pattern mixing like a boss

a start from scratch tutorial

top: J.Crew Factory (similar)
rings: BlueSunflowers (on Etsy)
nail polish: Lucky Lucky Lavender by OPI

My mom bought this skirt for me as a gift and I absolutely love it. It’s navy, which is my go-to neutral other than grey. I don’t do black (often), so navy is as dark as it gets.

Anyway, I don’t know about you but when I see stripes I think polka dots. Actually, that’s a lie–but I’m  pretty sure I saw a mannequin at The Limited wearing this skirt with a polka dot top and I thought, “huh. I kinda see how that works.”

Also, this may be the first time you are seeing me in heels. I almost exclusively wear wedges. I’m trying to break out of my shell a little bit. That’s all. Breaking news, I know.

I kept it simply and only wore my Maya Brenner necklace as well as my favorite stacking rings. These are as delicate as it gets, and I love the rose, gold and silver combo.


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Kacia Hosmer says · 03.14.13

Love la la la love!

Shelly Jones says · 03.14.13

I absolutely love this outfit! I have been wanting simple and plain rings for a while so thank you so much for the link! I always forget to check out Etsy.

Kate says · 03.14.13

I love ’em! you’re welcome for the link!

Melissa {} says · 03.14.13

Those rings are beautiful! I saw an ampersand ring on Rags to Stitches yesterday and almost died. I love dainty jewelry!

Heather Carson says · 03.14.13

love those sweet little rings!!

xo – heather
This Life Is Yours Blog

Sarah says · 03.14.13

Love it all!

Christina Harms says · 03.14.13

This outfit is great! Lately, I’ve been wondering if I could get away with wearing my nude heels with black pants, and you answered the question! Also, I’m been looking for a polka dot top and this one is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Carly says · 03.14.13

I love that skirt, now I want it too!


esr9435 says · 03.14.13

I just bought that skirt this weekend and can’t wait to wear it! So girly 🙂 Thanks for a different idea on how to style it.

Amy Kelly says · 03.14.13

Super cute! I love how the neutral colors keep it from being over the top. Also, those stacking rings are darling.

Kristel says · 03.14.13

Ok, you absolutely look adorable in everything, and I really like this combo you did, especially with the nude heels, now I want them too, and I NEVER wear heels!

Jen @ Bungalov says · 03.14.13

I would of never thought to put those two patterns together but they look great. I love that skirt and Limited is one of my fav’s. I am going to Napa next month and might need to check that one out and see if it looks just as good on me. We have a similar body shape so I hope so!

Rachael says · 03.14.13

Lookin sharp, Kate!! 🙂 Love the nude heels.

xo Rachael

Kristina says · 03.14.13

I’m mixing patterns on my blog today too! I love that skirt, I may just have to get one for myself.


Kristina does the Internets

Valeska Mengert says · 03.14.13

Just beautiful! All of it!

Kayla Gilbert says · 03.14.13

I love pattern mixing! Print mixing too! That skirt is adorable!! : )


Mags Pomichowski says · 03.14.13

I’m jealous, I still haven’t found the right piece to wear together like this. The prints I mean. Going shopping this weekend, hopefully I find what I am looking for.


Lauren Smith says · 03.14.13

This outfit is so adorable! Love the dainty rings!

Liz says · 03.14.13

Hey! Your hair is lighter! 🙂 Ready for summer?? I know I am!

LaynahRose says · 03.14.13

Definitely like a boss. That skirt is fantastic!

darren says · 03.15.13

polka-dots AND stripes? you so crazy.

Dorothy Wu says · 03.15.13

hey, no “dorothy rings” credit? 😉

Kodi Jensen says · 03.15.13

This totally is pattern mixing like a boss. I love how the two look together! Thank goodness for store fronts with mannequins to show us how to dress.
grey et al

Whitney says · 03.15.13

I’m so in love with this outfit! I totally want to steal it!

....... says · 03.15.13

I’m usually not a fan of pattern mixing but you did it really well here! love the nude pumps too. please stop by my blog and join the awesome giveaway I have going on for a smashbox under eye primer! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

viola wan says · 03.15.13

Wow,honey.This outfit suits you so much.

Alice Warren says · 03.15.13

Pairing polka dots & stripes is one of my favorite go to pattern mixing. Such a fun classy look!


Shannon says · 03.15.13

Totally perfect pattern mixing.

Anna Rosendall says · 03.15.13

Kate, I’m being really forward here (haha), but has anyone ever told you that you have great legs?! I’m so jealous. You always look smashing! 🙂

Lady of Style says · 03.18.13

Oh this is super cute!! I am not one for pattern mixing but I would immediately copy this.
Nude shoes are my favourite and I can’t wait to get my peep toes out again.

Lady of Style

sloank says · 03.18.13

This is my first time commenting despite daily referring to your blog. I just have to say, this might be my favorite outfit yet! It makes me so excited for spring weather!!


Martha Woods says · 03.22.13

Cute! I love mixing stripes with dots or florals.

Reply says · 01.30.14

I love the nail polish!