Mixing plaid and floral is hardly new. However, we always love this mix, especially when two floral prints are added to the mix.
Mixing plaid and floral is tricky, so a few rules apply.
First, I will qualify the “rules” mention. Anything that looks well on you is the correct mIx!
Tips for mixing plaids and florals:
Try to use different floral patterns in different scales: mine above is a large floral intarsia sweater , thrifted of course, with a lively pink based floral print, on a smaller scale, also bought second-hand. When adding a plaid, try to use a different color for the base of the pattern.
Cobalt blue is a happy shade and looks well with pink. Adding a plaid to this heavily blooming mix, adds a bit of contrast.
Now that I have added a bold plaid, I increase the “sweet factor” with a pair of feminine bow embellished sandals by Ferragamo . The black and white is a good contrast. As well, it matches the black and white sunnies.
Add the requisite straw bag, and this floral mixed print outfit is both Spring and Summer ready !
When three decades are trending all at once, one can happily indulge in most anything that makes the heart sing!
Certainly, this mix is bolder than many might wear, but the heavy-handed mix lends an energetic vibe!
Below, a shot of a glorious garden that a friend took in Dallas. In Manhattan, the flowers are slow to bloom.
This is about the best that I could do last week in Manhattan !
However, in NYC we do have beautiful architecture and antiques at eye level.
These are quite attractive too!
Saturated color is a feast for the eyes, when a peacock stands sentry to an antique store!
Pattern mixing galore with this bird and the resplendent Persian carpets behind it!
When mixing plaid and floral, we need only take our cue from Mother Nature!
Below, the third shot of this outfit.
Intarsia sweaters are a labor intensive kind of knitwear that lasts forever. This thrifted cardigan is six years old. My “mandarin garnet rings” are costume.
Housing Works has a wonderful selection of jewelry and any purchase made there, goes to help the homeless population of NYC. You have seen other purchases from this wonderful store here.
Shopbop curated a good selection of straw bags last year. While preparing a post featuring wicker and straw bags, I did fall for this one and bought it retail, on sale. As you know, this is something I rarely do !
THIS WEEK FOR ME HAS BEEN A BIT TENSE. MY FATHER IN LAW IS STILL HANGING IN THERE, AND I AM GRATEFUL. STILL, THIS PROCESS IS DIFFICULT AS HE TRAVELS BACK AND FORTH VIA AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL QUITE OFTEN.
Still we all have stressful events, as it is part of life. When I take stock I am quite happy. With a life as colorful and fulgent as any well-tended garden, I breathe and count my blessings.
I hope your week has been joyful and colorful! XOXO !