Pattern mixing is one of my favorite ways to take an outfit from so-so to sensational. I just love how different textures and prints play off of each other to create a completely unique look. But pattern mixing can be a little tricky to pull off without looking like a clown. One of my secrets is to keep all of the patterns and prints in the same color family. I came up with this Fall outfit with items pulled straight from closet to show you just how easy it can be. Read on for all the details!
With the Fall temperatures in NYC still hovering in the 60’s most days, I thought it would be fun to style an outfit around shorts. I happen to have a pair of loose, highwaisted grey shorts that I wore to death over the summer. I found them at Zara last Spring and they have been a faithful fashion friend ever since they appeared at my doorstep. The faded grey denim is a gorgeous base to build an outfit around.
I knew I wanted to add a jacket or blazer to make this more of a functional fall look. I’ve had this grey plaid blazer for a few years now and I wear it over everything when the temperatures drop. It’s wool and quite warm so I use it more as a lightweight jacket. The longer length and slightly oversized fit make it the perfect topper for any outfit and I just love the way it looks with the grey denim. In fact, once of my very first blog posts was another take on pattern mixing and I featured this blazer, you can read it here.
As much as I love how this pattern mixing outfit looked, when I added the boots this really took the styling to a whole new level. There is something so cool about knee high boots and shorts right now. I’ve seen so many great street style photos recently featuring this look and I have to say I was thrilled with how my own take on the trend turned out. I’ve had these boots for over 10 years and they look as cool now as they did when I bought them. Unfortunately they are just as uncomfortable now as they where then! I knew there was a reason I hadn’t worn them in a while!