Turning Heads #linkup :Pattern Mix and Wearing a Classic Black Blazer - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads #linkup :Pattern Mix and Wearing a Classic Black Blazer


Hello Ladies!  Welcome again to #turningheadstuesday!

Hard to believe it is November already. It has been raining non stop here in Charlotte, but the weather at night  is awesome. You know the chill-in-the-air-cuddle-under-the-blankets-while-drinking-hot-cocoa-kind of weather 🙂 That’s my kind of sleeping weather. I was glad I was able to get one good day in where I could take some photos without having to stand under an umbrella again.

You all know by now that I love blazers for fall. This beautiful structured black blazer was gifted to me by Fabrizio Gianni, and I thought it would look brilliant with this leopard jacquard skirt by Ann Taylor. I say “brilliant” as I have been watching a fair amount of “Acorn” and “BBC” television, ( I love a good mystery!) and am catching myself saying certain phrases or words more and more. 🙂 I love Miss Marple, Vera, …I know you don’t see me mix patterns much, but today, I thought I would “give it a go!:









I thought, start off basic Jess, don’t do anything Craaaazyy! but when I remembered I bought this shirt about a month back, I thought it paired so well with the color scheme of the flower-like leopard pattern of the skirt. I also  love the jacket! The patterned vertical lines add to a long lean long. I love a great  jacket and a black structured is considered a staple for every woman’s wardrobe. In a later post, I hope to show you how I would wear this casually. I had to also add my leaf jewelry, as I love all of the leaves and colors in fall.. The necklace is from my brother, who works at the Smithsonian.  The earrings are 18k gold, I bought at a local boutique.  So, for  today, my look shows how to do some basic pattern mixing.

I know when pattern mixing, one wants to :

Look at the color scheme of the item you first choose, and try mixing 2 patterns at first. I think color over pattern may be one way to start.

I love the look of florals and stripes and have seen many women pattern play this way.

Patterns that are neutral such as black and white, or in this case black and tan stripes work well as it is kind of Pattern Matching 101, but you have to start somewhere, right?

Add in a solid if one is mixing 2 or more patterns in the clothing, such as if one were to wear a scarf, top, and skirt. Add a solid color bag or shoe.

Believe me, I am no expert, but I have learned throughout reading blogs and have picked up a few things. Although this may be a simple pattern mixing start, I love the classic colors, the structured jacket and then I added a rich wine color in my shoes and bag to break up the tonal look  The great thing about blogging is that one can be an inspiration to others, but also get inspired by other ladies as well.

By the way, ” How do my “pins” look? 🙂 ( wink )

How often do you try pattern mixing?

Have a great day!

jess xo

Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Not dressed as Lamb, SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   Bless Her Heart Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On,Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 

OUTFIT DETAILS: Top: Max Mara, Skirt ( older Ann Taylor, fun Jcrew version, Blazer c/o Fabrizio Gianni ( in ivory sim, new and gorgeous here), leaf necklace ( gift from brother works at Smithsonian, like this), leaf gold earrings , ( etsy) Rebecca Minkoff leather bag, like this one) c/0- * Gifted item. 

Most clicked this week: Is Dan of The Pretty Cute with her shopping excursion with Greetje! It always look so fun to meet other fashion bloggers in person for a day of shopping and chatting.

THE PINTEREST PIC OF THE WEEK IS Martina  from Elegant 40, as I am going to have to “borrow” this gorgeous look with purple and taupe. Glamour to the 10th degree!

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Send me an email if you would love to Co-Host #turningheadstuesday!

