Pattern Play: Floral Off-The-Shoulder Top, Striped Linen Skirt, Platform Sandals and Leather Cross-Body Bag


Last weekend, our dear friends JM and AC got married in Mexico.  Unfortunately, Bugsy and I  couldn’t join them for the wedding festivities, but of course thought of them throughout the weekend.  As a little homage to the newlyweds, when heading out to brunch in the West Village, I decided to wear something with a little Mexican inspo (which happens to be totally on trend at the moment).

I recently purchased a super cute off-the-shoulder cape sleeve floral crop top and couldn’t wait to wear it. To create a look with some Mexican flare, a la china poblana, I paired the flouncy top with an a-line striped linen skirt.  Yes, I know you’re thinking, how in the world do I pair different patterns and not end up looking like a hot mess?  So here’s my little trick. Make sure that  one element in your patterned pieces coordinate/match, i.e. color, overall cut/shape or detail.  For my outfit, I paired florals and stripes, but kept the colors consistent, white and blue, to create a look that was visually interesting, but still clean and coordinated.  For a little height to balance the billowing fabric, I wore my highest super chunky platform sandals.  To finish the look, I opted for my favorite vintage leather saddle bag and all gold accented accessories – classic gold-toned Ray-Ban aviators, thick gold cuff with ring detail, Chanel black and gold clip-on earrings, and vintage cushion cut citrine ring. 

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Top || Zara (available in stores, but not online), similar styles here and here || Skirt | Zara Linen Flounce Skirt || Shoes | Dolce Vita Randi Platform Sandal || Bag | Vintage Cole Haan, similar style here and here || Bracelet | Nandel Paris Gold Cuff Bracelet || Earrings | Vintage Chanel, similar styles here and here || Ring | Vintage, similar style here || Sunglasses | Ray-Ban Aviators

Photography | Kari Nichols of Cottonwood Studios


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