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 Which just goes to show that the ‘rules’ are not only outdated, most of them are a load of rubbish!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.
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?