Pattern Primer: Styling a Cactus Print Top

Hello friend! Thank you for joining me as I continue my summer mini series. As I mentioned in my pineapple skirt post I’ll be featuring fun summer prints. Today I will focus on styling a cactus print top. This is my cactus print top of choice. Now let me show you how to style it!

How to style a cactus print top for work and play: Try a pattern mix or pair with denim shorts

Casual Cactus Print Top

When I first purchased this cactus print top, I immediately thought to pair it with denim. I just felt that the fun print would play well with denim. Because it is summer, I chose denim cutoff shorts, the quintessential summer item!

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Besides the fun print, I like the fit and feel of this cactus print top. It drapes exceptionally well. I also like that the hemline is rounded. That makes for a nice look when it is left untucked.

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I kept the look cool and casual with a fun summer bootie. Rather than always wearing sandals in the summer, I like to add in warm weather appropriate booties like these. The perforation and the open toe make it suitable for summer.

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Cactus Print Top Goes to the Office

Since I don’t shy away from bringing whimsy to the office, I had to style my cactus print top for work. I found it easy to do. That’s because the print is fun but not overpowering. Therefore, you can pair it easily with solids and other prints alike. I opted for pairing it with a second print. Is anyone surprised?

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I chose a green chevron print skirt from Anthropologie (my favorite haunt for gorgeous skirts). But you can easily pair it with a black and white stripe (thin or thick). For an extra bold look, I’d love to see it with a large gingham print!

Cactus print top and anthropologie chevron printed skirt results in a fun and whimsical pattern mixing outfit Cactus print top and anthropologie chevron printed skirt results in a fun and whimsical pattern mixing outfit

For a more polished look, pair it with a green or black pencil skirt. If you want a fun pop of color, throw in some pink. Pink and green are gorgeous together! Hence the reason that I am wearing pink polish and lipstick!

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I hope you enjoyed my styling of a cactus print top. But most of all, I hope to have inspired you to try something new. Whether it’s wearing a whimsical print to work, or pattern mixing, I encourage you to experiment with fashion! Stay tuned for more fun summer prints!

Pattern Primer: Pineapple A-line Skirt

Hello friend! With summer in full swing, I want to do a mini-series on fun summer patterns. Well nothing tops that list more than pineapples. Over the last two years, pineapples have really taken a hold of the summer trends. This year is of no exception with the release of the J Crew Ratti painted pineapple a line skirt.

How to style pineapple print items with the J crew ratti painted pineapple a line skirt and blue striped tee for a pattern mixing cute and colorful outfit

Chambray and J Crew Ratti Painted Pineapple A Line Skirt

When I purchase a skirt, I almost inevitably pair it first with a chambray top. I think it always produces a crisp and refined look. Therefore I immediately paired the J Crew Ratti painted pineapple a line skirt with some chambray. For the summer months, I gravitate towards this sleeveless chambray top. While in the winter, I will opt for this one or that one! But truly, all three make for perfect ensembles.

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My style trick did not fail, the outfit looks great. Of course I played up the fun factor with my bright pink sandals.

J crew ratti painted pineapple a line skirt with who what wear sleeveless chambray top and j crew pink rattan clutch J crew ratti painted pineapple a line skirt with who what wear sleeveless chambray top and j crew pink rattan clutch

I also added some more pink with my clutch. Because they are different shades, I think it adds some dimension to the outfit. The rattan also echos the summer feel of the J Crew Ratti painted pineapple a line skirt!

J crew ratti painted pineapple a line skirt with who what wear sleeveless chambray top and j crew pink rattan clutch

As for accessories I kept it simple with a gold watch but added a touch of whimsy with my earrings. I chose to wear a pineapple pair to further reinforce the fun trend!

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Polka Dots and J Crew Ratti Painted Pineapple A Line Skirt

Now I’m sure no one is surprised that I wanted to pattern mix with this skirt. However, I do recommend exercising some caution with this mix. The pineapple print is quite bold. Therefore I would choose a smaller print to wear with the skirt. My first thought was a dainty polka dot. As I had hypothesized, the polka dots matched the J Crew Ratti painted pineapple a line skirt perfectly.

