Pattern Clashing to the Max

Pattern Clashing to the MaX

As you all probably know by now, I am more than a touch obsessed with Black and White.

It’s the mainstay of my wardrobe.

But every now and again though I do like to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and add a splash of colour to my rail.

If colour comes my way it’s normally on the subtle side…think pastels of soft pink or blue. I feel confident that I can carry these sorbet colours off with little of no effort on my part.

They just work for me.

Whether we know it or not though, when we are shopping if something catches our attention lots of little thoughts run through our mind…

  • Colour – can I?
  • Pattern – do I like that?
  • Shape – can I pull that off?
  • Neckline – should I try this?
  • Sleeveless – maybe?
  • Trend – should I try this?

Before we know it these initial positive thoughts are being blocked by a second set of signals (signals that are engraved in our minds from years of self-doubt and personal body issues) that start to fight the first interest we had in the item we were originally drawn towards.

  • I don’t wear that colour.
  • That pattern is not for me.
  • Impossible for me to wear that shape.
  • It’s not my neckline.
  • I can’t do sleeveless with my arms.
  • It’s to trendy – I’m too old to carry it off.

One thing I can tell you all for sure – the older I get, the happier I am to step out of my fashion comfort zone.

This blog and the wonderful online community of like-minded woman has helped me to feel more comfortable in my skin, than I have in a long time.

I no longer discard anything before I’ve had time to digest whether I could pull an item off in my own individual way.

You see, I really don’t mind confessing that I’ve been caught out far too many times in the past saying “I’d NEVER wear that” – its only taken me 30+ years of dressing myself to realise never say NEVER again.

If you would have asked me 18 months ago whether I would fall in love with the soft pant again (yes, for those of you too young to remember, they were also around  in the eighties) I would have said “not on your Nelly”.

If you would have asked me even 6 months ago whether I would be comfortable clashing patterns – I would have replied “No thanks”

But here I am again proving myself wrong.

My new mantra for going forward “Throw caution to the wind”

Because look at me here:

Jazzy pants, pattern clashing and brighter colours are obviously now my thing 😉

Now who would have thought eh?


Pants: Sarong Pants $129.00 I’m wearing a size 10

Shirt: Brushstroke Shirt $149.00 I’m wearing a small

Mules: Antonia Mule Heel $129.00

What was the last thing your brought that pushed your fashion boundaries?


I’m hanging out with some gorgeous peeps at the lovely Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes place today, just saying 😉





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