Thursday, July 8, 2021

Pattern-Mixing: A Lemon Spotted Zebra

Hello, my friends! Thursday is my "Friday", as in my last work day this week, so woo hoo! To celebrate, I'm wearing some of my favourite pattern-mixing, black and white prints.
I'm highlighting this new-to-me bustier-style top, worn with some old favourites. My colleague Wayne noted, "This is quite funky," to which I replied, "Yeah, I'm a lemon spotted zebra."

  • Shirt - J. Crew, thrifted; last seen here in March in an Ode to the 11th Doctor (Dr. Who) outfit
  • Bustier - Wrapper, vintage 90s, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
  • Skirt - Mister Leonard, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in June 2020 (Flashback there too) with these same shoes
  • Shoes - Lola Ramona; last seen here in April with a celadon suede suit


Black and white prints are the easiest way to pattern mix - you already know both colours go together! 
My shirt has a smaller-scale print than the "louder" zebra print on the bustier. That lets the shirt function as a neutral (it's basically a white shirt with a little extra pizzazz), and allows the zebra print to be the star. 

The shoes have an even larger print, which helps balance the top half visually.
The lemon yellow wool skirt (it's a very fine, summer-weight wool) grounds it all. 

This would work with any solid-colour bottom, whether a skirt or trousers.
I was *this* close to wearing my red Boss Lady Pants instead of this yellow, but the yellow made me feel happy. The red trousers make me feel bossy (heh). 

Masked up - let's add another print - more zebra! 
When I popped into the drugstore this morning, one of the workers there spotted me and burst out, "Look at you! Fabulous!" I paid her compliment right back as she was wearing a big flower in her hair and a sparkly green mask. 

  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
Am I still feeling these shoes? They are getting scuffed and the colour is wearing off the toes and the leather around the buckles, plus the rubber sole is lifting off (fixed with some crazy-glue when I got home). Is this still my style? It feels a little uber-girly to me (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Minimal bling: 
All that pattern did the heavy lifting. I'm glad I did my Grandma J's necklace under the collar to pull the eyes up to my face. 


  • Jet/crystal necklace - vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocarra, vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - thrifted

Well, my friends, I'm now off for the weekend. I will be back on Sunday with tales of adventure! Until then, stay safe, be kind and...try a pattern mix! 

32 comments:

  1. This is a fun print mix! I think the yellow is just perfect with this! So cheerful! :)

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  2. Happy outfit indeed! Morning Sheila, I am not surprised you get so many compliments and you are gracious enough to compliment others. I think your shoes are cute but I know that you are good at passing on things you are not feeling. I love the necklace under the collar too - it seems to tie evrything together. have a great week end love your week end posts so have some adventures lol take care - you will probabally hear my boys screaming over there if England wins!! Shazxx

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    1. Good morning, Shazz! I always reward good behaviour by complimenting folks when they've made an effort.

      I think it's that "cute factor" that is not working for me - I'm not a cute person (well, I AM, but not in a style way, lol). I really liked the necklace too.

      Have a fabulous weekend, Shazz, and go, England!

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  3. Thanks for the much needed burst of morning sunshine! I read your blog around 5:30 most mornings, and this morning even the birds are cowering under the massive continuous rainfall and overcast cloudy sky. At least the plants are happy, though for shallow rooted trees and massive limbs excessive water could be problematic.

    As you might gather, I needed your burst of yellow! Yay for pattern mixing! Overall a wonderful celebratory outfit. :)

    Here’s to a glorious weekend (whatever the weather!)

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    1. You're very welcome, Laurie! Oh dear, you are getting Hurricane Elsa, right? I hope it eases up soon! I am worried about the lack of rain we've had here this spring. It will be bad for forest fires.

      I'm so glad my outfit cheered you! Here's to a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Love your bold mixing. Have a fabulous weekend Sheila. x

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  5. Yellow is a cheer bringer! You've got style.

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  6. Sunny days. Ooooo sunny, sunny days!

    Totally love the brightness of your ensemble and I think the shoes are very cute.

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    1. I know, I'm so grateful for sun and for yellow! Thanks, Nana, yeah, there's the problem - they are CUTE, and that's not really my style anymore. I've let them go.

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  7. That outfit is fun and funky, Sheila! I'm absolutely loving the black and white pattern mixing, and I think you were right throwing that sunshiny yellow into the mix, rather than the red Boss Lady Pants. Perfect for a Friday which is actually a Thursday. Yay for long weekends! Have a great one, my dear. xxx P.S. Just came back from getting my second jab :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Ann! I love black and white patterns, and they really are the easiest to work with. The yellow made me happiest, so the yellow it was! So glad to hear you got your 2nd jab! woo hoo!

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  8. Oh Sheila you just know I'm all over this look!!! the zebra with the yellow is just smashing- but the polka dot shoes are my life!! YOu look amazing my beautiful friend xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Lucy! I love the shoes, but I'm letting them go - they are not really "me." Aw, you're too kind!

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  9. I love your yellow zebra spotted outfit. The zebra bustier top is lovely and I like how you layered it. The yellow pencil skirt is so pretty...and I just love your dotted heels. Enjoy your day.

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    1. Thank you, Ivana! I liked this outfit a bunch too.

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  10. You need to offer a master class in pattern mixing. This look was "spot-on" perfection!

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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  11. Black and white pattern play is the boss! Love the top and the shoes mostly - they're a great balance. The yellow skirt is cute too, but could have been any other colour eh? Handled like the pro you are xx

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    1. It's easily my favourite pattern mix colour combination, Anna. Thank you! Yeah, purple or pink would have looked just as good, I'm sure. :)

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  12. An absolute masterclass in pattern mixing! The drugstore lady was spot-on, fabulous! xxx

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  13. I always appreciate a genius extemporisation in pattern mixing and this one is a CORKER! Yellow with all these patterns was GAWJUS!x

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  14. Gorgeous, my friend! I love all the mixed up black and white patterns! The zebra print is super fun. And then your yellow skirt is the sunshiniest part of the whole thing! Fabulous! And very smile-inducing.

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Shelbee! I love black and white together, and couldn't resist that bustier top. Yellow is just so cheering.

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  15. Someone truly needs to give you a gorgeous, bejewelled crown to wear, my dear friend, as you are the absolute queen of pattern matching.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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    1. Well, I do have a tiara! L has a crown, but it's too big on my head. :) Thank you, Autumn!

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