over50feeling40: Mixing Up a Fabulous Entree
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Aug 9, 2011

Mixing Up a Fabulous Entree

When mixing up an incredible outfit with different patterns, it helps me to think about cooking an amazing meal.
There are those of us who  are meat and potatoes eaters….we want our food separate on the plate…not touching in any way.  In this corner, there is meat…in the other corner potatoes…and in the other corner a veggie!  Most families have at least one of these eaters at the table…they are not casserole people!!
Most people who will understand pattern mixing and its success will most likely be casserole eaters.  Those who understand that by mixing certain flavors an incredible outcome can be the result.  As a cook, you begin to learn that there are foods and spices which blend together nicely…just as a stylist learns that successful pattern mixing usually happens within the same families of colors.

Cardigan; Stein Mart
Shirt c/o Stripedshirt.com
Scarf: Clearance at Target
Skirt: Ralph Lauren @ Macy's
Bracelet: Kohls
Maybe this analogy is a stretch, but I use it to help some understand that the mixing can be successful…just like it can be in cooking!!  But, just like with cooking, it takes practice!!

Enzo Angiolini Shoes: Marshalls

So, today is a great day to head on over to Every Body Every Wear/ Pattern Mixing and learn from the best…fashion bloggers model Pattern Mixing.  Then don’t be scared of it…give this new taste a try.

Hmmm, I think I am hungry and will head over to Pei Wei for the Asian Chopped Chicken Salad…all mixed up!!

Asian Chopped Chicken Salad from Pei Wei!!

To all of the sweet responses to my
sudden illness last weekend and to
my wonderful intern, Mary, who
came to the call with a great post on
her college clothing swap!!


  1. I have been really struggling with pattern mixing & this analogy helped me to understand why! I am NOT a casserole girl LOL. Does that mean there is no hope for me? Let's hope not! You look great..I really wish I could get the science to this technique!

  2. I like the plaids and stripes combo!

    robyn of boluxe.wordpress.com

  3. I like pattern mixing, but not having my food touch. I'm odd!

  4. I love your analogy- I'm a big fan of mixed patterns and think more people should try it- it's easier than it looks! You are rocking two of my favorite patterns, and together they make me so happy!
    PS: I hope you're feeling better.

  5. Hi! I participated in the EBEW challenge too! Love the print mixing!


  6. Love that scarf, Pam! And it's great to see you up among the well and living : > Your salad is making me hungry right now . . .

  7. You look very young in this outfit. In a really good way of course! It's very you, I think. Sorry, I missed your sickness but I am glad you're feeling better.

  8. I have never been successful at mixing patterns. I love your analogy though. My daughter is the type of eater that her foods should not touch or mix. She loves those divided plates.

  9. wonderfully done! i certainly agree keeping to the same base colors work well! hope all is well!


  10. Your pattern mix works beautifully, and looks very patriotic! I'm sparing with my patterns, and an absolute dolt at trying to mix.

  11. Amazing and well done with confidence!

  12. Pam, I really really really like this kind of pattern mixing. As I seem to find myself commenting a lot today, I'm not good at pattern mixing. You nailed this though, and you made it look effortless! Just means you're really good at it! Hugs and so glad you're feeling better! ~Serene

  13. That's a good looking stripes/plaid mix.
    I think it's easier to do when you're working with white as a base color. I also like the weights together.

    I don't shop at Forever 21 because their cuts aren't right for me, but I sometimes take a look at their window displays as they're big on mixing patterns.

  14. Great take on the pattern mixing! Love the colors that you used. This is a hard one for me. And thank you for your comment -- I really appreciate. Just having one of those what if days where it seems like the worst is yet to come.

  15. I like your stripes and plaid, very classy! And the proportions of your whole outfit are perfect.


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