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October 8, 2011

Poodles and Polka Dots

poodle print sweater, polka dot skirt, faux fur scarf, Forever 21 Miu Miu heels, California fashion blogger

poodle print sweater, polka dot skirt, faux fur scarf, Forever 21 Miu Miu heels, California fashion blogger

poodle print sweater, polka dot skirt, faux fur scarf, Forever 21 Miu Miu heels, California fashion blogger

poodle print sweater, polka dot skirt, faux fur scarf, Forever 21 Miu Miu heels, California fashion blogger

poodle print sweater, polka dot skirt, faux fur scarf, Forever 21 Miu Miu heels, California fashion blogger

Poodle prints and polka dots are two things that for me call to mind the 1950s. Interestingly enough, the 1950s did not inspire this outfit.  On the racks, I found this sweater too cute too resist, and thought it would be fun to pair it with another black and white print.  As much as I love the large Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney-inspired polka dots this season, I personally find smaller scale dots easier to wear.  A couple of tips I've learned about how to mix prints with ease:

  • If you mix two prints that are in the same color family, it looks effortless because color becomes the unifying factor that ties the pieces together.
  • I prefer to keep the scale of the prints similar. For example, a thin stripe with a small to medium floral print, or a large plaid with a thick stripe.
  • Have fun with mixed prints. The effect can be creative and eccentric.
The skirt is from Cotton On, who I can always count on for on-trend pieces for under $15. With the news that Cotton On will soon be opening a store within walking distance, I'm sure to be stocking up there in the near future.  The opening of this store, in addition to the emerging photos of Versace for H&M and the news about Jason Wu for Target, will have me counting down the days until their release.

*For more insight into what inspires my personal style, how I got started in the fashion industry, and what trends I'm loving for fall, check out this interview I did for FashionBFF.

Wearing: Forever 21 poodle print sweater, Cotton On skirt, H&M faux fur scarf, Daisy Fuentes envelope handbag, and Forever 21 heels.

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