Enjoy the LINKUP ladies! Please click on 3 bloggers which whom you would like to visit or catches your eye, and let them know 🙂

  • LaVonndra Johnson
    Posted at 20:20h, 18 November Reply

    Love this look! And that skirt . . . I have the pant and they’re such a fun print. http://ellevj.blogspot.com/2015/07/casual-chic-in-ann-taylor.html

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:26h, 18 November Reply

      Thank you! I loved those pants too! Love to have you at my Turning Heads Tuesday linkup when you can join us! Another Charllotean! x

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    Posted at 18:42h, 14 November Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Love this outfit

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 16:03h, 11 November Reply

    Jess! Beautiful as ever. I saw the comments from Catherine (not lamb) I see you like UK tv! Have you ever watched The Only way Is Essex? That will give you a good laugh x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:11h, 11 November Reply

      Aw thank you Laurie! I am a huge fan of British Mysteries and shows. I have watched The Only Way is Essex!! And more than once, oh my gosh.. to worry about planning parties, whos shagging who, wear to get the next fake tan etc! ha. You made me laugh thanks!x

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 08:23h, 11 November Reply

    I love this outfit! Great pattern mixing. And those shoes are amazing!

    I’m dabbling just a little bit in pattern mixing and am enjoying it.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:13h, 11 November Reply

      Thank you Andrea! Yes, I am new to it, but it is fun to try and mix things up.Enjoy your day! xx

  • sandypatti
    Posted at 08:22h, 11 November Reply

    Oh I love the subtle pattern mixing here, you look gorgeous and so modern. xo


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:13h, 11 November Reply

      Thank you Patti!, I wanted to try it 🙂 xx

  • notdressedaslamb
    Posted at 08:08h, 11 November Reply

    hehe Jess that’s so funny to hear you say [write] “brilliant”… It’s one of those words that Americans would sound funny saying – it’s probably our equivalent of “awesome”.

    Now I could really confuse you by saying…

    I took one butcher’s at them pins and yer barnet and thought, gawd, they’re both bloomin luverly! And blimey O’Riley, you’ve only gorn and mixed them patterns right up, ain’t cha?

    (Translation: “I saw your legs and your hair and thought gosh, they are both very nice. And golly, you really have mixed your patterns, haven’t you?” But please don’t think anyone ACTUALLY talks like that, I thought I’d just throw in a bit of Cockney Rhyming Slang to really confuse you…!!)

    I DO love those two patterns together, and I DO appreciate you hosting the link up!! Thanks Jess 🙂

    Catherine x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:18h, 11 November Reply

      Haha! You cracked me up! You were the only one to comment on my “pins”! Yes, it really is awesome. I watch way too much British Tv, but I love it. I just like saying, Last night I had a row with my husband..no one would know what I was talking about! Love the Cockney, I needed to smile and have a good laugh today! Thanks I thought I would try my hand at pattern mixing, even thought this is kind of the safe way, but glad you like it! xo

      • notdressedaslamb
        Posted at 17:25h, 11 November Reply

        I assume no one else actually knew what your pins were?!!! Though you do have a lovely red barnet 😉

        And I can’t believe you’ve watched TOWIE (ref. what Laurie said). If you haven’t yet seen Chris Pratt doing his TOWIE impression you really must… Look it up on Youtube, it’s brilliant, haha…!!!!


        • Jess Jannenga
          Posted at 10:52h, 12 November Reply

          Haha, no no one knew , i think they thought I was a bit of a “nutter” and didn’t respond! ha:-) That show was part refuge for when I wasnt feeling good. It is mindless entertainment and funny. I will check that out on youtube, bet it is great! xo

  • Highland Fashionista
    Posted at 18:15h, 10 November Reply

    That pattern mixing is indeed brilliant. It’s subtle, and it actually took me a minute to even realise it was there…perfect. Funny, the very first time I visited the UK and someone said “brilliant” to me, I thought they were commenting on my intellect.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:19h, 11 November Reply

      Hahaa! I know, I walk around saying certain things as I do listen to it on the telly ( wink wink). Glad you like the look, I dont do much pattern mixing so I thoght i would start of slow…. :-)xx

  • asallows
    Posted at 14:10h, 10 November Reply

    I’m loving the bold patterns you added to the classic blazer!


