Elementary Print Mixing Starting with your Shoes

Print mixing with shoes

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!!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

This shirt is a wrap blouse, which is very flattering on Nancy. These kinds of shirts are easy to wear, just like this one! Or if you’d prefer more color, than this shirt might be up your alley!

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!!

But if you see the advantage of wearing a cami at times, then finding one that is reversible is truly smart, like this one! Or for even less, this one could be yours!!

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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?

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Pants: Liverpool (similar here)~~Top: Pleione (similar here)~~Cami: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)

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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Jeans: DG2-thirfted (similar here)~~Cardigan: Cheryl Nash (similar here)~~Top: Charter Club (similar here)~~Shoes: LifeStride (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)

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?

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

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Shoes are the love of my life after my husband, so I had to show you some of the fabulous print shoes available!!

I could probably find over 50 pairs of cute print shoes—but I restrained myself to only 10!!

  • I love your boots Jodie! The lining of your jacket is wonderful, such a lovely detail! Thank you for linking up to Style With a Smile 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Emma!!

  • I like your thoughts on easing into pattern mixing with a printed shoe. Your booties are so fun and that jacket is beyond fabulous! I am glad we both threw in three prints with this first post. In looking back over out posts I realize I didn’t wear pants in any of mine and none of you wore dresses or skirts in any of yours. 🙂 Although, I think I will recreate my scarf look with my red wide legged trousers next time.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That is funny, Jennie!!
      I wonder if I get into a routine too much with my styling!! Once I think I’ll wear this for a certain category–then is that ingrained in my head for mom’s & Nancy’s outfits?? I definitely need to try to switch things up!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    I absolutely *LOVE* leopard shoes! I don’t have a lot of confidence with pattern mixing. Thank you for sharing these great options at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, leopard shoes are the perfect way to start mixing your prints, Marci!!
      I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

  • I was always really against mixing prints or mixing more than a couple of colours, but it’s grown on me over the years and I now think it can work well.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love to hear you say that!! Because it certainly gets easier, I agree!!

  • Mixing patterns with shoes is such a great idea. Loving all of the looks here and love how you mix the patterns, without it being too out there. x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ann-Marie!
      I’m hoping that more people will try it since it’s seems tamer this way!! 🙂

  • Dawn Lucy

    Fun print mixing, Ladies! Add a print shoe is the perfect way to ease yourself in to the trend!

    Dawn Lucy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dawn—it does make it easier, I think. Especially because shoes are only like 1/10 of our outfit area wise!!

  • The first thing I noticed about this post (on Instagram!) were the beautiful and eye-catching shoes! I’m not even a shoe-girl, but man….super cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, if you hang around me enough, Monica, I may convert you into being a shoe girl!!
      The best thing is you can gain 5 pounds and they still fit—ha ha!!
      Thanks for the love!

  • Love that middle look. I do mix print shoes with my print outfits at times, too.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love to hear that Carol!! Thanks for chiming in!! 🙂

  • You sure know how to make fashion fun, Jodie. I love the mixing of prints and I am enthralled with the arm warmers. I had not idea there was such a fabulous item of clothing and I need some stat. Love your mom’s jeans too. I don’t know how you do it but you really pull together some very chic outfits!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Molly—that’s such a nice comment to read. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
      As for the arm warmers—they are such the perfect item that I just discovered and can’t believe I didn’t know about for 49+ years!! Easy on, and easy off!! And they are super simple to make yourself for so little moola!!
      I’m sure you dress nice too, Molly! You know, we tend to be our own worst critics!!!!

  • Linda Hobden

    Love all the printed shoes – and those orange mules from net-a-porter are fabulous! 😊

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Don’t those orange mules need to be in your closet? I keep going back and eyeing them!!! At least I know I’m not the only one obsessed with shoes, LOL, Linda!!

  • Austin Hodgens

    I think I need a style tutor. Everything in my wardrobe is a solid or flannel. And people ask me why I just wear togas… 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Togas just aren’t quite as flattering on that great figure you’re going to have after all of this running, Austin!
      And even if Maine is lacking in stylish clothing shops—that’s what the internet is for! And me—I’m here to help whenever you want!! (really) 🙂

  • Lee Gaitan

    Gorgeous and so fun! Welcome, spring! And P.S. I love polka dots.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lee!!
      Polka dots are one of those prints that make print mixing easy—for some reason they are universally fun like stripes!!
      Are you gonna try mixing it up??

