Pattern Mixing In London Town

On day two of our recent London adventure, I decided to wear a bit of an eclectic mix of patterns. I’m kind of new to pattern mixing, but I’m enjoying the challenge of creating a look that is completely unique. I also get an enormous amount of pleasure when I throw things together that, at least in theory, shouldn’t work.

Take this lightweight cardigan for instance. The ‘old’ me would have teamed it with a plain black tee, which would have looked fine. But worn over a striped top with a subtly coloured bobble scarf — BAM! Some of you may love it, some of you may hate it. But that’s what fashion is all about isn’t it? Experimenting, having fun and wearing things you love. And I, dear reader, loved this look 🙂

Standing next to a sign for Blackfriars Bridge in London wearing an eclectic mis of patterns

Looking down whilst standing on Blackfriars Bridge

A very clingy bag on Blackfriars Bridge

Leaning against Blackfriars Bridge whilst wearing an eclectic mix of patterns

Close up of a scarf with unusual pattern mixing

Standing at a bus stop in London wearing a mix of unusual patterns

Smiling on Blackfriars Bridge

Close up of the sparkles on my bag

Walking along Blackfriars Bridge wearing clothes that show a lot of pattern mixing

Trousers – River Island / Top – New Look / Necklace & Earrings – M & S / Cardigan – Izabel London / Scarf – Bought from a small boutique in Whitstable / Shoes – Miss KG (old) / Bag – Bought in a small boutique in Wales

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As this post airs I’ll be at a blogging convention, and I may very well be wearing this outfit. I’ll let you know if it was a hit with the other bloggers. I’d love to know your thoughts on pattern mixing. Do you think I nailed it or failed it? Do leave me a comment.



  1. May 17, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Good to meet you yesterday. Lovely photos.

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:53 am

      Thank you!
      It was so much fun meeting you all. It was weird seeing everyone in 3D 🙂
      Michelle xx

  2. May 18, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Do I think you nailed it? Absolutely! In fact, I was very envious of that scarf. I secretly lusted after it at the blogger meet it was just so much my kinda scarf! It’s funny that you’re on Blackfriars Bridge. 3 days a week, I work literally about 5 minutes walk away from that bridge!
    It was weird seeing everyone in 3D but at the same time such alot of fun.
    Hope you got to Wales ok!

    • May 19, 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Ah, I was within mins of you and didn’t know!
      I had such a great time, despite nearly strangling myself with the very scarf you lusted after. I got it caught in a top I was trying on and was well and truly stuck 🙂
      Michelle xx

  3. May 20, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    You look stunning here with your mixed media outfit; love it! AND I love that bag too. It is so great that you’re having fun experimenting with and winning at style! xx

    • May 23, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks Lisa.
      The bag is actually one of my favourites. I’ve had it for a few years now, and it’s missing a few sequins. But I’ll forgive it’s baldness because it makes me smile 🙂
      Michelle xx

  4. May 21, 2016 / 12:00 am

    Absolutely perfect pattern mixing, subtle and spectacular! If you want to step the pattern mixing up a notch, what about a striped tee underneath in a brighter color palette? Like a red and black stripe or pink and white? I think that would look darling! If you try it, please do let me know if it worked! Great post!


    • May 23, 2016 / 5:08 pm

      Oh, I like the idea of pink and white stripe. I may just try that Shelbee!
      Michelle xx

  5. May 22, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Relaxed yet fun styling – Perfect for London where there can often be too much grey & too much walking!

    • May 23, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Oh there was sooooooo much walking! The shoes were comfy though, and sparkly 🙂
      Michelle xx

  6. May 23, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    I love this look! I too am always afraid to mix patterns. When it is done right, though, it looks great! Also I hope you had a blast in London!


    • May 25, 2016 / 9:59 am

      I used to be afraid of patterns, colours, etc. I’m still experimenting and learning what works and what doesn’t (for me). I think it’s a case of give it a go, you never know if you don’t try 🙂
      I had a ball in London, thanks Nina x

  7. May 24, 2016 / 6:55 am

    I’m a huge fan of pattern mixing too, and you’ve achieved this with such a playful touch today Michelle. The bag and shoes keep the styling light and fun too. Very cute x

    • May 25, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Thanks Anna!
      Those shoes have taken me on many an adventure. I love that they are really comfy, but are also sparkly and fund.
      Michelle xx

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