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Turning Heads #linkup- Pattern Mixing: Stripes and Florals



Hello ladies and Gents,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend, as I want to know where the time went! I am still trying to adjust to Daylight Savings time, and wake up feeling tired. My boy Gibby just turns around from being in his tight little ball of fur, to staring at me knowing it’s F-O-O-D time! Truffles has joined in the “Morning Stare Down”, and I laugh and get out of bed. As far as weather goes,  we have had some usual record temps here in Charlotte with a few days in the 80s! Charlotte, has in the past gone from Winter to Summer, but this is just one of those spells everyone is experiencing ,and we will be back to normal temps. Today I decided to show you an outfit with pattern mixing. I have done this as a very subtle way in the past, HERE with stripes and a leopard print, and today I am sharing one of the more popular way to mix patterns, floral and stripes.

I do have to tell you, I call this my “wine blouse” as when I bought the print  from White House Black Market, I thought the purple print were grapes. Very apropos given that I am such a wine fan and I loved the purple, as well as the gathered peplum style and fluttered sleeves. When I received it, I realized it is purple flowers, however, I still like to think of them as grape clusters. 🙂

I would like to try to mix more than 2 patterns and will do so in the future, but I loved the purple and black in the top mixed with this fabulous skirt by Ann Taylor. As you probably know, I don’t own many stripes, but this skirt caught my eye when it came out 2 years ago in stores. I love the crepe material and the flattering way the stripes are angled on the side to narrow one’s hips. I will be getting more use from this skirt and you will see it on the blog more.

I will soon be sharing a Series I plan on posting once a month called: How to Look Fabulous on $150 a month! Since I do most of my shopping, thrift style on-line via Poshmark, Ebay, I can show you what I am able to purchase on a small budget. My other favorite stores are Zara and ASOS, so I mix thrift shop online, with items from these stores to get more bang for your buck. Just for example, this like new AT striped skirt was $25 shipped from Ebay! I look forward to sharing with you these tips.

Since today was so lovely outside, I “borrowed” one of our neighbors trees to take pictures in front of. I love the crepe myrtle trees, especially in white and red.





Outfit Details: Top ( Ebay: White House Black Market), Skirt: Ann Taylor ( Ebay) Like this, Block Heels: Zara, Necklace: WHBM, Handbag: Brahmin, Sunnies: Zenni Optical, Watch c/o AIBI watches, Earrings: vintage inspired 1928.com

So here is my look with mixing my “grapes” top, ok purple florals, and stripes. Some tips on starting to Pattern Mixing, when starting out. I know I do not do alot of mixing, but I plan to 🙂

  1. Floral and stripes are a common way to begin pattern mixing. My sister just told me my 5 year old niece just got a dress with the two patterns making up the style.

  2. Take an existing color in the striped skirt or striped garment, and add a pattern that contains that color.( or a complimentary color. In this case, the black stripes correspond with the black in the top)

  3. Try mixing stripes or your pattern with small and large scale. This skirt has a larger stripe to it, add a top or jacket with thin stripes, perhaps in another direction.

inking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), 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 

Now, time for all of your lovely spring looks, which I always enjoy perusing!

 Most Clicked this week is my friend Jill of Grown Up Glamour, love the black and white look with this geometric top, and those cool black pants, the theme continues with the sunglasses. 🙂 




 Pinterest Pin of the Week: I usually choose an outfit, but I couldn’t resist picking and pinning these wonderful shoes Cherie of Style Nudge bought for Spring. On trend with the block heels, the baby pink and pin she added are sweeeeeeeet!


  • Ada
    Posted at 00:14h, 04 April Reply

    I can totally see the grapes in that top. As a huge fan and shopper of WHBM I must say I love that peplum blouse. I have always loved the combo of floral and stripes and since I just bought a very similar pencil skirt, I must try this look, soon. Plus, your shoes are so cute! Looking forward to your budget series, Jess. =)

    You can still link up with me (below). The linkup is live on Thursdays.


    Happy April! Ada. =))

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    Posted at 11:54h, 26 March Reply

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

  • curlycraftymom
    Posted at 12:58h, 24 March Reply

    I have a very similar striped skirt and I have been wondering how to wear it differently lately. I can’t believe I didn’t even think of pairing it with a floral top, brilliant! You look great!


  • Vale
    Posted at 18:39h, 23 March Reply

    This is a gorgeous mix of prints, Jess ! Love it so much ! Well done, girl =) and I managed to join the linkup, yay ! Thanks for hosting it 🙂 Kisses and Happy Easter !

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

  • dsimair
    Posted at 08:56h, 23 March Reply

    I love this combo..that’s a great floral top!

  • sandypatti
    Posted at 08:55h, 23 March Reply

    Gorgeous print mix, Jess – you look like Spring! thanks for hosting, xox


  • rachel
    Posted at 07:27h, 23 March Reply

    Looking stunning as always sweetie. I am so jealous of your weather being warm enough for such pretty spring clothes..Wishing you a lovely week, and thanks for hosting xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:34h, 23 March Reply

      thank you! It is 75 degrees but the wind is 15 miles an hour… getting there though. You too! xo

  • Shelly
    Posted at 22:40h, 22 March Reply

    Floral and stripes are one of my fave combos and you totally rocked this look! I love it…well done Jess.

