27 January 2014

Mixing and Matching

mix + match

Mixing it around and matching it up for today's outfit. I first grabbed this scarf and it all went up- (or down-, depends if you like the outfit, haha) hill from there.

As much as I am bad at planning an outfit, when it comes time to actually put something together so I can wear it, I usually start by grabbing a piece that stands out to me and building from there. For this ensemble, the scarf caught my eye first because it hasn't nearly gotten enough love lately. Then I automatically reached for this vest because I've worn it with the scarf before and liked it together. Then the tee because it is new, and because herringbone and stripes need to be with each other, right? Finally the shoes - do I even need to explain the shoes? (And they're patent and a low heel - practically an all-weather shoe!)

mix + match mix + match

Vest: J.Crew excursion (worn here - latest in solid, sim in taupe, furry)
Top: J.Crew jeweled stripe (same in more sizes)
Jeans: Levis (worn here - sim, sim)
Scarf: Loft (worn here - sim, B&W, pricey)
Earrings: J.Crew crystal shimmer (worn here - sim smaller)
Bracelets: F21 luxe faux pearl set, J.Crew (sim, spiked), Rachel Leigh (sim striped)
Shoes: Audrey Brooke via DSW mary (worn here - sim, slingback)
Bag: J.Crew claremont (sim, smaller)

mix + match

mix + match

mix + match

54 comments:

  1. I often build outfits backwards too, I start with the accessories and figure out what goes with them. :) Yours all works!

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  2. I'm bad at planning outfits too! I never stick with what I pick out..! LOL

    PS - OMG Loving those shoes so so much - may need to purchase....... :)

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  3. Love this. The scarf up near your face is perfect as the colours really light it up! Plus I like a good stripe based outfit.

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  4. My dear, this is impeccable ! You have the amazing ability to mix and always getting it right.

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  5. I really like how this came together! I usually plan an outfit around a particular piece too.

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  6. I love all of the prints you have going on! The heels are such a fun addition to this outfit and perfect for a gray, frigid Monday!!!

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  7. You look cute as always and I always love your eye for mixing colors and patterns. Always look forward to your looks.
    Thanks!
    Rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.com

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  8. Do you get tired of looking perfectly polished in every outfit? You are always so chic!

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    1. Haha! Come visit me when I'm just at home - I am FAR from polished!

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  9. I so love this eclectic look. The scarf makes it…so I can really tell you started off with it.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. That scarf just pops! I love it mixed with the other patterns.
    ~jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  11. That scarf and vest were meant to be worn together :)

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  12. I am lusting after those shoes! Oh my gosh they are so beautiful.
    Your pattern mixing is so artistic, Lisa. Really, you are so excellent at it.
    xo,cynthia

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  13. That scarf is gorgeous! I love the way it looks up against the herringbone and stripes.

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  14. I am infinitely jealous over this vest. I really like how you styled it here Lisa!

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    1. What finally converted me on these quilted vest things is that they're actually warm!

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  15. I've been waiting to try this combo, now I know I need to you look great! I'm with you, when I know what I want to wear I wear it!

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  16. such fab heels!! Love the layers in this outfit!!

    Animated Confessions

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  17. Lisa, I absolutely adore this outfit! It all blends. Love that vest and stripey tee! The scarf looks great and those shoes. I've gotta get a pair of red patent shoes. The bows on them and your jewelry top it off. Pinned this! Love it!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  18. One of the main reasons I follow your blog religiously is because you create the most ingenious and thoughtful ensembles that don't make me want to shop. It's like I'm admiring art, you know? So I know, when I open my Respect the Shoes link, I won't be tempted to shop or dupe your look - you're in a league of your own. But a very accessible, non-intimidating league. Argh. What am I saying? I'll just shut up now and say I lurve this outfit in so many ways. Happy Monday! :D

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    1. Haha, aw, thanks! But feel free to dupe - we're all here to inspire each other with our outfit ensembles and make us all think of new ways to wear our clothing, right?

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  19. Adorable outfit! I like the idea of grabbing one piece of clothing at a time and then building an outfit around that one article. I'm trying to do this more with older pieces from my wardrobe in order to make them new.

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    1. Good point! I am so guilty for pulling something out of my closet and realizing that I hadn't worn it yet in a season! Yikes - too much stuff ...

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  20. I do like this outfit! I think it all works. And those shoes? I mean come on. Awesome!


    Jenni

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  21. Gorgeous outfit on you!! I love the red pumps a lot~~!! xo
    Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

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  22. great tip on where to begin an outfit! thanks, going to try that out! :)

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  23. Love everything about this outfit! I tend to pick out a piece of clothing/accessory that I want to wear and work from there. I am in love with those heels - are they comfy?

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. The love heel makes it work. They pretty much smashed my toes the first time I wore them, but they're much better now. Granted I wouldn't wear these things walking around for 10 hours straight or anything, but they're not bad for non-expensive shoes!

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  24. Love the bright scarf with the herringbone and stripes! :) Sometimes I build my outfits around my accessories too :)

    Away From Blue

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  25. This is the best pattern mixing I've seen in awhile. That scarf is incredible!

    (If you're interested, my current giveaway is for a delicate sterling silver arrow necklace from Chloe + Isabel.)

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  26. I love that those pumps are 'an all weather shoe' too funny! I think the scarf is beautiful and must admit I've got a bunch of printed scarves who do not get nearly enough love in my wardrobe.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I think I need more printed scarves, they are a great accessory!

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  27. I love all the mixing of prints here! Fun yet chic!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Headband Giveaway!

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  28. Aaaahhh, that herring bone vest is stunning!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    Dubai UAE

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  29. I love the mix of patterns up top, and those shoes are adorable!

    Kendra
    http://closetconfections.com

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  30. gorgeous! I often get dressed based on an accessory...like, this time of year the tights come first and then whatever 'matches' in an interesting way (that I can find among the clutter...sigh) This is lovely, and looks simultaneously warm and springy!

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    1. I'm so against wearing tights this winter ... good thing it's been mild so far in the SE (except now, now we get "icepocalypse" da-da-DA!)

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  31. I love how this came together! That scarf is gorgeous and I adore those shoes!

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  32. Such a cute look! I love the mixing of patters. And those shoes are too cute!!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  33. Great pattern mixing :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  34. This is such a great vest! I love that it has a fun herringbone pattern. Also, this outfit with the scarf-- totally genius!

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  35. I love the way you put these patterns together!

    I take a similar approach to getting dressed. I just hate putting a total outfit together the night before, putting it on, and hating it. So much easier when you're sure about just one thing.

    xoxo Jackie
    Something About That

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  36. How fabulous are those shoes? Red, patent leather and a bow! What more can you ask for? Thanks for putting the slingback option...I can't wear normal heels.

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  37. I can't stop staring at your shoes Lisa!! Shoe perfection!! I love all the pattern mixing too :)

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  38. You are right.. Easy. Just would not have thought of putting the vest and the T together. Apparently to you it is like one and one is two...
    Looks great.
    Greetje

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  39. I love those lady like shoes!
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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