How to Mix Patterns

Loves, we’ve been having our own little theme party all week! And today, we’re getting into the nitty gritty of mixing patterns. I know that many of you are a little scared to jump in and mix patterns. I’m hoping that this video answers some of your questions, relives some of your fears, and inspires you to get out there and mix it up (patterns that is!).

How to Mix Patterns

Now, loves, you know a bit about how I mix patterns. What I want to know: how can I help you? Got a mixing pattern question you’re dying to ask? Want some personal help putting an outfit together? Let’s chat! I’m all yours! racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com or slide into my DMs at @racheladelicia! You can also tag me in or send me your mixed pattern outfits, I would love to see them!!

Below I’ve linked some of my most favorite printed items! These pieces are great by themselves, and would look great mixed together (or with any piece in your closet). I hope that you find something you’re excited to mix!

XO RA

Leopard Picks!

Polka Dot Pieces!

Floral Picks!

Find something you love? Mixed up your patterns? Tag me on Instagram (@racheladelicia) I would love to see!

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#dotsondots

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Investment Piece: Mixed Patterns
Investment Piece: #dotsondots

Have you heard? We’re having a theme party this week! Mixed patterns, mixing patterns, patterns on patterns. Quite the party!

And there’s nothing like kicking off a party with polka dots. Right?

I have feelings about polka dots. Some feelings are that you can’t go wrong with polka dots, that dots are neutral, and that there isn’t a dot that I don’t like. (You can see more of dots and dots here, here, here, and here.)

When it comes to mixing patterns, the easiest thing to do with dots is to pair them with more dots.
Dots on Dots.
It’s a thing.

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Investment Piece: #dotsondots
Investment Piece: #dotsondots
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I’ve said more than once that there is no “magic formula” for mixing patterns. And that’s true- to a point. However, there are tricks and ways to make mixing patterns easier on you! Dots on dots.

Or in other words, mixing patterns is a snap when you mix pieces with the same pattern. Maybe one piece is different colors (see white and black polka dots above), or in different sizes (big and small). Mixing the same pattern together in different pieces can take the worry out of mixing patterns, because you know that the two patterns will go together. Surprise! Dots go with dots! (Stripes also go with stripes but that’s a post for another day!)

The magic in dots on dots, or mixing any same pattern? You get to play with the details- the colors, the sizes, the pieces. Freedom and structure, the perfect juxtaposition.

My favorite thing about dots on dots? It makes even seperate pieces look like a set.

**Though I have a confession. I had this exact dot on dots look in mind for a while. I kept trying it, and yet something always felt off. What? I’m not sure, because finally one day it just looked great (to me at least!). The point? Play with your dots on dots (or mixing patterns). Sometimes it just takes a minute.
And yes, I added stripes on the shoes for a kick. I can’t help it!

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I’ve linked some of my favorite dots below! Happy mixing!
XO RA

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Mixed Patterns

Investment Piece: Mixing Patterns
Investment Piece: Mixing Patterns
Investment Piece: Mixing Patterns

Sometimes things don’t go to plan (see yesterday’s Sunday Chronicles).

Sometimes I get hung up on ideas and they don’t come to fruition. (It rained all morning when I was going to shoot)

And sometimes, I feel the need for a theme (because who doesn’t love a theme party?).

I get asked many questions. And one of the ones that keeps popping up, and one that I ponder is: how do you mix patterns?
Because the answer to this question is not cut and dried. It’s not easy. Mixing patterns is 90% experimentation, 5% courage, and 5% formula.

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Yes, my loves. There are those of you who read that and thought: “Yay! Rachel is going to share the secret of mixed patterns.”
And then, those of you who read that and got “Um, did Rachel just say that there is no formula for mixed patterns?”

Loves, both of you are right.

Mixed patterns are hard and a scary and intimidating thing for most of us. Even if you’re a “fashion gal”. The thing is- there are no hard and fast rules about mixed patterns. I have my options and guidelines, I also talked about them here.

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Mixed patterns. A theme I like, and a theme maybe we all need to explore. So, this week that’s what we’re going to do. What you can expect: outfits, videos and all the tips I can give and get us about mixing patterns. Maybe we can all conquer this whole mixing patterns issues together?

First up? The best advice I can give about mixed patterns. Make someone else do it for you.
What does that mean exactly? Buy a mixed pattern dress (or skirt or top). All you have to do is wear it. Simple? Cheating? Or brilliant? Either way, it’s a mixed pattern and you mastered it. So?

This week I’ll be sharing tips and really focusing on polka dots, florals, stripes, and leopard. Have another question? Another pattern that’s a must chat about? Let me know! Between videos and outfit posts and a Facebook Live (I’ll let you know the day and time) I’ll get it in!

Below I’ve linked some of my fave mixed patterns items. Can’t wait to conquer this theme with you!
XO RA

PS this weekend and the week leading up to it are some of the best sale shopping you can do! Yes, you and I are going to deal with mixed patterns, on site I’ll also be posting some of my fave sales picks (and the best sales!) Also make sure you’re on my email list, Instagram, and Facebook-I’ll be posting special sale items on those places too!

