Lighthearted Pattern Mixing

Lighthearted Pattern Mixing

Happy Wednesday ladies. So many of you loved our last popup, Pam and I decided to do another one today. If you’re new here, welcome. Would you wear it is when my friend Pam and I share a mannequin and ask if you would wear what it’s modeling. Since we are both stuck at home, we’re using an image from a catalog. Many of my catalogs have stopped arriving so I’m not sure if merchants are trying to save money during this time or what’s happening.

Do you like pattern mixing? Do you feel confident doing it?

I love to hear how you could style each piece separately or of you’d try them together.

Boho is everywhere these days at a variety of price points. With life in turmoil, more of us are incorporating it’s carefree feeling into our wardrobes…including me. I am also on a hunt for the perfect kaftan to get me through the hot summer days and thinking that happy colors may be just what the doctor ordered.

I’m currently reading several things and just started this-

vicki archer new ebookVicki Archer has come out with a fabulous new ebook that I am thoroughly enjoying. I was all set to purchase it when I learned I had won a free copy! It’s a quick, enjoyable read that I highly recommend. She puts into words, the thoughts I wish I was eloquent enough to write. I think you will enjoy it. Tell Vicki I sent you.

Now let’s go over to Over 50 Feeling 40 and see the outfit there.

Be well and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. Sandy
    May 7, 2020 / 2:57 pm

    Those gold pants look absolutely sumptuous. I’d wear them with a solid tank top in one of the colors in the pant. As for the kimono, I love kimonos but this particular one just doesn’t ring my bell. I thing it’s the blue trim that’s throwing me.

  2. Bella1910
    May 6, 2020 / 7:51 pm

    LOVE the kimono with white underneath. Not fond of mixing multiple clashing colours though. A bit of boho is beautiful and is perfect for the times we are currently living in. I have multiple kimonos that I wear over either navy or black tops and pants. I dress up the look with strappy wedges or dress it down with flat sandals. A nice long co-ordinating necklace goes perfectly with a kimono.

  3. MP
    May 6, 2020 / 5:32 pm

    The kimonos are cute but I would not buy one. It would live in my closet. Boho…cute but usually too big. I have found Free People boho clothing @macys. I swim in that brand and never purchase.

  4. Dianne
    May 6, 2020 / 5:26 pm

    I love the kimonos so elegant & flowy.
    I love the look with the all white top & jeans under the open kimono .
    Mixing patterns effects me like scratching a blackboard!
    Love your blog.

  5. Paulette Levy
    May 6, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    To me this gorgeous outfit works best forsomeone in the arts or entertainment industry.
    I do like it but probably would not wear it out, just in home entertaining.
    I might change my mind once thus virus Stay Home order is lifted, but I’ve grown a tad conservative.

  6. Nancy
    May 6, 2020 / 4:39 pm

    Pattern mixing takes courage and skill. I may add a floral scarf to a striped top and I have 2 kimonos that I love to wear with matching color solid top and pants, but that is my limit. I have been tempted by boho tops but have yet to find just the right combo of embroidery to solid. S little goes a long way for me. Still looking. Nice to see some of your suggestions.

  7. Donna
    May 6, 2020 / 3:58 pm

    Floral Silk pants remind me of Pjs so no I would never wear them. In fact I’m not a floral or patterned pants kind of person regardless of the material. I’ve tried, I’ve even bought a few different pairs but I NEVER wore them and just ended up donating them.

    The kimono is beautiful but too expensive. In theory, I love it, but in actuality it’s too boho for my style.

    And it goes without saying that I would never wear the two together!

    Kudos to the women that can and do rock this look. You go girl!

  8. Rose
    May 6, 2020 / 1:29 pm

    Would never wear the gold pants, I guess I’m too conservative. I like the kimono though. Would wear it with a solid color pant. I’m also careful about mixing patterns. That outfit is too crazy.

  9. Pat
    May 6, 2020 / 12:45 pm

    I am intrigued by mixing prints, but not great at it – yet. I keep trying. One of my favorite looks is a floral skirt with a Breton Stripe top and a solid blazer or cardigan. I have a beautiful kimono jacket like the one in the first photo and I often wear it with a column of color in black or white or navy as it has royal blue and golds and burgundies in the pattern. I love the mixed print look, but I am short so I’m not sure it would work. I would definitely try it on to see. I particularly like the kimono and camisole, so if the print pants did not work I would pair those with a solid color pants.

