How To Wear Black And White Patterns And Leaky Boots

I am absolutely gutted! One of the comfiest pair of boots I’ve ever owned has sprung a leak. After putting together this outfit shoot showing how to wear black and white patterns, I went for a bit of a wander around Ramsgate and the heavens opened. My boots filled up quicker than a belle at a ball’s dance card – I ended up squelching my way around the town ☹️

In all fairness, I have had them for around six years and they have been worn to death. I’m still hoping that a good cobbler will be able to bring them back from the dead – but I’m not holding my breath. Even Andrew with his talent for up-cycling my shoes, sadly handed them back to me and suggested a burial at sea.

Ah well, it does mean I’ll have to look for another pair, which means a shopping spree — always a bright side people, always a bright side 😀

Anyway, back to black and white patterns and how to wear them. There are five different things happening in this outfit:

  • The zigzag on my coat
  • The geometric print on my bag
  • The stripes on my scarf
  • The checks on my gloves
  • The plaid on my trousers

It sounds a bit too much when listed out, but I think it works. Which just goes to show that the ‘rules’ are not only outdated, most of them are a load of rubbish!

The best way of finding out if something works is simply by giving it a go. This outfit started with the jacket that Andrew bought for me on a recent trip to China (yes, he has awesome taste).  As the jacket has quite a low v-neck, I added the scarf to keep out the Winter chill. I liked the look so I kept adding pieces from my wardrobe until I reached my pattern mixing satisfaction – then topped it off with a hat for good measure.

How to wear black and white patterns | Pattern mixing | Wearing zig zag Zara coatigan, check black and white gloves, grey hat for Autumn, black and white scarf | The Barefaced Chic, a style blog for women in the fifties.
How to wear black and white patterns | Pattern mixing | Wearing zig zag Zara coatigan, check black and white gloves, grey hat for Autumn, black and white scarf | The Barefaced Chic, a style blog for women in the fifties.
How to wear black and white patterns | Pattern mixing | Wearing zig zag Zara coatigan, check black and white gloves, grey hat for Autumn, black and white scarf | The Barefaced Chic, a style blog for women in the fifties.
How to wear black and white patterns | Pattern mixing | Wearing zig zag Zara coatigan, check black and white gloves, grey hat for Autumn, black and white scarf | The Barefaced Chic, a style blog for women in the fifties.
Wearing a black and white striped Zara coat | How to wear black and white patterns | Pattern mixing | Wearing zig zag Zara coatigan, check black and white gloves, grey hat for Autumn, black and white scarf | The Barefaced Chic, a style blog for women in the fifties.
How to wear black and white patterns | Pattern mixing | Wearing zig zag Zara coatigan, check black and white gloves, grey hat for Autumn, black and white scarf | The Barefaced Chic, a style blog for women in the fifties.
Jacket – Zara / Gloves – Small boutique in Whitstable / Scarf – Charity shop / Trousers – New Look / Hat – Peacocks / Belt – really, really old / Boots – So old I can’t remember (Clarks maybe), but they were probably made from the petals of a rose and sewn by elves with gossamer thread 😉

Yep, I’m going to keep on pattern mixing, and wearing bright colours, and showing my arms and — rule book, meet window!

So will you be giving pattern mixing a go, or are you a pattern mixing aficionado?

4 Comments

  1. March 10, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    I’m a fairly new passenger on the print mixing bandwagon but I admit, I’ve quite fallen in love with the concept.

    • March 13, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      I think it’s just a case of giving it a go Sheela. Get this creative juices flowing! Good luck on the path to pattern mixing.
      Michelle

  2. Joanna
    March 20, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    Never would have guessed all these patterns would work together. You were brave to mix so many. I suppose they work because they are the same colours (black & white). You look fabulous in this outfit. I’d like to add that you have a beautiful smile.
    I don’t suppose you will even see this comment, as it comes a year later but I wanted to respond, nevertheless.

    • March 21, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Hi Joanna
      Yes, it was quite brave for me back then, I was still experimenting with pattern mixing. I’m still on my style journey and learning new things every day.
      Thank you for the compliment and thank you so much for commenting. Comments are shown to as they are published, so your’s came in today even though it was left on a post that is a year old.
      Michelle xx

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