Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pattern Mixing: Plaid and Tropical

When I bought these trousers on the weekend, I was drawn to them because of the turquoise element in the plaid.
 Doing the usual thing of picking out one or two colours from a pattern and matching them to create and outfit - that's what I envisioned I would do.


  • Blouse - Scotch & Soda, Maison Scotch, vintage store, Vancouver; last seen here (2nd outfit) in July 2017 in a mermaid outfit
  • Trousers - Cartonnier, Anthropologie, thrifted; purchased here for $15.00
  • Shoes - Portia, thrifted; last worn here in May with my Princess Jelly-Deer outfit
  • Capelet (below) - Floating Gold Iceberg, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in August 2017 for my trip to a sunflower farm

Instead of going all matchy with the pattern colours, as I was holding up the trousers to my blouse section of the closet, I noticed how nicely this blouse played with them.
The turquoise and the camel in the plaid went really well with the blue-greens and warm browny-pinks in the printed blouse front.

I actually have a lot of pattern going on - the blouse's sleeves and back are a very pale (and sheer) pink, with tiny stars all over.
I have to wear a camisole underneath, but it was a lot cooler out today.

I love the top's pattern. Flamingos and carp and lotuses. Very tropical looking.
The colours on the pants only show up well in the stair picture - they were quite vivid in our bright office. I loved wearing these all day - they were very comfy. I unbuttoned the pockets so I could jam my hands in there - why bother putting buttons on pockets, really?

Although it was cooler today, I did need a wee cover-up in the morning and on the back of my neck on the way home. Enter capelet.
Such a great colour.

The stuff:
I'm actually doing a snakeskin and floral with these shoes too. Lots of pattern! I protected my bare feet with little nylon footlets - did you notice them? I'm pretending that they are barely noticeable, hee hee. I promise I will not be one of those old ladies with knee highs around her ankles!

Turquoise bling:
I love that I have a set now. I find turquoise very appealing. Must find more.


  • Cuff - thrifted; first wear!
  • Ring - local
  • Earrings - furniture store
  • Shield ring - Nine West


How daring are you when it comes to pattern mixing? Would you do a mix like this?

22 comments:

  1. Fascinating mix! I am not very daring. Lise

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    1. I used to think that too, Lise. Go for it! Try something new!

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  2. You're right, the prints all work so well together. I like the idea of finding pieces to wear with them but holding it up against other items in your wardrobe. I'm going to steal that idea, haha!

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    1. Thanks, Mica! I've found so many interesting combinations just from holding them up against other clothes. Steal it!

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  3. I am in love with that blouse, Sheila! It's fabulous! I love the pattern mixing with the pants. The blouse and pants complement each other so well. I love the turquoise too. I'm still pretty new to pattern mixing but I'm looking forward to trying more of it! ;) XXX

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    1. Isn't it cool? I loved it as soon as I saw it. I impressed myself with this mix, Sasha! I'm pretty new to it too (well, 8 years is new, right?). Give it a try!

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  4. The trousers were a perfect match to that cool shirt ! Don't you just love it when that happens?
    And I do not know why they would make pockets and then close them with buttons.

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    1. It's such a rush, isn't it, Lorena? I knew you'd get that. Buttons on pockets are silly. Silly!

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  5. Aaaaah. This is beauty, this wonderful outfit on you. The pairing couldn't be better. And the capelet is just right for this pre-summer weather. Hugs.

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    1. This blouse reminds me of you, since I bought it on one of our anniversary trips. Gotta love a capelet.

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  6. You know I absolutely would! I adore this mix, the top with the plaid is just beautiful. I love that there are so many design elements to that top. The main design on the front, the pink sleeves , and the tipping at the collar . I adore this pattern play, I have a similar pair of plaid pants purchased secondhand by Chanel. I hope I will be able to wear them come autumn, they are pretty small.
    Go buy more turquoise!!!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle

    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Yes, it's a gorgeous piece - I love the sporty stripe at the neck. Thank you, Elle - ha, of course these are Chanel knock-offs! Can't wait to see yours.

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  7. I love this mix, such a fabulous top with a fabulous print! and it enhances all the turquoise in the pants pattern! love this 'tropical plaid' outfit!
    besos

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    1. Thank you - me too! I was so excited to come up with this combination.

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  8. Who would have thought that plaid and a flower print would look so good together? Nice combination Sheila!

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