Thursday, July 1, 2010

Checked

Checked

Works Cited
top: thrifted
skirt: i made it
belt: mommed
sandals: steve madden via dsw

While everyone else on earth seems to be suffering with crippling heat, around here, the weather is pretty much perfect. 70's, sunny, and dry--so I wanted to wear this button-up that I thrifted a while back. I was excited about this outfit in theory, and in practice it's not too bad either. I know mixing patterns isn't for everyone (Christopher, for one, hates it), but I like the simplicity of red and white checks with red and white flowers.

Checked

On two unrelated notes, my toe is feeling lots better--thank you for those of you who asked! I still can't really put it into close-toed shoes, but the swelling has gone down lots, thank goodness.

Also, Anne-Marie mentioned the problem of these kind of sandals producing cankles yesterday. I don't think I am free of the cankle-making curses of gladiator sandals, but I'm throwing caution and the appearance of slender ankles to the wind today, because these shoes are comfy and don't make my toe ache. But I'd say sadly, yes, gladiators do seem to provoke the appearance of cankles on even the thinnest of ankles. Whether or not that stops you from wearing them is another matter...are you ever wary of clothing items that might not flatter, even if you like them?

34 comments:

Carys said...

I love your shirt and skirt, those are such unexpected colours, but they go great together!
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Julia said...

I really like the pattern matching here - the colors work so well together! and I love the plaid + floral

I find the same thing with gladiators - but my calf "bulbs" are so monstrous that even if my ankles look bigger, they still don't compare to the rest of the calf!

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Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I'm big on the gingham this spring/summer, so of course I love your entire look today. Love how the reds play on each other.

I haven't purchased my first pair of true gladiators yet for that exact reason - I'm short as is, so me in flats and ankle cutter-offing footwear don't mix well. Doesn't keep me from lusting after them though!

Bee said...

I love that you're in red and white on CANADA DAY!
I'm sure this wasn't on purpose, but it still makes my Canadian self happy. Have a great day! I hope your toe feels better soon. :)

Sal said...

This might be my favorite pattern mix ever. Seriously! It works perfectly.

Gladiators might not be super flattering, but they are certainly comfy. So I indulge.

Malicious Mallory said...

I love that shirt! I want one.
I'm not sure how I feel about the mixing patterns. I get the feeling that it looks better in person than in photos, though.
Also, I have the same gladiators! From DSW as well. :)

Rebecca said...

I think the gingham and floral prints look great together.

Kelly's Joie de Vivre said...

This pattern mix really works! I've been so afraid to try them!

Cynthia Gibas said...

I have to say, I've generally been one of those "no pattern mixy" people, but you look cute here. I do enjoy texture+pattern combos though, maybe I'm on my way to crazier pattern mixing.

I am afraid to buy a pair of shoes that I really adore at this moment exactly because of the cankle issue. Er, well, and that "no shopping" thing.

allison said...

LOVE mixing patterns!

Bex said...

I really love this pattern combination - it is delightfully unexpected. The outfit looks really cute with the gladiator sandals, too!

Keira Lennox said...

Another awesome print mix! You're my mixology role model ;)

Elaine said...

Yay! I'm so glad to hear the toe is doing better. I'm pretty sure my right pinky toe is broken because it's all bent weird but I don't remember the act of breaking it. I know I used to bang it into door frames a lot. Anyway, I hope your toe isn't bent weird now! ;)

I like the checkered shirt with the floral print. I'm also on the hunt for a checkered shirt!!

As for cankles, Tania, you never need to worry about that!! I never thought cankles when you wore ankle straps. I have short legs so when I wear ankle shoes, I make sure my skirt/dress is above the knee to show off as much leg as possible. Sometimes it works, but usually it doesn't.

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Julie said...

Ah, what a great shirt! I have not met one guy under forty who likes mixing patterns. They freak out.

Sit Under the Apple Tree said...

I love this combination! I, for one, think pattern mixing is so fun, carefree and fresh! The red gingham looks wonderful on you - love your hair also! Glad to hear the toe is a little better :)

Oona said...

Oh this outfit makes me so happy! It's just right. Nothing over the top like some people have been doing lately but two pieces that actually complement each other.

Lauren said...

I stopped wearing my gladiators, for one, because of the cankles thing. In general, though, I just tired of the trend.

I do sometimes wear clothes that are technically unflattering on me though

Lauren said...

I absolutely LOVE this outfit. You totally pulled it off the mixing of the patterns that I keep trying to do myself! And I hear the debate on the gladiator sandals - I almost didn't get a pair this year until my aunt helped me figure out that the gladiator sandals in a neutral metallic didn't make me appear quite as cut-off at the ankles as black ones did (for me - I love your's!)

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eek said...

Great mixing of patterns! Love it!

I have some gladiators very similar to yours and wear them regardless. I haven't really noticed a cankle effect on you so I'm hoping I don't have one on me :)

Lori said...

Lack of support and cankle-inducing, I think I'm staying clear of the gladiator trend.
Great shirt btw :)

Larysse Tavares said...

I can't say anything about gladiators, but I might say I always stick with the comfortable when it is against the beautiful but not your feet friend, hahaha.

You do know how to mix patterns ms. Tania. I am envious now! Haha.

Take care, Larysse

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northwest is best said...

Great pattern mixing! I used to really dislike it, almost feel offended by it, but nowadays I'm more open minded.

Monique said...

Really like the outfit. I have a hard time trying to pattern mix, but you did it really well. I am glad to hear that your toe is feeling better.

tastymoog said...

this outfit is great! red gingham is so classic.

i have really thin/bony ankles, but i don't wear gladiators or booties b/c i think they make my short legs look too stumpy! :|

Tanvi said...

This is a great mix-matched outfit. Works wonderfully!!

Melanie said...

Love your print-mixing. The top and skirt look marvelous together!

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elbee said...

Your skirt is super cute - it reminds me of an album cover from a band I really like called Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin!

(Yes that is their actual name, I'm not entirely sure why it is so long)

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I really like the pattern mixing here! I'm a sucker for red and blue, so I really adore this outfit, Tania!

MarchMusings said...

Good mixing of prints here

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

I am definitely not suffering in cripling heats here, its been freezing this week.

I really love the pattern mixing here, its very unique, I don't think I've come across a mix of florals and checks before, its always spots and stripes these days, which I also love but.

Nicola said...

I'm loving the mixing of checks and florals here! It's a nice colour combo. :)

佩春 said...

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Melissa said...

I love the pattern mixing in your outfit! I think they work well together.

As for unflattering clothes...yeah. I know white pants aren't very flattering, nor are horizontal stripes, but I wear them both. I just like them.

Glad your toe is feeling better!

Kyla said...

Pattern mixing makes me HAAAAAPPPPYYY!!!! I LOVE this so much! I think boys just don't get pattern mixing ... much like multi-tasking.

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