    The Queen in Between

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 23 March Reply

      Thank you Shelly! I loved the bold purple and wanted to try something diferent. thank you for the compliment xo

  • Petite Silver Vixen
    Posted at 18:40h, 22 March Reply

    I’ve managed to nab some fantastic bargains on ebay so I’m with you all the way there!
    Oh my, they do look like clusters of grapes – I love it that you call it your wine blouse.
    You’re in bloom, the tree is in bloom – beauty all around.


  • Pam@over50feeling40
    Posted at 17:30h, 22 March Reply

    You are right…this is a fun skirt! And you look so happy and springy in front of the gorgeous tree! Thanks for the link up!

  • Beata
    Posted at 15:28h, 22 March Reply

    Fantastic spring combo, you look lovely Jess! Hugs xxx

  • Natalia Lialina
    Posted at 14:56h, 22 March Reply

    Hello Jess, I am happy I have made it to your beautiful party again! Fantastic feminine outfit, gorgeous colors with your pretty hair, and very useful tips for pattern mixing too. The photos against blooming trees are so cheerful and appropriate – women are themselves like flowers. 🙂

  • asallows
    Posted at 14:14h, 22 March Reply

    Oh this skirt is so bold and beautiful with that top!


  • Rachel
    Posted at 11:37h, 22 March Reply

    I love your striped skirt! I really need to get one! 🙂

    Simply Rachel Nicole

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:14h, 22 March Reply

      I loved this skirt when it was in stores. I didnt want to pay $80 dollars, so here we are! xo

  • Sarah Blodgett
    Posted at 10:55h, 22 March Reply

    Loving the mixed prints for Spring!!!

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 10:25h, 22 March Reply

    Great pattern mix! I really love those heels, glad to see block heels are back! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:33h, 22 March Reply

      Me too! I can wear them if they are low. xo

  • Shauna
    Posted at 10:22h, 22 March Reply

    The color of that bag is so great! Love the size and textured look of it. Perfect trees, too!!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:36h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks Shauna, Brahmin has some great bags. xo Happy Spring.!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:21h, 22 March Reply

    I love the mix of prints and the purple looks great on you.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:12h, 22 March Reply

    Love the beautiful, bold mix, Jess. Gorgeous colors and a lovely background!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:39h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks Jennie! I loved the bright purple and wanted to share it. Enjoy your week xo

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 10:03h, 22 March Reply

    Such a pretty look! Love the shoes!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:41h, 22 March Reply

      Thank you! I bought the heels from Zara and they work as they are the perfect height and a block! enjoy your week Amy

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 09:44h, 22 March Reply

    Man, you really know how to mix a print! I’m finally getting brave enough to try it, and this is a great inspiration! jodie
    thanks for hosting!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:53h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks Jodie! I tried to be bold, as they say, go big or go home.. hahah. Well I went home after the photoshoot. thanks for the lovely comment. xo

  • ee0926
    Posted at 09:38h, 22 March Reply

    Love the floral and stripe combo! Beautiful colors too!

    xx, Elise

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 09:22h, 22 March Reply

    Love your pattern mixing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 09:13h, 22 March Reply

    Love your pattern mixing!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • stylediarybyosy
    Posted at 09:11h, 22 March Reply

    I love this mix, i am still working on being bold enough to mix prints like this. You are welcome to join my link up on my blog.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:47h, 22 March Reply

      You could do this for sure and it would look fabulous! I went to your blog, can you tell me or point me in direction of your linkup! xo

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 09:11h, 22 March Reply

    This mix of patterns! I am in love! So bright and perfect for spring.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:44h, 22 March Reply

      Thank you Mary! I could see you in this outfit for sure. Happy Spring! xo

  • weshopinheels
    Posted at 08:52h, 22 March Reply

    Amazing mix of prints! I love this combo!

    We Shop in Heels

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:13h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks I am trying some things. Glad you like it and Happy Spring Tatiana, xo

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 08:46h, 22 March Reply

    Great pattern mixing! The top is so pretty; I love that you thought that the flowers were grapes! 🙂 And the skirt is simply fabulous, I don’t have a striped pencil skirt, I should change that since I love stripes so much… 🙂

    I love what great deals you got on the items, too! Looking forward to your new series!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:23h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks Andrea. Just some experimenting, but I loved this skirt when it came out in the store.I was lucky to find it. I hope to begin the series next week or the week after. I do alot of thrifting on-line.
      have a great week ! xo

  • Elle Spann
    Posted at 08:03h, 22 March Reply

    florals and stripes are always a good idea! love the pretty purple hues!
    Southern Elle Style