      • Sharon Duerst

        I might try print shoes! Don’t have any yet! But I recently changed the color of two pairs with paint and sharpe markers!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Now that’s brilliant!! 🙂

  • Mixing prints is so fun! But if you are afraid about how bold this style idea is, I agree that the best way to do it is with your shoes.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jessica!! I think it just takes practice to figure out what feels good on you!! 🙂

  • I love mixing prints; sometimes there’s a rhyme and reason sometimes not. The common thread is confidence.
    Stopping by from #Christianbloggerlinkup

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great way to put it Nyle!! That’s brilliant!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Heather!

  • Fabiana Aguilar Fernandez

    love to read you <3 <3 <3 <3


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Fabiana!

  • I always love the idea of printed shoes, however every pair I’ve ever owned, other than leopard print has always been a huge struggle to style. And believe me, I’ve fallen victim to many over the years. But print mixing with accessories is definitely an easy way to start experimenting and I like nancy’s look of neutrals a lot.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so interesting to hear you say that, Lydia!!
      I was trying to remember our other print shoes. I know for Nancy–I feel like we’ve styled her floral shoes a ton in the last couple of years. Then my mom has floral & some color blocked ones that she seems to wear quite a bit.
      I have a floral pair that I wear bunches, but I also have a striped pair that is my fave—unfortunately they are peep toe, so I can only wear them when it gets warmer!
      So have you gotten rid of all your other print ones? We could have a challenge on wearing them….???

  • love print mixing – you all look lovely! xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tianna!!

  • This is a great idea! When I approach print mixing, I tend to put a printed top against a different printed skirt and tie the look together with a wide solid belt. This is such a simple strategy that I’ll have to try it! I have been loving floral pumps for spring, and this makes them all the more tempting.

    My favorite look is Nancy’s and how the print mixing feels way more approachable in her palette of neutrals. It’s almost a monochrome look with a subdued palette that lets the print mixing shine. You’re right – it’s a great first step into mixing patterns.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now..your idea is brilliant too, Liz.
      In fact, I want to put together another series on print mixing…maybe in the fall? Would you want to think about joining up??

  • Hi Jodie, i am always full of smiles getting here! It’s happy seeing you three rock your outfits as models😘
    For some reason my comment section on the blog acts funny! So i lost your original message and I’m left with an address 😏
    Thanks for stopping by earlier. I appreciate it😘
    The Easter is upon us already… You ladies have an awesome weekend.
    Blessings to you

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ifeoma and thanks for letting me know about my comment. I know that sometimes happens when I used the auto insert for my name. I should be less lazy and just type it in all the time!!
      Happy Easter to you also! 🙂

  • Lil

    Pattern mixing is so in style right now and I love it! This is the second time I’ve happened upon your blog so it must mean that I’m meant to follow you. 🙂

    Have a lovely day!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi again Lil!! I hope you do follow me, because it’ll make my day!!!
      I’m so glad you love mixing prints too! But that’s probably the quilter in you—don’t you think? Quilts are perfect examples of how print mixing can work so well!! Hah…I should do some kind of post on this idea….

  • These mixes look so good when you all do them! But if I tried? Ha. I’m afraid I couldn’t pull it off. Thanks for showing us that it’s perfectly okay to break the “rules”. Maybe I’ll get brave and mix it up a little more myself.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I used to feel that way too, Lisa! But maybe it’s all in our heads that we can’t do it.
      You should try it once—and see how it goes!! I bet you might like it more than you think….:)

  • My favorite way to mix patterns is with my shoes, so I’m loving all of your looks! You get the mix of patterns, without it being obvious!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad this resonates with you too. Brooke!! Sometimes I think I’m the one that enjoys my own shoes the most because they are easily seen throughout the day without a mirror—so anything that focuses on my shoes is fun for me!!

  • I love pattern mixing too! I think b/c we were taught it was a no-no for decades and now anything goes! So, we have to learn how to do it and I love learning new things! Oh my gosh. I need to calm down on these exclamation points (I’m drinking my morning coffee so that may have something to do with it!). Anyway, I love clicking on your links to see what you have found that’s similar to your ladies items. That, to me, is a challenge in itself! Your exclamation-loving blogger friend, Julia

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s why we get along so well, Julia! I love my exclamation points too—otherwise the wording feels so blah, right?
      Thanks so much for clicking on my links—you know how I love to “shop” so at least someone is having fun checking them out!!!

