Fun With Prints – First Time Styling the Ann Taylor Graphic Looms Print Blouse

Learning new things about myself every day, such as…I think I may be afraid of prints. I was so excited to get this Ann Taylor blouse, but when it came to getting dressed in the morning, I would eye it distrustfully from across the room, before settling on a nice safe solid instead. It’s a lot of print, and not in my safe menswear zone like houndstooth or gingham. A week later and I finally got brave enough to put something together…sheesh!

Pattern mixing is great, if you know how to do it. I don’t, so I avoid it for fear of looking like a crazy person. Which is why I was absolutely positive this polka-dot pocket square would clash with this print blouse when I was digging in my closet for a pop of color. I tried colored necklaces, but nothing looked right. So I tucked this little burgundy pocket square in the breast pocket as a last resort…and I liked it. What do you think, does this count as pattern mixing?

This is also another example of faking fit. This blouse needs a slimming, and I’ll get it done, once I start making the tailoring rounds once again. I’m awaiting a blazer from the tailor that will cost me about $100 (shoulder & sleeve work). Ouch! I like to get my tailoring done in short spurts. Then when my sticker shock wears off, I’ll drop off a few more items and do it all over again. In the mean time, I’ll fake it ’till I make it!

And I figured out why I’m so attracted to this blouse. Anyone remember this look from Project Runway?


It’s part of the winning collection in Season 9 Episode 7 when the contestants had to create their own prints, and then create a cohesive collection as a team. I loved the high contrast graphic prints this team created (Anya, Victor, Oliver, and Anthony), especially with the bright red-orange pops of color. Future styling idea, me thinks.

Outfit Details – Theory “Amanda B.” blazer, size 00 :: Ann Taylor blouse, size 00P (post) :: Paige jeans, size 23 (hemmed) :: Saks Fifth Avenue pocket square (similar) :: Christian Louboutin Decollete pumps, size 35 :: Chanel M/L Handbag

Does anyone else have a hard time styling prints?


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