  10. Penelope
    May 6, 2020 / 11:46 am

    Some are calling it crazy. I call it gorgeous and would rock that look for a night out, casual yet luxe. Would also like the kimono jacket with perhaps a subtle pale blue and white striped silk pant for a subtler variant on pattern mixing.

  11. Jen
    May 6, 2020 / 11:20 am

    I love the look of a mix of patterns but likely would not wear them. The closest I get is resort wear dressing where I might wear two different prints like a navy and white repeat elephant short with a blue and white ikat top. That’s about as wild as it gets! Stay safe! Xx

  12. Nancy Walden
    May 6, 2020 / 11:13 am

    I like the first look with the all-white top and pant under the print kimono. I also like the color of her shoe. It’s a great match to the model’s skin tone and elongates the look of her legs. That is important to me because, unlike the model, I have short legs! I would not wear the print pant with the print kimono. I will buy a mixed print top or dress but I won’t wear two different prints. I always pair my print tops with solids.

  13. Francesca
    May 6, 2020 / 10:58 am

    I love Johnny Was but I can’t afford the brand so occasionally I will go to the outlet store and check out prices there. Really like their silk scarves and I find those are worth the investment as they make a tee shirt look really good, and very pretty, but this would not suit me as I am 5’2 and I think the pattern would be too much for my small frame. Also I don’t have the confidence to mix patterns.
    The kimono look makes me look like I am heading to bed!

    Thanks for the fun post Jennifer !

  14. Kay
    May 6, 2020 / 10:45 am

    Pattern mixing must be done carefully. I might go for a stripe with a floral, but the colors would need to harmonize.

  15. Laura
    May 6, 2020 / 10:24 am

    It’s funky – which I love – but I wouldn’t feel confident in that outfit; folks might see a crazy, old lady who couldn’t see well instead of a fashionable woman of style. I’ve got lots of boho kimonos, wooden jewelry, long bead necklaces, hippie bags and patchouli/musky fragrances. The trick is keeping it from looking like a costume.

  16. Becky
    May 6, 2020 / 9:56 am

    I might wear the kimono with pants & wear a tank top in one of the colors in it. I wouldn’t wear the gold pattern pants under any circumstances. They are just not my style.

  17. Kathy
    May 6, 2020 / 8:50 am

    I really like the silk Kimono with the white jeans. For us tall people it is an elegant look for a special occasion or even a night out to dinner. Alas, the price is not in my budget. I would not mix the two patterns, too fussy. Thank you Jennifer for helping me think past my standard “preppy” routine. Maybe someday.

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2020 / 4:16 pm

      My pleasure Kathy. I’m trying to break out of my routines too.

  18. Peg
    May 6, 2020 / 8:06 am

    Except for my summer Johnny Was tunics and kimono, my wardrobe is neutral solid colors in minimalist styles. Usually, top and bottom are the same color. Near everything goes into the washer, including the Johnny Was linen and silk and can be dressed up or down. Each piece goes with at least 3-other things. I would wear the kimono from each look presented. In summer, they allow my arms to be covered and add interest to my very plain top and bottom while remaining cool. For a dressy look, I wear Johnny Was washable silk kimono with a slip dress. As prices climb, I look for 40%-60% sales and, also, mine eBay. Originally, I thought the silk kimono was only for dress. With encouragement from my niece and by looking at the ads, now I realize the look is appropriate for every day as well as dress. So, my cost per wear is low. I’m cool and not wrinkled. Started wearing the look and brand in 2011. All pieces look new.

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2020 / 4:16 pm

      They are classic boho. I have a dress from them that I purchased over 20 years ago

  19. Vernese Gunter
    May 6, 2020 / 7:26 am

    I design and make clothes for most sizes and shapes. I prefer and my clients also like kimonos in a cotton or linen fabric in more subtle designs or solids. Mixing the patterns can sometimes look and feel a little to busy for the body.

