Wearing: Geometric Patterns

by jennine on May 27, 2011

My whole life I’ve had problems with patterns. Even as a teen, I anguished over mixing polka dots and stripes. Handling one pattern is even a challenge,  as a picky person, I’d always toil over questions like “Do the stripes make me look frumpy?” or “Does the floral pattern look tacky? Because you know it’s a fine line between chic and granny.” Oh my, if you’re even half as indecisive as I am… good luck with patterns!

Actually, luck has come in. This season, there seems to be plenty of beautiful prints everywhere, and not only is it perfectly acceptable to wear, it’s encouraged to mix it up. Personally, I’ve had to take baby steps, and started out mixing up geometric patterns. They seem to be the easiest to figure out and pair up, as it’s relatively straightforward to pick out the color combinations. Black, silver, grey with shades of yellow and orange makes for a simple palette rich in texture.

Oh yes! I’ve decided to keep the Prada shoes, but in order to justify it, no new shoes until September. Well, when a girl doesn’t even know how many shoes she owns…that’s not such a harsh ban. :)

Wearing: Shoes: Prada • Skirt: Bensoni • Blouse: In God We Trust • Collar: Eleven Objects (gifb) • Necklace: Madewell

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Lucy, Dear Fish May 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Hi Jenine! I read your blog religiously but I have been a terrible commenter! I just loved this whole outfit so much that I had to tell you. For a novice pattern wearer you sure know how to mix patterns. The texture of the shoes (which are incredible, btw) against the skirt and the silky blouse is just perfect. Your blog always makes me miss living in New York. Looking forward to seeing more patterns from you!
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FashionCloud May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

i am so jealous of your shoes, they are stunning! and the skirt is pretty amazing



Marissa May 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Glad you decided to keep the shoes. They really are gorgeous. :) And they are a perfect, subtle way to mix patterns. The skirt pattern and colors remind me of your Norwegian Wood necklace. I wonder if the two would work together or if it would be too much.
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those tricks May 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Whoa on the skirt.
It’s amazing.
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Annimal May 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Loving those Prada, they are well worth sacrificing a few months worth of shoe purchases! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who lost count of her shoes!
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BeLighter May 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Oh! Those Prada shoes!!! Good for you!
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lore May 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

your smile is your best acsessorise
nice blog

lore May 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

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SACRAMENTO May 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I have alway been in love with colour and a mixing, a bit like a painter.
Perhaps it is in the water, hahahahha.
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www.blahblahbecky.co.uk May 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

That skirt is stunning! And fits you like it was made for you.

p.s. Glad you kept the shoes!
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T. May 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Your Prada shoes are beautiful! Great outfit!
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Myrmecophila May 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

GREAT OUTFIT! I love it!


Sonia Luna May 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I agree with Lore, you have a gorgeous smile!
The Prada shoes are amazing, I understand why you had to keep them!
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Jessie May 28, 2011 at 6:15 am

love the location right outside of the chelsea market. makes me miss new york a bit. you look very cool! chic look i love it.
xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/
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Ginta May 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’d abstain from shoe shopping too if I had those Pradas! :) )) You look beautiful in stripes! ;)
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For Those About To Shop May 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

I love the way the shoes emulate what’s going on with the pattern and color of the skirt. Both use geometrical lines and the pop of color so beautifully. I think every girl needs as least one pair of ridiculously expensive shoes, about the price of an all-inclusive vacation. Not sure why, but you never regret it.
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Soph May 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Long time reader, first time contributor, I just couldn’t keep quiet about those shoes. Holy moly they are divine, and suit you (and New York) perfectly. Enjoy!

Malcolm May 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

love that Bensoni skirt, so chic!
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Kristy May 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

oh my god, these patterns are stunning. i love the combination of that skirt with those shoes. i’m actually JUST like you with patterns which is why i avoid wearing them. i am branching out, slowly. but yes, i know exactly how you feel. but you’ve managed an entire chic, not granny or frumpy look right here. love it! thanks for the inspiration!!!
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Mahesh Rathi May 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Last night i buy same skirt for my girl friend she like that skirt design.
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Denice Ceder May 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

Really nice looking retro shoes.
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Susu Paris Chic May 31, 2011 at 7:16 am

What a lovely clothes’ play! You the star;)
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Karla May 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

Those are some of my favorite Prada shoes from that collection.

I must say that I find geometric patterns the hardest to mix! You did it great here though, it looks so polished! I’m working on mixing patterns, actually in acquiring patterns since I have so little of them. I’m in love with that collar as well!

Sweet Harvest Moon May 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm


Love the shoes!

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