Friday, April 26, 2013

a thrifted outfit, and how to pair florals with stripes

how to wear stripes and florals together

An experiment with florals + stripes!



how to wear stripes and florals together

I've been wanting to try combining stripes and florals for a while now...I love this look but could never quite figure out how to pull it off together. Then, as I was taking this cardigan out of rotation (I never seem to wear it!) I noticed how perfectly it complimented this floral dress! Bam! This outfit was born!

how to wear stripes and florals together

Old Navy Cardigan: thrifted on this trip, $3.98
Dress: thrifted on this trip, $4.50
Shoes: Old (I bought them last year while visiting Boise...he he, now I live here!) from Burlington   Coat Factory $7.99
La Bagagerie leather Purse: Thrifted, $2.98 (these retail for around $400 new! Crazy!)
Necklace: Self made using a variation of this tutorial: free
Sunglasses: Thrifted, $3.99

how to wear stripes and florals together

I LOVE this outfit! And I am particularly in love with my mint green necklace, I think it adds a fun pop of color to just about everything. I've been wearing it almost every day, with everything! I used a variation on the "Miss Pink" necklace tutorial to make it, and I may be posting soon on how I did it because I am making one in another color, stat!

I've got a few tips for pulling off stripes and florals together:

1. Wear 1 striped piece and 1 floral piece, no more!

2. Wear two tone stripes, think black on white, pink and white, beige and black, etc.

3. Make sure you stripes match one of the colors in your floral! This shouldn't be hard, because generally florals have at least three + colors to choose from.

4. Make sure your stripes are in proportion to your floral pattern, no pinstripes with a gigantic florals! (Although, you can wear it the opposite way, teensy delicate florals with a big bold stripe).

5. Generally speaking, the bigger each pattern is, the better they work together. Tiny stripes + tiny florals = craziness on the eyes.

~Jessica

24 comments:

  1. You perfectly pulled off the mixed patterns trend. I love these colors!

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  2. I love stripes and floral together and this dress is darling! I love that everything is thrifted, that's so awesome! And you made this gorgeous necklace? I'm going to have to check out this tutorial asap because I'm obsessed!
    Stopping by from the Casual Friday link-up.
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I did make the necklace, it was a variation on the technique I used to make one for my daughter. I just clustered the beads together at bottom instead of evenly spacing them all over the chain. Easy! And I have to say, I'm OBSESSED with it! I am wearing it with everything right now!

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  3. This looks beautiful! So cheerful!

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  4. Super cute outfit! The picture drew me in instantly! I'm stopping by from the Sew Can Do link-up but also a new follower! :)

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  5. I never would have thought to put the two together, but they look great!

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    1. thank you so much! I would never have thought of it either, it was just chance that I happened to put them next together in my closet!

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  6. visiting from sew can do. I love the whole outfit. So much better for getting it at a thrift shop

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  7. I love that outfit! Perfect pairing!!

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  8. visiting from the link up!! love love this print mix! and the colors! stunning for spring xo

    http://myotherclosetiscouture.blogspot.com

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  9. Great tips. =) You look gorgeous!!
    ~Callie
    www.creationsbycallie.com

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  10. Great look! Love the bright colors!

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  11. Love the colors and those two patterns go together PERFECTLY! Love to have you share this over at my link party!
    http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2013/04/homemade-by-you-49.html

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    1. Thank you so much! I will do that!

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  12. great pair! thanks for linking up with dress for the day!

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  13. I love this outfit, too! I think that cardi works perfectly with the dress. :)

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  14. Love how you mixed the floral with stripes. Great combo. Cute look =)

    Tiffany
    Cocoajade.blogspot.com

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  15. It works! Beautiful....and I do admire the mint green necklace. I'm loving florals and stripes together lately. Thanks for the tips! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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