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by deathmama

old navy. i LOVED this print. but it was awkward around the chest and the neckline wasn't especially flattering. yes, it's an animal print but it's not leopard so it's progress.

Old Navy. I LOVED this print. but it was tight around the chest and the neckline wasn't especially flattering. Yes, it's an animal print but it's not leopard so it's progress.

Today, instead of complaining about prints I thought I’d challenge myself to try some on. So with an open mind I took my friend C and headed to the Mercer Island Thrift Shop.

I chose some sleeveless shirts in both prints I liked and prints I was doubtful about and tried them on. Just as I thought, I hated the prints that I thought I would not like. I tried, I did. Really. The prints I did like were too small or just not perfect (Would I wear it tomorrow? Do I love it?) so I had to let them go.

Then C found an adorable dress by I.N.C. in pink and black. We both liked it but I definitely thought it was more her style than mine. While I love the color pink, I don’t often look very good in it. C, on the other hand rocks the pink. We both tried it on and I ended up looking pregnant and could not zip up the side around my boobs. C was able to zip herself in and looked very cute. She bought the dress.

she looks good

She looks good

me, not so much

Me, not so much

I left empty-handed.

Aren't they all pretty, lined up like that? Unfortunately none of them worked for me.

Aren't they all pretty, lined up like that? Unfortunately none of them worked for me.

Next we headed to the Value Village in Lynnwood… except that I got lost and then decided to go to the Value Village in Edmonds. Again I tried on many prints but in the more familiar stripes family. I have to say, I almost loved most of the shirts I tried on. Something wasn’t quite right with each of them so I sent them all back. Long ago,  I would have purchased an “almost” shirt just because it was $2.99. One shirt in particular was hard to let go. It was an Ella Moss shirt (which as you recall, are very expensive) but in high-contrast stripes. I wanted it to work but when I put it on I looked pregnant. I guess this shirt was made for people who want to look bigger.

This? This did not work. I wanted it to, so badly. Sigh.

This cute Ella Moss shirt? This did not work. I wanted it to, so badly. Sigh.

If you ever wondered what happens to polk a dots on a breasted woman, darker dots are oblong in the middle and the larger dots get stretched across the boob. I like my hair here.

If you ever wondered what happens to polk-a-dots on a breasted woman, darker dots are oblong in the middle and the larger dots get stretched across the boob. I like my hair here though.

Lastly, don't buy anything called "Nite Sweatz." Same goes for Sag Harbor.

Lastly, don't buy anything called "Nite Sweatz." Same goes for Sag Harbor.

C got an excellent deal on some velvet (velour? Can’t remember) fabric and a purple jacket which she is going to doctor up to use on Halloween to go as… PRINCE! See how these two posts tie together? Nice!

P.S. Do “printed” T-shirts count as prints?

Yeah, it says Slytherin.

Yeah, it says Slytherin.

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Mixing Prints, Part Deux

Here’s an unusually short post from me. Today at the park I saw three examples of when mixing prints is TOTALLY OK:

floral sandwiched by dots and stripes.

floral sandwiched by dots and stripes = ok by me

apple top and psychedelic bottom

apple top and psychedelic bottom = right on!

stripes + plaid is always IN for toddlers

stripes + plaid is always IN for toddlers

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Today I set out bargain hunting with my good friend L.  The original intent was to try on clothes that were fashion don’ts and laugh and have a good time taking ridiculous pictures to post later to this blog. What I didn’t know was that it would be an enlightening experience packed with profound lessons, the most important being about trying new things.

I only bought two things today. The first thing wasn’t a surprise. A long sleeve green animal print T-shirt with raglan sleeves. The brand was Allen Allen, which I have bought in the past at Lucy, so I know that they are not cheap. Value Village had it for $4.99 so I couldn’t pass it up.

here is the author, satisfied after a big long day

here is the author, satisfied with her animal shirt

The second thing I bought was a total surprise. I originally went into the dressing room so that I could come out with a scandalous slutty short itty black dress that I would be sausaging out of. What I came out with was actually a pretty nice comfortable slinky number that I could dress up or down depending on the accessories. $9.99, so score!

 a surprise hit!

a surprise hit!

I also tried on an obnoxious pink leopard print dress which actually turned out not bad at all. I didn’t get it because the bust area didn’t fit very well but if I was going to a fabulous party I would have totally worn it.

perfect for the fictional fabulous party!

perfect for the fictional fabulous party!

Then I made my friend L try on a bunch of things. I was hoping she would come out of the dressing room a slutty whore but she came out actually kind of cute. I can totally see her wearing this to some night out.

a fantabulous look for L

a fantabulous look for L

This outfit, she was hoping for the polk a dot clown look but it actually turned out to be a cool breezy refreshing outfit for the beach.

beach time sawayaka L!

beach time sawayaka L!

This dress on the rack was so dumb that I had to make L wear it. But you know what? The cut of the piece was surprisingly undowdy in contrast to the old lady safari motif it was rocking. That’s why she is laughing here.  It was actually a good fit.

jungle love!

jungle love!

Another potentially pregnant looking maxi-dress turned out to be a relaxing resort outfit.

easy breezy beautiful L

easy breezy beautiful L

I made her try on this McDonald’s (If you look closely there are yellow Ms on there) shirt which ended up being too expensive for thrift ($24.99!!) but she is totally working this retro hipster look. And the silly golf shorts? She ended up buying those!

hipster golfer L

hipster mcgolfer L

I guess in conclusion, we have to say that you never know what trying new things will lead to. I didn’t expect to come home with a dress but I did. I didn’t know I could rock a fur coat, but I did (ok, I didn’t). Thrifting, my friends, is a lot of fun.

maybe in a parallel universe?

maybe in a parallel universe?

