike because they’re we’re being so influenced by each other. Hmmm, interesting thought but I don’t agree. I think, if anything, there’s more celebration and embracing of the uniqueness and diversity of style that exists among women.

What do you think? Are we all starting to dress alike?

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  • masodo

    A Great Look… and a great post!
    I have taken the occasion of this post to Spotlight your blog on BlogDogIt.com – I hope you don’t mind, I think you have a most exceptional blog and would like to help spread the word :D

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Thank you so very much! I appreciate it.

  • creole wisdom

    So, so pretty. I don’t like to mix patterns too much, but I love what you did here :)

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Thank you, Katie. Yeah, this is definitely a step out of my comfort zone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monique.mccrayalexander Monique McCray-Alexander

    You did great with the mixed pattern trend. It took me a while but it really isn’t as bad as it seemed like you stated. I agree that we gain inspiration from each other but I disagree that we all look alike. For the most part we take a style or trend and make it own .

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      LOL I love that “I won’t unless it’s a special occasion…” That’s so me. I used to wear heels too, now even if I have to dress up I tend to go with flats. Just so much easier.

  • Shon Valdry

    Hi! You nailed this look! I love your cut too!

    I was thinking about this sort in Target today as I looked through the racks. I saw tons of stuff for great prices, but only got one item that was true to me, not the blogs! LOL

    Right On!

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Hey Shon! I saw that shirt at Target too and passed because it wasn’t on sale but when I saw it at Goodwill for $3.99 I was like “yes”. I see so many cute things on different blogs but, like you, I have to stay true to me.

  • http://www.dearabbyleigh.com/ Abby Barnhart

    i think we follow trends, but there are so many different styles online – we can keep being ourselves and introducing new things to one another. love this look!

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Thank you, Abby. I totally agree, it’s all about being yourself but trying new things as well.

  • HollyM

    Looks cute; but, then, you rock every outfit, IMHO. There is a bit — a little bit — of sameness in a lot of bloggers posting clothes photos. But I think that speaks more to personality types, and their identifying characteristics, than a full-on desire to emulate anyone.

    You, and others with an artsy, crafty, thrifty bent, will use what you have, or make it, or treasure hunt for it. Then you’ll try myriad combos, revamping and putting a whole new spin on that “same old thing”. Some bloggers really know how to do this well (you) and some bloggers just can’t seem to pull it off . . . at all. Hallmarks of this blogging “style” tend to be scarves, cardigans, boots and belts, and funky jewelry. A little bit boho, a little bit casual, and always creative. This is “anyone can do it” fashion.

    The “Fashionistas” are a whole ‘nother group. And they have a similar to each other vibe, as well as that whole “flamingo pose” thing they do. They’re all about the cache of what they wear, and how like-a-stylist they’ve put it together. They are about making an impression – a big one. This blogger will be all about The Bag, the expensive jewelry, the must-have shoe. I find that there is a lot less individuality among these bloggers. . . maybe because they not only share brand/logo lust, but they sort of resemble ads for high end goods in any given fashion magazine. We’ve already seen it before. *yawn*
    Then there are the vintage gals. While I mean to offend no one, I find it odd that this person wants to live in the past (where women were always ladies, even at home), while feeling quite free to tattoo herself up. It seems to be “a thing”, ’cause there is more than one vintage 40s/50s gal sporting an illustrated look. I don’t get the whole pincurl hair, yesteryear makeup, and cat’s eye glasses. Being “inspired” by an era is not the same as looking old before our time, which is exactly what this look, from head to toe, will do for us.
    If I was aspiring to be a member of any of the above blogging groups, I’d definitely choose the first category. I think you ‘represent’ this group well, while maintaining your own personal panache.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Wow, thank you so much, Holly.

      I’ve always had a sort of quirky style. As I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to appreciate it more. But in high school, it won me no favors. LOL

      Your reply made me wonder how some of those bloggers finance their “brand lust”. Is everyone independently wealthy? Are their blogs financing their lifestyles? And, if so, can they share the secret?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennaepetersen Jennae Petersen

    I have a pattern mixing outfit planned, but I played it a lot safer than you did. I love the way you did it, with a common color in the stripes and floral. Great look!

    As for fashion bloggers starting to dress alike, I can’t say I agree. I personally like to find inspiration, but spin it in a way that makes me feel comfortable and confident. I’ve never been one to copycat an outfit exactly, because that’s just not who I am. I may take a look as inspiration, but make it my own in some way. And at the end of the day, I just want to dress like my best self, period :)

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Ohhhhh I can’t wait to see what you do.

      Mmmmhmmm yes, ma’am, “dress like my best self”, that’s what I want to do too.

  • http://twitter.com/ilovescribbles Stylish Little Lady

    i agree…i’m a fan of finding inspiration, but not feeling the need to copycat every style, but rather interpret it to my own taste. i will say that you have mastered mixology! and love your hair. have a good day;)

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Thank you, Lady. I like looking at how people mix or match certain colors or fabrics because some people are just so creative. But I can do it an out~an~out copy of an outfit; that’s too much.

  • Reggie

    Just shows that you can grow fashion wise……..I’m wearing the same stuff I wore 20 years ago.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      LOL You’re too funny.

  • Kelly @ Kiwi Womens Style

    That’s a really interesting thought – and something I considered the other day. It’s important that we find ways of interpreting trends that are still our own! Thanks so much for linking up with WW :)

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Yes, totally agree. It’s all about interpreting and making things your own.

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