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  tend 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!


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38 thoughts on “Mixing Patterns

  1. 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!
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  2. 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*
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  3. 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!
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    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!

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  4. 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!
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    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!

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    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! :)

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  5. 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
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    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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