  • Petite Silver Vixen
    Posted at 13:34h, 10 November Reply

    Nothing wrong with a more subtle/understated pattern mix, especially if that suits a person’s style more or you’re just trying things out. It’s actually very pulled together look and as always Jess, you look very stylish. The colour of the bag looks all the more effective against the skirt.
    The fit of the jacket is so good on you – clean lines, perfect for the outfit.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:20h, 11 November Reply

      Thanks! Yes so true, I thought I would try it out and glad you like the look. The jacket that was gifted is so nice! Fit is key, right 🙂 Enjoy your week! xx

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 12:30h, 10 November Reply

    Great mixing Jess, love the black and tan tones! You know I’m a big fan of pattern and print mixing. I think it is so much fun.
    Thank you so much for hosting!


  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:02h, 10 November Reply

    Love that skirt and it works perfectly with your stripe top and the blazer, looking fab Jess 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:18h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Nora! The expert on jackets 🙂 ! I wanted to try pattern mixing and went a bit safe, but fun. xx

  • Downtown Demure
    Posted at 11:48h, 10 November Reply

    What a gorgeous skirt! I love that you mixed patterns with a neutral color palette and then softened the whole outfit with black. That’s my kind of pattern mixing! I’m just now starting to branch out into multicolor floral and stripes territory. Haha. You look lovely, Jess!

    – Liz @ Downtown Demure

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:19h, 10 November Reply

      Thanks so much! I would like to try more pattern mixing, wanted to start off with neutral Glad you like the look! xx

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 11:41h, 10 November Reply

    Absolutely love the print mixing….and that jacket—it’s knit material? The up close pictures make me love it all the more! jodie

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:20h, 10 November Reply

      Hi Jodie!
      Thank you, I thought I would try it, and will maybe be a bit more adventerous as time goes on. The jacket is amazing,I know you love Fabrizio Gianni too 🙂 x

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 11:36h, 10 November Reply

    Great mix of patterns, and the deep red bag is a lovely autumnal pop of colour! Thanks for hosting the link up, I hope you have a good week 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:21h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Emma! It is one of my most used bags in the fall. Enjoy your week too! xx

  • thelifbissue
    Posted at 11:32h, 10 November Reply

    I’ve always love that Ann Taylor skirt, you look great. And pattern mixing is the best ever, I do it all the time. Love, Kirsten x


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:21h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Kristen! I know, i got this skirt years ago and it is a favorite. x

  • chelsea
    Posted at 11:05h, 10 November Reply

    I have never been a fan of tights on myself but I feel everyone else can pull off tights and skirt look perfectly. I love your skirt, it is neutral but still makes a statement for the holidays!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:22h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Chelsea, I have a love for tights, and you will see me in patterned tights soon too. Give it a try 🙂 xx

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 10:30h, 10 November Reply

    I love this look! That skirt is gorgeous and the pattern mixing is fabulous!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:23h, 10 November Reply

      Thanks so much Amy! I may be more adventerous another time with color and patterns.

  • Sarah Blodgett
    Posted at 10:30h, 10 November Reply

    Loving the mixed prints!!!

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 10:18h, 10 November Reply

    I love the mix of patterns! So subtle and interesting. Gorgeous!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:24h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Mary! I went more neutral today, just in a mood as I generally wear alot of color, wanted to try someting new 🙂 xx

  • Tea
    Posted at 10:12h, 10 November Reply

    Love that blazer! The tone on tone stripe is so great. The pattern mixing that you’ve got going on here is fantastic! Love everything about this outfit!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:25h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Tea, the blazer is made very well, and that is what I liked about it as well. Glad you like it! xx

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 10:06h, 10 November Reply

    That’s my kind of pattern mixing: matching colours, simple shapes. You look brilliant, for sure.

  • Ginger Wroot
    Posted at 10:02h, 10 November Reply

    Blazers are the perfect topping for fall, and I love the burgundy accents!

