Pattern Play in Blue
top: gap, skirt: banana republic factory, shoes: f21, necklace: anthropologie
Believe it or not, it took me a little while to work up to wearing this "bold" outfit. I sound a bit dramatic but pattern mixing is intimidating. You can either look incredibly chic or like someone who got dressed in the dark. So I decided to start simply by sticking to a familiar color and familiar patterns for my pattern play. Whenever you're thinking of doing something outside of your comfort zone fashion-wise, find comfort in something familiar like a well-loved color or a flattering cut. That way even if the look falls short of expectations it won't be a total disaster and still follows your signature style. I have to say though that this outfit did not disappoint when I wore it to school on Wednesday. Of course I got some looks but this comes for a population that prefers leggings and tunic tops on the regular. My "dressy" looks are not the norm.
When I was coming up with this outfit and experimenting with patterns, I started to consider my wardrobe and also my spending habits. There is no doubt that I love clothes and I love shopping. But I switched my wardrobe over from spring/summer to fall/winter this past weekend (finally) and realized that I have more than enough unique, wonderful clothes. My sweater collection alone takes up a three quarters of my shelf space! This is why I have made a promise to myself not to shop until after the new year. Gulp. The thought, "but what if the perfect [insert any clothing item here] comes along?!" keeps popping through my mind and I have to beat it down. I have more than enough clothes and more than enough creativity to make my closet work for me instead of working for my closet. This will either make me or break me so stay tuned to find out!