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Vintage Dots

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Investment Piece: Vintage Dots
Investment Piece: Vintage Dots
Investment Piece: Vintage Dots
Investment Piece: Vintage Dots
Investment Piece: Vintage Dots
Investment Piece: Vintage Dots

I’ve kinda lied. These dots aren’t vintage. But these jeans? They are. So half of one? Six dozen of the other?

And really, when the pieces are this amazing, does it matter what is vintage?

First: Nothing beats vintage Levis for the look from the back. I love the high waist, but my natural waist is super high. I keep hearing that low rise are coming back. That rumor sends chills down my back. If low rise comes back, please know that you will find me in my vintage Levis, rocking the high waist. And double bonus? Vintage Levis look amazing with just about ANYTHING.

Including dots. Polka dots are another one of those patterns that I think of as neutral. (At this point you may be wondering what I don’t consider a neutral, I’ll let you know when I find it.) The great thing about polka dots is that they can be fun and playful, and yet a bit sophisticated all at the same time. I love these big ones, and this top that can be worn on or off the shoulder. The sleeves pop a bit, and while it’s not vintage, I love that these dots feel a bit vintage. Goes great with jeans, pants, shorts, skirts, over a bikini. Why limit yourself?

You know me, I’m a sucker for details.

The shoes? Gucci. I have a thing for red shoes. I have a thing for bling, even when it’s hidden. Gucci has my heart. And the sling back and slight heel is perfect for any occasion. You can feel special, but not over the top. These are from a season or so ago, but there’s good news. When the style isn’t current the chance you can find them on a resale site. Covetable style for less? Yes, please!

This outfit has become my go to, it’s perfect for running errands, as well as happy hours. Vintage dots for the beginning of summer win?

I’ve linked similar styles below. I’d love to know- how do you rock dots?

XO RA

And you can score some amazing deals:

Rent The Runway

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Tailoring

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I’m in the process of having some pants tailored. As in, almost remade. It’s been a long process, there are times when it’s felt too long. However, every time my tailor and I get closer to the finished product, I can’t help but get excited. I also have to remind myself that working with my tailor is a process and that a great tailor is a great investment! You are getting so much more about my “new” old pants, but first, let’s chat tailoring.

One of my very first posts was centered around “great investments”, one of which I thought was a tailor.
(See the original article here) And I still hang onto that thought. If you’re investing in your closet, a great tailor is a must have! Yes, for mends like buttons, zippers, holes, and hems you might be able to do the work yourself; however, I find that a professional often does it faster and better, and ensures that the item that needs mending doesn’t spend the rest of its life on my closet floor.

But a tailor is so much more. A great tailor can remake a garment for you–nip or let out the waist, or various parts, tighten or loosen, lengthen or shorten. You look best in clothes that fit you best and a tailor can help you get there!

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This number needed to be slightly let out in the bust–and even with the pleating, no problem for a great tailor.

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This dress (seen here) was taken in at the waist, and the back slit was lengthened.

The great news about a great tailor is that they can really transform a garment into something special. Which is amazing for all those things that you try on that just need a little something done. However, tailors aren’t always miracle workers and much like any important relationship (I’m looking at you, hairdressers) communication is key. So how can you best work with your tailor? Glad you asked!

Be Realistic

If something is 2 sizes too small and has no extra fabric in it, your tailor cannot make it your size. However, there may be times when your tailor has to tell you “no”. Certain fabrics, certain cuts and drapes, they just don’t mix. What you envision may not be doable. So ask questions like “Can we do this?” “What will this look like?” “What are my options here?” A great tailor will be honest and lay out your options, and may even have some suggestions that you didn’t even think of!

Let them know YOUR Preferences
I like my waists high and nipped. I think, for my body type, it looks best. I also like my sleeves to come down to my wrists. My tailor knows me and works with me to get the looks I like. But, even when we try things on it’s on me to be vocal–I like this, I don’t like this. Your tailor can’t please you if they don’t know what you want.

Fittings. More than one Fitting

Ok, some things don’t need a fitting–much less two. But some really do. If you’re altering a garment in a major way I would suggest more than one fitting to make sure everything is perfect. And move in it–raise your arms, turn, sit down–all of it. Make sure that the fit and movement are what you want. And talk to your tailor about what you’re seeing, and ask what they’re seeing!

Most of this comes down to talking to your tailor–about likes, fit, etc. The more honest you are, and the more they are honest with you, the better fit you will get!

I hope these tips help! Happy Tailoring!

XO RA

The One That Almost Didn’t Happen

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Investment Piece: The one that almost didn't happen
Investment Piece: The One that Almost didn't happen

Have I mentioned that I like to tempt fate? Apparently I do. Last week was a bit crazy with all the family events (some of us had birthdays: Mom and me. And let’s not forget Mother’s Day!) So, I may have outlined everything, but left some work to the last minute.

You know. Like shooting the looks. And writing about the looks.
I pretend like I have things together at all times. Please know that is a lie.

This look? This look is the one that almost didn’t happen. Not because it’s all white, a risk at all times.
Not because the skirt is leather, a risk now that Mom’s house (TX) has decided it’s summer.

