8-1-16 How to Mix Patterns Like a Fashionista

August 1, 2016, 3:35 pm by MSP

 

How to Mix Patterns Like a Fashionista

 

When I say pattern mixing, do you instantly think, "Oh, no! I would look like I dressed in the dark!" 

 

Mixing unexpected patterns and prints has become a huge fashion trend, and I for one like it! Of course, there can be a fine line between looking stylish, or like a hot mess! I'm here to help you get it right.

 

Look chic and on-trend. Yes, you can look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit. Use MSP's "does it mix" chart + 6 mixing guidelines shared in this week's article for style members, "How to Mix Pattern Like a Fashionista"...it will help you get your look right every time. No more guessing. Look at MSP's chart to find the pattern you want to mix-then see what you can wear it with! It's EASY-Peasy style for you.

 

 

Be subtle or bold with pattern mixing-the choice is yours...

THIS week, MSP shows you how!

 

Similar: Halogen Welt Pocket Pencil Skirt (petite, misses)

 

 

Give pattern mixing a try! Mixing prints and patterns is a fab way to show more style personality. Just a touch of pattern mixing will give any of your outfits a bit of sass. It is also great way to breathe new life to some items in your closet that have been neglected, and not worn for a long time. No need to buy more clothes, instead learn how to mix a few prints to create some fab "new" outfits!

 

 

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"Dear MissusSmartyPants"...


"Hi MSP, I need help with these 2 tops that I love but can't seem to make work for my Type E body. One is a short white lace jacket, and one is a large white peasant blouse. These would be good candidates for an upcoming newsletter if you'd like. Here are photos of them. Thanks, Laura B"

 

"MSP, how do I style these tops?"

           

Short White Lace Jacket                          White Peasant Tunic

 

LESLIE/MSP HERE: Laura, Here are my style suggestions for your 2 tops...

Coldwater Creek Modern Stretch Trousers-3 colors (18-24)

 

For the short lace jacket: the best look is to wear it over a dress or monochromatic outfit (like the gray one shown above). A deep v-neck elongates your neck (vs. a crew or rounded neckline) and adds more visual space to your torso. Add a low wedge heel to balance out the fuller cut pant that is just right for your body type!

 

 

Coldwater Creek Washed CottonLuxe Crops

 

For the peasant tunic: to make the round (not as flattering) neckline more slimming...add a long layered necklace for a vertical line on your upper body. Then wear a straight bottom and a slight heeled shoe. Add a "pop" of color with your handbag! 

FYI: Notice I added a belt to this suggested outfit. Yes, a belt. You can wear a belt, Ms Body Type E. Give it a try. Here's how a skinny belt works for you...it is in the same color as your top. This gives you a touch of waist...and you can pull the top up a bit so it "blousons" or has fit and flare to it. 

 


MSP’s Weekly Style Mission

This week’s Mission: It's a Jewelry Box Raid!

                     

Wrap 2 necklaces together to create a unique look!


Dig into the depths of your jewelry box this week! Let's pull out those long forgotten necklaces, earrings, brooches, and lockets, etc. and give them a second chance to bedazzle you.

Do you have a long strand of pearls? Layer them with a long chained locket for an eclectic look or simply tie them with a knot! Pull out a one-of-a-kind bracelet and plan an outfit based on the colors of that bracelet (you can do this with a brooch or scarf too). Get creative and have fun with your long-lost jewelry!

My 2 jewelry boxes and top drawer (yes, I have a drawer full of jewelry as well as two jewelry boxes!) are desperately in need re-organizing. There’s lots of great stuff in there I really should be wearing--but I'm not because my jewelry is a mess. This week I’m going through it and I'm determined to wear something “new”.

 

Won't you join me? Challenge yourself with this week’s Style Mission and together we will “Show Your Style” SYSter!

 


 

What SYSters Are Saying

 

Thank you! Great article!

 

I have always known to shop summer sales but never knew exactly how to go about it. Your article really spelled out when to shop for what items and specifically differentiated between basic and trendy. I also never guessed I might find a holiday dress at the end of wedding season! Thank you for a very useful article "Hot Savings Cool Style"! Lorraine

 

Dressing is like child’s play…

Dear Leslie,



I've been subscribing to your service for a couple of years, and I have been happy with my new style (where I had none before).

 When my 4 year old asked me if she could pick out my clothes for work tomorrow, I hesitated.  Then, I agreed, reserving the power to veto.

To my delight, she's been going into my closet and picking out lovely outfits, including shoes.  I'm attributing this to you because:
1) Even when my weight fluctuates, my closet ONLY contains clothes that fit me right.
2) Everything in my closet feels good to me, and looks good on me.
3) My clothing colors complement each other.

I couldn't make any of those statements two years ago!!!
 There's probably also some natural talent in play, in that she's not putting florals and plaids together.  But having a closet full of clothes that fit right, feel good, and look nice together gives her a great base to work with!



Thank you so much, Linda