Thursday, June 23, 2011

Like I Just Don’t Care

I know this outfit doesn’t make sense on paper, but I love it:



And I’m surprised I love it.  It’s pretty far outside my comfort zone really; I am usually more cautious when I mix patterns, but today I threw caution to the wind and I’m mixing prints like I just don’t care.  I layered my new fuchsia and white print blouse (Old Navy) over a years-old brown and orange printed sundress (also Old Navy), added my pewter sandals (Lovely People via Ideeli), some gifted earrings and an arm full of bangles.  And I love it.  If you ask my friend Ferge (which no one did, Ferge), the blouse doesn’t match.  And maybe it doesn’t, but it goes.  And I think it goes brilliantly.  

I want to say that I knew this outfit wasn't for everyone when I put it together.  But, it's definitely for me and even though I've never worn anything like this before I felt confident enough in this outfit to wear it to work.  Which is not always an easy decision for me - at my height I try not to garner any additional attention. But, I liked the feel of this outfit enough to brave the stares and I'm glad I did. 

How about you, Friend Reader?  Do you ever venture outside your comfort zones in terms of fashion?  And do you ever factor in the response from others when deciding whether or not to branch out?  

Happy Thursday, All!

Gracey

22 comments:

  1. I think the top goes well with the bottom trim on the skirt/dress. I am tall and amazonlike and I wear crazy bright colors and mix all sorts of stuff together, although I have never been much for pattern mixing beyond florals with plaid or other small steps into print mixing.

    I always love your blog. Thanks for going bravely fashion forward!

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  2. It's like when I wore red buffalo plaid and purple stripes (http://tiny.cc/j2o40). Coworkers didn't understand that one, either.

    I think it works, and you've got that million watt smile going with it, and that'll convince anyone!

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  3. You look great, Gracey! If you hadn't told us how you created the outfit, I would have thought you were wearing a pretty sundress. It fooled me, and the prints look fantastic against each other.

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  4. I've learned to really appreciate and love pattern mixing. And believe me, it's waaaay outside my comfort zone. In the last couple years, I've enjoyed the turn in fashion to de-emphasize matchy-matchy, and you know what? It makes dressing even more fun!

    I can see why you like this look. It works, even if it doesn't make sense. I like it too!

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  5. You know, I think this does work! You are rocking it, in any case. I'm not good at going outside my comfort zone - when I do it's usually on vacation or on the weekends.

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  6. Oh, I absolutely love it! It is a bold combination, but it REALLY REALLY works! So creative. And the bangles add that extra umpf. Well done.
    I am beginning to mix colors I would have never ever dreamed of , like blue and red or green and red, red and pink...stripes and florals is also one of my fav out of the comfort zone combos.
    Have a great weekend! :)

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  7. Amazing! I like how you say, it may not match, but it goes. And whatever you've done with the hem of the blouse...rolled? tucked? gathered? its just so pretty that way.

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  8. Add me to the list of people who agree that it goes, even if it doesn't match. This is amazing pattern mixing, and as someone who generally hasn't got the nerve to do any pattern mixing more daring than wearing a boldly-patterned scarf with another print, you have my deepest admiration. (But you had that anyway, I suppose!)

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  9. So nice we got the same idea. I love it when i rediscover my clothes and i'm crazy for remixing.I think that knots help to control the fit of clothes and I plan to experiment more this summer!

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  10. Gracey, I would have NEVER put those two together...and I would seriously have missed out! You look gorgeous and ethereal. Just delicate and lovely! I can see why you're loving this! Hugs girly! ~Serene

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  11. This outfit is pure perfection...I am still too scared to pattern mix, but you seriously rocked it!!! I tend to stay in my comfort zone but I have branched out on an occasion or 2.

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  12. I totally thought this was a neato sundress until you said otherwise! Man, you...you...suck for being so awesome. Yeah. Okay, I'm in complete awe of this combo. I never would have tried it myself, but it looks FANTASTIC!

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  13. i love how the shirt is tied up! so creative!

    <3 steffy
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  14. I agree with the ladies who said they thought this was a sundress on first glance...these articles of clothing were made for each other!

    This is the sort of thing that encourages me to try and get into the groove and not be too nervous. After all, it's only clothing! (Only clothing...pfft, ha.)

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  15. I love it because it is totally risky. I never would have thought of pairing these items together, but it looks faaaaabulous!!!

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  16. its cute.. and the style fits you well...!! at least you are experimenting with patterns- you never know what great outfit will come out of it... throw caution to the wind and be adventurous (is what I say!!)
    looking gooooood!! xoxo J

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  17. I LIKE this combo! How do you secure the top?

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  18. It totally works -- brilliantly! I would love this outfit for myself! You look beautiful.

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  19. why doesn't this work? your prints are totally harmonizing. I love it.

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  20. loving the mixed patterns on this. so beautiful and what great color!!!

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  21. I definitely agree. The patterns don't match, but they GO. And they go really well! You mixed them effortlessly, and it had a lovely effect.

    xoxo
    Em

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