Everybody is Doing It


I know, I know. You can hear that little voice in your head ..."and if everybody jumped off of a bridge, would you do it too?"

That would depend on what everybody is wearing. Is it awesome?

As it turns out,  it is awesome. Like so many of you,  I'm loving the black and white thing again. But this is not the tired old black-pants-white-shirt thing that leaves you running the risk of looking like a food service employee. This whole new spin is more of a graphic movement that is encouraging us to mix things in unexpected ways.  Somehow, it seems easier to be brave with print-mixing in black and white. For those of us who may be historically a bit print-shy, not having to worry about balancing colour and print takes away some of the anxiety of it and leaves you to get on with concentrating on scale, which without question is the key to getting it right. For those of us who live in an environment where employing runway trends might seem out of the context of daily life, this is a great way to get comfortable and lose some of your marbles, without letting go of all of them.

Here is the experiment. I started out this look a little on the safe side, with just the jacket and skirt.  In a departure from my usual sartorial offerings, I went with flats. Like I said...unexpected.



But in a true testament to the adaptive origins of Homo sapiens, I quickly got so used to looking at myself in mixed prints that I found this permutation a bit on the boring side. So I tried this one.


With this iteration,  I had envisioned a more summery look; no tights and some sandals or a brightly-coloured pair of flats. But I can assure you, there was absolutely no danger of me going out there today sans tights.  It is baltic out there. Gaah!

I had originally thought that mixing the two looks together would a.) look like I was trying too hard, and b.) induce a seizure seeing as though I had just gotten off of night shift and it has been proven that busy, flashy images can induce seizures in people suffering from sleep-deprivation. It's true. Hey man, fashion is dangerous.  But I, always willing to take one for the team, decided to throw caution to the wind and just go for it. You're welcome.



Since there is so much going on all up in about the upper torso area, my only concession to accessories was my wedding band, a simple pair or earrings, and a charm bracelet that I made from a bunch of my old charms and a sterling bracelet with hearts. Oh, and bright fuchsia lipstick. For extra-added awesomeness.








Jacket: thrifted
Skirt: J. Crew (old) Here is a cool one from Forever 21

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    1. Hi Geoff! Welcome to the land of unabashed internet preening. Isn't it fun!? Thanks for visiting! Hello to the family!

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  2. So it says "Post a comment. Go on, make my day" No, no, you just made MY day!!! So I'm loving black and white (always have). You got me there. Then you artfully wrote your commentary with flair and simplicity. More points. THEN, you wore the most beautiful shade of lipstick (and here's the clincher) that complimented YOUR WONDERFULLY GRAY HAIR!!!

    Thank YOU.

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  3. Yes, I'm commenting just to say how great your hair looks with black and white - making a note to self for when I finally branch out beyond the one silver streak I make the hairdresser foil and keep out of my color application. Silver plus black and white = wow!

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  4. I LOVE this outfit. Love it, Love it, LOVE it.

    And I am so jealous of how wonderfully salt-and-pepper your hair is. Mine isn't coming in nearly as attractive, although you make me want to grow it in more just to check....

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  5. Love the houndstooth. But I LOVE the gray hair more.........me in 8 months!!!!
    Please tell color lipstick you are wearing! Thank you!

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    1. Sephora Shade R11. Just find the brightest, most obnoxious fuchsia that you can find on the display and it will probably be the right one.

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  6. You nailed it...the pattern mixing is spot on!! Great job on the total look...hair and makeup included.

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  7. Pattern mixing is probably easier in B&W, no? Love your chronological photos! Creative Dressing is a process~

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  8. Yes, I'm commenting just to tell you how great your hair looks with the black and white! I'll have to keep that in mind for the day I venture beyond my one silver streak I keep foiled out during coloring. Black and white plus silver = wow!

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  9. Love this series of photos, Kristin, as you get bolder! The graphics are great together. Fab lipstick too : > Thanks for linking up to Vis Monday.

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  10. Your mixing of these different patterns is great, love the look!

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  11. All iterations of that outfit look great! It is so chic, but still simple. And each piece is great on its own - I love the stripes, I love the houndstooth, and I love the floral skirt!

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  12. Great mix of pattern and textures. Beautiful photos and hair!

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  13. Love your look... you rocked mixing black and white prints!!!
    x
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com

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  14. I FEEL LIKE I'M YELLING: I LOVE THIS LOOK SO MUUUUUCH! Everything is good about it and I would sooo jump off a bridge if it meant looking this damn good. Perfect pattern mixing. Great, great great silhouette!

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  15. Love your hair w/the black & white & the fuchsia lipstick just takes it to the next level of awesomeness!!! I think you hit the nail on the head - I am leery of mixing prints feeling pretty sure that I've missed the mark when color is involved. However, you've given me renewed courage to look for black & white combos that I have lurking in my closet.

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  16. It's a fantastic pattern and texture mix. Look's so easy and as if the pieces are made for each other. You look great!

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  17. Copycat ;-P
    You mix patterns like a pro, and I love these looks. Black and white doesn't have to look frumpty dumpty. This is a great palette for you because it compliments your hair perfectly!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  18. You are officially named the queen of black and white pattern mixing! The rest of us, your loyal subjects, bow down before your awesomeness.

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  19. Lovvvvving this...the patterns work well together! You are looking fabulous. Stopping by via Visible Monday.

    Tavia

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  20. Love the way you've put together those mix and match prints, and your salt and pepper hair is so pretty!

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  21. Whoa! Perfect! You did it just right ... and FOUR, count 'um, FOUR prints.
    You look just amazing.
    Please pop over to see me today,(or more precisely, my avatar) in my similar attempt at a three print combo.
    Thought that had to stop at three, but you prove me wrong!
    Masterful, just masterful.
    J

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  22. Wow! What an inspiring outfit. You look great.

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  23. Wow! Inspiring outfit. You look great!

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  24. I love the black and white thing, too! Very cute outfit.

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  25. I second, third, and fourth that! I love your hair, which is how I found your blog. I'm growing mine out and in that painful stage where I look EXACTLY like my Shelltie. Cute as she is, I can't rock the look quite like she can. Love the blog- the fashion's great as are the photos of Oban.

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    1. Welcome Jill, thanks for finding me! I know the tri-colour feeling all too well. It will be over before you know it!

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