What This Mama Wore: Bodysuit + Midi Skirt

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After taking a gamble on a clothing piece I never thought would suit my body, it has quickly become my absolutely favorite clothing item. (I even went back and ordered the other color!) I already gushed about this bodysuit, so I’ll spare you the mushy stuff…but, let’s just say, I’m in love. Pairing it with flares gave me a really flattering silhouette, but jeans only work in Houston for about 2 months of the year. (…and, if you haven’t noticed, I actually rarely wear pants. Dresses & skirts only, please!) I just knew the dusty rose hue would go perfectly with this black and cream striped midi skirt. I used to be strictly “matchy-matchy,” where every item had to have the same color in it. While that works sometimes (like business casual at the office), it just never suited my personal style. Through fashion blogs, Pinterest, and some good friends, I’ve finally grown the ability to mix in a way that still “goes.”

Learn how to stop being "matchy-matchy" and mix colors/patterns for a classy, colorful Summer look!

Learn how to stop being "matchy-matchy" and mix colors/patterns for a classy, colorful Summer look!

Learn how to stop being "matchy-matchy" and mix colors/patterns for a classy, colorful Summer look!

I started “coordinating” instead of “matching” by adding one pop of color to a “matchy-matchy” outfit. For example, a black and white striped tee with jeans + a red statement necklace and red flats. It was still far more matchy than I dress now, but it got me used to the idea of having multiple colors mixed together. I still use a crutch when coordinating outfits that don’t exactly “match,” but “go” – I usually wear a statement piece that ties all the colors together. In this outfit, my necklace has dusty rose, yellow, and a dark stone that looks black. Most times, I get my inspiration from a statement necklace that has multiple colors in it. Sometimes, I have patterned heels that inspire an outfit. I also aim to buy “neutral” items that don’t seem neutral, like this skirt. A plain cream pleated skirt would have been a bit too plain for this outfit (especially since the other clothing items I’m wearing are one plain color).  A cream skirt with big black stripes is still a neutral, but adds a little pattern to avoid being too plain.

Learn how to stop being "matchy-matchy" and mix colors/patterns for a classy, colorful Summer look!

Learn how to stop being "matchy-matchy" and mix colors/patterns for a classy, colorful Summer look!

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