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Skirtmas: Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt {Day 12}

Hello friend! Somehow the last day of Skirtmas is already upon us. I’ve had a great time showing you 12 new skirts and how to style them. I thought I’d finish off the series with a favorite pattern mix of mine: gingham and plaid. To do so I am featuring a lovely Modcloth plaid pencil skirt.

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Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt Review

I adore Modcloth for their vintage vibe and feminine styles. I also find it so endearing that they give their items of clothing fun names. For example the skirt I am wearing is actually called the “Care to Converse?” pencil skirt. So cute!

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When I first saw this skirt, I was immediately drawn to its mid-calf length and vintage style. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was plaid. We all know how much I love a plaid. {If you love plaid too, be sure to see this plaid skirt post as well as this plaid and lace post.}

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The fit of the skirt is divine. It is high-waisted and a true pencil skirt. However, because of the pleats on the sides and back hem, it is quite easy to walk.

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It is a thin to medium heft polyester blend. It does not wrinkle easily. I took my usual Modcloth size small (for a point of reference, I am often XS in other brands like J Crew).

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Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt Outfit

Similar to Skirtmas day 7, I wanted to pattern mix with this skirt. I was itching to try another plaid on plaid look and I knew the Modcloth plaid pencil skirt would be perfect for it. Therefore I threw on my J Crew gingham button-down and was thrilled with the results.

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This is a perfectly harmonious pattern mix because of the blue that is in both pieces of clothing. You can read more about it in my pattern mixing 101 post.

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To accessorize this outfit, I chose to keep it simple. Because there is a color and print in both pieces of clothing, I kept my shoes and purse neutral.

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I opted for a favorite pair of booties and a classic tote bag.

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For my jewelry I chose red beaded tassel earrings.

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As an avid pattern mixer, I love how the gingham shirt paired with the Modcloth plaid pencil skirt. It was the perfect way to end my 12 Days of Skirtmas. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Happy holidays to you friends!

 

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Skirtmas: Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt {Day 9}

Hello friend! Today’s Skirtmas post is centered around an eyecatching floral skirt, the Modcloth Ikebana midi skirt. I have a long history with this skirt, I’ll explain it later. But needless to say, I love it. Therefore I styled it to the best of my abilities. I hope I do it justice!

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Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt: The Backstory

As I alluded to above, I didn’t just discover the Modcloth Ikebana midi skirt. In fact, one of my girlfriends had sent me a link to it years ago. Back then, it was a yellow skirt with mint and purple flowers. It was gorgeous;  you know how much I love that color combination (check out mustard and mint post). Unfortunately by the time I got around to purchasing it, my size was sold out.

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I did periodic checks on the Modcloth website, but I never found my size. Well what do you know, years later, they brought back the skirt. It’s in another colorway, this time mustard with pink. But it is still beautiful. Furthermore, it allows me to play with a new color combination I had never before considered: mustard and pink. This may have to go into a color crush post, don’t you think?

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Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt: Fit Review

The Modcloth ikebana midi skirt is a full-cut A-line skirt. There is quite a lot of fabric, so it is definitely twirl worthy! It is made out of thin polyester (mimicking silk-like fabric), with a thin lining underneath. Unfortunately, the fabric tends to wrinkle. However, those wrinkles smooth out easily (unlike the fan skirt).

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The fit of the Modcloth ikebana midi skirt is superb. It fits nicely at the waist and flows beautifully over the hips. It hits me about three inches below the knee.

Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt Outfit

When I received this skirt, I knew right away I wanted to pattern mix with it. That’s because the scale of the floral print is perfect to mix with other prints (read more on my pattern mixing 101 post).

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Because I love stripes and floral print together, I decided on a striped top. I chose my J Crew tissue turtleneck because it is in fact winter now, and so I wanted to bring in some elements of cold weather wear.

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Besides playing with pattern, I was also excited to play with this new color combination. Therefore I added a pair of pink pumps. The result is superb if I do say so myself. The pink adds even more femininity to the outfit and allows the yellow of the skirt to pop.

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While I adore all my skirts alike, the Modcloth ikebana midi skirt may be my current favorite due to its beautiful color and print. But stay tuned, Skirtmas may turn up a new favorite soon!