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 07:48h, 22 March Reply

    I really love the way you mixed those! I don’t try mixing patterns enough. I actually don’t own a LOT of patterns because they weren’t allowed for TV.
    LOVE that shirt. WHBM has always been one of my favorites.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:15h, 22 March Reply

      I understand! Certainly for your job 🙂 I wanted to experiment, glad I did. Have a Happy Easter and great week. xo

  • Laura
    Posted at 07:22h, 22 March Reply

    Love the pattern mixing! What a cute top!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:32h, 22 March Reply

    Oh Jess, that gorgeous floral top is incredible,, I mean one of my favs on you for sure!! The colors in it are so vibrant and I LOVE the striped skirt wth it!!! You look Spring Sensational!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:54h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks Andrea!! I beleive I got the top years ago on Ebay as well. I try and thrift shop online, will post on it soon Thank you for your kind comments. I love the skirt, took me 2 years before I found it on ebay! Glad you like it, we had to get the tree in the photo. Have a wonderful week xo

  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 06:25h, 22 March Reply

    I would have never thought to put those two together and yet it looks fantastic!

  • Carrie
    Posted at 06:24h, 22 March Reply

    Jess, this just might be my all-time favorite look of yours. Perfection, my dear!

  • Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    Posted at 06:21h, 22 March Reply

    Ooooo this is a new favorite on you! Love this combo! Looking forward to your new series and getting some thrifting tips, Dear! Adore u!

    Dawn Lucy

  • Highland Fashionista
    Posted at 06:10h, 22 March Reply

    I have to say, you got the print mixing spot-on with the scale and color choices…it’s very well-balanced! LOVE the shoes. I wish it was warm enough here to dress like that. Or like I did in my last post, lol.

  • Savvy Southern Chic
    Posted at 06:06h, 22 March Reply

    Love this mix of stripes and florals!

  • Bogi - Red Reticule (@RedReticule)
    Posted at 06:04h, 22 March Reply

    This is such a striking outfit! Those patterns and colors compliment each other wonderfully.

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:35h, 22 March Reply

    Lol…I love grapes and stripes mixed together! I do love the top the though, the colors are beautiful. And your neighbors tree is the absolute perfect photo backdrop.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:46h, 22 March Reply

      haha! I must have a one track mind for wine! Thanks I am going to try more mixing this year. and borrowing more neighbor’s trees as we have a maple in our yard. 🙂 xo Happy Spring.

    Posted at 05:24h, 22 March Reply

    I can smell the flowers in full bloom.
    Thank you dear Jess for your lovely link up

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 05:24h, 22 March Reply

    I love the stripes and floral print together, and those shoes are so pretty with the delicate ankle strap. It looks like you have beautiful weather! Hope you have a good week 🙂

    Emma xxx

  • Irene Papadopoulou
    Posted at 04:50h, 22 March Reply

    love the floral combination!

  • marta
    Posted at 04:24h, 22 March Reply

    Love the florals & stripes together, such a fresh spring look!! Thanks for hosting Jess:)

  • Gaby Mayr
    Posted at 03:40h, 22 March Reply

    Wow, what a great outfit. I love the first photo.

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 03:32h, 22 March Reply

    How lovely to see some bright and vibrant colours. Looking fabulous Jess, enjoy your lovely weather I’m envious!
    Laurie x

  • Sheree
    Posted at 03:28h, 22 March Reply

    Great floral and stripe pattern mix!

    xo Sheree

  • Downtown Demure
    Posted at 02:21h, 22 March Reply

    That’s a GORGEOUS mixed print spring outfit, Jess. I kije the new site design too! Thanks for hosting another lovely link up. 🙂

    Liz @ Downtown Demure

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:55h, 22 March Reply

      Thank you! I may end up having a slider with fashion photos but I liked the clean look! So glad you like the look! Have a wonderful week xo

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 01:48h, 22 March Reply

    I love this pattern mix! Stripes really go with anything, but the floral top is just the perfect pairing here.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:34h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks! I would like to do more with pattern mixing, so putting it out there. Glad you like it! xo

  • Olga
    Posted at 01:33h, 22 March Reply

    Very beautiful combination! Love the purple floral print, looks so fresh and springy.

  • Mica
    Posted at 01:18h, 22 March Reply

    You can find some real bargains on ebay sometimes! 🙂

    I like your print mixing with the floral top and striped skirt, I can see why you thought it was bunches of grapes at first! It’s still pretty being floral though 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:42h, 22 March Reply

      Hi Mica! thank you. Yes, I hope to show a series on buying from Ebay and Poshmark, essentially thrift shopping online. Have a great week! xo

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 01:09h, 22 March Reply

    Perfect spring mix!! I rarely shop on eBay and need to expand beyond retail.

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:56h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks Alice, you are the Queen with pattern Mixing, I was inspired by you. Glad you like it and Happy Spring.xo

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 01:05h, 22 March Reply

    You’re a whiz at print mixing – Have a wonderful week!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:37h, 22 March Reply

      Thank you! I loved the skirt to start.. Happy Spring Rebecca! xx

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