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Mixed Motifs

Things are about to get graphic, my friends.


… Just kidding. Sorry. We’re already to that point in the week.

Despite the fact that it’s Tuesday, I’m exhausted. And as a result, slap-happy!

This tends to happen mid-way through Fashion Week — as all sense of time during the day starts to fuse together. (Especially since the other 50% of my time is now spent in a dark, candle-lit studio!)


All week, I’ve been remaining true to my mantra of mixing comfort and style. On the bright side, I suppose, this has made our near-arctic temperatures a bit more bearable to dress for. (But let me tell you how much money my cab-to-curb heels and I are spending on cabs.)

The unsightly combination of sleep deprivation and winter’s deep freeze has had serious impact on my ensembles this month. As such, my most-coveted accessory has been a cute coffee mug the size of my head. Why the hell haven’t I hopped on the portable beverage bandwagon before this season? Fashion Week brilliance, you guys.

I’m not saying there’s Bailey’s in my mug, but I’m not saying there isn’t, either.



Anyway, among the styling tricks in my book, mixing prints has always been on my favorite side of the spectrum… Come to think of it, I’m starting to think my blog is becoming a definitive guide to strategic layering and print mixing. That, and living life on four to six hours of sleep.



One of my all-time favorite party tricks is to layer a dress underneath a skirt. (I’m so much fun, aren’t I? Single. I’m so very single.)

Yes, this geographic number is a dress!

And in the realm of today’s look, this works for one important reason: The similar color palettes play well together, so neither of these printed pieces steal this spotlight. The red clutch packs an extra colorful punch to keep the look in-check, too.


I remember buying this ASOS dress on a whim, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that it’s become one of my most versatile pieces.

The shift silhouette works well on it’s own during the summer, but is often used as a base layer (under, say, a chic leather jacket) every other season of the year.


*In this post:

Plaid coat: Modcloth (sold out, similar here)
Dress: ASOS (similar here, love this leopard version)
Pencil skirt: Vince Camuto (it’s the best!)
Necklace: c/o Loren Hope (more styles here)
Wedge booties: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out; love this pair & this pair)
Red clutch: Banana Republic (sold out, love this Tory Burch version)
Thermal mug: Kate Spade New York (cute striped version)

*Click to shop: Printed dressesplaid coats
cute Kate Spade mugs | this post (below):



Lydia Hudgens Photography

Join the Convo:

  • So obsessed with this look and all the print mixing! Hope the weather doesn’t continue to suck this week!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  • Gorgeous! These two prints look amazing together, I’m obsessed! Good lucky with the rest of fashion week!!
    xo, Caitlin

  • I would never have guessed that was a dress layered under a skirt! Bonus points for layering in the cold.

  • That jacket is amazing! And the print mixing is perfect!

    xo Kylie

  • Those are some of the best booties I have ever seen! Your blog, Hallie, consistently kills it. Always my fave.

  • Wow… bare legs… really?

  • Girl! I don’t know how you do it…I live in NYC as well and to step out with anything more than my eyeballs showing brings me to my knees. I am not a chic as you LOL.
    You look great!

    • The key is a great concealer, my friend! I like Benefit’s Lemonaide at the moment. : )

  • You look fabulous & I need to borrow that coat

  • Meagan

    Very cute look! Love those booties!

  • A dress under a skirt?! Mind blown (running to closet)


  • Ahhh, love everything about this, Hallie!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  • Liv

    Love the coat, love the mug, love this outfit.


  • So cute! Your legs are making me cold though!

  • Whaaat?! That coat is from ModCloth?! What a great piece! And I’m totally going to look into those pencil skirts… I need some because I wear so many oversized pieces on top!

    xo Kimi

  • I love the impact of a bold winter coat to brighten up gray days, and this one is spot on. The red clutch and grey wedge booties are the perfect complements too.

  • It is the best feeling to still look so chic and be so cozy/ comfortable. You pull this off like a champ!

    Heather | Style Prescription

  • Can we talk about the fact that you’re wearing suede booties when there’s moisture on the ground?? How do you not ruin them??

  • I’m with you, Hallie! I am super exhausted, but this week will be over before we know it. I love the plaid coat…Happy Tuesday 🙂

  • I really like the idea of layering a dress underneath something to create a completely different look! Gives me some great ideas!


  • Okay I’m in awe of your pattern mixing once again! This look is amazing! Have a fun rest of fashion week girl! xoxo

  • SO adorable! Love it all! That jacket is too cute. And the booties are amazing!


  • mystylevita

    Love this coat and those booties are SO stinkin cute!

    xo Jessica

  • You literally always look perfect. I love it. And I love following your style since you’re becoming a fitness instructor (ps come to my studio some time! Would love to have you in a class!). I now live in my yoga leggings… but I miss getting dress up for sure!

  • LOVE that coat! Such a fun pattern. Those booties are pretty cute too. Hope you had a fabulous time at NYFW.

  • Need those booties!

  • fabulous post as always!

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