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Stripes and J Crew Ratti Painted Pineapple A Line Skirt

Because I liked the pattern mix above so much, I decided to try it with stripes. The same rule applies: choose a small scale stripe! I had a blue striped tee, but a green one would also work. Or try a pink one for a more monochromatic look!

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Since I was going for a more casual look, with a t shirt, I decided to wear studded strappy flat sandals. I think a cute graphic tee with blues, greens or pinks would also be a cute look (I’ll link some below)! I couldn’t be happier with the combination!

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Trendy Slides and J Crew Ratti Painted Pineapple A Line Skirt

Another way to do a stripes and pineapple pattern mix is to wear striped shoes. I thought it would be great to bring in another trend, the slide sandals. The color and thin scale of the stripes work perfectly with the J Crew Ratti painted pineapple a line skirt. The overall effect is the same as above, but on a smaller scale. So if you’re not comfortable yet wearing a full on pattern mix outfit, try this instead. To get more pattern mixing guidance, check out my pattern mix 101 post.

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It’s obvious I am adoring my J Crew Ratti painted pineapple a line skirt. There are so many ways to wear it. However, if you prefer another pineapple print, there are tons to choose from. I am linking my favorites below. Let me know how you are wearing your pineapple print items!

Pattern Primer: Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

Hello friend! As you know, I adore to pattern mix. In fact, I tend to do so every chance I get! Furthermore, stripes are one of my favorite patterns. Therefore it’s no surprise I wear a lot of stripes. Recently I have been playing a lot with rugby stripes (a thick scale stripe inspired by rugby uniforms). Therefore I want to share how to wear them. Specifically, I want to show how fun (and easy) it is to do rugby stripe pattern mixing.

How to style rugby stripe pattern mixing outfits

Rule for Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

The key to making these (and any) pattern mixes work is to pair prints of different scale (see pattern mixing 101 post). Rugby stripes are already fairly bold. So you need your second print to be significantly smaller or larger. I usually opt for a larger second print, but that’s my personal taste. Do what works for you! In case you’re in need of some rugby stripes in your life, I have rounded some up here:

Floral Midi Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

For me, stripes and floral print just always go together. Therefore I pair them frequently in my pattern mixes. I’ve done that here once again. Of course I kept my golden rule, by choosing a large scale floral print.

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Leopard and Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

While I love a good black and white stripe tee, I have long been searching for a perfect tan and white one as well. That’s mainly because I’ve been wanting to wear it with this floral skirt. So when I finally found this one at Madewell, I purchased it right away. The outfit lived up to my expectations. It was worth the wait!

Rugby stripe pattern mixing three prints: floral, leopard and stripes with Anthropologie Tracy Reese green floral midi skirt, Madewell rugby stripe tee and Clare V leopard print clutch Rugby stripe pattern mixing three prints: floral, leopard and stripes with Anthropologie Tracy Reese green floral midi skirt, Madewell rugby stripe tee and Clare V leopard print clutch Rugby stripe pattern mixing three prints: floral, leopard and stripes with Anthropologie Tracy Reese green floral midi skirt, Madewell rugby stripe tee and Clare V leopard print clutch

While I have worn this skirt numerous times with black and white pattern mixes, I have always pined to wear it with a tan pattern. I am happy to see that my instinct was correct. It just makes for a softer pattern mix. I love it!

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For this outfit, I also chose to try a triple pattern mix by adding in the leopard print clutch. This was an easy decision as I often wear leopard print with this skirt (the colors just call for it!). It works, mainly because I follow my triple pattern mix rules. I also added gold toned jewelry to complete the look.

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Floral Pencil Skirt Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

Keeping with the floral and rugby stripe pattern mixing combination, I chose to pair the tee with a floral pencil skirt. It’s a tad bolder look than the one above. That’s because it’s not only bold prints, but also bold colors. But you know me: I don’t shy away from either. Therefore I adore this look!

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Although the look is quite bold, I think it is still perfectly suitable for most workplaces. Hence the reason I chose to pair the outfit with simple black pumps, to further reiterate its work appropriateness! But I couldn’t resist adding some more color with the bright earrings (sorry!).

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Double Stripe Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

At this point I had done plenty of floral prints. Plus I wanted to do another double stripes look (I had done a few on Instagram a while back). Therefore I decided to pair the rugby stripe tee with my skirt du jour: the J Crew pop stripe skirt. The result was a fun and uniform look.

