Elementary Print Mixing Starting with your Shoes
Quote of the day: “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Anonymous
If you’re anything like me, then you may be shy with the idea of mixing in too many prints in your outfits. Maybe this stems from our upbringing? Maybe it’s a lack of confidence in how to do it “right.” But after posting an entire theme on it last year here, here & here, I decided it was really more fun than anything. And I’m here to try to convert all of you too–baby step by baby step.
We’re teaming up with Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots to show different items that could be used as your second (or third) item of print in an outfit!! Jennie and I share a love of shoes (fine, fine–call it an addiction), and I thought she’d be a fresh friend for you to investigate!!
There’s so much to be said for mixing our prints in our outfits. This concept is used quite often in home decorating, and I think our clothing choices shouldn’t be much different. We could call it body decorating!!
As the first step in this adventure, the 4 of us wore a pair of print shoes with another print in our outfit!! Come on…you can do it, too!!
Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots: Now I can’t show you Jennie’s shoes—you’ll just have to click over to her site to see which print shoes she picked for her outfit!
And can we say Yay for polka dots?? Now you know why the title of her blog is what it is, right? But don’t you think almost any print shoes would be terrific with Jennie’s shirt? It almost makes me want to go buy one just like it. Okay—so I had to just check and here’s one with long sleeves or here in a sleeveless version!!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My print booties are basically a polka dot, yet kinda an animal print. Since they are black & white, they could be considered pretty neutral and easy to pair with many other prints!
Now since spring is upon us, I’m not going to be able to find many booties for you that are similar. Unless you need rain booties. Then these would be not only stylish, but practical. But sneakers like these would work marvelously, or if you prefer flats, then these are adorable!
The other print in my outfit was meant to be my blazer!! The reason I say, meant to be, is because I notice that my scarf is also a print. I really meant to keep it more simple and only show 2 prints. But I did warn you earlier that I’ve found that print mixing is quite addictive!
This blazer is one I used to wear to work a lot. To me the idea of adding in another print with a print “work piece” would be one great way to make it more fun & less serious. Like this blazer, I found would be perfect for work, yet if you added in some floral shoes, then wearing it on the weekends wouldn’t seem as officey!
One of the newer trends for spring is the embroidery detailing on everything. That’s one of the reasons I pulled out this blazer! It has all kinds of embroidery and even some sparkle all over it. Now I couldn’t find much like this on my shopping site, but I did find a blue blazer with little dinosaurs on it here.
Now for those of you that like more of the details, I thought I’d show you my accessories and the lining of this blazer!
First the earrings. I bet out of all my earrings, blue is the most recurring theme you’d see in my jewelry box. But I think one of the reasons I like this pair so much, is they have gold & pewter colors in them too, so they look good with a multitude of outfits. These earrings are the cutest owls, but if you wanted something a little bigger, here are some that include blue and other colors!
As for the lining of this jacket, I always forget how inspiring it is until I go to put it on! It’s funny how the inside of your blazer can make you feel so special! It’s almost like a constant hug throughout the day. Either that or I’m just weird..ha ha!
My scarf was a precious gift to me from Sherry! I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to make new friends by blogging, whether they be readers or other bloggers! And Sherry knows me well enough to have sent me this beautiful scarf that I end up wearing a ton! Now I certainly can’t find the same one for you, but neck scarves are becoming ever so popular. Therefore you should check out this one or this one if you like the idea of adding color close to your face with these small pieces of fabric!
You can see when I take off the blazer that I have on my arm warmers. My post about how to DIY your own is here! It really is quite easy, but if that’s not your gig, then these are a close match with thumb holes!
I wore the arm warmers because I wanted a bright shirt under this blazer, and none of my long sleeve shirts seemed right. And I thought I’d be just fine with the short sleeves. However, after getting all ready, I realized I needed another layer for warmth. By then I was too lazy to remove everything to add another shirt under this yellow one. That’s where the arm warmers can be a life saver—at least for me!
Everything else about this outfit is basic in my mind. These jeans are more of a boyfriend jean only in a lighter wash. I know we’ve all heard that the darker washes of jeans are more flattering, but is anyone else a little tired of them? That’s why I thought some variety would be fun! Here’s a pair that aren’t as baggy if you’re interested! And for you women that miss the higher rise jeans, it’s time to celebrate that they are coming back in style! Check out these from Target!
Yellow is really one of those colors that can add some sass to the basics, so here’s a similar shirt that you might like! This one is under $10 and not quite as bright, but trust me, you’ll get your money’s worth if you like color like I do!
Jeans: Pilcro (similar here)~~Blazer: Paparazzi (similar here more than I usually spend, but it’s an interesting item)~~Top: Sofia–thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: Dolce Vita-thrifted (similar here)~~Arm Warmers: DIYed (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Now onto Nancy’s print shoes and her print mixing. I grabbed her leopard shoes to start the ball rolling. It may be unlikely that you start choosing your outfit by picking out your shoes first, but why not? I find this especially true when we are travelling, because you need your “walking” shoes and you are more limited with shoe selections since they take up the most space in the luggage.
