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?


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

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

  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!

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

  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

    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!

  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.

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

  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.

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

  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!!!


    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.

  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!

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

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


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