I always thought I was pattern shy, but actually I am just pattern picky. I love some and loathe some and some just aren't right for me. Because of this I don't have a lot of patterned clothing but when I find something I really do like I pounce! Mixing patterns, while I know how to do it, never came easily to my wardrobe because I usually just don't have the right mix. As a lover of floral patterns and paisley, and not being too fond of graphic prints, dots, stripes or leopard (am I the only woman in the world who isn't fond of leopard except on the leopards themselves?) my patterned clothing just wasn't ever very mixable. Until recently that is. I have lately been buying stripes. In fact my wardrobe is looking positively stri-ped, with a dress, a skirt, two pairs of capri pants and even a striped tee shirt, which I had always shunned as being too much of a contrived french look.
The creative juices have been flowing lately... oh damn a cliche just crept into my writing. I've been painting and writing and enjoying getting dressed. I am attempting to keep the writing short here today, because a lot of pictures are about to follow. Can I actually keep this down to two paragraphs? That's doubtful but I'm going to stop nattering here and leave the rest of the text to comment on some of the photos. Someone tie my hands behind my back now because my fingers are just an extension of my brain and thoughts keep flowing...
Next week I'm going out to a poetry night at The Grotto. It struck me that poetry nights are rather beatnik so I wanted to wear black. I began to play around with the items I wanted to wear, particularly attempting to mix the patterns because I do have more than one plain black skirt but that wasn't what I wanted here.
I am crazy about this skirt. It's a bit odd, but still flattering to wear. It has a pattern of black and white but on the bottom it's blue and white. Under the black part is a lining, but it's sheer at the blue part. If you look closely at my leg on the right you can see that a bit of skin shows through. Oooh how daring and avante garde! (Keit stop laughing)
Okay, moving on to what I am actually wearing today. No prints were mixed unfortunately. And lately I seem to have a bad case of blurry face. Fire the photographer!
The entire outfit in the last picture is thrifted, and the cute little top is part of a twin set but I never wear them together. That would be a cliche and I never use a cliche!
Linking up to Anne's 52 Pick Me Up- Pattern Mix....check it out at Spy Girl