  • Terrific pattern mixing! I am just experimenting a bit with patterns. But you do it very well! Love your jacket, I like the fringes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so fun to experiment—and trust me—you’ll be addicted soon enough, Nancy!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • I’ve only been pattern mixing for about a year now. And I’m still definitely a novice – but it’s so much fun! I agree that starting with your shoes is a perfect transition. All of you look so beautiful, as always. And your arm warmers are pure genius!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lana!!
      It’s funny how we sorta remember when we first thought about print mixing!! I guess it really leaves an impression, huh?

  • I’m all about the leopard print shoes! They really go with everything! I love mixing patterns and really have just started doing in within the last 6 months or so!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      The whole print mix thing, does seem strange at first. And sometimes I wonder about looking clownish!! But once you start, it’s fun, right?
      Thanks Ruth!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I think I’m like your mom! I would match colors in mixed prints. She looks great in that outfit (you all look fab) but hers is my fave and tell her she rocks those jeans!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ll definitely forward your comment, Terri…because it’ll make her day!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Yay! I’m so glad you like the scarf, Jodie! It’s absolutely perfect with your outfit and, in that up-close shot of your earrings, I noticed they are a perfect match there too! Plus, I just love your blazer–inside and out!

    This is a fun post with all the different patterns you mixed together while being mindful of readers who might be a little shy about it. I guess you could consider me shy about it myself, but I’m so darn curious about trying new things that it doesn’t stop me from doing it at least once. These looks would be a great way to dive into that curiosity without risking too much. Thanks for always being so thoughtful of your readers!

    PS: I just love Jennie’s classic navy and floral mixing! She looks great!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      The scarf has gotten a ton of use, Sherry!! You really know how to pick them, so thank you, thank you, thank you!!
      I know if it weren’t for blogging, I probably would still never mix prints much. But I might start this way—so I wanted others to try it too!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I never really thought about letting my shoes be the catalyst for pattern mixing an outfit but you’re so right that it’s perhaps a less intimidating way to start a mixing look.
    You all look great here. I LOVE your jacket Jodie. It has wonderful texture as well as patterns. The little elbow patches are so cute!
    Nancy’s outfit is very pretty and those tones of green and brown look good together and with Nancy’s coloring. Thanks for the shout out on the pendant. It does a nice job of adding another “dot” to Nancy’s pattern mix.
    Charlotte’s jacket is a really unique print and I love the way the scarf drapes elegantly off the back.
    A fun post of early spring patterns!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But you are a pro at print mixing—I saw how fabulous you do it in that photo you sent earlier. So you’re way ahead of most of us, Jude!!
      Thanks for being so thoughtful—with your words and your gifts. You really know how to make us feel special!! XOXO

    • Nancy Nagy

      I, too, want to thank you for the pendants. I have worn both of them and I LOVE them. And I think of the kindness in your gift when I wear them. What fun it is to be one of Jodie’s models. i have learned a lot!!

      • Judy Gramith

        Oh Nancy, I’m so happy to know that the pendants are working for you! Since we’re both in our 60’s I feel a certain bond with you. The pendants can be a symbol of our sisterhood of sixtyhood (?) =-)

        • Nancy Nagy

          I love it!!!!

  • Lauren Blair .

    What a fun way to mix prints! I’ve never thought of doing so based on the shoes! I’m in love with that blazer in the first look….! All of you ladies look incredible too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lauren-Blair!!
      But I’m sure you do have some print shoes, right? 🙂

  • You all look great and this is something I haven’t really tried, well maybe with the exception of putting a scarf around my neck. You’re right probably shoes would be a good place to start. And that your jacket is amazing. It seems print on print to me with its embroidery against the plaid and to come with a saying, pretty cool. I’ve alway enjoyed a unique linking because it like your little secret pleasure. OK, babbled enough-Great post, Terri

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m a little surprised that with your artist background that you’re not a huge print mixer, Terri!! But you guessed the next post’s category, that’s for sure!!
      Now the question is, will you try it? It’s amazing how I can make my wardrobe so much more varied now that I’m not too worried about looking like a clown–ha ha!

  • Those are some fun prints of shoes!! I used to have a pair of leopard print flats but they were SO uncomfortable so I’m on the lookout for a new pair. I’m trying to become more adventurous with my shoe collection – I just purchased some hot pink sandals. It’s so fun mixing patterns/colors in with accessories! Thanks for sharing with us at On Mondays We Link-Up!!