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I hope you enjoyed my examples of rugby stripe pattern mixing. If you try such a look, please tag me on my social media so I can see!

Pattern Primer: Winter Florals

Hello friend! While we expect to wear floral print in spring and summer, we don’t have to leave it all behind in the cooler months. I’ve shown you before how to wear floral prints in the fall. Now, let me show you how to wear winter florals.

Muted Winter Florals

One of the ways I like to wear a floral print in the winter, is to choose a muted color palette. Therefore I forego the bright pinks and reds. Instead I opt for grays, mauves, and winter white. Here I chose a scarf with these beautiful muted shades in a lovely winter florals pattern.

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For another look, I chose more of a neutral color scheme. Here I paired the white and metallic floral tee with a  polka dot skirt. Because the colors are neutral, I decided to play it up with my patterns by adding leopard print shoes.

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For accessories, I stuck with the color scheme and went with gray tassel earrings. Because I love pairing pink with gray, I chose to wear my pink purse with this look.

Polished whimsy in winter florals tee and polka dot skirt with baublebar mini falcon drop earrings

Dark Winter Florals

The second way I like to wear winter florals is by opting for dark and rich colors. To differentiate from fall florals, I choose deep plums and blues. Here I have a purple tone floral dress. The colors simply scream winter!

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For the jewelry, I kept with the tones of the dress and chose a gray wrap choker.

Polished whimsy in winter florals dress with over the knee boots

For the last look, I opted for a blue and brown floral print skirt. I paired it with a black criss cross tee.

Polished whimsy in winter florals skirt and criss cross top

For my accessories, I kept the purse and shoes black to further darken the look and hence make it more winter-y! I then echoed the blue in the skirt with my blue druzy stud earrings.

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With so many options for winter florals around, I urge you to give it a try! Whether it’s an icy-cool color scheme or a deep blue, wearing prints with winter florals is easy to do. If you need to add some winter florals into your wardrobe, check out the items from this post as well as some of my recommendations below!

Pattern Primer: Fall Florals and Leopard Print

Hello Friend!

One of the most exciting things about starting a blog has been the opportunity to thoroughly explain my outfits and ideas. Another of the positives has been getting feedback and suggestions from you guys. On my last pattern primer post, Delilah asked me to try a post with fall florals and leopard print. I was excited to try this challenge, so here we go.

One of the easiest ways to make a fall florals and leopard print outfit is to use accessories. Here I added a leopard print belt to a mustard floral print dress.

Loft fall florals and leopard print

Another option is to incorporate a leopard print scarf into a fall florals outfit. Here I added the scarf to this lively green floral print skirt. The outfit as a whole “works” because there are similar colors in all of the pieces. Furthermore, both printed pieces are warm-toned, thus further unifying the outfit.

Anthropologie fall florals and leopar print

My third example of fall florals and leopard print is this outfit I wore recently. For this look, I incorporated the leopard print into a shoe. This look is one of the easiest for novice pattern mixers to try. Therefore if you’re looking for a place to start, this is your outfit!

Fall florals and leopard print

In addition to shoes, I placed leopard print in my purse to achieve this next look. This one has the added bonus of a triple pattern mix.

Fall florals and leopard print

fall florals and leopard print with anthropologie skirt

Because I was using mostly accessories for my second print, I decided to be bold and actually try the look with two clothing pieces. I paired this bright orange floral print skirt with a leopard print cardigan. While it is not a pairing anyone would turn to right away, the outfit still works. That’s because the tones are both the same (warm) and the colors are complementary. Furthermore, the prints are of different scales. This allows for each item to stand out on its own.

fall florals and leopard print anthropologie floral print skirt and leopard print cards

Lastly, I wanted to attempt a fall florals and leopard print outfit with cool tones. To do so is still quite easy. You can use snow leopard, which has cooler tones than traditional leopard print. Paired with the purples of this dress, the snow leopard makes a perfect pattern mix.

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Which of these were your favorite? Let me know if you try a fall florals and leopard print outfit.

If you’d like to shop any of these looks, just click on the available products listed below.

