Print Mixing 1 (Black & White)

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.

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!!

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women. Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.

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)

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women. Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women

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)

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women. Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.

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 & RStyle Me Wednesday, Brilliant Blog Posts,  Fresh Fashion Forum, WIWW, Party at my PlaceTrendy 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:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I can’t even pick a favorite. Love all. So well done – the small prints read as solids from a distance and, so, mesh effortlessly. Love the color pops and the fur earrings.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think the black & white make it so much easier for most people—and it’s a color combo that we all have!!
      It’s so nice to remember these posts with your comment, Kathleen!! thanks for going back through them!!!!

  • Aha! This must be the leather and lace jacket you mentioned. Such a fun theme! I think black and white is a smart place to start with print mixing. Your mom has done a great job of taking the next step and showing how to infuse a single color to really energize the look. You’re exactly right that practice makes it easier to get more and more experimental. What once seemed impossibly intimidating will gradually seem approachable and then easy and routine.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Girl—what a great memory you have!! Yes…this is my black jacket that reminds me of yours—mine is more of a sweater, but details!!
      I really like the pattern mixing especially with just two colors—that seems the easiest for me!!
      Thanks for your being so supportive!!

  • I love this pattern mixing by stealth! It creeps up on you and taps you unawares but you sort of knew someone was behind you all the time! Jodie, you look uber cool in your outfit as if you’ve been pattern mixing for years.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Jacqueline—I think you must have been a poet in your other life—what a great way to say that!! Thanks for the cheerleading!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I use to be scared of pattern mixing, but now I have great experience and total confidence. I think doing the black and white is a great first step and you succeeded beautifully. Love all of these!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey—-I can totally see doing the black & white pattern mixing again….it seems much more natural, somehow!

  • I love all the pattern mixing and would like to try more of it. Your jacket is very flattering and the pattern on the pants I love! Very nice combinations my friend!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday

    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      I figure it’ll be my challenge for the next year to keep trying this mixing —it’s good to grow, right?

  • Black and white, you will find these colors along with gray and navy in my wardrobe. I seem to like the GAP colors because you can always count on the classics to last.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well….since they’re already in your closet, Michelle, you ought to try to take the prints and put them together? See if anyone even notices!!! 🙂

  • You can’t go wrong with black and white especially with print mixing, fun looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nora—how nice!!

  • You don’t look like a novice at all! Your outfit is super sexy Jodi. The pants are fantastic.

    I have PMOD. (pattern mixing obsessive disorder) It started through my illustrations and worked its way into my wardrobe. Now it is a personal challenge to see just how many I can mix together without making people dizzy.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Did you make that up about the PMOD—it’s hilarious??? Of course some people get dizzy with stripes, so I’m wondering how you judge your skills? Maybe we should have a judging contest like “Chopped” only this is called “Striped” or “Printed”.
      Thanks for the vote of confidence Suzanne!!

      • Ha ha! Yep…just made that up…; P

        We could call it PO…(Pattern Overdose).

        As long as none of the judges vomits on stage you’re good to go. Ha ha!

  • Print mixing has a lot of fun possibilities, though I have to say of all my trials going with monochromatic has always yielded the best results. Love your printed pants too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom is the queen of monochromatic (I just make her switch it up for the blog) thus I feel like I’ve never loved that style (probably a mother/daughter thing). But, as I’m learning from this adventure is to never say never. Besides the best thing about clothing is there are always options, right?
      thanks for stopping by Lydia!

  • I think the way all three of you did this is very subtle and a great way to get started at mixing prints. Well done! And thanks for the mention 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’ve been such a great role model Tara—you always look so put together, feminine and stylish!! Thank you!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    You ladies all did a fab job with pattern mixing and thank you so much for the shoutout!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really…thank you to all of your inspiration Alice!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    These all look great! Love your fuzzy earrings!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t the earrings fun? They always make me smile when I’m wearing them and see them in the mirror!!

  • You did a fantastic job on this venture your first time out. I especially like the pops of color in Nancy’s and your mother’s outfits.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!!

  • linda

    Jodie, I don’t think I can add anything…have you heard of Skimlinks? I couldn’t open any of the items listed under your mom’s picture. It went to this Skimlinks and they said to let you know. Sorry to drop this on you!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for letting me know Linda….I’ll look into it. I have worked with Skimlinks, but I didn’t think I did for those items—very interesting!!

  • I love print mixing! These are all such great looks.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy…I really appreciate it from a pro like you!!

