Pattern Mixing Link-Up with Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After (my mom) – Floral, Dots and Stripes Part I

This is probably one of the most exciting things I started trying in the last year or so.  Because this is such a big topic, I’m going to divide the post into floral & stripes (this blog) and dots & floral/dots & stripes (future blog post).  The first time I realized I liked pattern on pattern was after I purchased a Harper Bazaar’s Runway Report in 2010. I’d never purchased a Runway Report before and I was definitely second-guessing my decision after thumbing my way past things like this (these are from the “ready to wear” collections):

Watanabe AND Comme Des Garcons No Me Gusta

But, I continued flipping through those pages and my curiosity/determination to finish the darn thing was rewarded when I spotted this gorgeous outfit…my mind was blown:

Dolce Fave

My faith in fashion (and purchasing choices) was renewed!  Yes, I know she looks like she’s wearing a bathing suit/diaper underneath that cute little sheer skirt, but the idea of it is what blew my socks off.  Mixing patterns was something that my little OCD demon cringed at – order, neatness, perfection were the rules I followed, so in my mind at the time, mixing patterns = messy.  So, why on earth was I so drawn to this?  It’s because it looks so put together.  Nothing about this screams MESS or WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?…it just looks smart and exudes chicness/chic-atude to the max.  That girl is going to get looks walking down the street, and not because she looks crazy, but because there’s something powerful about knowing what looks good with what and daring to push the boundaries a bit. I wish I could say that after 2010, I rethought my entire wardrobe and started mixing patterns left and right.  But, that wasn’t the case…I let this idea simmer for quite sometime before I got the courage to try it on for size…4 years to be exact.  In one of the Style Me Challenges on Alison Lumbatis’ website, I was given the little push I needed.  The task was to pair leopard flats with a striped black and white top.  Here’s what I came up with:

Day One Outfit Collage

As you can tell, I was pretty pleased with myself!  l love how this outfit takes aspect of my favorite D&G outfit, but makes it appropriate for my off-the-catwalk life….and I can’t resist throwing in some kind of novelty/cutesy item – in this case, zebra earrings.  My husband thinks that I’m too old for things like dino dresses, zebra earrings, cat/rabbit watches, etc., but they’re ME – a little cooky.  Don’t tell him, but I just bought these, too:

Novelty Earrings

Who can resist doughnut and cupcake earrings?  I certainly can’t…I named my cat Doughnut, I could (but don’t) eat doughnuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so of course I’m going to get Doughnut earrings!  I digress…Pattern mixing! My mom, who runs the blog onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com, and I decided to write about one of our favorite Spring 2015 fashion trends, and we both gravitated toward outfits with a mix of patterns: stipes and dots, dots and florals,or stripes and florals.  Here are some of our favorite runway and street style looks for this season:

F&S 1 F&S 5 F&S 4 F&S 3 F&S 2

My mom captured a similar trend, dots and flowers, on her blog this week.  I’ll be discussing dots and flowers and dots and stripes in my next blog.  Here’s what she came up with:  She looks pretty darn cute, don’t you think?

Mom blog 2

I love everything about this outfit.  Here’s my take on the flower and stripe trend (I got the inspiration for the outfit from the ModCloth Style Gallery):

Print on Print with Mom

The top is from J. Crew Outlet, the shoes are from Forever21, the skirt is from ModCloth and the bag is from Target (gift from my mom…thanks, mom!!)  What do you all think?  Have you tried pattern on pattern?  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Take care,

Lauren 🙂

Update – March 8th, 2015:

In the middle of watching The Walking Dead, and had to give a shout-out to Carol for her great stripe and floral pattern mixing…who says you can’t be tough and look fabulous at the same time?

Carol Walking Dead Floral and Stripes

9 thoughts on “Pattern Mixing Link-Up with Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After (my mom) – Floral, Dots and Stripes Part I

  1. I love it! The writing, the pics, the person! How do i subscribe?! Sign me up!

    Great job Buffy! I really love that you are doing this with your mom! So sweet!

    Xoxo Metra 😉

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  2. Lauren I just love that outfit! And your hair is precious! Well done. Doing this sort of mix makes me nervous but you do it well! Bravo! 🐰🐇

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    • Thank you, Brenny! I’m not sure I would’ve had the guts to do it if I hadn’t seen it on someone else before. Thank you for reading my blog! You need to be a guest blogger!!

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  3. Lauren I positively love your outfit! And your hair is precious! This sort of combination makes me a little nervous but you can pull it off so well! Bravo! 🐇🐰

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    • Arielle – Thank you so much for the sweet note!!!! It made my day! I am so happy that you like my posts.; that means SO much to me. I just started following you. It would be a ton of fun to link-up with you sometime! Let me know if you’re interested and maybe we can come up with a similar or complimentary post. Yay! 🙂

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