mismatching monday

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Happy Monday, readers! I decided on a mismatching look this Monday when I wore a blue shirt, green skirt, and orange shoes. Somehow, all of the bold colors worked together to create a work appropriate mismatched look!

The only thing I did not love about this look was how easily the skirt wrinkled. I took my photos early in the day and it already was wrinkled!  In retrospect, I am not sure I would buy that type of fabric again in a skirt for that reason.  Oh well, live and learn!

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For accessories and shoes,  I added the necklace I won from Zegna Jewelry and my asymmetrical orange flats.

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Top: Ann Taylor ($17 marked down from $44)

Skirt: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Shoes: Dolce Vita at Bloomingdale’s outlet ($17 marked down from $100)

Necklace: Zegna Jewelry (won it!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Mixing patterns, prints, and colors is very popular right now.  Even though the colors were all different, they were all similar bold hues.  I did not, for example, include any neon or pastel colors.  The best part about this trend is you can mismatch as much as you want, and remain on trend! One of my girlfriends calls these looks my “power clashing” outfits, which I think perfectly describes the trend.

If you want to mix prints and patterns, this is a good article for more information on how to do it:

http://blogs.denverpost.com/style/2013/04/22/runway-your-way-mixed-patterns/25525/

2) I kept this look from seeming too mismatched by adding a statement necklace that matched my top. Additionally, the statement necklace added visual interest to an outfit that would not have “popped” without some type of additional texture. The necklace is handmade, and thus, is one of a kind, but Zegna Jewelry has many more beautiful one of a kind pieces. 

Zegna’s Etsy store can be found here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZegnaJewelry

Zegna’s blog can be found here:

http://zegnajewelry.wordpress.com/

monochromatic pattern mash-up

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I put this outfit together over the weekend, but did not have a chance to wear it until today.  Finally, it warmed up here and we got some sun!  

A few weeks ago, I found this skirt when I went consignment shopping.  Interestingly, I saw it was still selling online at other retailers for $158. Consignment price? $7.  As my mother would say, you cannot beat that price with a stick.

The skirt is by BCBG Max Azria and has beautiful embroidery along the top. I paired it with a striped summer sweater from Ann Taylor, blue polka dot shoes from Gap, and a yellow necklace from Charming Charlie’s. 

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Skirt: BCBG Max Azria ($7 marked down from $158)

Top: Ann Taylor ($17 marked down from $44)

Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on clearance)

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

It’s a monochromatic pattern mash-up! And really, who doesn’t love a good mash-up?

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Monochromatic is very popular right now. If you like the look, try it for yourself! I added patterns, but kept the skirt, top and shoes blue to keep everything coherent. The pop of color in the necklace was a nice detail and kept the outfit interesting. 

2) I kept the look more conservative for work with the summer sweater and flats. With heels and a tank top, this skirt could easily make for a great weekend look. And, pairing consignment with a new sweater kept everything fresh.

A side note, my nautical nails ended up matching with the monochromatic theme!