Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pattern mixing with an entire city: architecture and fashion

This is not my usual style. I tend to dress more "retro" and feminine.

Shirt: I can't remember; Skirt: boutique; Sunglasses, bangle, big ring, and clutch: vintage; Shoes: Palladium; Right hand ring: Birks; Engagement ring: Britton Diamonds
But I'm not a one-note gal, and I enjoy switching it up. I find this skirt quite flattering and comfortable, and it seems to beg for pattern mixing, so the shirt, which I've had for at least fifteen years, seemed a good match for it.

So did the urban landscape. This outfit made me feel urban and sophisticated, like the city girl that I am. 

In fact, I have lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and New York. I find small towns and suburbs too socially stultifying and homogeneous. I lived in a small town for five years as a child and was mercilessly bullied for my differentness. After that, I vowed I'd always live in urban centres and I've kept my promise to myself.

I left home at seventeen and have supported myself ever since. I fancy myself as having a bit of a gritty edge to my character, despite my very feminine appearance.

With my rough background, I wouldn't have made it into adulthood alive if I weren't at least a little street smart.

So, it was kind of fun to externalize that grit and toughness of character a little ...

... and to harmonize my outfit with the city itself in creative ways ...

... even if those ways didn't work every time. 

Is this not one of your favourite photo bombs?

I enjoy the way looking for photo shoot locations for my blog causes me to look at my surroundings differently, and spot patterns I wouldn't have otherwise noticed.

And so it was a day of pattern mixing with an entire city instead of just an outfit. Think I'll start a new trend?

(I'm linking this up with Visible Mondays on Patti's Not Dead Yet.)


  1. I love the touches of red amongst the stripes. I also love the creative photo angles, and photo bomb. But my favourite is you sitting on the grate. Lovely stripe work. And a fascinating concept. Bravo! XO JJ

    1. If you look at my posts, I very often -- well, pretty much always -- try to match the setting to the outfit, but I've never called attention to that fact until this post. I've got a fun one coming up in which I match the bright colours of my dress to the bright colours in a playground.

  2. Very cool pattern mixing! Looks urban and sophisticated, not gritty at all. Not that there's anything wrong with gritty...

  3. I love pattern mixing so much
    Thank you so much for being part of the Share-in-Style family

  4. Best photo bomb of the week! Love your pattern mixing and your city style. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  5. Love the pattern mixing, such pretty seperates. Looks like you are having fun with the pics! Have a great day!
    from the link up, jess
    please stop by