Adding in Another Print with your Purse
Do you consider your purse as part of your outfit? Or is it just the item you carry to lug around your wallet, phone & essentials? There’s no right or wrong answer, but your purse could certainly be that second printed item to give your outfit that added benefit of print mixing!!
Quote of the day: “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” George Bernard Shaw
I started the thought for this series to try to cajole and tempt you into wearing a couple of prints at once in your outfits! And I was lucky to recruit another blogger, Jennie, to join us in the action!
But I wanted us all to feel comfortable, so my idea was to incorporate this second print as a small item. We started by keeping the prints far from each other with a pair of print shoes along with our print tops, here! Then I worked to add in the other print with a scarf as an accessory, here. Now we are going crazy with our purse! Tell me if you’ve gotten brave enough to mix your prints, and how you do it!!
Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots: Jennie’s purse is such a great addition to this outfit! You don’t see it? Ahh…it got cropped out, so you’ll just have to click over to her site to check it out!!
I’ll give you a hint though—it’s one that I might just need to get! Because who doesn’t love…..(ooops, almost gave it away..ha ha)
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I must admit, that I don’t have many print purses! I have the one you see below and then the leopard one my mom made (here) is my only other one!
But now that I will actually change my purse occasionally depending on what I wear, I may have to reconsider this! And I know many women do spend more on a purse because they use it everyday. However, does that mean you always stick with a solid colored one? Like this one, for example, has so many different subdued colors in it, that it’d really go with almost everything! But if you steer more towards the neutrals, then this tote would be fun!
In all honesty, I did style my outfit around this purse. Since the purse was mainly green, I looked for a print sweater that I thought would coordinate nicely.
This olive cardigan is one of those that I throw on quite a bit–especially with jeans! But considering that it’s a floral, I thought it’d be perfect for our outing to get our hair cut this day. Even Target has one that is similar for such a reasonable price. However, I know that many of you live where the weather is getting much warmer, so I also found a lovely green print blouse here, or here. If you haven’t heard already, the bright green is the color of the season, so if there isn’t much of it in your closet, you’ll be able to find more of it at the stores!
I wanted to make this an outfit that would be easy enough to recreate, so I matched my jeans to the cardigan. Olive green may not be a color that you think of for spring time, but don’t you think it’d look fabulous with the pastels? I found this pair for a great deal, or if you liked the seamed version, then these are great!
However, since the majority of my outfit was what I’d consider dark, I had to add in some color. I started with my orange, block heel sandals that I bought last year!
This style emerged last spring, and I really think it’s functional for any aged woman! A chunky heel makes it easy to walk in and the ankle strap means they don’t move around your foot as much! For those of you who like to keep their footwear neutral, then these are perfect. But I really think these would make you smile with the embroidery! Aren’t those gorgeous? I may have to get this pair now (this is how I get into trouble, LOL)!!
But for those of you willing to try some color on your feet, check out these, these (a little higher) or these! I know I’m obsessive about shoes, but to me they can make or break an outfit for anyone!!
I wanted to add in some more color, so I grabbed this bright necklace that my mom bought for me when she was somewhere on her Panama Canal cruise.
Buying jewelry souvenirs is one of my mom’s favorite past times on vacation! Well, I shouldn’t just limit it to jewelry—she’ll also buy scarves, clothing and really just about anything, LOL! But jewelry is quite smart when you think about it. Because the size is always correct, it’ll get worn many times and it’s a great reminder of your trip. And having a large, bright necklace can wake up any muted outfit.
If you’re not a fan of orange, then a blue one like this could add some fun color! Or a bright green necklace would be super with summer right around the corner! I’m sure you can see why I chose the orange necklace for this outfit. I wanted to bring in that same hue from my sandals, even though the necklace & shoes aren’t exactly the same shade! What do you think?
Jeans: Juicy Couture (similar here)~~Cardigan: Boden (similar here)~~Top: Naked Zebra from my Thrift Box experience (similar here)~~Shoes: Old Navy (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Purse: Laga Handbags–they are offering 25% off with the code LOVE25 (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s outfit with her print purse, I kept the colors in her outfit the same as her purse too! I feel like it seems more cohesive that way. And considering that many of us are still amateurs in the print mixing business; I thought you’d like this better?
We have to thank my mom for making this purse for Nancy! It’s not only because my mom is nice (and she is), but also because she loves to use up all of the leftover scraps when she’s creating her masterpieces, and this was one way to do that. I’m sure you don’t remember, so I’ll gladly add the link here, to the jacket that I have from this same material! Beware, because my mom has a coat out of this material too, and one of these days, I’ll get around to including them all in one post!
Nancy carried this purse on our Christmas trip to Vegas this year and got a load of compliments on it. Because it’s fun to have a purse that really stands out. If you don’t have one already then let me point you in the right direction with this one here or this one here!
Just like I did with my outfit above, I had Nancy wear pants that basically matched her purse. She bought these bright pink pants two years ago when I twisted her arm on one of our shopping trips.
I know these trousers are quite a stretch for Nancy since they are so bright. In fact, when we came home from our shopping trip, I made sure we paired them a couple of times in a series about bright pink here, here & here just so she could get an idea of what to wear with them. What about you? Do you try to wear your new items right away or put them in the closet and forget about them?
If you wouldn’t consider the bright pants that I linked to below, then how about some muted print ones? But I’m going to guess you already have all of the basic neutrals in your closet, so I should show you ones that you don’t have like red, here or light blue, here!