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 10:00h, 10 November Reply

    I love your outfit, the patterns mix so well. And black is always a great anchor. Mixing patterns can be tricky, but it’s fun to try! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:32h, 10 November Reply

      Hi Laurie, yes I decided a neutral pattern mix at first, then may be more adventerous later. Glad you like the look! x

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:35h, 10 November Reply

    I’m so bad about pattern mixing, but you have given me some major inspiration to start at it again!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:32h, 10 November Reply

      I went with the neutrals to start! You go girl 🙂 thank you!!

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 09:34h, 10 November Reply

    A great blazer is such a great closet staple. Love seeing the leopard floral skirt on you!


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:33h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Alice! Yes, it was a lovely surprise by the company, it is made very well and will be worn often. takecare. xx

  • Shelly
    Posted at 09:28h, 10 November Reply

    Great job pattern mixing! Thanks for hosting Jess!

  • garaytreasures
    Posted at 09:07h, 10 November Reply

    I am loving the pattern mixing Jessica, great look!
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  • Amy Ann
    Posted at 08:57h, 10 November Reply

    Gorgeous skirt! I love your pattern mixing too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:34h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you Amy! I wanted to try something different. This is a favorite skirt of mine. x

  • weshopinheels
    Posted at 08:43h, 10 November Reply

    You look amazing in that leopard skirt! Love the prints combo! You look so beautiful!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:34h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you so much Tatiana!! Glad you like the look, enjoy your week friend! xx

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:06h, 10 November Reply

    I haven’t done a lot of pattern mixing, but I’m inspired by your look. As always, it’s impeccable.

  • Laura
    Posted at 07:40h, 10 November Reply

    Gorgeous look! Love the pattern mixing!

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 07:20h, 10 November Reply

    Gorgeous! Perfect pattern mixing! Brilliant! 😉 (hee, I pick up expressions too …)

    Dawn Lucy

  • Carrie
    Posted at 06:41h, 10 November Reply

    A perfect mix of patterns here, Jess. Such a perfect look and you wear it oh so well. Have a lovely day, friend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:35h, 10 November Reply

      Thanks so much Carrie! I wanted to try something new 🙂 You too!

  • Monica
    Posted at 06:34h, 10 November Reply

    I love how you mixed the two patterns here. Such a great combo.

    Hope to see you at tomorrow’s link up 🙂


  • jaymieashcraft
    Posted at 06:10h, 10 November Reply

    Great look!!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 06:06h, 10 November Reply

    Your pattern mixing is perfect! My take on pattern mixing is if it is aesthetically pleasing to my eye, then I’m wearing it!! And you totally nailed this look. Black and tan look so sophisticated together, too. I love your necklace, too.

    Thanks for hosting the linkup.

  • Sabina “OceanblueStyle” B
    Posted at 04:27h, 10 November Reply

    Love the skirt xxx Thanks for hosting my friend. Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  • Irene Papadopoulou
    Posted at 03:24h, 10 November Reply

    love the pattern mixing and the colors! thank you so much Jessica for this link up

    Posted at 02:36h, 10 November Reply

    Gorgeous always.
    Thank you so much for your lovely link up, Jess

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 01:35h, 10 November Reply

    Martina nailed it in purple – love how she used accents to make taupe more interesting!


  • dan
    Posted at 01:19h, 10 November Reply

    You always look great Jessica! And have so nice jewelry!!

    Thanks for including me in your selection!

  • Mica
    Posted at 01:17h, 10 November Reply

    Your pattern mixing looks great! The burgundy accessories and that lovely black blazer tie it all together nicely! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Elle
      Posted at 17:06h, 11 November Reply

      I can not seem to leave a comment, is the reply, the way to comment? I will find out soon! ( sorry chemo brain!) so I hope this reaches YOU. Love ,love the mixed patterns here ( as you must know) The leo pattern and the stripes is super and I love the touch or burgundy with the shoe. Beautiful necklace too, the finish of it is lovely with this color palette. I also loved seeing Greetje and Dan, and adore Martina’s look!
      xx, Elle

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