Seriously. It’s 95. Get it together spring!

Note: this skirt is almost the one that I replaced in this story about letting go.

This look almost didn’t happen as I couldn’t get the camera to charge. Then I did and got this look (which I love for any night out) shot.
This look almost didn’t happen as I couldn’t get my editing software to work. Then I did, and got them uploaded.

This look almost didn’t happen, but it did. (Thank you to all the champagne, cursing, and huffing that helped, or so I like to think.)

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Investment Piece: The One that Almost didn't happen
Investment Piece: The One that Almost didn't happen
Investment Piece: The One that Almost didn't happen

This is the one that almost didn’t happen. But it did. So, let’s chat about it?

I like all white. It’s innocent and risky all at the same time (like an angel just waiting to spill on herself). Loves, you know me by now, as much as I like all white any outfit for me comes down to the details. In the one that didn’t happen? It’s the leather skirt (WITH POCKETS). The rose gold leather bra paired with a sheer white sweater (perfect for the summer, and you can wrap it any way that works). And these shoes. I have a thing for feathers. I have a thing for heels that are clear (they’re in this year). And I have a thing for things that pop.

The one that almost didn’t happen? Perfect for any special summer night. Or take a night and let this combo make it special. You know, make it happen.

My goal for the rest for the week is to not leave everything to the last minute. Wish me luck. Or stay along and see what exciting things happen?

The skirt is vintage and this sweater is a good 10 years old. Lucky you, I’ve found similar and these exact shoes (as well as some affordable options) are linked below). This did happen, and I have faith in you recreating it!

XO RA

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Birthdays and Sales!

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Investment Piece: Birthdays and Sales!
Investment Piece: Birthdays and Sales
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Investment Piece: Birthdays and Sales
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It’s still my birthday (ok, maybe not really). But I’m still celebrating my birthday. And since when it’s your birthday you can do whatever you like, I’m doing just that. I’m looking back at some of my favorite looks from this past year, and sharing them with you. And because, everyone should have some new for my birthday, I’ve linked some of my favorite sales pieces from the week below!

I hope you get champagne, love and new this weekend!

I’m still celebrating and I think you should be, too!

XO RA

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for Mom

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I promise there is so much exciting, new content headed your way. Birthday weeks are always a little crazy, and always make me a little nostalgic. I can’t help but look back at some of my old looks, and my old celebrations. This post is from a few years ago. I had worn this sheer dress with just a body suit to a fashion event. And though my momma loves me, she doesn’t always love the fashion risks I take. So, that year, for her birthday, I knew that I had to style this dress the way she’d love it!
As I wrote:
My mom is my biggest fan and helper (she’s actually CFO of this little venture). She’s always has my back, always supports me, always is willing to help. And she’s not the biggest fan of all the sheer that I sometimes wear. So, today is a big birthday for her–and in her honor–here in me, with a sheer dress, but with a full slip (the way that she likes it!). And I have to admit–it’s not bad this way either!

Happy Birthday Mom!! Love you!

And the things is: I still love this dress. I’ve worn it both ways-risky and not, as well as over swimsuits. I even have thrown it over cutoffs. Sheer is versatile, let me be the first to tell you! So, even thought this post was shot years ago, this look feels current to me. And I’m still looking to treat Mom for her birthday, so it seems appropriate to repost it. Thank you for indulging me!

And I hope everyone has a great Monday! XO RA

Details:
Dress: Reformation, sold out online, contact them love@thereformation.com or similar here
worn with a full slip
Shoes: LAMB, old, similar here

I’ve updated the shopping options here (for you and your momma!):

XO RA

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Going Green

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Investment Piece: Going Green
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, high fashion, kenzo, vintage, waterworks, CA, TX

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you’re just so tired that everything seems a little draining? I’ve had that kind of week. How cool is it that I was so wiped that I went to bed at 9p last night? Yes, the rumors are true, I’m a cool kid.

What do I do when I have weeks that just drain me? Go green. Get to the water. And since I can’t always get to ocean, I get to any water I can. These pictures were taken by one of my loves, Megan Weaver, in the water gardens in downtown Fort Worth. While not the ocean, the sound of the water soothes my soul and reenerginzes me.

As for going green? Let’s chat about this dress!

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Investment Piece: Going Green
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, kenzo, vintage, high fashion, waterworks, CA, TX

Pastels may show up every spring but when they look as good as this green dress, can you really be mad about that? This perfect sage green and the pink screams spring (and we know I love a great juxtaposition, hence the gladiator sandals).

I got this dress on Etsy- vintage Kenzo. I love the green color, but also the timeless cut- and the details. Those sleeves, that belt. They say that being outside, in the green, is good for you. Does that count for green dresses’ too? Asking for me.

Full confession? I’ve had this dress for a bit. Ok, over a year. And these pictures weren’t taken this week. But, when I need to feel as free as I did when we took them-running in waterfalls and all–I relive the memory. And, just maybe, go green in this dress.

How do you deal when you’re drained?

The dress is vintage and the shoes are from many years ago, but I’ve linked similar items for your shopping pleasure.

Xo RA

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