Pattern Primer: Triple Pattern Mix

Hello friend! If you’ve been following my style for a while, then you know I like to pattern mix. Whether it is plaid, floral or stripes, I am always itching to pair it with another print. While it was daunting at first, now I feel like I have mastered it (see my Pattern Mixing 101 post). But now comes another challenge: mixing three prints in one outfit! How do you achieve a cohesive triple pattern mix? Let me show you the way!

Triple Pattern Mix With Unifying Color Palette

First of all, choose a unifying color palette. That way, even if the patterns are different, the similar colors makes the outfit look intentional. One of my favorite examples of this is the outfit below. It is a mix of red, white and blue.

Everyday styple blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with gingham stripes and floral print

 

The shirt has white and blue. The skirt has red and blue. But because the shoe has red, white and blue, the entire outfit feels aligned. Having all three colors in each piece would be too redundant, but having one palette which all the pieces contribute to, makes it visually appealing.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with gingham stripes and floral print

 

Stick With One Main Color

Alternatively, you can take the outfit look cohesive by sticking with just one color. Here, I have paired two gingham prints (of different sizes) in tones of blue. While it is a bold pattern mix, the outfit looks unified because of the same color scheme. To complete the theme, you could have easily worn a blue patterned shoe. But because I do enjoy mixing up color as well as pattern, I chose a leopard print.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with gingham plaid and leopard print

 

For this outfit, I chose to add the third print in the shoes, but you can do otherwise. As I have said before, changing up my outfits constantly is how I keep my closet fresh and interesting. The next time I wear this outfit, I will likely wear it with a leopard print belt. The following time, I can move the leopard print to the bag. See how fun it can be?

Triple pattern mix with gingham check and leopard print

Choose Your Triple Pattern Mix Focus

Another way to achieve a good triple pattern mix outfit is to pick a focus print/piece. Then use the other prints to complement and support it (kind of like a lead actor and the supporting actors)! To illustrate that theme, see this look below. I chose a bold green floral skirt as my focus piece. I then supported the look with two neutral toned prints, a polka dot and a leopard print. Since the supporting prints are both neutral, they blend in nicely with the colors of the skirt.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with green floral Anthropologie midi skirt neutral polka dot shirt and leopard print heels

 

Remember to keep the supporting prints a smaller scale than your lead print. Otherwise, you will achieve a very different look, one that may draw a lot of questions!

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with green floral Anthropologie midi skirt neutral polka dot shirt and leopard print heels

I hope you found this post educational and inspirational. Moreover, I hope you will try your hand at a triple pattern mix. It is truly an exceptional look.

Some of the items from this post are still available for purchase, so I have linked them below (including some fun alternatives). As always, remember to first go through your closet and remix what you have!

Pattern Primer: Fall Florals

Hello friend!

With fall right around the corner, I’d like to turn my focus to fall prints. Now floral is not usually a print one turns to in the fall. But let me assure you, you can do a floral print. Let me introduce you to fall florals.

With the 90s fashion revival still going strong, floral prints are everywhere. So how do you pick one without feeling like you are wearing your Easter dress in the middle of fall? Make sure to pick a print with warmer tones to match the current season. Avoid something if it is predominately pastel.

Here are some of my picks:

This pretty lilac dress from Target works well in that it has some warm tones mixed in. I would wear this now with gladiator sandals and a crochet vest. I can see this paired beautifully with booties, a floppy hat and a cardigan when the weather cools.

Target Women's Floral Tiered Dress Lilac - Xhilaration™ (Juniors')

Another option I am adoring is the Wildflower babydoll dress from Loft. This one is also very 90’s reminiscent. To make it more modern, I would consider pairing it with a hip length cargo or suede vest. A pair of over-the-knee boots would also make it more current. Or you can play with hemlines by adding a longer duster over it. The choice is yours!

Loft Wildflower babydoll dress

As for items already in my closet, I am looking forward to wearing some of my much loved fall florals. one of my long-standing autumn favorites is the decade by decade skirt from Anthropologie. I love the below-the-knee length and the high-defined waistline. Most importantly, it pairs flawlessly with other patterns. Here I have it with leopard.

Anthropologie decade by decade green floral skirt ready for fall with leopard scarf and fringe flats

I’ve also worn it with stripes and black gingham button-up shirt. If you read my Pattern primer: floral skirt post, you know how much I like to pair florals with stripes and gingham. It works for summer florals and fall florals alike.

