Mixing prints with caution!!

mixing prints

Whist I love to see others mixing prints, I’m a little more cautious when it comes to styling it on myself. I think it’s one of those looks that sits on the border-line between looking messy and stylish. You get it right and it looks well put together but with the slightest tweak too far it can fall completely flat. There are people who can effortlessly pull off this look but if I tried it I’d look like I’ve played Russian roulette with my wardrobe. Now, there’s a new styling technique I can try. Close my eyes and wear whatever I pull out of my wardrobe!

In this outfit I’ve been playing around with mixing prints. I’ve stuck to the fundamental rule and kept a constant colour throughout the patterns. ie. coral red in my top picks out the coral in my floral shopper.

Coral in all it’s varying shades seems to be my preferred colour this season as I’m also wearing it in this post here! mixing prints

In this look I’ve added the contrasting print in my floral bag. Accessories are my fail safe tip for mixing prints. I know of many stylish women over 40 who can successfully wear a top and bottoms in contrasting prints. Catherine aka Not Dressed As Lamb being one stylish lady who has effortlessly pulled this trend off in this post here. Yet I don’t feel comfortable when I try it – I feel a little mashed up and unkempt!

Accessories are my fail safe tip for mixing prints.

Maybe that’s just me, maybe not – I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! As I think up new material, for this blog, I’m finding I’m trying new ideas much more often so I’ll mark this trend as a work in progress. For the moment I’ll stick to my classic and co-ordinated, Gin and Tonic style boundaries. Although I wouldn’t say no to venturing into wearing a spotted scarf with a striped breton and leopard print wedges with a floral dress. Just as long as they have corresponding colours! mixing prints I love this vibrant striped top from Monsoon. It sits nicely between casual and smart casual. Worn with my frayed edge denim shorts and gladiator style sandals it’s casual enough for a pic-nic on the beach. It then transforms into a classy evening outfit when teamed with a pair of white wide leg trousers or crops. I’ve styled it in these photos, with my white jeans and red espadrilles and my bag from Aldo which is now out of stock. However check their new arrivals here. All set for shopping and lunch with the girls.

The only gripe I’ve got about off the shoulder tops is the pesky problem of them slipping off my shoulders. Here’s how to solve it:

I know I’m not alone as recently there’s been many how to videos doing the rounds on facebook. I’ve posted one here on my page. But here’s my step by step guide which pretty much covers what the video explains!

Take 4 safety pins and a couple of big elastic bands. If you find the rubber bands pinch a little use hair bands. Ensure they’re long enough to fit front to back under your arms. Fasten the pins to the front and back on both sides of your top see below. They need to make straps that will sit under your armpits. Ensure they’re pinned to seams to prevent the material tearing. Insert your arms so the elastic bands sit under your arm pits.

Et voila! – you can move you hands above your head without your off shoulder top riding up.

Sometimes the safety pins come undone, and believe me you’ll know about it! So I’ve only ever used this as a quick fix as I stitch elastic in the same way into all my off the shoulder tops. I’ve found it more comfortable! Why they don’t already come with this design feature is beyond me!

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I’d love to hear what you think about my print mixing and if you have any ideas that have worked for you. Don’t be shy about commenting below! Until next time my lovely stylistas – have fun putting the joy into your style!

Jo xx



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Summer Wedding Outfits on a Budget

summer wedding outfits

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Style tips for over 40’s – Don’t give up on a look you love because you think it doesn’t suit you!

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At last a t-shirt that slims and doesn’t cling!

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