Week 3 :: of courage and pattern mixing

pink polka dot

The above collage was the initial impetus for today’s outfit.  Since I had my breakthrough with yesterday’s mint, I figured I’d go whole hog and embrace pastel glory.  The problem was that I had very few items in this palette.

Or so I thought.

(This is the part where I digress and get to the point much, much later.  Like four paragraphs later.  So if you don’t have the time or the inclination, skip down four paragraphs.)

As you may have already deduced, I am no shrinking violet.  I am adventurous and confident and assertive with my fashion choices and I try not to pigeon-hole myself into any niche because I love experimenting so much.  (My strength is also my weakness, by the way. Because I have no definitive style, my closet tends to be an equal opportunity trendsetter, opening its doors to fads like the manager at an all-you-can-eat buffet grand opening.)

I am not new to pattern mixing.  In fact, my earliest recollection of having done so was in the 7th grade when I wore grey paisley pants with a purple floral top and completed the ensemble with red pointy-toed ankle booties. No, I don’t have a picture.

I admit that I am not as fearless now, however.  Even less so when we’ve got V.I.P.s coming to visit and check out our school and our best practices. I actually debated opting out of Polka Dot Week at least for today in favor of something more sedate.

That debate lasted all of two minutes.  I guess I’ve still got a bit of the rebel in me.

For your consideration, then, is this potential fashion faux pas.  Are the patterns competing with each other?  Sure, but not any worse than the inspiration pic, I think.  And I also did try to keep things within the same color family to minimize the visual punch.  See, the rule of thumb with pattern mixing is either keep prints in contrasting size/shape or keep within the same palette.  The inspiration pic does the former and I did the latter, but only because I was super excited to find actual pastel in my closet and I wanted to wear both.   (See how I got to the point with the pastel here?)


I was gonna wear stilettos, but that was just entering too much into cougar territory, what with the bodycon skirt and all.  I chose my “sensible” (read: comfortable) heels so I could stride with confidence, a very effective insecurity buster if you ever needed one.


Sans accessories beyond the usual suspects today.  I think I’ve reached my fashion forward quota for the day.  I do want to highlight, though, my fabulous headband from France Luxe.  On sale for a mere $5, it’s a godsend when one is prone to headband headaches.  Its definitely earned its name as a comfort headband.


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Shirt – F21
Blazer – ideeli
Skirt – F21 (beginning of this season)
Shoes –  Seychelles

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9 thoughts on “Week 3 :: of courage and pattern mixing

  1. Confession: I skipped the paragraphs and went straight to your outfit. WONDERFUL! You look better than your inspo photo. OF COURSE YOU COORDINATE! It’s all B+W! Oh wait, some pink, still — A+!
    (Found you through the 40+ Challenge)

    • mtsedwards says:

      Nards! Your first visit is to one of my older posts when I sucked so bad at making collages! LOL! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words. 😀

  2. […] front of the camera.  I also feel accomplished because I challenged myself to make bold choices (Wednesday) and to go beyond mimicry and do more interpretation […]

  3. jenortega says:

    This outfit is my new favorite! I just love the description of your early pattern mixing. I can’t say my early forays were as intentional. I do have a pic though. Fifth grade with first “boyfriend” before we went to see “Romancing the Stone”. I wore a light pink plaid shirt, a dark pink skirt, ribbed navy tights and brown loafers. To this day, it gives me a headache. Gotta love the innocence that takes though.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Isn’t it funny how every day now we always find each other’s outfits “the new favorites”? We must either be getting more indiscriminate or just better at putting together ensembles. I’m so glad you’ve joined me on this journey.

  4. Del says:

    couldn’t quite tell the top was a pastel pink but i like the mix of prints. wish i was that confident 😉

    • mtsedwards says:

      You just need a little bit of that “eff it!” attitude that comes from being forty, I guess. You’ll get there soon enough!

  5. Char says:

    You know I’m not fond of mixing prints, probably Bc I don’t know how to, BUT, I like this outfit! It works! Super cute, once again! Xoxo

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I’m so glad you like it! I was REALLY nervous about this outfit but the longer I wear it, the more comfortable I become, and they do say that the outfit is all about confidence.

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