mindful mismatching


“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s probably time to acknowledge that I have a problem. It relates to printed and colored pants.

Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:

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It’s safe to say that I’ve been wearing a lot of printed and colored pants lately, as evidenced above.

Color blocking seemingly random colors and prints is really up my alley, and thus I cannot resist all these fancy pants because it means I can mix and match every day of the week. Reach into my closet and put things together in a somewhat random pattern? Sold. Sounds easy and chic. Double sold.

When I was at Ann Taylor buying up their colored pants (I told you I have a problem!), I was holding the raspberry colored pants up to other color tops when the salesperson stopped me and said, “oh no no. Don’t do that color. Color blocking is not about looking like your grandmother on a basement bargain hunt in Walmart.”

I think we can all agree that comment was at least mildly offensive. For the record, my grandmother was exceptionally stylish.

But, I moved past the potential awkwardness of that comment because I believe the messaging was, “Color blocking looks random, but it’s purposeful.”

Exhibit C:


For my ‘random on purpose’ look, I wore my pastel green button down with my raspberry colored pants.

I added a pink and raspberry colored necklace, and polka dot shoes.


On that note, I embraced the ‘random on purpose’ look and happily wore my pants, mixed colors, and patterns. …all the while remembering my wonderfully stylish grandmother who surely would have approved.


Top: Gap (approx $11 marked down from $55)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($14 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Gap ($21 marked down from $50)

Necklace: Gap (approx $7 marked down from approx $30)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Color blocking continues to take on a new form this season, with seemingly completely random pairings of prints and colors. I think color blocking used to look a bit more like this, for example: blue top, neutral pants, blue shoes. I still like that style, for the record, and still wear it. However, currently it looks more like two-three different shades and patterns tossed in.

J Crew has a great ‘look book’ on their site with other examples (listed under ‘colors’):



At the end of the day, you always have to wear what you love…and perhaps forget what is “fashionable” and “trendy.” I embrace the current style of color blocking because it appeals to my personality…and you can bet I will likely be wearing it long after this trend is no longer “trendy.”

2) If I have not said it enough already, this is still an amazing time to shop summer sales. I plan on transitioning nearly all of my summer sale pants into fall and winter. Imagine the layering possibilities that fall brings when looking through printed and colored pants! If you’re not completely sold on the color blocking trend as outlined above, you do not have to shy away from printed and colored pants. Just imagine them paired with classic tops, sweaters, blazers, denim button downs…the possibilities for a more classic look are endless!

What do you think of this trend? Are you embracing it, or staying away from it?

Happy nearly Friday, readers! Thank you for visiting and reading!!


41 thoughts on “mindful mismatching

  1. No. Way. Staaaaaaapppphhh.
    I literally JUST bought the cutest printed pants from Ann Taylor this past weekend! Even our closets are thinking alike now! 😉

    I’m not sure I’ll be able to style them quite as well as you have, but I’ll give it the ol’ college try!

    j. parker

  2. Hahaha! you made me laugh with granny’s comments, a lot of people abuse the idea of color blocking and matching. for there is a formula in matching, and I agree with you looks random but it’s purposeful. One should save the purpose, stylish and classy.

  3. I truly admire how you embrace all these gorgeous colored patterns ! I agree with you and always “forget what is fashionable and trendy”, but stick to my style (always black, androgynous, with a rock’n’roll feel !), no matter what ! XOXOXO

  4. I love all your bright and printed pants. You have such a good eye of what works together. Jealous of tour collection of print pants and such bargains!

    B. x

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