Thursday, April 7, 2011

Clash Day

Mixing patterns makes me a little silly.
T-shirt and cardigan: Target
Skirt: Anthropologie from consignment shop
Belt: Vintage from consignment shop
Sandals: Tiny shoe store in Melk, Austria
Necklace: Brian Moody

If you're wondering if I plan to wear this belt every day this week, the answer is yes. Yes, I do. I realize I have worn this belt every day since Saturday, but it's just so versatile. I also realize that I wore a belted cardigan yesterday, but I don't care because this outfit is fun and it needed a belt. It needed this belt. This is officially my new favorite accessory.

Now let's talk about my other clothes, because although a belt-only outfit would be a real fashion statement, it would definitely not be work-appropriate. I got inspired to mix some patterns today by BiblioMOMia, who mixed stripes and florals yesterday. I'm normally a little skittish about mixing patterns (the little Southern belle in my head keeps saying, "Tacky! Tacky!"), but with someone to copy, I feel much more comfortable. So I pulled out my stripes and checks and flowers, and I think this works. The patterns are in the same color palette and the effect of the stripes is diminished a little because of the cardigan, so I feel like it looks quirky and cute, rather than Clash Day during Homecoming Week.

Not that I ever participated in Clash Day. I dressed up for Homecoming Week once in eighth grade, for Oldies Day. I wore a poodle skirt and everyone else wore their normal clothes. I made myself hold my head up and bebop through the whole day in my poodle skirt, but threw it in the back of my closet as soon as I got home and never dressed up for Homecoming Week again. Which is a shame, because poodle skirts are about the most fun skirts can have.


  1. I'm glad you didn't listen to that little Southern belle, because this pattern mixing is fantastic! And I love the red cardigan with the red in that skirt!

  2. I have the same Southern belle living in my head. So far, I haven't succeeded in silencing her. Oh, well. You, on the other hand did an admirable job - perfect outfit.

  3. Thank you, ladies! I wasn't sure about this outfit at first, so I appreciate the positive feedback.

  4. Unbelievably cute! The mix of the striped top with the checked/floral skirt is sublime. And you can't get much better than black and white and red. Thanks for the mention--you know what they say about inspiration...

  5. Hi! I saw your comment on BiblioMOMia's recent post about mixing florals and stripes, and I love your outfit! She is actually my family member, and she inspired me to create a blog! I hope you start following it :)

    <3 your outfit!!!


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