A week or so ago, I posted a gallery of animal-print pieces with some off-season buys. Now that fall lines have been released, the animals are out en masse. Here are a few favorites...
...the printed pants, that is.
A year or so ago, printed pants--in everything from polka dot to brocade--hit the scene hard. Now I find they're on sale!
Is it because they aren't as popular as they used to be? Or are you wearing them regularly & ready to bring back out your cropped ones for spring?
Printed pants can take you to work, out for lunch, to an afternoon gathering, or out for the night because of their playful styles & dressy fabrics. They're easy to match with (black, white, cream). The only tricky part, I think, can be the shoes.
Are you the one wearing the pants?
In jacquard, brocade, sateen, & medallion prints
In animal print
In black & white
In florals & nature patterns
In artistic designs
At first it may go against everything in your nature. But one of the best ways to get more of your wardrobe into circulation is to pair opposites--opposite styles, opposite colors, opposite fabrics.
Opposite Styles: Dressy & Casual or High/Low
You have work/dress clothes, & you have weekend/play clothes--never the two shall meet? But do you have some work/dress clothes that are so dressy they're too much trouble to wear? Or you feel too conservative & dressed up in them? Pull out your t-shirts & jeans. See if you might match some dressier items with them.
Dressy jacket, jeans Suit, camo tee
Dressy skirt & t-shirt Dressy skirt & casual sweater
Opposite Colors (maybe not opposite but unexpected): Deep Red + Icy Blue; Deep Purple + Green
We're used to pairing black with its polar opposite white. But don't stop there: try other unlikely mates.
Deep red & icy blue:
Click on the photo above for more examples of cranberries & icy blue paired together.
Deep purple & green
Opposite Fabrics: Thick & Thin
You've been struggling for ages to pair the fabrics just right--a silky blouse with a silky jacquard skirt, for example.
This matchmaking is hard work and may result in just one outfit. So why not try a wool sweater with a lace or tulle skirt? A silk blouse with a tweed or corduroy skirt? Who knew they'd get along so well?
Wool sweaters, lace & tulle skirts
Velvet skirt, summer blouse Tweed skirt; silky, lacy blouse
What do you think? Do the combos work?
Let's help each other get more of our clothes into action. Please share other styles we might mix, color combinations we should try, fabrics we might pair together.
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A clean white cotton shirt makes me feel fresh & put together no matter how messy I feel inside.
Fun to pair with printed pants or shorts. Always classic with jeans.
I have to repurchase them now & then because they turn yellowish after a while.
It's actually a little hard to find the right white shirt. Here's what I look for:
--feminine cut, not boxy
--the right length to tuck or untuck
Here are 4 such shirts and a few ways to style them:
1. J.C. Penny Joe Fresh Poplin Button-front Shirt J. C. Penny Joe Fresh Poplin Button-front Shirt, $19
This Joe Fresh shirt is the most affordable of the choices.
Try it with bright printed pants or shorts.
2. New York and Company Classic Stretch Button Front Shirt
4. J. Crew Factory White Button-down Shirt
If you find something you absolutely love, should you buy multiples? I say Yes! Of course, it depends what it is… if it’s the perfect white shirt, absolutely—you can wear one anywhere and save the other for VIE (Very Important Events). If it’s a unique dress, with few available, that’s a harder call: will you be able to use it for more than one purpose, wear one to the point of wearing it out? Is it affordable? Will it stay in style a year from now? What’s something that you’ve bought more than one of? Do you make good use of the second copy?
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