Mixing Patterns

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At the end of last month, I tried my hand at Calligraphy. You know, the art of hand lettering. All I have to say after that experience is that there really is a reason why this is not a DIY or crafting blog. You guys would laugh mercilessly at me, then mock me on some internet forum. It’s cool, it’s the reason I probably will never go there.

Mixing Pattenrs - Striped Swing Dress, Mustard Cardigan, Animal Print, and Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

I say probably because you never know. I may or may not have had my own craft business. Granted, I was 12, but still. I could make a comeback. ;)

Mixing Patterns - Stripes and Animal Print Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Anyways. On to the real topic of today’s post – clothes! I’ve worn some variation of this outfit on quite a lot of weekends lately. This swing dress came from one of my Golden Totes last summer, and I really prefer it as a fall-winter dress since it’s made with a thick terry cloth and lends itself nicely to sweaters. I ┬átend to gravitate towards mixing patterns and textures with it since the stripes are so small.

Mixing Patterns - Striped Dress, Yellow Cardigan, Top Knot / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

I also grabbed these over the knee boots to keep my legs warm. It’s been nice and warm this week in Seattle, but I took these photos at the end of January when the wind was blowing away and it wasn’t in the high 50s/low 60s. I really think winter has ADD this year and can’t focus on what winter is supposed to be: cold!

Mixing Patterns - Mustard Sweater, Striped Dress, & Animal Print Infiinity Scarf / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

I promise I’m not complaining; I’m already looking forward to spring weather and fashion. There’s just something about wearing tights with every dress outfit that makes it slightly less fun.

What I’m Wearing

Sweater: Nordstrom (similar)
Dress: Golden Tote Stripe Swing Dress (similar)
Boots: ShoeDazzle Azedeh (run a little large, I suggest going down half a size)
Scarf: H&M (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

What’s the weather like where you are at? I hope you’re staying warm!

38 thoughts on “Mixing Patterns

  1. Jae

    I’m subconsciously looking at all things spring-related because I’ll be in the US by then! Basically, I don’t want to look like an idiot when I get there! Hahaha!

  2. suki

    my handlettering is awful, but i’ve been posting it anyway. :P if they’re making fun of me on a forum on the internet, i have no idea. it’d be flattering to know someone is spending hours on end going on and on about me. ;-) but it’s probably not happening.

  3. Kathryn

    I am a big fan of mixing patterns, textures and colours – you’ve done a really great job with that here because it’s fairly subtle but still enough of a pop. And that mustard colour!

  4. Julie

    I really love stripes and leopard print together. And that top looks great with the sweater over it. It is REALLY cold here right now. I’m cuddled up under a blanket with tea! lol My phone says it is 6 degrees with the wind chill around -11….yuck!

  5. katrina

    The knit of your sweater and the solid mustard looks amazing with blending the stripes and leopard prints! I am so ready for warmer weather too– it’s supposed to be really nice this weekend, supposedly. *fingers crossed*

  6. Sarah

    I totally dig that mix of patterns, especially because of the textures! I tried calligraphy when I was about 10. My friend’s mom was really good at it, so they got me a kit and tried to teach me, but I never got very far! I’m better at matting and framing scrapbook paper for artwork!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Thanks Sarah!

      I have a feeling my calligraphy pen will not be seeing the light of day too often… It was fun to learn, but not really my thing!

  7. Lindsay Living

    I was a lifelong tights LOVER until in recent years I started to understand the feeling of longing for tight-less weather. I love my tights, but I totally agree that wearing them day after day with every dress starts to bum a person out after awhile.

    I love this outfit and especially the scarf. I saw a very similar one at Value Village yesterday and should have bought it! Love the little top knot, too :) Happy Friday!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Thanks Lindsay! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

      And it really does, I feel like it can be pretty limiting in terms of shoe choices especially. I’m glad we’re having nicer weather but it’s still cold enough to need fully covered legs!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha, I definitely didn’t think I would be great at it (and I was right) but it was definitely fun to try and I’m glad I did! Thank you, Jessica! :)

  8. Donah @ Sweet Jelly Bean

    Add me to the long list of people who cannot wait for spring to arrive! I think winter this year has gone a little bit overboard – at least that’s how I feel. LOL

    As for your outfit, all I can say is I LOVE everything about it, especially that scarf! Oh, the season has also turned me into a scarf hoarder, so might hunt this down as well.

    (by the way, I came across your link via Rebecca’s Hello Pretty Bird blog and thought I’d check it out – I’m glad I did :) )

    xx Donah

    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha you definitely have it worse than I do on the East Cost. It’s been in the 50s this week so I really shouldn’t be complaining – I just hope it continues! ;)

      Thanks Donah! I ended up finding another similar style of the scarf for $15 at Target when I was browsing their accessories that you might like too! (http://bit.ly/1MNmWL9) And I’m so happy you found me through Rebecca’s blog! :)


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