Now for my newest acquisition, this amazing High Low Romper from SheIn.

SheIn Burgundy Flower Print Off The Shoulder High Low Romper

When SheIn reached out to me to collaborate, I immediately chose this romper. The colors are perfect for fall. The high low hem was unique. I had not seen something like this around.

fall florals; SheIn burgundy off the shoulder flower print high low romper

Even though summer is  coming to an end, the colors here will carry this item into fall.

fall florals; SheIn burgundy off the shoulder flower print high low romper

fall florals; SheIn burgundy off the shoulder flower print high low romper

As the weather cools, I plan to wear this romper with a low-heeled bootie and belt. Another option would be with a slouchy cardigan and mid calf boots. Wouldn’t that be a fun, boho look?

Will you be wearing fall florals? If yes, share your looks!

Pattern Primer: Floral skirt

Hello friend!

One of my favorite patterns to mix is a floral print. I think it pairs well with so many other patterns. For my examples I am using this beautiful J Crew Factory floral skirt.

J Crew Factory Basketweave skirt hydrangea floral

This is a perfect pattern mixing item because it has many beautiful colors. The possibilities are endless! See my Pattern Primer: Pattern mixing 101 post for more on essentials to know for a successful pattern mixed outfit.

Floral skirt + stripes:

When I am trying to pattern mix, my first choice is inevitably stripes. This floral skirt will work with horizontal striped tees of all colors. For the first two options I have paired the large floral pattern with a smaller scale striped print.

floral skirt print mix with striped tee

I have options with two shades of blue. But red stripes and tan stripes would work perfectly as well.

floral skirt print mix with blue striped tee

Another option is to try a vertical stripe.

floral skirt print mix with vertical striped button down shirt

And last, for the more seasoned pattern mixer, is to pair the floral skirt with a bolder stripe such as this larger scale striped cardigan.

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A pretty floral print also pairs nicely with a neutral polka dot. Here I paired it with gray tones, but blues and reds would have also worked.

floral skirt print mix with polka dot cardigan

Floral skirt + gingham

Last I will pair the skirt with gingham. This combo is a go-to in the summer for me. I adore how they play with each other.

floral skirt print mix with gingham shirt

I pushed the limit with this gingham tank. The size of the print was just on the border of too large. Luckily it still worked.

floral skirt print mix with gingham tank

I hope you were able to see how easy it is to pattern mix with a floral skirt. Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know! And as always, if you found this interesting and helpful, please share on your social media!

Pattern Primer: Pattern Mixing 101

Hello friend!

It’s no secret that I am a fan of pattern mixing. I have been doing it for a few years to expand my wardrobe and create unique looks for myself. You can read more about it (and see my first ever pattern mixed outfit) in my style evolution post.

Now I did not invent pattern mixing, nor am I an expert at it. But I feel comfortable doing it and my results are good. So I will share my tips. However, this is not the be-all and end-all post about pattern mixing. There are many others on the web. But my tips are quick and easy; honed over the years through my own successes and failures.

  1. Choose a large scale print and a smaller scale print. This can be achieved with different prints or the same. For example, a small stripe paired with a large floral print. Or a small stripe paired with a large stripe. Both work and can be a gorgeous combination.pattern mixing: stripes on stripes, double stripes
  2. Pick prints with a similar color scheme. The color will unify the look even if the patterns are different.pattern mixing: striped skirt with colorful watermelon scarf
  3. Opt for bold well-defined patterns. I find that they look better together than soft and blurry prints.pattern mixing; striped dress with floral scarf
  4. Start small with accessories. It’s so easy to make your statement by adding a pop of pattern with a fun scarf, shoe or bag.pattern mixing: striped bag with gingham top
  5. Make it look intentional. This is my most important tip: In the words of my idol Tim Gunn: “Make it work.” Make sure you look polished and complete: hair styled, accessories on, makeup done, and head held high. This makes you look put together and brings the entire look together. That way no one will wonder if you were running late and just threw on the first two items you found.

I hope you try your hand at pattern mixing. It is truly a fun way to dress and remix your wardrobe. Stick around and check out more of this series as I delve into specific patterns and mixes.