Mixing patterns week heeeey, another interesting one, for sure. When it came to my wardrobe and patterns there were stripes, stripes, a few more stripes and a couple of spots… Hmmm, not much to work with there. I took a look around, I even purchased some great tribal looking material to MAKE a skirt {cough FAIL}. I was way out of my depths. Then Dani got on the job {this is the last of the photos taken at her house, naaaw sad}. This amazing dress from Damn You Alexis is comfortable as it is show stopping.

And it’s pretty show stopping.

This is one of those outfits that when we were putting it together I was doubtful. Doubtful about the dress, the heels, the last minute addition of my laptop bag {sans laptop, obviously from the way it’s dangling}. But then, it’s all over, the photos are taken and I don’t want to take it off. I wear it around and home again and all through dinner. This dress, is all kinds of wonderful and I’m kicking myself I didn’t pick it up while it was available online. Silly, silly me.

Mixing patterns is something foreign to me. I’m sure for a lot of you it’ll be the same. Those hipster kids, they just seem to have been born with the pattern mixing gene. Florals and tribal. Stripes and spots. Any combination, head to toe and they make it look easy. I don’t think it is. But i think it comes down to a colour thing, a tone or a feel. If the pieces visually look good together then why not, right?

I was actually looking everywhere for a cute summer floral dress {a casual cheapy one} for this challenge. Do you know there was not a single, cute floral patterned, casual plus size dress for less than $59 ANYWHERE? I’ve bookmarked a few of my Virtu favourites but when it came down to it, I wanted something like my navy Big W dress but with a floral print. Nada. Nothing. Do you have any idea how frustrating that is when the stores are jam packed with florals in the standard sizing store? SO frustrating.

Sunglasses – Danimezza’s
Blazer – Virtu
Dress – Damn You Alexis
Heels – Emerson for BigW
Bag – Online somewhere

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Photos by Danimezza.

Do you mix patterns? I don’t usually.



  • http://twitter.com/Bookbek Bek

    Oooh that dress looks gorgeous on you, love the bright colours! Yes I haven’t tried mixing patterns before either.

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Bek. It was a bit of an experiment, for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/Danimezza Danimezza

    Morning Sunshine!

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Morning gorgeous!

  • Ezmae Reid

    This dress is all kinds of fantastic! I so want it! Love this whole look, my favourite of yours so far! I want some killer heels!

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      It is, right!? So good. Thanks Ezmae. I look for killer heels everywhere, I’m tough on them so I’m always on the look out for a new pair.

  • Jen @ oh!Scorpio

    You look like Summer! I love it. That Damn You Alexis dress is just…. DAYUM.

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Jen! It is right? SO amazing.

  • http://www.inspiredwish.com/ Jeanie

    That dress is stunning!!
    Dress + stripes + heels + bag works a treat.
    Love the outfit & photos.

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      It is right!? So great. Thank you. This was the trickest of them all, for sure.

  • Siki-Lou

    Oh mah gerrrrd, HOTNESS!! Love the dress…super fly and the length on you is winning!! Smashed it!! :)

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. You’re so nice to me. Thank you. This is my favourite length at the moment. Love it. just had to teach myself how to get in and out of a car a bit gracefully and I was set.

  • Jocelyn ~ Mama’s Style

    Stunning dress! Super cute shoes! You look fab.

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Jocelyn. :)

  • http://extralargeaslife.com/ Natalie Mulford

    Oh man, I have that dress and it just does not work on me, you wear it as if it was made for you!! I love this whole outfit, I think the shoes, sunnies and bag make it just that more spectacular! I also LOVE the background!

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Nat, that’s the best compliment EVER. I didn’t want to take it off. It’s pretty awesome. Dani’s sunnies were the other perfect addition, I would never have been able to take the photos in full sun without them. And there was no other choice, the background was too perfect.

  • Mandie

    Love mixing patterns, it’s fun! Only started doing it this last month or so, and it’s really suprising what looks good on if you just try. For example – your outfit looks awesome! That dress is brilliant. And those shoes are just divine!

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you. I’m still regretting my choice to give Dani back her dress. Haha. Mixing patterns is FUN! Something I am going to give a try a little more often, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/heyLisaWarren Lisa Warren

    Looking seriously edgy this week Melissa! For someone that isn’t confident mixing patterns, you sure are successful with it!

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Lisa. It turned out well indeed. :)

  • http://www.fashionadjacent.com/ Omega

    It’s impossible not to smile looking at this, all those sunny colours.. I love the way everything is complementing everything else..

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks. They turned out way better than expected. Super fun and bright and well, fun. Haha. xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/alison.spence.750 Alison Spence

    Love the colours and style of the dress. Looking super cool lady! :)

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      It’s an amazing dress. Sigh. If only it was mine. Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/clairestephens76 Claire Stephens

    bright. colourful. signature stripes. must be Mel………..looking good

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. MUST BE! Thanks C. Glad to have you back. xo

  • http://lalafauxbois.com/blog lisa

    I love this look! You pattern mixed perfectly! That wall is such a fun backdrop for photos!!

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Lisa. It all came together beautifully.

  • mele

    hello legs, hello colour, hello shoes!!!! A whole new ball game this week suger ;) I love it!!!

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Well hello yourself. Thank you. No idea what to do for this coming week, so we’ll see. ;)

  • 2many Cupcakes

    The colour in those stripes look fab on you. Loving it.

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Sorry I missed your comment lovely. Thank you! xo

  • http://twitter.com/waituntilsunset Olivia

    You and your fabulous legs!!! Love these photos Suger! Xx

    • http://sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Liv. Me too! Dani did an amazing job. Woot LEGS! Haha.

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