Patchwork Romper: Urban Outfitters (similar patchwork pieces here and here) | Loafers: Gucci |Sunnies: Givenchy
Just a quick post on this patchwork romper…this was actually a completely impromptu outfit change…I had taken Nolan in to visit Tim at work, and was wearing (surprise! Overalls!) It had gotten a lot hotter in the city than I had anticipated, so while walking Nolan, I popped into an Urban Outfitters and just stumbled upon this romper– the patchwork pattern had just the right casual, cool and vintagey vibe I love. I like that it’s an unusual print– not floral, or striped or any of the other typical patterns that are out there. Plus, you can wear the sleeves up on your shoulders or down off the shoulders…points for versatility!
Hope you guys have some awesome plans for summer! Keep cool!
Summer printed top (can be worn on or off the shoulders): J.Crew | Denim skirt: Asos | Gingham ankle tie sandals: Asos | Tassel earrings: J.Crew
Print mixing can be scary, for fear of looking like a crazy street person or a four year old who got dressed herself from the dress-up bin. I’m not usually one for doing lots of prints, especially together, but for some reason, these two prints just spoke to me. I picked these two pieces up around the same time, and since they both have a crisp cotton feel, a black and white base, and both scream “SUMMER!”, I tried them together– and it just worked! A few tips for pairing mixed prints together:
- Keep them in a similar color story (like I said above, both have a black and white base)
- Make sure both prints have a similar “feel”… see how the gingham and “postcard print” (that’s what J.Crew is calling the print on my top) have a summer vibe to them?
- Pair one “dominant” print, like the one on my top, with a more subtle, or smaller print, like the gingham sandals, so that they aren’t in direct competition.
- Use a simple staple piece, like my denim skirt, to ground both prints and to give the eye a break, visually.
Happy print mixing guys!
Clockwise, from top left:
2. Marc Fisher Mule Heel in Suede:
Super affordable cork and suede heel with a retro vibe– the shoe of the moment that will make all your summer looks feel fresh and feminine
4. Asos Gingham Ankle Tie sandals:
Gingham is EVERYWHERE guys, and if you only want a small dose, these on trend sandals are for you! I’ll pair them with a rocker tee and cutoffs…
5. Soludos Espadrille Wedges:
A classic summer staple that will never go out of style– Soludos are super comfortable– this pair will bring a girly touch to any dressed up look
8. H&M gold loafer mules:
a SUPER affordable version of the shoe you NEED– extremely versatile and comfortable- I wear these at least twice a week!
Happy shoe shopping!
Blush Adidas Tee: Nordstrom | Red Faux Leather Mini: Asos (similar here and here) | Sneakers: Zara | Sunnies: Givenchy
Sometimes the unexpected really works, in both life and in fashion. Pink and red is a combo most people, including myself, normally would shy away from, for fear of looking like a Valentine’s day card, or like you maybe got dressed in the dark, failing at an attempt to “match”. I’ve come to learn though, if you do something with obvious PURPOSE, and in a thoughtful and interesting way, it works, more often than not (again, this can be applied to both getting dressed and living every day life, I’ve found!). So I paired this blush pink, “sporty-ish” Adidas tee, with my fave red faux leather mini…and I’m obsessed! Sort of a sporty take on color-blocking, and since pink and red are in the same color family, it just works. I tempered the bold look with a textured neutral sneaker, to keep the look sporty and casual, but fashion-forward as well. A friend recently asked me “how you know when to wear a dress or skirt with sneakers…how to make it work?”…I thought this was a great question…As one of my all time fave combos, which I wear AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, my response was this: It has to look purposeful, NOT ACCIDENTAL OR necessary (like you’re not going for “commuter with heels in her bag running for the train”). There needs to be some sort of sporty or casual element to the overall look, like stripes, or a sporty tee, or something boyish about the look. Sneaks CAN work with florals, but they should have a vintagey, almost worn-out vibe, in my opinion. I wore this for a day of Saturday adventures with Tim and Nolan (playground, exploring Chelsea Piers, brunching, and just wandering the city). Hope this inspires you guys to try an unexpected combo this week!