Mixing Patterns Like a Boss

This is how to mix patterns, people. (I'm not humble. If you have questions about how to do print, I have answers.)

Why does this work?
  • Scale. We have one large pattern (the skirt), one medium-sized pattern (the scarf), and one small pattern (the clutch). The large pattern dominates, the medium-sized pattern complements, the small pattern unites.
  • Colors. The blues play off each other. The neon yellow shirt is a near match for the yellows in both prints, making them work together. The pink in the shoes nods at the pink in the scarf, bringing the whole look together. The clutch has everything going on.
  • Attitude. You do need to own it to make it work. So own it.


It wouldn't be me if it didn't involve a lot of jewelry, right? I'm especially feeling the pin acting as an off-center belt buckle. I'm liking my belt buckles off center lately. I feel like it creates nice balance when I'm wearing a lot of bangles on one arm and a lighter load on the other.

chillin out

Why am I wearing my sunglasses inside? Am I just that uncool? Actually, I was just on my way out the door, but it was pretty sunny inside.


See? I went outside:


Most of the outside pictures didn't turn out. But I wore a hooded cape-thing:


So. This was what I ACTUALLY wore to the benefit in Brooklyn. Silk is always a good idea.

  1. Scarf by Emilio Pucci from a Gold Coast Tag Sale in Great Neck.
  2. Neon yellow racerback tank by Splendid from a tag sale in Westbury.
  3. Silk wrap skirt by Robert Haik from a tag sale in Great Neck.
  4. Nolita print clutch by Prabal Gurung for Target from Target in Green Acres Mall.
  5. Pink & orange wedge sandals by Lanvin from Last Call in Potomac Mills in Virginia.
  6. Hooded cape by Eddie Bauer from a tag sale in Great Neck.
  7. Brian Atwood Neiman Marcus X Target sunglasses from Target in Westbury.
  8. Watch by Lanvin from estate sale in Huntington.
  9. Bracelets, including Cartier and Bakelite, from various estate sales and inheritances.
  10. Love pin by Ronnie Livia from tag sale in Port Washington.
A lot of interconnectedness in the sources and brands here!

Emilio Pucci floral scarf from tag sale in Great Neck Splendid neon yellow racerback tank from tag sale in Westbury Robert Haik silk printed wrap skirt from tag sale in Great Neck Eddie Bauer hooded cape from tag sale in Great Neck Lanvin watch from estate sale in Huntington kenneth jay lane zebra bangle brown panther bangle scarab bracelet from yard sale on South Shore of Long Island Ronnie Livia Love pin from tag sale in Port Washington

Lanvin orange & pink wedges from Last Call in Potomac Mills in Virginia Prabal Gurung for Target Nolita print clutch from Target in Green Acres Mall Brian Atwood Neiman Marcus X Target sunglasses from Target in Westbury

cartier love bracelet yellow carved bakelite bangle

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