Anjana Olson, professional photographer for Lavender & Lime Studio’s, and a good friend of mine, invited me over for some styling yesterday. Her wardrobe was extensive, especially her dress collection, and after sorting through all the beautiful things in her closet I came up with these two casual day looks. The best part about them was that each look consisted of perhaps 3-4 different outfit combinations. I was looking specifically, to use pieces in her closet that she had forgotten about and utilize them in a different way. We had so much fun trying things on and experimenting with different silhouettes. This is has become something of an obsessive hobby for me, here’s where you can find a list of my services!
Anjana Olson|LOOK #2| In her words: “I love that my normally casual separates were turned into something dressy and unexpected.” I paired a teal shirt dress underneath an Anthropologie Bagatelle button down blouse for some fun layering. The skirt pulls everything together. ”The mixed patterns are definitely not something I would have come up with, but they work, it’s whimsical yet chic.” Jean jackets are a great wardrobe staple, her jacket was the perfect topping; keeping the outfit feminine and semi-casual, perfect for our afternoon outing!
adored| The Jameson that is a staple in the Olson household, and the nude pumps. Nude pumps are perfect with pretty much every outfit imaginable.
takeaway| a guide to MIXED PRINT| I’ve gotten questions about mixing patterns before. Anjana takes a more subtle approach to this trend here but there’s nothing wrong with having fun with it. Mixed prints provide a depth to the outfit, which is great for those of you wanting a more individualistic result.
#1. Vary the scale of patterns. Wearing medium/large with small patterns creates balance. Mixing large patterns with other large patterns can make you look wider. If you are going to do so, it’s best to break it up with a basic solid.
#2. Pair patterns and textures that won’t compete. Avoid the “I drank myself through that emotional roller-coaster of a Scandal episode and decided to get dressed” look by not pairing loud with loud, because that’s just noise. Instead combine a large floral skirt with a versatile two-tone striped top, or black lace tights with a plaid shirt for example.
#3. Say “no” to matchy-matchy. Similarly polka dot patterns on from head to toe tends to look confined. I’m always about the element of surprise. Break it up a bit, throw in some neutrals like tweed, or houndstooth, and add texture. Of course there’s nothing wrong with predictability, but it’s hardly a conversation starter. *edit THIS look however, is FIRE.