Mixing Prints and Classic Color Pairing- White, Black, and Red - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Mixing Prints and Classic Color Pairing- White, Black, and Red



Hello Ladies!

Happy Labor Day ( here in the States) . I took these photos last week, as I wanted to do a black and white look, but then got sidelined by the jean posts. So, here we are. I hope you are enjoying the weekend. We took the pups to King Mountain, an hour’s drive from our house. We walked in the woods, and had a picnic lunch enjoying the scenery. To me,  hiking in the woods is one of the most tranquil ways to spend my time. I’m not thinking about so many things but rather enjoying the peacefulness and nature that surrounds me. My pups love it too.

I am hoping this Fall to get into mixing prints a bit more. This is a basic way to mix prints using stripes and florals. I styled another look with this skirt, mixing prints earlier in the spring season HERE.  I do love the the larger black and white stripes of the skirt, and the direction of the angled stripes at the hip, creating a look that narrows the hip. I have had this blouse from White House Black Market for many years and it is a great piece on its own , under a jacket etc.  Black and white act as your neutral here, so any color one would want to pair with this look would look great. I chose a more traditional combination of red, black and white, as a love the bold statement red makes with shoes and accessories. These block heels from Zara, were love at first site for me, and with my condition, I find block heels quite easy to walk in.

If one is going to the theatre, restaurant, or sitting inside this time of year, many estabilishments like to make up feel like you are inside their freezer! Add a jacket/blazer to this look and not only are you more comfortable, but you look quite put together! Really, as black and white is a neutral, one can pair this with any color.


Living in Charlotte, and wanting to add more color to my wardrobe, I decided one great way was to add a blazer. I seemed to have begun a collection! Whether is it is for the office , teaching, ( as I used to do) or just wanting to look “put together” I always feel like a blazer or jacket can be worn in many ways, and transition between seasons.


I realize this is Pattern Mixing 101, my floral WHBM top mixed with the bold larger stripes of the Ann Taylor Skirt. But, hey, it works!




I would love to hear about your pattern mixing experiences , in the comments..


Jess xo

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  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 13:18h, 12 September Reply

    So many of my favorite things in one outfit, Jess! I love black and white with a pop of red. I love stripes and florals together. I adore red patent shoes of any sort! Maybe Pattern Mixing 101, but still brilliantly done! Just gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again this week.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:22h, 12 September Reply

      Hi Shelbee!
      Thank you glad you like the look. The shoes are a wide block, which I am able to wear, so I have been buying a few pairs lately. Thank you for the comment and stopping! xx

  • Shelly
    Posted at 12:15h, 07 September Reply

    What a fabulous skirt!

  • Julie Wunder
    Posted at 07:31h, 06 September Reply

    So cute! I don’t mix prints hardly at all. My mind doesn’t naturally pick it out, but when I see it on others I love it! I need to experiment some with it!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:43h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Julie! I am going to try more pattern mixing this fall! I opt for a lot of textures or solid colors, so I will be looking for patterned tops. Take care! xx

  • Rena
    Posted at 22:50h, 05 September Reply

    Love the outfit, especially the skirt and the jacket and the shoes (lol so much to love). I also love the way a jacket adds extra style to an outfit. Please forgive me but your post has reminded me of the “what’s black and white and read/red all over?” riddles (but in a good way).


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:21h, 06 September Reply

      Hi Rena, you made me laugh with the riddle! Funny the things we think of.. When I wore a romper, I think of Romper Room the tv kid show. This is a favorite color combo and I know I will be wearing different blazers styled this fall as well. Have a great week.xx

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 19:17h, 05 September Reply

    I love this combination….it really looks like a dress that’s supposed to be a mix of prints!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:07h, 05 September Reply

      I never thought of it, but it could be right! Thank you Jodie! I always appreciate your comments and support. This is one of my favorite skirts 🙂 Have a nice nightxx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:11h, 05 September Reply

    Hi Heather, It is vintage. I bought it on Etsy. It is one of my favorites! xx

  • Wall Tapestry
    Posted at 08:52h, 05 September Reply

    Looking gorgeous thanks for sharing Nice article !!!!!!!!!

  • Heather Lord
    Posted at 06:29h, 05 September Reply

    Such a pretty necklace, Jess! Where is it from, please?

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