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Thursday, October 24, 2013

An Answer To A Question About My Fall Wardrobe


It all started with a couple of questions……….

"What is your favorite item to wear for Fall this year?" by my friend Janell Beals from the House of Fifty blog.

My answer was……

leopard and plaid 3

When I gave her my answer she asked me if I had anything on my blog about this pattern matching, so you see I just had to write this blog post.


Leopard is not new to my wardrobe, nor is plaid, however wearing them together is new for me.

Ralph Lauren is the master at pairing these two patterns together, and it was this image that first caught my eye, and made me look further for more of this combination.

mixing leopard with plaid: ralph lauren: fall '12
I did not have to look very hard to find combinations that I thought would work well for me, or anyone for that matter.

Whatever floats your boat
I find that I like it best when used subtly, and usually with a green or red plaid.

Plaid, stripes + leopard #ampedONstyle | Not a fan of this jacket trend, but I'm loving the mixed prints.
Leopard flats seem to work with so many combinations even stripes and plaids.

What makes this work so well IMHO is the camel vest pulls all the patterns, and colors together. 

The red purse makes the plaid marry well to all the other patterns.

PLAID. Leopard. Chambray.
Plaid, leopard and chambray. All working well together. 

I will admit this look is not for every one, and you have to be very careful how you pull it together. 

Mixing these two patterns is for the brave, and for those that love to mix patterns.

@Chriselle Buendia Lim is loving her Rafe "Sarina" leopard print envelope clutch available @sharan's

Using black watch plaid with leopard is probably my favorite combination.

I fell in love with the green plaid shirt from Jcrew, and was so disappointed when it was out of stock……

J Crew.  Tartan.  Need I say more?
I just knew it would look great with leopard. I looked on ebay and all over the web to no avail. 

Recently we took a trip to the Factory outlet for Jcrew and since it was my birthday I got lucky, and they had it!! Now I can wear some plaid with leopard this year. I just might throw on some pearls and a little bling too!!

 Here is the coat I will be wearing it with……

ASOS Longline Animal Fur Coat.
A pair of jeans, green plaid shirt, and brown booties and I am good to go!!

Some RED and LEOPARD done well.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Wrap, Renee Silk Square plaid and leopard
For the more conservative a RL plaid and leopard silk scarf!
Have I convinced you yet?



Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I'm convinced!!!
What great combinations Kathysue!
I love them all....

Anonymous said...

YES! Two of my favorite patterns for fall...and winter too! I have a beautiful faux leopard jacket that I am waiting for the first chilly day (delayed in TX lol) to wear it.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love both leopard and plaid, so I love all of these looks. Hugs, Marty

vignette design said...

My two favorite patterns and they look fabulous together!

Kathysue said...

I know D! I thought of you when I wrote this and how beautiful you looked in your long tartan plaid skirt at your daughters wedding.♥

michele said...

oh i do love this combo. work it, kathysue!


Sarah said...

I love the combo! Thinking I need that RL scarf. '-)
Leopard pattern shoes are abundant in my closet. They work with much of what I wear. Thanks for sharing.....I'm off to the RL site.

Libby said...

Ok.... am I the only one? I do not like plaids! I don't think I own anything..hmm..no nothing, with plaid in it. Either for myself or my house. Maybe I need to reconsider? I think I burned out on plaids many many years ago in the Maine woods with plaid shirts and grungy jeans and feeling so UN put together each summer!! (my Mother made me do it!)
Leopard, yes indeed; but plaid no. I love some of the looks here...but I guess just not for me.

Merlin said...

Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!! You Go girl!! franki

debra @ 5th and state said...

not only am i convinced i am going shopping! in england now and headed to edinburg next week, all i can see is plaid!

The Buzz Blog said...

We were just a Ralph Lauren Home the other day listening to the President speak about their fall inspiration and yes, leopard print and plaid was definitely a look of their this fall! We're loving a pair of leopard print flats we bought this fall and wear them with everything. Have a great weekend, Kathysue!
C + C

Ivy Lane said...

I am not a plaid fan. However, the combination of it with leopard is quite interesting..eye catching... I think I shall pull out my leopard print scarf this week and take an outfit "up a notch"!

Happy Monday!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Great combo...I love the two together!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Great post, Kathysue!!
I love leopard and plaid, so I am right there with you! I love the shirt with the red pants, and the belt doesn't hurt either.

Grace and Beauty said...

I love all those outfits! I need to mix those patterns.

Grace and Beauty said...

I love that combo, I'm going to have to try it!! Thanks for sharing!

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

I am feeling so special to be mentioned in this post Kathysue, thank you!! Ok, you've convinced me, in love and taking this inspiration along with me for a little shopping trip! Janell

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

So chic and stylish. You and Janell can definitely pull this off!

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

So chic and stylish. You and Janell can definitely pull this off!