Winter Style Challenge – Day Five // Pattern Mixing

Hooray! Ten days of inspirational style prompts. God knows I need some! Check out Kayla’s post explaining the challenge here if you would like to play along.


So as I mentioned when we talked about embracing trends the other day, I don’t have A LOT of items of clothing with patterns to mix. Actually the truth is, I just don’t really have a lot of items of clothing. What happens when you lose 100 lbs is that you must REPLACE YOUR ENTIRE WARDROBE. While this sounds like fun in theory, it gets a tad expensive and so you learn to be efficient without being boring. My closet right now – it’s efficient. But efficiently full of only solids and stripes, really. Don’t believe me? This is it, friends:

And every single item has been purchased in the last 12 months. I do have another rack of outerwear and a couple dresses, but besides what you see the only other thing you’re missing is some dressers full of workout clothes, underwear and socks. And no one needs to see my sock drawer, okay?

That was a lengthy intro to let you know that I’m not trying to take the easy way out with today’s challenge, but that my options are limited. So the only patterned things I have, I’m wearing (and mixing) today!
Winter Style Challenge

Stripes and Polka Dots! It will have to do 🙂
Winter Style Challenge


Scarf: Gap Outlet
Jacket: Jones New York via Ross
Shirt: Banana Republic
Jeans: Old Navy The Flirt
Heels: Target
Bracelet: Banana Republic Outlet

So that was my valiant effort! More patterns are on my list because it is clearly a place that my wardrobe needs to grow. Noted. But I can’t wait to get inspiration from everyone else participating today because pattern mixing sort of scares me.

I’m off to go check it out in the flickr pool.

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4 Responses to Winter Style Challenge – Day Five // Pattern Mixing

  1. sizzle says:

    I LOVE polka dots and stripes together. Looks great! I had a similar issue with not having a lot of pattern in my wardrobe. I’m pretty sure I see a thrift store/Target run in my future this weekend.

  2. Kristin says:

    I think your outfit is so cute! I love it. Thanks for sharing your closet, mine is similar and I always feel like I need more, more, more. Makes me think about what I can do with what I already have!

  3. Megan W says:

    Love your pattern mixing outfit! That’s exactly what I would have done! I’m a stripes girl and I do have some patterened scarves that I love, so I would have gone that way, too. I also would have spent the day wondering if people thought I clashed, haha 🙂

    You look great, keep it up!

  4. Jesabes says:

    I want to wear scarves more often. I usually put one on then talk myself out of it – no one else at work wears scarves (after they take off their coats…)