Mixed Prints for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Black & White
Quote of the day: “Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day. Such is the salutation to the dawn.” Sanskrit Proverb
Mixing your prints—-now, why in the heck would anyone want to do this? That was my initial reaction when I started seeing this trend on bloggers and in magazines. And then just a couple weeks ago, there was even an article in the Wall Street Journal regarding this fashion wave (don’t believe me—see it here)! I realize that interior designers use this approach when designing a room, so I guess you could reason that we can use it for our clothing? Trust me, when I say, I’m a true beginner with this print mixing. There are many more experienced bloggers that mix prints without any struggles (see Tara, Alice & Samantha’s blogs). But if it’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that you’ll never get better at something if you don’t keep practicing—so here are my attempts at practicing mixing your printed clothing items. I started with the classic black & white pieces. I figured it was a good way to dip one’s toe in the water!!
50’s Outfit: Now these earrings are one way to take the attention off the fact that I’m wearing print pants & a polka dot shirt. (Blame Jamie for the crazy earrings!!)
Pants: Desigual (similar here or here)~~Cardigan: Studio Y (similar here)~~Top: The Limited (similar here)~~Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: Trendzgal (here they’re only $3)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (similar here)
60’s Outfit: Every blogger will tell you that stripes are basically a neutral—so here’s an easy way to start mixing prints—a striped shirt! I used the red cardigan to break it up slightly.
Skirt: Chicos (similar here)~~Cardigan: Zen Knits (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
70’s Outfit: Mom’s polka dots are very muted—another great way to start print mixing, it’s like they are incognito!
Skirt: Lennie (similar here)~~Top: Mom bought it in Japan (similar here)~~Shoes: Bandolino (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Ring: (similar here)
Ever mixed your prints? Links with Turning Heads, On Trend Tuesday, Trend Spin, a Little R & R, Style Me Wednesday, Brilliant Blog Posts, Fresh Fashion Forum, WIWW, Party at my Place, Trendy Wednesday, 52 Pick Me Up (black & white) & Confident Tuesday
Some photography by Kari Strand Photography
And Katherine’s Corner is starting her series “Between the Lines” about bloggers age 50 and up! Check out the first group on her website here or on the side of my blog! (I’ll be featured May 17th)
Finding black & white print isn’t hard at all: