This week The SC found herself under the influence once again.  The “pattern mixers” within the blogging community have inspired me with their talents and creative powers.


I consider myself in the class of Pattern Mixing 101.  But somehow my eye has been changed by years of observing photos of those who teach the Master Classes.  These artists have encouraged me to experiment, if only minimally, and begin to play in a way that I wouldn’t have thought of before I began blogging.


As I was putting together an outfit around this vintage estate sale wool coat dress with subtle pattern, my gaze fell upon this multicolored scarf, and then, in the hat room, I drifted in the direction of leopard print.  Somehow it all felt harmonious and fun, and ready to pair with a brick and concrete wall and the winter vine stretching across its surface, creating its own decorative design.


There are many bloggers who mix patterns and have me under the influence.  The following creatives are just a few of the pattern mixers that I admire.  There are so many more deserving of mention!

Thank you to Bella of The Citizen Rosebud HERE and Anne of Spy Girl HERE.


Thank you to Vix of The Vintage Vixen HERE and Curtise of The Secondhand Years HERE.


Thank you to Ariane of Style Sud-Est HERE and Sacramento of Mis Papelicos HERE.


Thank you to Carol of Femme et Fleur HERE and Sue at A Colorful Canvas HERE.


Thank you to Melanie of Bag And Beret HERE and Shelley of Forest City Fashionista HERE.

Also wearing: leopard print felt hat with brown grosgrain ribbon trim by Erin Saboe of Denver, vintage green gloves, vintage earrings and bracelets – estate sales and multicolored scarf – scarf and jewelry show at a friend’s home.


Photos by Annie

Bella’s Shoe Shine HERE takes place on the second Tuesday of every month, and I’m joining her party with my consignment store vintage Pucci suede wedge heeled boots.

I’m taking my very humble pattern mixing over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  Can’t wait to see what the other visibles are up to today.

Thank you to Margaret Manning of Sixty and Me HERE for the inclusion in your piece on women over 60.

56 Responses to “The Pattern Mixers And Bella’s Shoe Shine”

  1. Kristian

    This is STYLE. Unique and eye catching. Love the coat on you but the hat and gloves combo really make it pop to me.

  2. Delores

    Stumbled onto this site and really enjoyed it. Loved the different styles and us women still know how to hook things together. Crazy about hats too! Had a dress up day at the senior center and I wore the 50’s look and the folks I see almost everyday thought I was a movie star. They did not recognize me – I thought they were playing. It was a lot of fun – the center wants to have it again.

  3. kenju

    That scarf is magnificent! I’d hang it on the wall.

  4. Sheila - Denver Diva

    For someone with such exceptional talent for not only putting together such stunning ensembles, but also modeling them – I am amazed some fashion industry tycoon has not snapped you up…but wait – oh that’s right – they live in a world where only women 25 years old and younger exist!

    Just found this blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. My twin and I both appreciate women past 30 who step out and give voice to what resonates with us regarding fashion for women who are ‘mature’ but not yet dead!

  5. Megan Mae

    Quite possibly the most beautiful and luxe coat I’ve seen off a runway. LOVE it.

  6. Veshoevius

    What a gorgeous outfit! This is a stunning look from head to toe and I love how you’ve photographed it in front of the complimentary colours and textures of the vine and wall behind. I also am in the class of Pattern Mixing 101 and I too find Curtise and Vix are big inspirations to me in trying my hand at it.

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