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Skirtmas: Modcloth Plaid Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt {Day 7}

Hello friend! For day 7 of Skirtmas, I decided to go classic Polished Whimsy and wear a pattern mixing outfit. In the fall, I am usually into wearing plaid, a lot of plaid! You may have noticed…When I saw the Modcloth plaid prim class hero midi skirt (why such a long name?), I wanted it right away. It reminded me of a green plaid skirt I wore a lot last year. Therefore, I knew I could do a lot with it.

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Modcloth Plaid Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt Review

The Modcloth plaid prim class hero midi skirt is made of 100% medium-thick smooth cotton fabric that feels nice to the touch. It has a lining and lies nicely on the body. The skirt has a side zip as well as an elasticized waist at the back. When I first received it, the waist looked small and I was worried. But once I tried it on, it stretched to fit me comfortably. It falls just below the knee on my 5’4 frame, just where I like it!

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Modcloth Plaid Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt Outfit

Because I wear plaid so much, I like to pattern mix with it. {New to pattern mixing? Read my pattern mixing 101 post to get you started!} That way, I can get multiple unique outfits out of one item.

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I was playing around with multiple other prints. At first I attempted another gingham and plaid look, but ultimately settled on polka dots instead. This particular polka dot shirt is especially festive in that the polka dots are gold!

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For the shoes I decided to play off one of the colors in the skirt, mustard yellow. You all know how much I love mustard yellow!

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I then finished off the outfit with a navy clutch.

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I loved styling the Modcloth plaid prim class hero midi skirt for Skirtmas day 7. It’s a perfect fall skirt that also works well for the holiday season. I’m glad she has taken up residence in my closet! Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post for another fabulous skirt!

Try This: Winter Kimono

Hello friend! With some cooler weather upon us, I have been playing with layers. One of the newest layering pieces I found is a winter kimono or ruana. What makes them “winter” is that they are made out of thicker fabrics than their summery counterparts. I have been wearing my winter ruana, the Anthropologie Mixed Stripes Kimono, non-stop. Let me show you how I am styling it.

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Ruana vs. Kimono vs. Poncho vs. Cape

First and foremost, let’s get some definitions out of the way. Because if you are a stickler for definitions like I am, you are confused and frustrated with these words being used interchangeably. That’s because they are not in fact interchangeable. Each one of those items is a different type of clothing. So let’s get the definitions down before we go any further.

Poncho: I’ll start with a poncho as I think it is the one we are most familiar with. A poncho is an outerwear garment that is essentially a large piece of fabric (either square or rectangular) with a hole in it. To wear it, one simply slips it over the head. It has no sleeves or other openings.

Cape: A cape is similar to a poncho but it has an opening down the front which is usually sealed with a button closure. A cape also has slits for the arms to come through but no formed sleeves.

Kimono: A kimono is a long, open front cardigan with true sleeves. The sleeves are usually lose, as is the overall fit.

Ruana: A ruana is a cross between a poncho and a kimono. It has an opening down the front like a kimono. However, it does not have full sleeves like a kimono does. It may just have a stich or button to give the appearance of sleeves.

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Mixed Stripes Kimono or Ruana?

If you’ve understood the definitions of a kimono and ruana, you will note that the mixed stripes kimono is actually a ruana! Gasp! It’s been named wrong! I will refrain from calling the fashion police on this grave error because whatever the name of this item, I simply adore it. I love the thick and nubby texture. It is so cozy and comforting on chilly days. But I especially love the bold stripes. It makes for a striking outfit every time!

Mixed Stripes Kimono for Play

The first time I wore the ruana was for my weekend getaway trip to San Francisco. With the weather there being cooler than in Los Angeles, I wanted a chic outer layer. The mixed stripes kimono was just the right item. I paired it with a black sweater and jeans. The result was exactly what I was looking for: chic, comfortable, and warm.

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To add another layer of warmth I wore my favorite quilted over the knee boots (get this year’s version on sale here) and of course cozy socks underneath.

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I then finished the look with my favorite necklace of the moment, the Brielle Statement Necklace. To top it all off I threw on a pair of sunnies. I thought the High Key in black fade added just the right amount of cool to the outfit.

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Mixed Stripes Kimono for Day

To change up the look for  day, I decided to wear the mixed stripes kimono with a skirt. I chose a pencil skirt because I feel they look best with longer cardigans. You can read more about what I pair with long cardigans in my duster cardigans post and cardigan sweater outfits post. For this particular look, I decided to be a little risque and pair the ruana with a leather pencil skirt.

