When the Aussie Curves ladies first took on Pattern Clash I was staying with Danielle at her place for a number of events and to just hang out. I mixed a stripe blazer with a chevron’ish dress and felt WAY out of my comfort zone. But I did it, the photos came out beautifully {derrr, thanks Dani} and all was well in the world. In fact, a monster was born. A pattern clash monster of AWESOME. Obviously.

Now I don’t even consider stripes on their own a pattern clash. They are practically a neutral. So when I wore this outfit {without the vest} to breakfast I was still trying to come up with a way to amp up the pattern clashness for dinner with Hubby. My floral blazer was out {the colours are all wrong for matching/clashing with this skirt}. Swapping my shirt for another wasn’t going to work, I had nothing… Then it occurred to me… Chambray, of course! Printed chambray to be exact.

And can I just say, what a win! 

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Over the past year or two I’ve learnt a few things about pattern clashing so I thought heck, why not share them here. Right? Well it’s pretty simple when you come down to it;

  • Starts with stripes or spots as a simple stepping stone to pattern clashing. Think of them as a gateway pattern. Haha.
  • Keep the colours/tones similar or the same. Like the chambray vest here with the skirt. A perfect match.
  • If you aren’t feeling brave, pattern plash your monochromes. Black and white looks fabulous no matter how many patterns.
  • When all else fails forget all the rules and go nuts. If you like the look fo two prints together, wear them. Enjoy yourself because rules are made to be broken. 😉

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T-Shirt – City Chic {similar}
Chambray Vest – 17 Sundays
Echo Beach Skirt – 17 Sundays {gifted}
Shoes – Target Australia


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  • Gorgeous! I love mixing prints so much and this works perfectly 😀

  • Melissa you are the queen of pattern clashing , I love a good print but this challenge has made me realise I don’t have. That many printed separates.. Better rectify that stat

    • Haha. The queen, naaah, but I have fallen hard for it. SO much fun. And I hear you, I have a lot of monochrome prints, not a lot of others. Must rectify, I think.

  • SpiikerKat

    Stripes and Chambray – such a Suger outfit!! that vest is super cute!!

  • I agree, the vest just tips it over the edge into awesome-town! I love your fun faces, so cute! Also, is it just me, or is anybody else seeing animal faces in your skirt? O_o

    • Well thank you muchly. And noooo, what animal? I want to see the animal. Maybe this is like an ink blot test or something?

  • flashionaffair

    Very cute outfit and you do kind of rule the clash world now hehe. GO THE TRIPLE PRINT!

    • Haha. Thanks! Now maybe, I was waaaaay too matchy matchy to do it before. I love it now. It’s a totally different way to be matchy matchy. 😉

  • Ashley Rose

    Looking pretty swarrrve here lady!! Love the print of that vest!! I don’t wear my dress in it nearly as much as I should! xx

    • Thanks Ash. I know what you mean. I was thinking I’ll have to get my dress out and pack it for the long weekend. Though I’m heading north… maybe I should just pack shorts. Haha.

  • Jocelyn Brewer

    I knew you’d wear stripes for this theme 😉 Loving it!

    • But of course. I’d wear stripes for every theme if I could. Thanks Jocelyn.

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