Why You Should Always Mix Unexpected Styles, Featuring Gingham, Peplum, and Scallops

Mixing different colors and styles can lead to the best unexpected outfits
Mixing different colors and styles can lead to the best unexpected outfits
Mixing unexpected styles leads to amazing results
Mixing unexpected styles leads to amazing results
Why you need to mix things up in your wardrobe
Why you need to mix things up in your wardrobe
Why you need to mix things up in your wardrobe
Why you need to mix things up in your wardrobe
Why you need to mix things up in your wardrobe
Why you need to mix things up in your wardrobe

top: target (very similar and also similar), shorts: j.crew factory, sandals: j.crew factory (similar, like almost the exact same), sunglasses: warby parker

You guys, I leave for London on TUESDAY. As in, five days from now. I just wrapped up five weeks of teaching summer school and my house is a mess and none of the boxes on my to-do list are checked. But that's okay because I'm going to LONDON. You could say I'm pretty excited about it. And honestly, nothing else matters except my new pink headphones getting here before noon on Tuesday. Come on, Amazon, I'm counting on you and you not holding a grudge because I didn't spring for that Prime membership.

Along with crossing my fingers and listening for the mailman, I've been busy packing away here. You have to love the bloggers who post a picture the night before their trip with the caption: "Oh my god, still haven't packed for my trip!" Honestly, that's not me. I'm all about making my list and checking it twice. You know I love planning and part of the fun is planning outfits. It's just my excuse for playing dress up in my own closet.

Doing a little "shopping" in your closet is the best way to find new, amazing outfits, whether you're going on a trip or not. Here's why:

Find colors and patterns that you love.

Think you need to go shopping to figure out your style? Nope, your style has been in your closet all along. We tend to gravitate to the same colors, patterns, and materials over and over, with a few wild cards thrown in of course (crushed velvet anyone?). When you're pulling together an outfit each morning, you're only seeing a few items. When you shop your closet, you'll be able to pick up on what you like. For me, that's definitely checks. I was all like, wow, this gingham checkered top is SO unique. Until I placed it alongside my buffalo check flannel and my blue and white checked button down. But it's still the gingham peplum top of my dreams. Looking at your closet and feeling like you don't even know where to start? Shoot me an email and let's get your style game going. I basically live to be Cher Horowitz.

Make daring fashion choices...without the credit card debt.

Unless you're a gloomy 90's goddess like Daria, you probably have a few different trends hanging out in your closet. Now it's time to mix and match. Just like dress-up games from your youth, pair together the unexpected. Play with proportions like a long tunic tied or tucked with a mini skirt. Layer color and/or textures. These linen scalloped shorts in that striking grass green where literally a dream purchase. Don't judge my preppy style loving ways. But I was having a hard time figuring out something other than a white, black, or grey t-shirt to pair it with. I just didn't have time to think about it. When I finally could take a long hard look at my closet, the gingham top appeared and it was love at first sight. Just because you don't think things will look good together doesn't make it true. A little trial and error and success is just what your closet needs.

Learn to have fun with your clothes.

Sometimes we get so serious about what to wear. Don't wear white after Labor Day. That color doesn't "flatter" you. You must have rain boots in the rain. Actually, rain boots do come in handy in the rain. Sometimes it's good to forget about the rules and color outside of the lines. So if you have a special occasion dress, see how you can wear it more often. Long sleeves in the summer time? Pair it with shorts and see how that goes. Sure, there are some fashion "rules" but sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Mixing unexpected styles together can make for an outfit that you just fall in love with. I'm planning on mixing and matching a few of my favorite pieces from my closet for our London trip. So excuse me while I go back into my closet and play dress up for a little while longer.

Tell me: what's an outfit that you totally thought would fail but turned out to be totally awesome?

Show me your fashion awesomeness on Instagram or Twitter. I'm always up for some good outfit inspo!