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To keep it appropriate for day, I chose a light turtleneck for my top. However because I was ready to have some fun with patterns, I chose a striped turtleneck. I was excited to see how the two stripes paired together. I love a double stripe look, (remember this post?) Therefore I was looking forward to the result. Luckily, it did not disappoint. The stripes worked perfectly together. Check out my pattern mixing 101 post to learn more about that!

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For accessories I opted for a sharp looking high heeled bootie. With the length of the skirt and the ruana, I wanted to create some height for myself. As for the necklace, I chose the Brielle pendant. Because I wore these outfits on different days, I hadn’t noticed I had worn different versions of the same necklace. What can I say, I like filigree!

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In conclusion, whether we are calling it a kimono or a ruana, the mixed stripes kimono is going to be a major player in my wardrobe this season. I love how versatile it is. How would you wear it?

Current Obsession: Cardigan Sweater Outfits

Hello friend! With the arrival of cooler temps, I am turning to layers to keep me warm and stylish. A look I’ve been wearing a lot lately involves cozy cardigan sweaters. I am loving layering them over both casual and work outfits. Let me show you my cardigan sweater outfits.

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The obsession started last year when I purchased a burgundy cardigan sweater from Target. I wore that all fall and winter. You can see it in my mustard and burgundy post. Because I loved the sweater so much, when I saw similar ones this year at Target, I had to get a couple more. This time I decided to venture out of the solids and purchase patterned cardigan sweaters.

My Picks for Cardigan Sweater Outfits

This year the cardigan sweaters abound, so you should have no trouble finding one. However, because I’ve been so into them, I keep finding amazing ones. Therefore I will list my favorites below in case you want to snag one too! The ones I recently picked up are a camo print cardigan and a leopard print cardigan. I am also highly considering picking up this red gingham one. It’ll be lovely for the holiday season!

How to Style Cardigan Sweater Outfits

Wearing cardigan sweater outfits is easy. Many of the rules of duster cardigan outfits also apply here. I think cardigan sweaters are perfect to wear to work as well as on days off.

Cardigan Sweater Outfits for Work

The first two times I wore this cardigan to work, I wore it on the weekends with jeans and a tee. But I wanted to challenge myself and wear it on a weekday when I have to look more professional. It turns out it was quite easy to do. I simply changed out the jeans for a skirt and voila! I had a picture perfect work outfit!

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The key to making this look work is keeping the other pieces professional. A pencil skirt is therefore essential. Not only is it the epitome of professional work wear, it’s also sleek and streamlined. It’s the perfect match for a bulkier sweater cardigan.

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For accessories I chose to play off of the colors in the sweater. Therefore I wore my brown Vionic Rory booties. I love how it has so many interesting details but without the bulk. A streamlined bootie like this helps to elongate the leg and to keep the outfit professional looking.

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One of the details I liked best about this particular cardigan is that there is pink in the leopard spots. Therefore I played off of that in my necklace.

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Cardigan Sweater Outfits for Casual Wear

For my casual take on cardigan sweater outfits, I chose to layer with leather leggings and a striped turtleneck. The stripes add a fun pattern mixing opportunity (you know I couldn’t resist!).

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A longer length cardigan such as this one is perfect to layer with a turtleneck. It elongates the body and produces such a regal silhouette.

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While this is the more casual look of the two, this outfit can easily be made work appropriate by changing out the leather leggings for a leather (or other fabric) pencil skirt.

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I hope you can see how easy it is to style cardigan sweater outfits. I am just loving them and will be wearing them throughout the colder months. Will you be wearing them too? Let me know how you are styling yours! Details from both outfits are linked below for your perusal!

 

Pattern Primer: Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Hello friend! Ever since my first red stripes and leopard print post, I have been obsessed with this combination. I have even purchased a few more red striped items, particularly summer pieces. Therefore I want to show you more examples of red stripes and leopard print outfits. This time around however, I am focusing on just the red stripes and leopard print, without also requiring denim and tan.

