For a Saturday spent relaxing and window shopping in Woodstock, Vermont, I needed a casual, comfortable look. To keep it interesting, I layered a graphic tee over a plaid button-down in coordinating colors and topped that with a military-style jacket.
For a fun, fall look, I channeled the print mixing genius of Peter Pilotto, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou. Miraculously, I got all the colors in both prints to match up, making it super easy to pull patterns together.
Since the weather at this time of year is pretty unpredictable, I layered a denim jacket over a blue blazer – both of which added texture and balanced out the formality of the look. I finished the look with blue shoes to create a cohesive color palette.
Printed Scoopneck Blouse in Green Foulard J.Crew Factory
Boy's Trucker Jacket Levi's
Blazer (old) Benetton
Café Capri in Bazaar Print J.Crew Collection
Valentina Patent Pumps in Deep Violet J.Crew
Mix prints like a pro with a common color
Find one core color that runs throughout your look, then mix together two (or three) prints that have either a contrast in style or scale. Combine geometric shapes with organic ones and large scale patterns with small ones.
For work, combine your favorite graphic tee with slim, cropped pants and shiny pumps for an eclectic, office-appropriate look. Sizable stripes contrast with small-scale dots to create depth.
Dinner & Drinks
An inverted color scheme – mint is the “foreground” color in the sweater and the “background” color in the pants – tie these two pieces together. For a truly unique look, toss another (leopard) print on the pile.
Polka Dot Sweater J.Crew Factory
Café Capri in Gilded Brocade J.Crew
Valentina Printed Patent Pumps J.Crew
Whenever I’m faced with an unseasonably temperate day, I’m also faced with the subsequent panic attack about what to wear.
Instead of dumping the entire contents of my closet onto my bed, I made the simplest outfit I could think of, using the the minimum number of pieces that could comprise an outfit. I stuck to one color and a loose top, skinny jeans silhouette and got on with my day.
Turn up the heat in summer's hottest hue
When the temperature rises, it can be tough to look pulled together without layering or over-accessorizing. Stick with simple pieces in a head-to-toe hue – then add some sort of contrast – for a bold statement.
A classic baseball tee is the perfect foil to a fitted pencil skirt. The matchy color scheme and shiny heels keep the look polished enough for the office.
Contrast Linen Baseball Tee J.Crew
Pencil Skirt H&M
Valentina Patent Pumps in Poppy J.Crew
Contrasting scale and styles of patterns – like the organic heart shapes in the shirt and the geometric dashes on the pants – play off of each other to create a unique but sophisticated look. A foolproof way to mix prints: match a color in one print to a color in the other print.
Tone down a pair of fancy pants with a plain, crewneck tee. With this much color and pattern, you don’t need to go overboard with accessories – an oversized watch or a pair of specs is plenty.