Wearing Patterned Pants

The best trick for styling patterned pants

Back when Matt was a high school/middle school teacher he dressed up every day. Like, shirt, pants, tie, jacket — the works. (And yes, he was one of the only teachers who did that.)

Before the school year started, he worked with his mom to put together a few outfits, and then he and I put together a few more. But obviously, that only got him so far. And he lived two hours from me at the time, and he was about four hours from his parents — which meant that he was on his own when it came to getting ready in the mornings.

One day, he wore a particularly good outfit (his words), and his students asked him how he picked out his clothes. He told them that he just picked clothes that had matching colors. For example, one of his jackets had flecks of blue in it, so the jacket said, “I’ll look good with blue!” And he said, “Thank you, jacket.” (#hilarious)

But really, that’s a pretty solid strategy, and it’s the one I used for this outfit.

Orange sweater + purple pants

I most often wear these pants with navy tops (they’re that color that can look either navy or purple, depending on what they’re worn with), but I also like to switch it up.

If you look closely, you can see that there are orange and white flower buds on the pants, so from time-to-time, I wear them with this orange sweater!

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| Sweater: LOFT, similar here in orange, here with buttons at the shoulders, and here in cashmere | Pants: Old Navy (this print is old) | Shoes: Nine West via Ross, similar | Sunglasses: (Matt’s) Ray Ban |

Every time we see orange and purple together, Matt says, “Oh, Halloween colors.”

Who thinks of Halloween when they see orange and purple??

I might have told Matt that he was color blind (come on, it’s orange andΒ black) before he proved with a Google search that purple isΒ one of the colors of Halloween. I still maintain that his color associations are a bit off, but at this point, I usually let it slide with just an eye roll. And possibly aΒ tiny bit of sass.

Maybe they skipped the holidays unit when he was in kindergarten. He’s probably the victim here. πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!

P.S. You can also see how I paired this sweater with a purple shirt. Apparently I really like orange and purple together.

P.P.S. Matt says a different group of students asked him if his Mom picked out his clothes for him. πŸ™‚

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