So let’s talk a minute about leopard shoes! They are really one of the most versatile shoes available. If you don’t already have a pair, I highly recommend adding them to your shoe collection. The 3 of us put together a series about this same topic here, here & here. And I apologize for having both Nancy & my mom wear leopard shoes. I thought I was having one of them wear their floral shoes, but I goofed! So I’ll show some other leopard varieties with mom’s outfit below. As for leopard heels, these have a cushioned foot bed and wedge heel! Here’s another wedge shoe which would be perfect for the warmer months!
I really wanted to make this an outfit that all of you could easily recreate. That’s why I picked Nancy’s brown jeans! I thought that most of us would feel like the brown jeans matched nicely with the leopard shoes.
Brown jeans may not be as popular as black or blue, but they are a neutral, and can go with so many other colors. Nancy’s jeans are a coated variety and here are some with that coating if you like that idea! I can’t tell you how fabulous they are if you happen to have pets because the fur doesn’t stick to them as much!
Then to add in Nancy’s other print, we picked out this blouse. I wanted a color that didn’t “match” the shoes, but one that many of you would feel safe in wearing! So the olive green print blouse won out!!
The only drawback of this kind of blouse is it can flash too much skin when leaning over. Therefore Nancy wore a white, lace camisole under this to prevent that from happening! If you hate the idea that you have to wear another shirt under a blouse, then the style with the mock neck, like this, could fix that issue! Either that or just make sure you have on a sexy bra!!
Of course our outfit wouldn’t be complete without some accessories. Nancy and I chose 2 gold necklaces, so we could fill in the neckline and have a longer line too.
Since I am an accessory junkie, I love the idea of layering our necklaces (and bracelets for that matter)! But for those of you that like the easy, peasy method, here is 2 for the price of 1! But really, I bet you have many different length necklaces in your own wardrobe, right? Just pile on a bunch and then selectively take them off until they add up to a great look! It’s a thought for a future video, don’t you think?
Don’t let me forget to thank Jude for the brown pendant that Nancy is wearing! Jude is a longtime reader who has been so helpful when I blog about some of our issues. We had been discussing the fact that one of Nancy’s necklaces seems to gravitate towards one side instead of staying in the middle of her chest! And lo and behold, Jude sent this pendant to help with the problem!! Tell me that isn’t the sweetest thing ever?
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: For our last example of adding print shoes with another print, my mom went with matching colors. This shouldn’t surprise any of you, but I’ve been telling mom that I still get veto power when she chooses her outfits!! LOL!
Mom’s leopard shoes aren’t a ton different than Nancy’s, but let me show you some fun selections that popped up on my shopping site. If you are always looking for comfort over style, then here’s the marriage of the two with these sneakers! Or since it is getting warmer outside, you may be longing for the ever stylish espadrilles, here! One more, before I go onto the rest of mom’s outfit because these are not only leopard, but embroidery too!! Seriously, there are so many fabulous leopard shoes available—maybe you need more than one pair?
I would bet that if you are new to print mixing, this example would be your first choice. Matching the colors of the two prints, seems very cohesive for most people!
Mom’s sweater is not super heavy, but to make it more relevant for the springtime, I did find a sheer kimono that would work for this instance! Of course, the other item that is everywhere are the bomber jackets, so this one could work just as well!
My mom does say that I style her in jeans more than she would usually wear. This may be true, but I consider jeans a staple in everyone’s closet. And as much as I want to show off all of mom’s fabulous clothing, I also want to make her outfits relatable!
With all of the different varieties out there in blue jeans, what is more fun than the moto style jeans, like these? I realize that most older women do not feel quite as comfortable in skinny jeans. Therefore I searched high and low for other options to check out, but alas, I had no luck. But you might consider some like these here. They are under $20 and Nordstroms has a great return policy. Besides, I know how much you love your leggings, and they aren’t that much different, really! Or here are a plus sized version too! I only show the larger version because many of you will tell me that some items are only for thin people. And I’m the first to disagree. I’m showing you that no matter what your size, there are fabulous clothes for you!
The last point about my mom’s outfit that I’ll get into, is that I chose a pink shirt and scarf to break up the monotony of the browns a little.
I really think you could choose many different colors that would look nice under this cardigan, don’t you agree? I went with pink only because the pink would stand out against the brown. And then the scarf came into the picture because my mom still likes to cover her chest when it’s exposed like this. I know this is her habit, but she really has the nicest skin, and I try to keep telling her that she doesn’t need to cover it all of the time. But I let her wear her scarf….I just had her put the bulk of it in the back!
I really hope that each and every one of you will try this print mixing by adding a print pair of shoes to a print top! One of the reasons that I’d consider this an elementary version is because the two prints are far away and separated by another piece! What do you think?
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