    Trendy & Tidy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s the worst when your shoes kill your feet Sarah!! Considering there isn’t a shortage of great leopard shoes out there—I bet you find some soon!! Shoes are the funnest for me to incorporate fun colors or interesting details!! I might need some hot pink sandals (I have a pair—but they are old and may need updating, ha ha)
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Mahi Chaurasia

    wow these are so pretty womens… lots of love

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mahi!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Such cute printed shoes and I love all of your outfits. You did a great job introducing the subject and I bet lots of your readers are beginning to realize, it really isn’t that hard! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It really isn’t, right, Amy?
      I almost think it’s more fun that being safe!!

  • Love all the print mixing in this post! I love your scarf Jodie and I think that leopard is a neutral that goes with almost everything.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that’s so true now Kathrine. The leopard print is so fun!!

  • jess

    Hi Jodie! Nice outfits! I often do this as I love a print on shoes. I have leopard, florals, jacquard print. A great way to add a pattern. Love your jacket ❤

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ooohhh…I need some jacquard print shoes!! Of course, that could be my addiction talking..ha ha!!
      Thanks for the love, Jess!

  • Another fabulous post Jodie! I am sure my upbringing makes me think twice about mixing patterns but it is my rebellious side that makes me to it anyway! You all look lovely as always and I love all the detail you showed us! Peace! Cheryl Tucker

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—that’s an advantage to being a rebel!! You really know how to mix things up and have fun!!
      I was always the good kid, so it’s been hard for me to “break” the rules!! But this print mixing thing does get addictive!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Oh print mixing 🙂 You all do it amazing. Essential for a good mix are the colours.
    I love it!
    XO Tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks–you’re right, Tina! The colors do make it more cohesive!!

  • Laura

    I love my leopard shoes! I have a pair of flats and a pair of heels and wear them all the time! They can add the perfect amount of print to an outfit for extra interest! I have floral and striped flats for the same reason. Adding an extra print through shoes is the easiest way to start print mixing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so, Laura!!
      My only striped shoes are a peep toe wedge and I just wore them this weekend. I was thinking though how I needed some that I could wear in the winter…but I guess striped boots are rare, huh??

  • Lesley Watson

    I’m shy about mixing prints (the way I was brought up) but you’ve given me some ideas how to take baby steps. I hate animal prints, but in the spirit of style I found a cute pair of black patent flats with a leopard cap toe. I love them, I’m in style, comfy, & can live with the print in tiny quantity. I haven’t tried mixing with another print yet however. Got to get my feet wet sometime.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, look at how fabulous you’ve started Lesley!! Just that little amount of print is the perfect way to begin (of course it doesn’t hurt that they are comfy, too).
      I’m sure the way we were brought up plays such a huge part in what we consider “right” & “wrong” when we get dressed. But I also think being able to see others style clothing differently is a help and broadens our horizons!!
      Yippee for your shoes!! And thanks for chiming in!!!

  • I love mixing prints! It’s so fun and mixing printed shoes is such a great example and not too far out there 😉 haha!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!! I definitely think this is a safe way to go!!

  • I love mixing prints with patterned shoes so this gets a huge hurrah from me! As you well know I have quite a few leopard print shoes and now 2 pairs of snakeskin boots and they so change an outfit. They add texture and depth to an outfit plus visual interest without over powering other items.
    And your jacket, Jodie is fabulous especially with the patterned scarf!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think leopard print shoes really are the bomb!! Because they just go with absolutely anything and everything!! And really our shoes are such a fun aspect of our outfits!!
      Thanks for the lovely comment, Jacqueline!!

  • donnanance

    Would you believe that there are no, zero, zip, nada, bupkis animal prints shoes in my closet? Need to rectify that! This post has showcased the need for print shoes…nicely done! Back in the early 60’s I knew a girl whose mom made all her clothes and would cover shoes with some of the same fabric. She was quite the fashion plate.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t believe there aren’t any animal print shoes in your closet, Donna!! Really—quite a shocker. But at least there is a fix…ha ha!!
      What an interesting concept to cover your shoes with material. I guess it’s not much different than painting them? But shhhh…don’t tell my mom–next thing I know, she’ll be doing that to her shoes so she can “match” even more LOL!!!