You could almost say that Nancy is wearing print shoes too! If that’s the case, then we have 3 prints going on—and IMO it’s still cohesive!
But black & white shoes are almost a neutral, don’t you think? Especially these that are basically white just with a black toe. I found them in other styles too, like these as an espadrille, or these with stripes! Of course you could get crazy and have fun with the black & white for your shoes. There’s many other ways to find the color combination like here, here or here!
But I digress!! I should be concentrating on the print top that Nancy’s wearing for her print mix! We all know that spring is the time for florals since we see all the flowers starting to bloom! And Nancy’s top was a steal last year at H&M for only $5. We figured that even if it fell apart after a couple of wearings, she’d still get her money’s worth!
I linked to one very much like Nancy’s below. But it’s hard to stop at just one. This is the time that these blouses are everywhere and the variations are incredible. So humor me and let me just point out a couple. Here’s one with some fun sleeves, one with the open shoulders, one that’s short sleeved, and then last but not least a long sleeved one!
And now I just have to finish with Nancy’s jewelry. I changed it up from mine, by keeping it in the same color category, and relatively subdued! The shirt is so colorful, that I thought we’d let it be more of the focal point this way.
Pink beaded necklaces could be such a pretty addition to your floral shirts. This one is lighter than the one Nancy is wearing, but it’s just lovely! Or if you like some color variation in the beads, this one really caught my eye!
And I find that the first instinct is to match our earrings to our necklace. I know that’s what I tend to do, and that’s what we basically did here in Nancy’s outfit. There are so many interesting pink earrings at the stores, like these or these! I really think we’ve gotten very spoiled with the selections we can find at either Target, Charming Charlies or online!
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Now onto my mom’s outfit with her print purse! I knew that my mom has a pleuthera of print purses in her storage trunk! So I figured we’d style her outfit first, and then see which purse worked best!
Thus I started with an animal print shirt. Animal prints have been huge in the fashion world for years, and I’m glad they’ve lost that “trashy” image that they used to have. I’m guessing that every woman reading this has at least one leopard shirt or blouse in their closet….am I wrong? If I am wrong, then far be it from me to leave you hanging. So here’s one that is a bow tie version or here’s an open shoulder type! Either way, they are a neutral and will go with every other color imaginable!
The other piece in mom’s outfit is her mint green cardigan that I layered over it. One of the reasons I grabbed it was because it was on her bed–ha ha! Seriously, this is when I was there taking photos for our pastel collaboration with Sherry and my mom had all of these pastel pieces strewn across her bed. The cardigan is part of a set and you can see the skirt in the pastel post, here.
I bet many of you have some matching sets in your closet, because they are easy, right? But they can be so versatile just by splitting them up! I was discussing in mom’s pastel story post that the color mint doesn’t seem as popular right now. I feel like blush is the color of the season! However, if you have some mint pieces, they can look fabulous with your animal prints, don’t you think? And if you need a cardigan that is the cutest ever, then check out this one!
As for mom’s purses…I told you she has a ton, right? And these are just two that would work great as part of her outfit!! She liked one of them better and I liked the other! Can you guess who liked which one??
Since the whole idea of this post is adding a print purse to our outfit that already has a print in it, I thought both of these purses could be fabulous. And if you’re lacking in the print purse category, then I’m here for you by showing you a bunch in the next sentence and below!! This one has the browns in it to keep it relatively neutral, yet also has a little color for fun! And then this one with graphics all over it would be cute and functional since it’s pretty big!
But let’s delve into the remainder of the outfit if you care!! After choosing the top & cardigan, mom wanted to wear her brown pants! And then in keeping it simple so the purse/s could shine, we pulled out these brown shoes!
Now I have to admit that these were my brown shoes first!! I bought them at Goodwill last year and you can see me wearing them in our Borrow from the Boys series, here! But they were too big, and try as I might, they just wouldn’t stay on. Since mom’s feet are just a tidge larger than mine, I decided to hand them over to her! And aren’t they perfect with her pants?
Mom’s not normally a lover of what she calls “man shoes.” But I think the cutouts in these loafers adds a little more fun, so hopefully she’ll wear them! They also have a animal texture on the toe box, so maybe that will be the factor that keeps mom coming back to them?
Maybe you’ve heard that loafers are coming back in style? Personally I think some of them can look old ladyish, but I have a feeling manufacturers will change them up enough to get me to buy a pair!! Like this pair seems stylish, or even these are cute!!
Now the only thing left to discuss is mom’s jewelry.
My mom loves her gold jewelry, In fact, she has 5 necklaces almost just like this one. It always cracks me up when we’re shopping and she gravitates towards the items she already has! But then again, don’t we all do that? We want to buy it because we like it, and the reason we like it is because we have something similar!!
And as my mom is reading this, I bet you a hundred dollars that she’s commenting that all of her gold collar necklaces are each a little different!! Am I right, mom? And she’s right. They are all a little unique, but my point is most other people won’t notice those differences. So wouldn’t it be more fun to buy something totally different? I’m really not picking on my mom just so you know. Because I do the same thing when I’m shopping, but luckily my husband will point out the fact that I have something very similar to it! It’s human nature I think??
Pants: Chaps (similar here)~~Cardigan: St. John’s Knits (similar here)~~Top: JH Collectibles (similar here)~~Shoes: David Tate-thrifted (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Large Purse: (similar here)~~Small Purse: (similar here)
So I have to ask after this entire week of mixing our prints one way or another, have I convinced you to dip your toe in the water and see what you can put together? If so, I’d love to hear about it!!
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