Pattern Clash

I don’t know if I’m all about overalls, but I am all about mixing and matching my favorite fall patterns. If that means taking a walk on the wild side, then count me in. Layering on classic houndstooth check and lovable leopard just feels right. It’s my “pattern clash” of choice, and I’d encourage you to give your own version a try.

In addition to playing with checked and leopard patterns, this look is one of my favorite combinations of high low style — investment pieces (jacket, boots), designer sale score (overalls), #ShareMyTargetStyle (blouse, bag), and shop my closet (hat). And when you find the perfect street art backdrop to show it all of, you know you’re wearing a wardrobe winner!

Anchor Pieces

I have to start with this houndstooth blazer. It’s from L’Agence, a California-based label I recently discovered. L’Agence embodies the synergy of the effortless Los Angeles lifestyle with an understated Parisian influence. I had my eye on this jacket for several weeks, going so far as to try it on in-store, before I actually committed to ordering it. It is definitely an investment piece budget-wise (see Retail Math as discussed in this post), but it’s also an example of what happens when luxury fabrics meet cut, fit, and style. This houndstooth blazer is at once fashion forward and a timeless classic. Not to mention I feel like a million bucks when I slip it on. Love it!

If any overalls can transcend seasonal trends, this denim design can. Crafted in stretch cotton in a mid-wash blue, these overalls feature an enameled button placket and adjustable crisscross straps. For me, they’re more like a stylish jumpsuit than laidback overalls. I’m wearing them over a favorite fall blouse, but I plan on belting them (here, obi-style) over a cozy sweater, too.

This tie-neck houndstooth blouse is the perfect blend of drapey and tailored. And while it looks expensive, it’s beyond fabulously priced. For this post, I styled it with a pussy bow but leaving the ties loose looks equally chic. Love the puffy statement sleeves, too.

All About the Accessories

When we were shooting this post, my photog Kristin kept telling me these booties looked “like butter.” And let me tell you, they feel “like butter” too. But without the melting and calories! They are from Wonders, a made-in-Spain brand I had to share with you. With their ring-decorated side zip, rounded toe and flared block heel, these booties are rocking just the right kind of retro vibe. And with a memory-gel footbed and rubber sole, they are as comfy as they are cool.

Last but not least, let’s talk about just how fab this leopard-print hat and bracelet handle bag are. Both are faux fur but in the most luxurious way. A cozy topper with “cat-titude” to spare, this shop-my-closet hat always makes me smile, as much as it makes any outfit. It sure does get lots of fun comments and compliments, too! (Previously posted here and here.) And how cute is this bag? Yet another genius accessory from the design team at Target that I scored in-store. Sadly, it’s no longer available, but I’ve linked some super cute alternatives below.

So have you fallen for the “pattern clash” craze yet? And if not, will you give it a go?? I sure hope so!

Blazer: (L’Agence, limited sizes but other great checks available) Similar here (40% off, no code required!) and here (25% off with code STARTEARLY).

Overalls: (Ulla Johnson, 40% off) Love this sky blue corduroy pair, too!

Blouse: (WhoWhatWear x Target)

Boots: (Wonders, I chose cognac but black, red, and vino also available.)

Hat: (old, Kate Spade) Love this (under $15!), this (under $14!!) and this, too.

Bag: (One Fine Day x Target, sold out) Super cute alternatives here and here (40% off).

Photos by Kristin Moore-Gantz @artdirectthis. Street art @rubin415.

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