WIW: Maximal Casual

Using Angie's blog post on casual layers and bling, I put this together today. It gets more maximal with a leopard cardi with blue, cream, black and grey. The gold leaf necklace is s nod to a lovely autumn day and belonged to my mother. Is this too much? Would different jeans or boots be an improvement? Photos 5/6 are the outfit without the cardi.
This outfit also fulfills my weekly challenge on El Cee's thread to dress for weather changes during the day.
I welcome your thoughts and ideas.
I tried the formula on Saturday with two button-down shirts, blue and white stripes under a red/blue flannel plaid, but got no photos. This combination was too fussy with the two sets of long sleeves.

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  • Tanya replied 2 years ago

    This looks great on you, Joy!  Both versions, with and without cardigan, look good and I wouldn't change a thing.

  • UmmLila replied 2 years ago

    I like these looks because the colors all work together ... and I think you could also do the stripe and leopard without the plaid element.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 2 years ago

    Great Idea that works as the tones are similar.

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago

    Oh you did that. Made my maximum heart go boom boom

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, Tanya, UmmLila, Tracey, and Ledonna. UmmLila, this striped tee mixes easily with other patterns. It has often been paired with a floral cardi and jacket. Wider stripes are harder to mix.
    Ledonna, this outfit made me think of you. The tee is thrifted.

  • El Cee replied 2 years ago

    Fabulous layering and pattern mixing, Joy. The tones work well together. I would not change a thing. The outfit is terrific.

  • Eliza replied 2 years ago

    Maximal and fab, Joy. It works both ways.

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, ElCee and Eliza. ElCee, the addition of the cardi kept me warm enough for early morning and the other layers were comfortable the rest of the day. So the outfit also met the weekly challenge too.

  • shedev replied 2 years ago

    Cute mix Joy.

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    You really manage to look completely composed even dressing in at your most maximally. Impressive!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, Shedev and Shevia. I was surprised that DH did not object to the outfit.

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago

    Joy alright now. I would have scoped that bad boy up also. Haha really!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Ledonna, from now on this tee will be "bad boy"

  • Cococat replied 2 years ago

    Very maximal and nicely put together, unexpected, but it works!

  • RobinF replied 2 years ago

    I like it, works together very well and looks casual but put together. Love it with the jeans and boots.

  • Inge replied 2 years ago

    Super fun, and playful with the addition of the cardigan (excellent pattern mixing). You always get it exactly right, Joy!

  • Mirjana replied 2 years ago

    Normally I don't like to much mix but I like your version, it's a fun I love with the cardigan, lovely.

  • Sara L. replied 2 years ago

    I'm not a maximal person but I really like this outfit.  The plaid and leopard print are very complimentary together.

  • Elizabeth P replied 2 years ago

    Oh wow, this looks amazing!  The colours and size of the patterns are perfect for maximal mixing. 

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    That's a fun idea, and it works well. I think the moto boots are great, because they keep the look very casual, and I like the way they ground the look with a little toughness. I think I prefer the outfit without the cardi, not because of the pattern mix, but because I would like to see a bigger cardigan over the whole lot--more like a grandpa or cocoon style, for example.

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, CocoCat, RobinF, Inge, Mirjana, SaraL, Elizabeth and Firecracker. It was fun to wear this maximal outfit and even better to hear that it looks OK. Firecracker, I need a few bigger cardigans. They can quickly overwhelm but this is a wardrobe area that needs some attention.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    You're a cutie patootie. 

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Angie, thank you for taking time to comment at such a busy time. xo

  • bonnie replied 2 years ago

    You are getting really good at pattern mixing. This is a perfect fall outfit.

  • lady replied 2 years ago

    You know....I like this. I'd never think that all that would work together but it does. Definitely maximal. Well done. :) Extra credit for checking off your personal challenge too! ;)

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, Bonnie and Lady. You are encouraging me to try more maximal outfits.

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