What makes something match? I can’t really tell you, I just know I’m drawn to certain combinations that just seem like good ideas to me. I looked this up on google- it brought up a million thoughts on marriage pairings, but not so much about textiles. Ok- a good marriage for me involves a man who can tolerate my textile pairings. Mission accomplished!
I think this matches- do you? The mood feels similar to me- I’d do it. Would you?
How about this Missoni?
Is runway pairing too much for everyday? When designers throw the outlandish together, is it just to save runway time or are they showing their intent? Is it like stage makeup- just too much for close up? Will it end up looking like a drag clown on holiday?
I brought these 2 pieces together convinced I had a fab idea. But somehow, when the skirt debuted at work, it was with a black tank and the hot pink cardy and a pair of leopard flats that were trimmed in pink. I wimped out. What was I afraid of? Ok, I do live in the south and folks are quite genteel and matchy-matchy up in here. I’m telling you- their flipflops ALWAYS match their pedicure. Unless it’s a Christmas sweater, the ‘its too much’ line is as thick as a 4 lane highway. I get treated to a version of ‘Well, I don’t mind it on you….’ alot. This is followed by the audible whisper of ‘Bu-lesss….’ usually. I can almost here the ‘she is not raised right here, she doesn’t understand our tasteful ways’. This isn’t the cool south- the B-52’s don’t visit family here- this is the lame south. But really, are there still rules or is it all according to how you feel? I searched for Glamour Don’ts that involved print mixing and didn’t find any. It was all about the fit, the shape, the muffin top. So here goes nothing:
Anyhoo- I’ll give you a moment to digest the specialness. I’m pleased with both pieces- the top is an old favorite- Simplicity 1806 and the skirt is a new to me, but retired, Vogue. I think I stretched my skills a little bit with this one. The linen got a little stretchy on me as I forced it to my will with all these angles, but I persevered and I’m pleased. I realized that all those intersecting lines can only create what I will now forever think of as:
I chose the simplest version of the top this time- thinking I’d pair these together, I wanted the feel of directions from the prints and keep that motif unmolested. No cowling- just a slightly fitted shape to highlight the print.
So is matching about color families, print size, motif compatability or what? What makes a pairing scream for you? Are you a gaudy matchmaker at heart? Or a stay within the lines kind of dresser? Do I just need to follow my heart or go back to garanimals?
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