Last year, both of my beautiful daughters and I participated in some of Alison Lumbatis’s Style Me challenges together. It was great fun shopping (long distance) for the pieces with my girls then seeing their takes on the outfits of the day (OOTD). Today, I am teaming up with my daughter Lauren for this post. She has just started a blog called Curls and Cardigans. You can find her blog here. I hope you will consider following Lauren’s blogging journey, too.
Lauren thought we should do something about pattern mixing, especially floral and stripes because it seems they are showing up everywhere together this spring. Just like Kim and Kanye or Miley and Patrick . (They are still together, right?)
So this is our (first) ode to spring.
A year ago,
matching stripes with floral prints would have been totally taboo for me. In fact, it was hard for me to type the word matching in the same sentence with stripes and floral, as you can plainly see. But being the edgy grandmother I am, and not to be outdone by my young whipper-snapper of a daughter, I accepted Lauren’s suggestion.
I couldn’t grab my purse and car keys fast enough. Headed straight to LOFT. I used the premise of running into LOFT for a birthday present gift card, in case PC asked. I will use any excuse to buy new clothes. Ha, I knew I would be buying before I even saw what there was to buy.
I bought three pairs of spring denim. Will save two of them for another day’s post. The pair featured in today’s outfit is a distressed, railroad striped jean in a curvy skinny cut. I still have my doubts about the distressing. I mean, really? Pay to have my jeans worn out before I even wear them for the first time?
What would my mother say?
But these are just gently broken in.
Not sure why it looks like I have had an “accident” in these pants. While that is not out of the question by any means, it wasn’t the case yesterday. Maybe that is part of the distressing process?
I shopped my closet for the other pieces of my outfit then I put together a Polyvore set with the pieces of my look before actually trying the real thing on.
Here’s my Polyvore version:
I am coveting that darling cuff bracelet from J. Crew but it is waaay out of this bargain shopper’s budget.
I gathered up all of my pieces and created my own personal Polyvore right on my bathroom floor.
All that’s missing from my layout is the spoon.
Oh, and the J. Crew cuff. And a few random lemons.
Wanted you to be able to see the flowers and stripes up close and personal so snapped these pics as proof that I am truly wearing both, together!
I wore this look out and about yesterday for lunch with PC and grocery shopping. The first thing my prince said was that I smelled good. (Gold star for him) Then he said “You are really wearing stripes, polka dots and flowers all together?” (Gimme back that star!) Guess he hasn’t yet fully embraced this pattern potpourri. (But guess who is registered for Alison’s Menswear Basics Boot Camp? Bet there will be some pattern mixing going on in it.)
That’s ok. I am going to give Paul plenty of opportunity this spring to accept and even adopt pattern mixing. And in the meantime, Purrsimmony, my sweet, sweet feline fashionista, gave me a purr of approval.
If you haven’t been to LOFT lately (this week), you need to make any excuse to get yourself in there. They are having big sales this week on their spring transition pieces. My personal LOFT stylist (cashier?) whispered that the whole store would be on sale Friday. So I will be returning then to get an adjustment on my purchases yesterday and to see if I need to buy another gift card or two.
Oh, and until March 7, they are offering $25 Loft Cash cards for every $50 spent. Then starting March 8, you can redeem your cash cards. I am sure you must have a birthday gift card you need to buy, too. Am I right?
Please stop by Lauren’s blog, Curls and Cardigans, to check out how she has styled her pattern mixing. Here is a little sampling of what Lauren has in store.
And please, let me know how you are mixing it up this spring. Just came across this post about trench coats for spring over at Jo-Lynne Shane’s blog. Darling! Would LOVE to feature some of your outfits here!
Hugs and chocolate kisses,