  20. Kirby
    May 6, 2020 / 7:02 am

    I love the Johnny Was kimono bit out of my price range. It also is on a model who is 5’10” and I am a foot shorter than her! I would love to add a kimono to my wardrobe but I’ve never seen one that was the right length for a very short statures frame.

  21. lily
    May 6, 2020 / 6:59 am

    Kimonos and kaftans remind me of Mrs. Roper and Threes Company. Hard no here. Now, if the pink print was done in a soft cotton boyfriend style shirt I would love it. That gold shade is my least favorite color.

  22. Pam Over 50 Feeling 40
    May 6, 2020 / 6:59 am

    I’m with Bea…I do enjoy occasional pattern mixing, but this is just too much and the gold pattern isn’t one I like with the other. The first picture is lovely and I would wear that as is. Would be a beautiful outfit for Mother’s Day!

  23. Lizette
    May 6, 2020 / 6:48 am

    Mixing prints? Not for me. Stretch silk sounds heavenly though.
    Earlier this year I bought a hand painted silk kimono in anticipation of a cruise on the Nile in October. Well that’s not happening :(. I’ve been wondering about wearing it around the house but the above noted coffee spilling possibility (Melissa) has kept this beauty hiding in the closet. I was planning it wear it over a long pink linen dress with spaghetti straps. Also hiding in the closet. Will they ever come out to play?

  24. Carol
    May 6, 2020 / 6:45 am

    If only Johnny Was was not out of my budget!! I do like this mix here for some reason…….I think it’s the insouciant I- can -get -away -with -anything look about it. No, I wouldn’t go shopping in it, but I would do a dinner party or cocktail party or almost any after dark socializing. It’s not a daytime outfit—unless you’re daytime schedule includes sipping champagne from your chaise longue at 10 in the morning. You could do the look at the Mother’s Day brunch your kids are hosting for you and wouldn’t your mimosa taste that much better wearing this kind of luxe look. The luxe is the fabrics, of course, but a good part of the look is the Attitude.
    Pattern mixing is an art and does require confidence—and attitude. You have to “own” the look you’ve created. And you have to know the comfort zone for the look. WalMart??? I don’ think so, you’d look like a clown (and feel like one). But any upscale/posh relaxed restaurant or resort would be a nice setting for it.

    That said, it’s not for me budget-wise or lifestyle-wise.

  25. Cindy
    May 6, 2020 / 6:16 am

    If I were 20 and a size 2, I’d be all over this look. Now, I’d tone it down by wearing the kaftan with the white pants or skinny jeans. I’d pass on the patterned pants due to the fit, elastic waist and elastic ankles, not a good look on me.

  26. Melissa
    May 6, 2020 / 5:58 am

    While the fabric looks like it would feel luxurious next to my skin, I don’t think I would dare to wear this look. Just too much. Maybe the pants with a black turtleneck for the holidays? The kimono top is pretty on its own but really too expensive to wear around the house while carrying a cup of coffee that will probably end up on it within about 10 minutes.

  27. Susan
    May 6, 2020 / 5:56 am

    The silk kimono jacket is rather lovely and would be perfect to wear to a summer wedding. However, I wouldn’t wear it, because it is too expensive and too luxurious for my pared back lifestyle. I have saddlebag thighs and I think those trousers would be a disaster as I need a thicker fabric and am not keen on the colour, nor the pattern – too busy. The outfit reminds me of something from the 1920s Bloomsbury set – very arty, yet stylish (just not on me). Where I live many of the shops/boutiques have re-opened (our department stores never closed at all), so it is nice to get out and about again.

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2020 / 4:14 pm

      You are lucky. We are still stuck at home…I can’t wait to get out.

  28. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    May 6, 2020 / 5:46 am

    Oh, Heck; NO! Who wants to look like a Crazy Quilt! One piece is enough, TWO? Prefer Solids anyday and use of prints as accent.

    • Pj
      May 6, 2020 / 5:28 pm

      You are right!! Crazy pj outfit. Not for me:(

  29. Linda GR
    May 6, 2020 / 5:41 am

    I like the caftan, but it is the only piece that appeals to me.
    I enjoy the “would you wear it” pieces. Thank you for providing them.

