Sunday, January 27, 2013

Plaid & Stripes

For the past week in Boston the weather has been frigid. I'm talking full body numbness by the time I get to class. Although I haven't been able to feel my face for most of the week, I secretly enjoy the cold weather for the sole reason of being able to pile on the layers and wear my red hat. 










Plaid flannel: J.Crew (similar) // Sweater: Madewell (similar) // Jeans: American Eagle (similar) // Boots: Sperry Top-Sider // Hat: Madewell (similar) // Jewelry: Alex and Ani
Photos Taken By: Drew McLoon

It was about 10 degrees when we took these photos. I'd say I handled the weather pretty well. But anyway, I'd like to talk about pattern mixing specifically with plaids and stripes. These two patterns seem bold enough to wear on their own, and some may think that they should never be paired together. Both of these statements are somewhat true. However plaids and stripes work here because of the color palate. As long as you stick to the same color palate in both patterns, you can pretty much do whatever you like. 

In this outfit I chose basic colors--navy, green, red, and white. The touch of plaid in the flannel spices up the basic striped sweater. But notice how I kept it simple on the bottom with solid, dark skinny jeans and boots that match the other colors. As long as the colors of the patterns go together, the pattern mixing should work. It's fun and adds a twist to an otherwise basic outfit. The extra layers will keep you warm, too. Just make sure that you don't over do it (always add a solid element, like my dark jeans, to a busy top or bottom), and you'll be good to go. Let me know what you think! I'd love to see how you mix patterns, as well.

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