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Ruffled Red Stripes and Leopard Print

A bold way to wear red stripes and leopard print is to bring in large elements of each print. For example, in this outfit, I am wearing a red striped top with a leopard print skirt. Although both items are standout and bold, they still go together. That’s because the stripes are thin and wide, while the leopard print is smaller and more dense. See my pattern mixing 101 post for more information.

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I love the way this outfit turned out. I wore it to a conference last May. To make it more work appropriate, I had simply topped it with a cardigan. Then when happy hour time came, I took off the cardi and I was ready!

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Office Red Stripes and Leopard Print

An understated way to wear red stripes and leopard print to work is to keep one of the prints limited to a small item of clothing. For example in this look, I chose to wear the leopard print in a belt. Now the contrast is not as large as in the first look. It’s almost demure!

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I paired the two prints with a ruffled chambray top. Chambray pairs well with everything. It is always a go-to for me when I am pattern mixing or styling a new item.

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Casual Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Because my original inspiration was with denim, I decided to do an outfit with the summer equivalent of jeans: cut-off shorts. I paired it with my off the shoulder ruffle top and a leopard print scarf and I am set!

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When I was putting this outfit together, I didn’t have a leopard print scarf in the size that I wanted. I searched high and low and still could not find one. Then I had an A-ha moment!

I simply went to the fabric store and picked out a good leopard print fabric. Then I took that fabric along with a square scarf I already owned to my tailor. She used my own scarf as a template and quickly whipped a similar one out of the leopard print fabric. Now I had the perfect size leopard print scarf. And it was so cost effective! Try that next time you can’t find the exact size scarf you want.

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Flirty Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Another summer mainstay item is the denim skirt. For that reason, I’ve been wearing my skirt often this season. Therefore I had to create another outfit with the skirt. I chose to pair it with a long-sleeve off the shoulder top because I wanted some more coverage with so much of my legs showing. Furthermore, this would be a good look for the beach where it could get chilly.

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This time around, I moved the leopard print to my feet by wearing my leopard print Gigi sandals. It’s another subtle way to bring in the leopard print.

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As you can see, it is truly so easy to pair red stripes and leopard print together. I hope you give it a try yourself! If you enjoyed this post, please share the link on your Facebook!

Pattern Primer: Palm Tree Print Skirt

Hello friend! Doesn’t the thought of summer conjure up images of palm trees swaying lazily in the breeze? Therefore it’s no wonder that we are clamoring to wear this fun print. I’ve been participating by wearing my palm tree print skirt. Let me show you how I’m styling it! I have two skirts to share, one is old from H&M, but the other is new, the linen skirt in palm tree print.

Styling a palm tree print skirt two ways

Preppy Palm Tree Print Skirt

I often turn to J Crew for my printed pieces. They just always do a phenomenal job. Luckily for me, they did not disappoint with their new palm tree print skirt. Therefore, I snagged it right away. What I like is that it is not the usual ubiquitous green and white print. Leave it to J Crew to change it up and get the print in a blue!

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While on my Instagram, I originally wore this palm tree print skirt with a solid navy top, I always knew I wanted to add more color. Therefore, I decided to throw in some pink with my gingham blouse and heels. The results were just what I wanted. Of course it didn’t hurt that I got to pattern mix too!

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For the accessories, I added my new silver clutch. It was a nice contrast in color and texture to the pinks and blues of this palm tree print skirt outfit. I also went with all rose gold jewelry to mirror the tone of the shirt. My standout piece were my Morningstar drop earrings.

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Cool and Casual Palm Tree Print Skirt

The palm tree print skirt becomes hip and cool with the addition of a graphic tee. Since I’ve extolled the virtue of the graphic tee so many times, I’ll spare you today. Suffice it to say, I heart it! I’ve worn this H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee before (and three other examples here), therefore it was easy to try it again. This time I changed out the tee for a more colorful one.

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The effect is fun and colorful for summer. But with the burnt orange colors, this look can even be carried into the fall.

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For the accessories in this palm tree print skirt outfit, I went in opposite directions. With so much color in the actual outfit, I decided to keep the shoes and the bag neutral. These are the largest accessories, so I didn’t want them to detract from the outfit. However, I did add a pop of color with the earrings. Because the color coordinates with the skirt, it helps to unify the entire look.

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I hope you enjoyed my two palm tree print skirt outfits. Let me know how you’re wearing palm tree print!

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.

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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!

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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!

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