This outfit was inspired by Academichic’s module on pattern mixing. To keep the multiple patterns from looking too busy, I chose a simple color palette of white, black and blue. The patterns in the outfit include black lace in the camisole, blue paisley in the scarf, blue brocade and white eyelet in the skirt, black and white polka dot on the bracelet and black mock-croc print on the sandals. All of the colors came together in the scarf, which made for a lovely finishing touch. This has also reminded me that I really need to try new things with my hair. It’s so easy to just wash and air dry it every day, that I rarely try anything to style it.
This outfit also contains two of my new favorite wardrobe staples: my LOFT bolero and Clarks Rime sandals. When I first purchased this bolero, I was somewhat skeptical of how often I would wear it. But since I’ve discovered that it works as a draped cardigan (as in this outfit), as a belted cardigan and as a tie-front bolero (here also), I’ve realized that it’s actually far more versatile than a traditional cardigan.
When I first bought my Clarks Rime sandals from 6pm, I was worried that the straps would hurt my feet. But I’ve come to love them as my go-to sandals. They are very comfortable and supportive, and the mock-croc and buckle makes them quite stylish. And I have yet to get any blisters from them (although I haven’t taken a long walk in them yet – that will be the next test)
Camisole: Old Navy
Bolero: Ann Taylor Loft
Skirt: Sewn by me!
Sandals: Clarks Rime