Sometimes it’s good to mix things up a little and mismatching is the perfect way to do this. It is all too easy to play it safe, especially when you are older, but a well executed blend of patterns , colours and prints can really elevate your style. It can seem a bit daunting , but there are tricks to apply that make it easier to do and the beauty of these looks is that the the pieces can be worked in to your wardrobe effortlessly to create a myriad of style options.
This dress in a yellow ochre shade with abstract polkadots makes the perfect canvas for layering with stripes and an ultraviolet wool coat. There are elements that bring this whole look together; the colours in the stripes compliment both the dress and coat. The outfit is pulled together with the darker oxblood tones of the kitten heel boots and bag.
Alternative ways to work these pieces include layering a polo neck under the dress, or wearing an oversized charcoal grey, or camel blazer, along with the boots and bag. Add some evening glam with high heeled sandals and for a more casual daytime look, just add white sneakers. The coat and cardigan work equally as well over jeans with a simple tee.
Dress by Faithfull The Brand – $169.00 – www,faithfullthebrand.com
Cashmere Cardigan by Marc Jacobs – $425.00 – www.marcjacobs.com
Wool Coat by Marc Jacobs – $750.00 – www.marcjacobs.com
Kitten Heel Boots by Sam Edelman – $140.00 – www.zappos.com
Darley Bag by Mulberry – $775.00 – www.mulberry.com
Florals and stripes can be perfect partners, the trick is top pick out a common colour theme in both patterns. The silk top with the red print complements the navy of the trousers and lifts the more subtle red on the pinstripe .Keeping the colours of the clashing prints darker is a less obvious and daunting way to pattern mix. Don’t overdo the clash, keep the rest of your outfit cleaner and simpler. A ivory chunky knit jacket and understated white leather sneakers are a great paring with this look and the tan bag with stripes adds another low key element.
You could make this workwear appropriate too by switching the sneakers for a flat mule , or heeled pump, wear all pieces together , or again, wear with pieces you have in your wardrobe, they will blend in seamlessly.
Silk Shirt by And Other Stories – $119.00 – www.stories.com
Pinstripe pants by Vince – $365.00 – www.vince.com
Knit Jacket by Free People – $498.00 – www.shopbop.com
Leather Sneakers by Superga – $99.00 – www.superga-usa.com
Leather Bag by Clare V – $325.00 – www.clarev.com
A statement coat in a brocade style fabric is a day to night winner and given a twist when worn with plaid pants. Equally , the ever present plaid pant is given a fresh style update. By keeping to a similar colour palette, these two work well together. The silk camisole with its simple lace trim is ideal for wearing during the day and a subtle way of wearing lingerie styles as outerwear.Teamed with these fabulous mules and gorgeous bag, this whole outfit is ready for anything.
Dress down this look by wearing the sneakers from look 2 and if you want to simplify it , the knit jacket, instead of the coat, from look 2 ,would work beautifully. The coat is a true statement piece, wear over mid dresses and skirts, or for easy glam, add jeans and heels.
Silk Camisole by Anine Bing – $169.00 – www.aninebing.com
Coat by Free People – $348.00 – www.freepeople.com
Plaid Pants by Baum Und Pferdgarten – $263.00 – www.baumundpferdgarten.com
Cream Mules by Cult Gaia – $325.00 – www.net-a-porter.com
Egg Bag by Cafune – $386.00 – www.shopbop.com
Three looks that work well as mismatched outfits and look amazing when worn individually with other pieces.
Hope that has given you some style inspiration. Thanks for stopping by.