January 4, 2011

Mixing Things Up






I decided to play around with a little bit of pattern mixing today.  I mean, doesn't a Tuesday full of answering phone calls at work just scream out for a day of pattern mixing?? It does - believe me, it does :). 

And not just some pattern mixing, but we've got all types going on here - some leopard/animal print awesome-ness with the shoes, followed with a fun stripey sweater over a floral printed shirt. Fun!!

Really, another title for this post could "All J.Crew on top, all TJMaxx on bottom".  Those jeans, my friends, have a story.  While I was down in Mississippi for the holidays, I was out shopping at TJMaxx with my Gram (it's a generational obsession).  We were perusing the racks, winding down on our treasure hunting mission, when I saw a pair of skinny leg dark MICHAEL KORS jeans on the rack for $35!!!  Of course the pair that I initially found was not in my size.  So I did some more treasure hunting/scanning and lo and behold, there they were.  AND THEN - I broke one of my cardinal rules - I did NOT try them on in the store!! I could tell that my Gram was ready to skedaddle, so I just grabbed these babies and hoped for the best.  Lo and behold they not only fit (!!!) but they are now my new favorite pair of jeans!!!  Be prepared to see these babies all the time (you think I'm joking - just wait)!

On a completely different note, last night as I was watching The Bachelor (which was AMAZING {-ly hilarious}), one of the bachelorettes was billed as a fashion marketer.  I thought "Oh man I wish I could have her job" but then they not only proceeded to show her buying  a huge assortment of things, but she also chose to wear the most horrendous shoes and black dress combo I've ever seen.  They were these bright pink wedge things that I found myself HATING, which SHOCKED me because of all the people on this planet who would support bright pink wedges, I thought I was one of them.  But then when I actually saw them on her person, I was like, oh honey, NO!! And THEN I had an existential crisis, doubting my love of my own shoe collection, wondering to myself, do my crazy shoes actually NOT work??  Do they actually look like a pair of hot pink wedges with a poor fitting black dress?? Oh the horror, the horror of self-doubt!!

But I did choose to wear cheetah/leopard/whatever animal print wedges today.  So maybe my self is more intact than my self-doubt is trying to convince me.

Tell me - Do you naturally go for crazy awesome shoes or do you tend to be more minimalistic and stick with plain black and brown?

Sweater, Shirt, Necklace - J.Crew
Jeans - Michael Kors via TJMaxx (and a miracle)
Animal Print Wedges - Franco Sarto via TJMaxx
Watch - Fossil via gift
Sunnies - Target

14 comments:

Sarah said...

I really like the way that this outfit turned out. It is a very cute mix of prints, it adds interest.

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Work With What You've Got said...

I love it! I love that you went with those shoes. It seems brave until you see it and then it just seems AWESOME.

Rebecca said...

I like the sweater and the skinny jeans.

That bachelorette's shoes were terrible.

Ramsey said...

Ok, so this is just REALLY cute. LOVE the patterns you've got goin' on!!! For realz! And that sweater. I want one...I need a good stripy something!

Christina said...

I love your combo of stripes and leopard print. I will definitely be trying to recreate this look. I only caught a little but of the bachelor, but the parts I did catch were amazing. I am glad I have a friend in blogging who I can rely on to know what's going on.

MONKEYFACE said...

No your shoes are PHENOM. Super tasteful. And each of the patterns are so small contrasting with the wide stripes that I really think your mixing is beautiful!! So well-proportioned!

The craziest shoes I own are some yellow leather boots, which..I'll prolly wear with my cheap F21 imitation of shirt soon. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

I do naturally go for crazy stuff and then later I feel a lack of confidence to wear it in public. Then a year later when a crazy mood hits me, I take everything crazy on, go out and pretend to be one of those eccentric ladies. I would lie if I said I don't love it :D


what a good luck with jeans!

Mandy said...

Rest assured, you are NOT that girl with the crazy shoes that just don't work because this outfit totally works! You nailed the pattern mixing without overdoing it, and it looks great :)

kristine said...

Ah! I love how you mixed the stripes with the animal print shoes :) I naturally go CRAZY with shoes. Really, they can make or break an outfit!


Kristine. Or Polly.

loveandpeaceF said...

I love the shoes! The outfit alone is cute but I think the cheetah print heels def. add something!
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Hayley said...

LOVE this outfit! You mixed prints AMAZINGLY!

amber said...

dont you just love tj maxx?! what an awesome find, that's where i buy most my michael kors from :)

kristine said...

Ah! I love how you mixed the stripes with the animal print shoes :) I naturally go CRAZY with shoes. Really, they can make or break an outfit!


Kristine. Or Polly.

Christina said...

I love your combo of stripes and leopard print. I will definitely be trying to recreate this look. I only caught a little but of the bachelor, but the parts I did catch were amazing. I am glad I have a friend in blogging who I can rely on to know what's going on.

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