  30. Ginny
    May 6, 2020 / 5:40 am

    Looking closely at the silk kimono and silk pants, it has been paired with a gold toned camisole. The magic of that third piece might just tie those two strong prints together. Even so, that is not something that I would wear. Not to mention the incredible price tag on that kimono!
    I do have several of the boho style tops made of a gauzy /crinkly type fabric with some embroidery detail. These tops were affordable and are great to wear when the heat is on.
    Fun conversation this morning.

  31. Carol
    May 6, 2020 / 5:25 am

    I LOVE it! Don’t know where I would wear it but it is gorgeous…

  32. Terri
    May 6, 2020 / 5:24 am

    I love pattern mixing, but the above outfit is a little too much for me, and I’m not a big fan of the pajama look. However, it does look very comfortable. Thanks for doing these pop ups. I really enjoy them!

  33. Gail
    May 6, 2020 / 5:23 am

    These might be the same pattern but in different colors. To my eye, it works. To my taste, I would not wear it.

  34. Barb
    May 6, 2020 / 5:21 am

    The first outfit is pretty, but not something I would wear. I’m not a kimono fan on me. I agree with others that the pattern mix is too much. I like pattern mixes on one item, for example a top with two prints, but not a top and bottom. Very pretty fabric, though.

  35. Linda
    May 6, 2020 / 5:10 am

    Pattern mixing is tricky, so I don’t do it. In my opinion, the colors should go together for this to be a success. The outfit shown doesn’t work at all. It looks like someone pulled out two pieces of loungewear at random without looking.

  36. Michele
    May 6, 2020 / 5:02 am

    I personally am not a fan of satiny, silky material. Reminds me too much of undergarments and nightgowns/robes. I prefer material that has the ease of being able to throw in the washer and dryer. Now pattern mixing is okay if one of those patterns is quite a bit smaller and more subtle than the other. I simply cannot pull off wearing patterned pants, but I like the look on others. So, would I wear this outfit? That would be a no, even though the colors are lovely. Boho speaks to me as far as peasant tops and beautiful embroidery…as long as the embroidery is subtle and very feminine…does that make sense? I don’t want the embroidery to scream “pattern”. I’ve always loved caftans but don’t know where I would wear one. Anxious to see what you find.

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2020 / 3:45 pm

      A lot of embroidery screams pattern to me too and I’m not sure if I’d feel too fussy in it.

  37. Bea
    May 6, 2020 / 4:55 am

    I enjoy pattern mixing but not this one. The patterns seem to fight each other. Somewhere I learned that pattern mixing is interesting and lovely when the colors and size of the prints are carefully considered. It has been fun for me to try pattern mixing in small doses (like with a scarf and patterned top).

    By the way, I love that patterned kimono top with the white pants & tank top. I wish I owned it, and I wish I had somewhere to go so I could wear it!

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2020 / 3:42 pm

      I’m with you on that one:)

  38. Holly
    May 6, 2020 / 4:45 am

    I like the first pic with white top & white pants under the patterned kimono top. I do not like the pic with the pattern mixing. I agree with Jane, it goes against everything I have learned about fashion.

  39. sheryl beil
    May 6, 2020 / 4:37 am

    good morning!
    pattern mixing isnt for me. i lack the confidence. these two pieces for me are too shiny to be anything but house wear…housewear that would make me feel good, though. i am getting super tired of my stained over sized t shirts and yoga pants…..

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2020 / 3:42 pm

      It’s time to wear what does make you feel good

  40. Jane
    May 6, 2020 / 4:35 am

    Not a fan of pattern mixing at all. It goes against everything I was taught about fashion as a child and young woman. I remember not too many years ago, I and my friends used to joke about our dads wearing mismatched plaids around the house. Their atrocious fashion choices caused much speculation about at what age you just quit caring how you look. Those are the images and feelings pattern mixing evokes in some women of a certain (my?) age. Too ingrained to overcome now. BUT to each her own.

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2020 / 3:41 pm

      Thanks Jane. Some women do love it and others just can’t get past it.

  41. Martha
    May 6, 2020 / 3:17 am

    I would not wear either piece in this outfit. They are too shiny and look like pajamas. Obviously I’d wear them as pajamas! I don’t like the patterns together. If the colors were more similar maybe they would work. I like the style of both, just not the color or fabric. I’m all for pattern mixing but it must be very subtle.

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