Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Common Sense vs. Fashion Sense

My common sense (and my friend Ferge) tells me that this skirt and top don’t work together:

But, my fashion sense insists that they do, even if I can’t explain exactly why.  I mean, even I can objectively look at this floral skirt (via Ross) and this ocelot print top (via Nordstrom) and recognize that no matter how cute the booties (Miz Mooz via Nordstrom) or how awesome the earrings (wood, via Alberta Street vendor) those pieces don’t seem right together.

And while I realize that it doesn’t seem right (and perhaps it’s not), it feels right.  At least to me.  And, as I’m the one wearing it, I’d say that’s all that matters.  It’s like this pattern-mixing outfit from this summer – I recognize that it’s not for everyone, but darn it, I really like it.  Which means I have confidence in it and I’m able to wear it like I mean it and I'd say that makes all the difference in the world.

Today’s Takeaway?  Wear what you like and you’ll have the confidence to wear it like you mean it.

Happy Tuesday, All!



  1. The confidence, and how you feel in your clothes, is all that matters!!! Now, what also matters is if you also have trouble finding shoes, like me! I have a huge foot!

  2. You look splendid, I would never even think to pair those pieces together, but they work together swimmingly!
    It's amazing how much confidence effects how you look and feel in your clothes!

  3. Both pieces have colors in common, so I think that's why it works. And you're rocking this very, very bold pattern mixing!

  4. as long as it feels right on you, thats all that matters ;)

    <3 steffy
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  5. I like it too. Really, they don't go together but something. . . maybe it's your confidence shining through. I think you look fantastic.


  6. For me, I wouldn't pair them because the patterns are too similarly-sized. But, that being said, if you like it, ROCK IT. (:

  7. If you love it, and you have the confidence - you are perfect.
    Though I would like to see how this would look with the top tucked and belted...

    Chic on the Cheap

  8. I completely agree. I know for a fact that I've worn things that don't, strictly speaking, go together. But if I like it, then I'm damn well going to wear it. So there. (Is it just me, or do I sound like a petulant three year old? You know, minus the "damn" part... I hope)


  9. i love it! pattern mixing is fun and never matches anyway. but i think it's awesome that you mixed two very bold patterns! and loving the shoes!


  10. I find pattern mixing difficult, but I love it on other people and am trying to teach myself This is a prime example!

  11. Off topic, but I thought of you at H&M yesterday. I saw this glorious bright orange midi skirt that was screaming your name. I should've taken a picture of it--I can't find it online.

  12. Pattern mixing is tricky, but you make it look so easy and good! I think your smile brings it all together!
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  13. I think you're right about the patterns working together! I love mixing weird patterns like this that don't seem to go. I'm not sure, but I think tucking the shirt in might give it a little more 'intentional' look. Either way, you have a great eye for patterns that work together!

  14. I love this today's takeaway. When I'm not sure about my outfit or think other people might find it weird, I just try to act like the whole thing was entirely intentional.

    I think this is a cool look, too. The size seems to be the key, as does your big happy smile. :D

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