  • Judy Gramith

    You’re all rocking the “pattern mix” and what a genius place to start (black &white). I went right to my closet, snapped up my buffalo plaid shirt (also in black&white) and hung it over a blk.&wht. striped cami! Thanks for the inspiration! I think I’ll top it off with my mother-in-laws pearls. (Thanks again!)
    I love your fluffy earrings; made me smile!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      OMG Judy!! Now that’s the way to try things out—just go do it!! (It only took me a year to try this, so i’m in awe of you!!)

  • Anna Parkes

    Jodie that’s a great start to the print mixing game! I love your outfit, especially those trousers of yours. I’ve got a black and white theme coming up on my blog tomorrow too.
    Your mom is looking great with that little extra splash of colour x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Great minds must think alike Anna!!

  • You did a fabulous job in your foray into print mixing! I am seriously drooling over your fun pants and they look great with the polka dots. 🙂 Also, I now think I need some faux fur earrings!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But, of course you like the polka dots, Jennie–ha ha!!
      I had to get the earrings when I found out they were under $5—it does take awhile though to get them (in the mail)—but so worth it!

  • Laura

    Neutrals are a great starting point when mixing prints. I love little touches of a second print like a scarf, shoes, or printed collar peeking out too. These are all great outfits and I like the addition of bright colors in the second 2. The jacket in the first is adorable!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!
      Of course I thought maybe I should have started with the little touches as the first post in the series (like you said)—it is probably the easiest! Maybe i’ll do more in the future and include that!! (for some reason, I never think of these things until after the fact—oy!)

  • PetiteOver40

    You’ve done a great job mixing prints here! I’m so impressed! You sure you haven’t done this before?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hah…aren’t you nice? I’m just a great copier!!

  • linda

    Everything looks great,,,when I tried to open your links, I was sent to skimlinks,,,they said the links weren’t formatted correctly. Is there something I can do on this end?!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow Linda…thanks for telling me—all the clothing links? I tried it on both my husband’s & my computer and of course it’s working for me. Do you know if today is the only time it’s done this?
      I’ll have to have my IT guy (AKA husband) research this when he gets home tonight)—if you have a chance to give me more info—I’d truly appreciate it!!

  • Jodie, I’m in love with your outfit. What a great mix of prints especially if you’re a beginner. You can’t go wrong with black and white!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I figured this color combination would make it so much easier!! It really was quite fun, once I started to imagine the possibilities!! Thanks for weighing in!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Fantastic job. Mixing those prints takes a real eye for color and proportion.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It did make me analyze it all so much more—but maybe that’s a good thing? I was getting too compliant in my style & needed some challanging!! Well, at least it made my brain work!! Thanks Bernadette!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Sorry to have to make a correction–but, I didn’t make the reversible top-found it in Japan 8 yrs. ago. Great for travel.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oooh…thanks for that—-I changed it!! You could have made it though—you are that talented!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You did an awesome job! I am so proud of you! Each outfit mixes perfectly. I love the color combos and the accessories! I love your black and white mix. Nancy’s red shrug is the perfect piece to bind the two patterns together and your Mom’s jewelry and shoes complement her patterns wonderfully. Yes, I am gushing! I love this, because you (and I) are brave enough to give it a try and when it works, which it did in all three outfits, what a feeling of satisfaction. Thanks for sharing! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Amy—how cute to hear gushing!! It makes me feel so good!
      I think the good thing about this exercise is it made me really think about the pieces and outfits instead of just throwing them together—kind of like real life, really? We get to a point where we don’t really think about the specifics anymore (which can be good or bad)!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Oh my gosh…I’m in love with your pants!!! Actually, I love your whole outfit! Great job on all three looks. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene….the more I look at the outfits, I more I’m liking them. I have to say, it was a hard stretch though!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    What a great look Jodie ! Oh and your mom’s houndstooth print skirt is A+ 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lorena!! I love houndstooth print also—I’m surprised I don’t have one like this!!

  • I LOVE it!
    Jodie, you mix with ease….subtle pattern perfection.
    (Apart from your Mum, who is anything but subtle and looks FABULOUS!!!)
    I would happily steal your entire outfit, and Nancy’s look is so classic and easy for everyone to recreate at home.
    Brilliant job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really in part—thanks to you Samantha!
      It’s been such a fun journey to see how others style clothing and trying to work it into my own closet and life!
      ps…you should know that my mother was quite against this print mixing and considers it crazy (although you should see her outfit that’ll be posting on Saturday—I think it’s my fave!!)—you’re right, she’s not subtle. It’s that stubborn German personality—ha ha!