I would like to thank my friend L for modeling today. Also, big thanks to my toddler who did not have a meltdown during this 4 hour process.

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Animal Prints

I think a lot about animal prints.  As I mentioned before, I am not a print fan in general, but I do love the animal and camo.  I also like flames and skulls but realize that since I’m not a teenager or in the entertainment industry those might be a little harder to pull off (I use them on my toddler son, however).

Animal prints are tricky though.  Depending on your age, hair, makeup, and accessories you can either end up looking very trashy or scary.  Or you can look fun, playful, cute or classy.  Here are four examples I saw recently.   And I’m not saying any one is good or bad, they just have different “looks.”

I personally might be a little intimidated to approach this lady.

Hmm, I think the hair (length+color+needs trim = too much) plus print + black vinyl wedge heels = Biker Chick fail.   The print itself is kind of meh, the positioning of the stripes and spots is unflattering (makes it looks like bust is distorting it, but might just be the print).  The jeans are cute. The panties are not  – Robin

And this one sort of reminds me of a teacher I might have had in the past.

Okay what about this: you need to make an animal print work FOR you, not against you.  In the wild, prints work to camoflauge an animal and they define its body contours because of how the skin grows.  On a person, misplaced prints make them look randomly bulgy.  This woman could have an extra boob bulging out her back, with those contours.  I think her capris are otherwise working. Her little pink backpack really bugs.

This might be a nice former classmate I’ve talked to once or twice.

Robin’s comment: I think this is a good scale and flow to the print.  Makes her look more broad-shouldered than she is, doesn’t bug me, but you broad-shouldered people often seem to mention that.  Would longer sleeves help? Good length on the jeans.  Like the bag, is that contrasting leather?

This girl, she might be my friend.  I would tell her my secrets.

This works because the cardigan makes the print look like an accessory.  Good proportion of pattern to solid, the scale works with the outfit, don’t know what’s up with it being so short. It looks like “I’m paying attention and care about being put together, but not fussing too much.”

Now I don’t know where in the continuum I fall, but I am hoping I look age appropriate and maybe even fun or cute.  I’m not going for classy, sophisticated, sexy or trashy.  When I get a chance to take a picture of myself the next time I’m wearing animal print I will post it here and maybe you can vote on it.

FOUND IT . . . this is awesome:

Animal-striped Mama; Velvet Violet Baby with one fabulous red shoe; Hoodie mama, secretly anxious about sitting on that floor in designer denim

Animal-striped Mama; Velvet Violet Baby with one fabulous red shoe; Hoodie mama, secretly anxious about sitting on that floor in designer denim

I got that hoodie at Lucy, where I apparently get all of my animal print shirts. The following 3 tops all came from Lucy too:

Light zebra stripe Orange Vinyl tank from Lucy

Light zebra stripe Orange Vinyl tank

Lucy brand blue leopard print T (yeah, I get all my animal print shirts at Lucy)

Lucy brand blue leopard print T

Green leopard print Charlotte pullover from Lucy

Green leopard print Charlotte pullover

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Mixed prints

I tried to do this as a comment to dmama’s post below but I couldn’t get the picture to work.  Scroll down to read her posts and check out Mixed Prints below. Some prints I think work together:

Mixed prints looking great at the Zoo!

Mixed prints looking great at the Zoo!

I think this comes out cute (including the print handbags) in a fun, casual way.  The prints are all hip and current with good energy.  Not trying to matchy-match but doesn’t clash, either.  Left to right:

  • C in purple applique top, pink leggings, and pink camo Converse
  • Me in purple print shirt and blue/green/white Fossil purse
  • E in geometric green floral and white leggings
  • M in pink Velociraptor T and navy knit shorts
  • K looking fabulous in coral top, print skirt, and green print bag

I wouldn’t wear my Fossil purse as a skirt with that top. It’s definitely a different mood and color scheme — so it says “Hey I’m carrying a cute purse” not “wow I’m pulling it ALL together.” There is a common kind of blue in them both though, so I think it’s great for a day at the Zoo.

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Mixing Prints

We all know the rules.  Bold prints if your frame can handle it, daintier prints if you’re petite.  You can mix them if one is subtler than the other (Or not, if you’re 3 years old).

I’m not a fan of prints on myself.  I’ll admit I just keep away from them altogether.  On the few occasions I tried, I ended up wearing it only once and feeling self-conscious all day or not wearing them at all.  All of my printed shirts end up at my sister’s, which is fine because she looks great in them!  I love the look of horizontal stripes but I know the perils so my toddler ends up wearing almost exclusively stripes.

Prints are great on others, just not on me… that is, unless it’s camo or animal.  This is tricky since I’m 36 and I don’t want to look like a teenager or a hootchie cougar lady.  I tend to stay away from actual animal or camo colors and I confine it to an accent piece.  Since I’m mostly an all neutral solids girl I can pull it off fine.  On occasion I will accidentally wear some leopard print socks with my giraffe print dankso clogs but fortunately no one sees them.  Sometimes I also put on an animal print top forgetting that my purse is snakeskin print. Most of the time I can get away with it because my purse is hanging from the baby stroller.

So what do you do if you have a favorite printed purse?  Most people don’t have time to unload and reload the contents of their purses every time there’s an outfit change let alone think about whether they clash.  I know I certainly don’t.  So where do you draw the line between “Oops oh well haha!” and ugly?

stripedanimal

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