Mix and Match Color That Is Not In A Print

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Mix and Match Color That Is Not In A Print

The idea to mix and match color that is not in the print can be challenging. In fact, Lesley admitted that this was a really hard assignment because it went against her usual thought in styling a pattern. Make sure to check out our fun exploration of the day at the bottom of the post too.

Quote of the day: “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” Wayne Dyer

Our style is our choice. Every day we have the option to wear whatever we choose. This freedom is what I consider a good thing.
Yet this freedom also can allow us to get into ruts and habits. Has your style evolved at all? I bet you as a person have evolved over the years.
Therefore trying new styles and ways to put items together should be part of that equation. It’s no different than when we talked about getting rid of those fashion rules.

So when I announced the theme was to be about mix and match color that is not in a print, I knew it might be tough. That’s why I included reasons why this is good for you in Charlotte’s post. Along with giving you ways to try this concept in my post.
It’s all part of my color recipe to help you combine pieces in your closet.

Mix and Match Color

Colorway for patriotic outfit

Skirt: no label~~ Jacket: Las Olas-thrifted ~~ Top: Westport~~ Shoes: Walking Cradles ~~ Bracelet: Charming Encounters ~~ Earrings: Coldwater Creek~~ Purse: Amazon

Mix and match color with a 3rd color

Lesley was telling me she doesn’t have many prints in her closet. And the prints she has were added specifically because they went with a solid piece she already owns. Yet she came through this challenge with flying colors.

Let me give you 3 beginner easy steps to practice how to mix and match color this way.
1-Start with a black and white print. Then add ANY other color to it like we’ve done in the past.
2-Use your neutrals. For example, look at the print piece you have and pair it with either white, black, grey, brown, or navy…any neutral that isn’t already in the print. It totally counts if it’s a different shade too. For example, if there is charcoal grey in the print, then wear a light grey with it.
3– Just like with #1, take a two color print and then add a complimentary solid color with it. It’s not much different than how you pair two solids together. Even Lesley has done this in the past.

After you’ve completed the above steps, then you have evolved beyond the matchy matchy stage. Consider yourself a college graduation of Jodie’s Color Recipe with a major in mix and matching color.

Make your Accessories Part of the Recipe

Another way to mix and match color is by adding it in with your accessories. Lesley used them to make the red jacket seem more intentional. Or you can add a totally different color with your accessories like Lesley did here.

Insider tip: Exploration days are perfect for a belt bag or cross body bag so your hands are free.

Showcasing mix and match color

Let’s Play a Game

So let’s practice the game of mix and match color with this skirt of Lesley’s.
The red jacket (and accessories) work wonderfully especially because red, white and blue is a color combination that everyone is comfortable wearing.
Yet, let’s see what other combinations we could invent. How about Lesley’s pink denim jacket? Or even a yellow top since blue and yellow are her signature colors? Another option that we’ve discussed recently is lime green and Lesley’s outfit from that post is this exact idea of not matching to a print.

Insider tip: The best way to think about this is what color looks good with the color in the print. For this example, I bet you will all say that almost every color looks good with blue. So hold the “non matching” color up to the print and see how you like it.

Walking cradles loafers


It’s not surprising that both Lesley and I chose Walking Cradles shoes for our day of walking around. Besides my sneakers, my Walking Cradles shoes are truly the most comfortable shoes especially when we will be exploring.
Because I am an ambassador of the company, I can offer you a 15% discount with the code JODIE15. And anytime you purchase through my link, I may get a small commission from your purchase, so thank you.

These are the “Wren” loafers and Lesley loved them so much, she has them in black AND navy.

Insider tip: Joining in on Walking Cradles monthly Trivia FB live usually gives you an exclusive discount for a short time. How will you know when the Trivia Event is scheduled? Either follow them on FB or I give advance notice in my blog emails (so sign up below).

Not matching to a print
Mix and match color style

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

Sonora Desert Museum

We traveled down to Tucson for the day to explore the Sonora Desert Museum. I shared about some of the sights we saw on the way down in Charlotte’s outfit post, and then more from about the flora in my outfit post.
Now let me share about some of the fauna and other goodies we saw. It was wonderful that there were inside areas at this museum as well as the walking path that was out in the sun. On days over 100 degrees, it’s a relief to stop inside and cool off.

There was a small aquarium area where we saw seahorses and clear fish. The other incredible thing were the garden eels that I shared in my IG stories that day. Rob was not a fan, so I didn’t share them here, but if you’re interested, check out this YouTube video of them.
We also wandered through the hummingbird caged area where we saw a couple of hummingbirds. There was also an Earth Science Center to learn more about all of the changes in Earth over billions of years.

Truly it was an incredible place to visit, and if you are ever in the area, I’d highly recommend it. We plan to return to see the Raptors released in the fall season.

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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