  • I think using shoes to print mix is such a great idea! Like you said, if you are unsure about it, starting with a smaller piece rather than a whole item like a top or bottom can be easier and more subtle. You all did it so well. And how awesome is the inside of your blazer?!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!! Maybe we should put a fun/inspirational saying inside all of our clothing?? There are certainly some days that need it!! 🙂

  • The outfits look great and have inspired me to think about getting some print shoes because, do you know, I don’t have any! I came very close to buying a pair of floral sandals recently, and used to have some killer poika dot sling backs, but my feet have become difficult lately and I’m having to avoid the pointy toed shoes I always loved. Your scarf is very cute too Jodie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Since you’re not the only one who has said this Gail (about not having any print shoes)…maybe they just weren’t so popular for awhile??
      But I have seen some incredibly fun ones lately—of course they have to feel good too!!
      Thanks for the love, Gail!

  • I love seeing bloggers style a mix of prints. All of your looks are amazing!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!!

  • Karen

    I really like all of your outfits here a lot. I love your jacket! I think starting small with shoes is a great first step, and for some might be the only step they’d take. I have a beautiful black and white polka dot dress and I always wear it with my black and white striped pumps. It’s a little different, but not so much so, so for me it was a good first step. It’s kind of easy to mix with dots I think. Looking at what you have done here with all of your outfits, I can see these things working other ways. Your mom’s jacket would look great with a striped top underneath, and I think Nancy’s top would look great with a bold floral jacket of some kind. Your jacket is something I could see with a subtle floral (to pick up the embroidered design) or dots. I will try to be a little more adventurous in this area in the future!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow…look at you go mixing prints with what we are wearing Karen!! And isn’t it so fun??
      I have to laugh at your possibilities because working on this post inspired me to find some print mixed outfits that I would normally not put together. In fact, I was going to make a video on it to include with these posts, but just ran out of time! But I feel like, we tend to have many of the same colored prints in our closets because we are drawn to the same colors over and over!! And I think mixing the prints all together really can make our brain work a little harder—and better!!
      It already sounds like you’re being wonderfully adventurous!!

  • You are the master, Jodie. I always get so inspired when I read these posts. So I get nervous mixing prints, but having the print in a shoe makes me feel better about it. I think Nancy’s outfit is something I would put together naturally, but I will do my best to experiment!

    Thanks so much for linking up with On Mondays We Link-Up, and for always leaving me a sweet comment!
    Glass of Glam

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Roxanne!! What a nice comment, so thank you so much!!
      I know I probably wouldn’t have ever thought to do this when I was younger—but now I realize that it’s more fun to be creative with my clothes and style!! And you are so, so stylish!! I mean—that embroidered top was the bomb!! Now you just need to pair it with your print espadrille sandals and you’d be good to go!!

  • Kym Thorpe

    I love these print mixing ideas, since I always feel a little uneasy when venturing into print mixing territory myself. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know exactly how you feel Kym! That’s exactly how I felt at first—and if I’m honest, before blogging, I might have pooh poohed this whole idea!
      But rationally it doesn’t really look terrible, right? You’ll have to let me know, if you get more comfortable with it and how that happened. I only know my journey with it, and I always love hearing how others feel!!

  • Print mixing with shoes is a great idea! I think it’s an easy way for those who are not quite comfortable with it yet and also makes me think about adding interest to an outfit in a new way! All of your shoes are fabulous! Can you believe I STILL don’t own any animal print shoes???

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know I probably wouldn’t have so many animal print shoes if it weren’t for this blogging thing, Andrea. I have to admit, it’s made me way more adventurous than I used to be! But really, these shoes probably don’t stand out as much as, say, my bright pink ones?? And as a self proclaimed shoe girl–you know I have to say that you should get a pair. Even Nancy has more than 1 in her closet (and of course, my mom has many—she’s as bad as I am—ha ha)

  • Love a printed shoe … especially leopard print ones.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Leopard shoes are quite the extra to any outfit, right??
      Thanks and happy Monday, Gemma!

  • You know I’m going to like this series, don’t you, Jodie?! I have a lot to learn on this particular topic.

    Love, love, love your blazer… business plaid with raw edges and all that beautiful embroidery… great juxtaposition!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad you’re open to this Em!! I bet if I were reading about this subject a couple of years ago, I might have pooh poohed it?? It just goes to show how you’re never too old to change, right?
      Thanks for the love on the blazer!! I’ve had it so long, that I don’t even think about it often—but it is cool, huh?