Under-the-Radar Pattern Mixing & White Jeans

White jeans & tan boots with plaid
White jeans & tan boots
White jeans & tan boots with plaid
Patterned snood & plaid shirt
White jeans & tan boots with plaid
Red check coat, white jeans & tan boots
Happy Sunday, everyone! 

This outfit that I wore to work last week has proved two things to me: 1. it’s hard to wear white jeans with knee high boots and not look like you’re going horse riding, and 2. It goes totally under my radar when I mix more than two patterns in an outfit*. 

I don’t mind the horse riding thing as I think that the horsey jodhpurs / boots / jacket look is really rather smart. (The fact that I didn’t get any “you look like you’re going horse riding” comments from my colleagues that day surprised me.) And I didn’t notice at all that I’d put together a striped top with a check shirt and an Aztec-ish pattern scarf until I saw the photos. Still works for me, though 😉

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One last thing: I am STILL begging for votes in the Bath in Fashion Blogger Awards (a UK regional best blogger award) – it’s a major deal for me so PLEASE vote, there’s only two days left to get them in! I have to attend the awards ‘ceremony’ on Thursday (there’s a catwalk show and I’m frow, how did I bag that?!) so PLEASE GET VOTING!


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Catherine x
*Correction: it’s four patterns if you count the coat…!

Jeans: Asos, Boots: Unknown (old), Shirt: Freemans, Top: Primark, Snood: Asos, Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers, Hair donut: Asos, Bag: c/o Jack Wills, Watch: Fossil, Nails: Models Own Concrete Mixer


  1. 18 April 2013 / 6:38 pm

    I think your look is FAB!! I love the white jeans in the boots and the pattern mixing rawks! You look very pulled together!!

  2. 17 April 2013 / 10:20 pm

    Classy as always. I'm trying to get my head around how this pattern mixing looks so great – and have ended up with 'it just does'. You've inspired me to try again! Thanks for sharing with WW xo

  3. 17 April 2013 / 1:07 pm

    Love your outfitand the pattern mixing, whoo I cant wait to wear my white jeans, I brought some ( to small as usual) so now I'm working hard to get into mine 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays,,,

  4. 17 April 2013 / 10:50 am

    Love your pattern mixing! I found your blog through What I Wore Wednesday, and I'm your newest follower! Feel free to follow back if you'd like.


  5. 16 April 2013 / 5:05 am

    Love your boots and bag!

    I just voted for you and hope you'll win! =D

  6. 15 April 2013 / 9:45 pm

    I think it looks amazing. It doesn't read equestrian to me at all – but then again I'm in Nashville where this look would be right at home.
    I voted weeks ago. Is there a second round of voting or is it just a one-time ballot? You're going to win, anyway 😉

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  7. 15 April 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Hi Catherine. Today's outfit you have done a great job layering. I like the Equestrian feel to this. The boots, button-down & coat are all Fab!! I love your Style. As a matter of fact I run a Weekly Feature where I featured one of your outfits from this past week as well. Here it is below:


    I would love for you to stop by my page & follow me as well. Consider me your Newest Fan & Follower. Also, you can link my post above and let your readers know I featured one of your looks. And I voted for you. Congrats & Good Luck Catherine Thanks. =)

    Have a Great Week, Ada. =)

  8. 15 April 2013 / 9:55 am

    I love the way you've combined your white jeans! That coat is amazing, I adore the style, shape, print and colour of it and it really compliments the tanned colour of your boots! Chic look Catherine, the way you combine prints always amazes me 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  9. 15 April 2013 / 4:05 am

    This mix of patterns is awesome! In fact, I think I might be trying to come up with something very similiar for tomorrow since the weather forecast just said rain and possibly snow and I don't want to look like winter again. Thank you for your wonderful inspiring posts.

  10. 15 April 2013 / 1:45 am

    You look adorable, I love this mix of patterns!

  11. 14 April 2013 / 11:38 pm

    Your photos are always so vibrant and perfect!
    Love this look! A pop of red and blue is amazing!

  12. 14 April 2013 / 11:16 pm

    Love your scarf! I must say that I'm sooooo jealous of your background! I was actually teasing my parents the other day that we needed to move to Britan so I could have awesome backgrounds! LOL!
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

    • 15 April 2013 / 8:17 am

      Thank you Natasha – it's funny I keep saying I want to move to California for the sunshine for blog pictures!! The weather is pretty dismal most of the time in the UK…!!

  13. 14 April 2013 / 10:40 pm

    I like your white and reds. They don't look "horsey" to me at all. Great pattern mixing!

  14. 14 April 2013 / 7:43 pm

    Lovely outfit! IF you hadn't pointed it out, I wouldn't have even noticed that it was stripes and plaids together.

    • 15 April 2013 / 8:13 am

      The stripes are very narrow, Courtney so it kinda looks purple – but yes there are three patterns there!! Thanks sweetie x

  15. 14 April 2013 / 4:00 pm

    Love the white jeans with the boots – I think that's a perfect shade of tan & the round toe makes it classy (rather than pointy toes which would make you look like you're horse riding). I also love your hairstyle. Do you think maybe you can do a Vblog on how you put your hair in a bun?



    • 15 April 2013 / 8:10 am

      Funnily enough another blogger has asked the same about my bun, so I think it will go on the list of "Vlogs I need to do". Watch this space, Saba – and thank you! x

  16. 14 April 2013 / 2:22 pm

    Fabulous photos, as per always. Love the white jeans plus boots, and I am not getting a horse riding vibe at all. So chic. xoxoxoxoxo

  17. 14 April 2013 / 2:11 pm

    Beautiful sun light photos and fabulous colours!
    The pattern mix suits you really well.

    Still unable to vote for you, I have tried again but it doesn't work, sorry…

    Lady of Style

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