Pattern mixing has been floating around the fashion and blog world as far back as I can remember. Throughout the years, I am sure I have unconsciously styled mixed. Put a printed scarf with a tweed dress and you are wearing two patterns. Have I ever put something together with the sole purpose to mix patterns? No, at least not until today.
Multi pattern design has been around for years, centuries even. Sometimes it was out of necessity. Throughout the ages, humans have used scraps of material to create practical and beautiful multi-patterned objects. Quilting is just one example.
During World War II, European fabric was hard to come by in the United States. To keep American woman fashionable, Claire McCardell designed frocks from different patterns of humble American gingham. Adrian, another American designer, used various striped cotton poplin for evening dresses.
I love design. For this article, I spent probably way too much time looking for samples of pattern mixing in different time periods and different media–but it was so much fun! Knowing a few might not share my passion, I didn’t include most of my findings here. However, if you are interested in seeing a more historical viewpoint of pattern mixing, you may visit my newest page on MeadowTree: Mixing It Up.
But it’s time to find out how I decided to go about doing this pattern mixing.
Nothing is new here. I looked at what I owned and went for it. Owning an abundance of black and white, I decided to keep all pattern mixing to those polar opposites. The black and white patterns are created with:
- 8’ x 54’ black and white abstract sea shell motif Vera scarf (eBay)
- Black and white stripped ¾ sleeve Liz Claiborne 100 % cotton knitted top-I have had this for years, from when there was a Liz Claiborne company and it sold in stores such as Dillards.
- Black and white tweed flats by Dolce Vita (new from eBay)
I consider the quilted Big Buddha bag also a pattern because of its texture. Big Buddha bags are trendy but not especially well made. If carried everyday, they may only last six months (my daughter’s experience). Some years ago, this Buddha bag called to me from the clearance table at TJ Maxx. The bag’s quilted pattern called to mind the cable pattern knitters term ‘The Horseshoe Cable”. The bag functions for me as storage for my three vintage Koret bags. It is usually a bag full of bags!
The Pop of Color
Just one strong color is needed to make black and white pop. I found it with my turquoise jacket (with one awesome button) by Juliana Collezione (eBay). Julian Collezione was a multi level direct marketing enterprise that I am sure is no longer in existence. I really don’t know anything about the company or when it operated, but the items I found are excellent quality and usually made in America.
Other objects used in this styling are black and white jewelry (flea market) and Marc Jacob’s sunglasses (The RealReal).
So what do you think? I liked the outcome of this exercise and even wore the outfit to help judge a student art show.
2nd Loved 1st Friday Blogger Spotlight
This week’s spotlight is on Jodie of Jodie’s Sense of Style. Jodie’s blog is very unique because she styles along with her mother and stepmother for a 50/60/70’s viewpoint.
Jodie is another high/low stylist; mixing new with seconded loved and from her closet (sounds like someone else I know). She is always innovative and isn’t afraid to try something adventurous. Jodie is one who encouraged me to explore pattern mixing–and I’m so glad I did.
Remember, you can still link up to 2nd Loved 1st Friday until the next 1st Friday. To be featured, your contribution must tell us what you have used that is bought “not new” such as finding things at thrift shops or on-line consignment shops, etc.
Links To Places and Designers Mentioned in This Article
Mixing It Up– images I found when researching pattern mixing.
That wraps it up for this style adventure So adieu until next time and in the meantime….
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Michael gets credit for the blog photos today. Thank you to a couple of friends who snapped some Instagram shots for me.