January 14, 2013

Today's Everyday Fashion: Mixed Results

Inspiration: Shopbop


I have several inspiration photos saved that mix dark polka dots with leopard, and finally decided to give it a try with my own clothes. Initial attempts did not yield good results (I also have a navy polka dot skirt that I tried with leopard shirts). But I was surprised at how much I liked this top and skirt together, especially with the gray tones mixed in. Would you ever attempt polka dots and leopard?

Shirt: J.Crew, $45
Skirt: c/o Style by Marina (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Belt: Gap, $3
Shoes: Banana Republic, $50 (similarsimilar, similar)
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Rings: My Stella & Dot website 1, 2
Bracelets: My Stella & Dot website 1, 2, 3

Piperlime / Lauren Conrad / Free People
Urban Outfitters / Old Navy
Hurley  / Forever 21 / Forever 21

43 comments:

  1. Love polka dots, love leopard, but nope, I wouldn't put them together :)

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  2. Love how this look came out!

    Amy
    Leopard and Lillies

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  3. great example of pattern mixing. Might be too loud for my workplace setting but I love it on you! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  4. I mixed animal print with stripes but not yet with polka dots must try next. Love it.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  5. I like polka dots and leopard paired together, but in smaller doses.  Like a polka dot top and leopard heels or a polka dot top and leopard scarf.  I feel like it needs something to break it up so it's not too crazy, lol!  Heather

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  6. LOVE it! I would totally do (or at least try) this. I think that with mixing patterns, sometimes big is the way to go, or else it has the potential to look like you put the wrong pattern on, hehe. This looks great!

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  7. i don't think i'd ever be able to wear this, but i do see some of what you're saying - the gray tones and the mix works pretty well!
    kw, http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

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  8. Whoa! That's definitely not something I would have thought of. I love it!

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  9. I do like them together. But to me, with any pattern mixing it should be in different sizes. I like their photo. But I feel the 2 designs in your outfit are too close in size. Do you have a smaller polka dot to try? (Sorry, my old interior design degree coming out....)

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  10. Wow, great outfit, you look georgeous! I especially love the blouse!
     
    I have just discovered your blog and really like it! Would you like to follow each other? :-)

    http://klaraspoint.blogspot.com

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  11. I appreciate mixing polka dots and leopard, but it's not for me. I feel like every other guy I know would respond with a "what are you wearing?" because guys don't understand matching/mismatching.

    I have a top very similar to the one in this post except it's a half button down with no ruffles. I just wanted to share that it goes surprisingly well with these pants: http://www.express.com/stella-colored-brushed-sateen-legging-green-47936-30/control/show/3/index.pro the color in the picture doesnt quite match how they look in person. I can't wait to wear them together.

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  12. As usual, I like your version of the inspiration better than the inspiration itself.  Mixing prints can be tricky and I think you nailed the right combo.  I'm not very good at pattern mixing, but certainly appreciate it when I see it done right.

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  13. Love this outfit. I would have never thought to pair leopard with polka dots but it works. I'm loving polka dots. 

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

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  14. its bold, but it works really well.  good for you, mondays should be bold!

    amanda
    http://thingstoholdandstir.blogspot.com/

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  15. Not a fan but I think the inspiration works better because there is more contrast with print size and color than in your version, just my 2 cents.

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  16. i think this is my favorite combination! I have a dark polka dot shirt that I pair with a leopard belt and leopard flats and i love how it looks!

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  17. I would definitely wear the two patterns together.  It is a bold look but those who are afraid can tone it down by wearing one of the patterns as an accessory  - for example, a polka dot blouse with a neutral dark bottom and leopard pumps.

    coverupchic.blogspot.ca

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  18. I really love this outfit but don't have the courage to pull it off. Actually, I'm not sure it would really be my style at all - It's even a step for me to wear one piece of loud print! I would probably do that top with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans. 
    Charlee Anne @ thepreppygraduate.com

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  19. I considered scale, but the patterns in the inspiration are both smaller than mine and are also close in size to each other, too. This is my only dark polka dot shirt and leopard skirt, but for some reason I like them together!

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  20. a little retro ish. not horrible

    xo cassy
    http://theworkette.blogspot.com/

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  21. I would totally rock polka dots and leopard! I love pattern mixing. You totally nailed this look!

    Blessings!

    www.beautyandbows.com

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  22. I plan to try a similar look! I pinned this look which got me interested.

    Hey, check out this pin on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/47006389832503848/

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  23. I love doing polkadots and leopard print... pattern matching in general is such a wonderful thing to play around with in a wardrobe!! :)








    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com 

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  24. Love this mixed print combo!

    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com
    www.daisyraeboutique.com

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  25. I'm not sure about it. Maybe with a smaller polka dot print? Cute shoes though! :)

    XO Nat
    www.natinlove.com
    Nat in Love

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  26. This was such a risky chance to take with taking two very different prints and putting them together. I think it was a good mix though! I like how the top is flowy but the skirt is more fitted plus because it's not such a wild cheetah prints. It  makes a bold statement.

    http://emmastyleguide.blogspot.com

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  27. I like the mix of two patterns, but I think they're almost too similar. I'd go with a smaller dot print on top if I were to try it. Your look is fun!

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  28. I don't see this really working in the real world as my co-workers would believe my power went out which is why my clothes don't match. Unfortunately I think pattern mixing (besides the tame versions) will probably never catch on in (most) environments where pencil skirts and blouses are the norm.

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  29. Out of curiosity, why are the only two options for reactions "like it" or "love it"? Couldn't you have an option, say, as in the Kohl's dressing room where there's a "leave it" option? Since your blog isn't a personal fashion blog, and more of a testing of styles to see what works in the real world, I think it would make more sense to have something like that to really gauge people's reactions to see how an outfit works in real life.

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  30. I like polka dots; don't like leather. I don't own any pieces in either pattern but if I did I wouldn't mix them. However, that's my personal preference because I do like the way it looks on you. I just don't think I could carry off a look like this with confidence. And BTW your version is a lot prettier than the inspiration. Great job!

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    1. Whoops! I meant leopard, not leather :-)

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  31. To be honest, I set those up so long ago that I kind of forgot they were there. I can't imagine having a "leave it" or other negative option though. I've always been taught to only say something if you have something nice to say, and I want this to be a positive, upbeat place to talk fashion! :-) There's a way to say that something isn't your style while still being nice! Maybe a "not my personal style" button would work. :-)

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  32. As someone else mentioned, I think I would mix patterns but only if the patterns were on different scales (i.e. smaller polka dots). It's such a risky fashion trend that I have a hard time trying it for fear of failure (in this case, a fashion flop would be so easy, at least for me).

    -FashionEdible

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  33. The top, belt, shoes and skirt matches well. It is a creative dress combination.

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  34. Fun....love the look/combo. Great looking and very chic!

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  35. Like the top.....like the skirt.....but not together!
     

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  36. I absolutely love this outfit!  The skirt is so cute.  I would have never thought of matching these two pieces together, thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Usually like your outfits, not this one.

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  38. Stephanie_walter0409January 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I just bought the Old Navy dress....how would you suggest I style it?  Shoes, jewelry etc.

    Thank you!

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  39. I love this outfit - you inspired me to try this combo for myself!
    http://kimbercrafts.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/30-for-30-day-17/

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