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I’m not big on patterns, but I do love a good stripe. Upon finally finding a classic Breton tee for a decent price (why are these so difficult to find when they’re supposed to be everywhere?), I was inspired by Alexa Chung’s tomboy-meets-French-schoolgirl-style.

Stripey, Chung-y fun!

Petite Bateau top, H&M skirt, thrifted blazer, Colin Stuart boots

A woman standing in line behind me at the store complimented my boots and politely pointed out that I’d combined navy and brown, all while giving me the sideeye.

No need to fret, m’dear! I explained that they’re neutrals, and you can mix neutrals to your heart’s content. Y’all know how I feel about excessive matchy-matchyness anyway.

I laugh in the face of fashion rules! MWAHAHAHAHA!


Do you mix and match, or is it better to stick to similar colors?

  • Nathalie

    October 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Absolutely love the beige with the blue of the skirt. Such an intriguing combination.

  • Alinka Johnson

    October 18, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I love this outfit! I’ve been looking everywhere for a shirt like that!!!

    • tamia

      October 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      @Alinka Johnson They’re surprisingly difficult to find for such a classic item!

  • Alyson

    October 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

    This animated gif of prince, made my morning. I love mixing neutrals. My favorite is black and navy. In fact wearing it today!

    • tamia

      October 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      @Alyson Ooh, black and navy is one of my favorite combos. It makes me feel so French!

  • Joslyn

    October 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

    ROTFL @ Prince’s side eye!! UGH….what is it with the need to “match” what are we like in preschool?? I liken it to some of us having our color scheme broaden by the 100 plus box of crayon set as children, and some only being exposed to 10! LOL Fashion and tones are subjective and it’s so much more fun mixing and matching! I mean as long as the tones compliment whats the big deal!!

    Your boots are SICK!!

  • courtnee

    October 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I think you out Alexa’d Alexa! I love this combination of neutrals and stripes and of course..THOSE BOOTS!

    Prince’s side eye made me laugh out loud!

    ps-My mom told me she met you and she thinks you’re the bees knees! She owns Savannah G boutique:)

    • tamia

      October 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      OMG I didn’t realize Ms G was your mom! Love her!

  • Chic Mommy

    October 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I absolutely ADORE those boots! You did a fantastic job of channeling Alexa, while really making this look your own. And to that lady I say “RULES, SCHMULES!” No one cares about that anymore. I have a friend who mixes black and brown all the time and it looks FABulous. We’re in a really great time in style/fashion right now where it’s okay–nay preferable–to break the rules, as long as you still pull together a cohesive look. So go you!

  • Vilese

    October 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    LOL!! What’s crazy is that you had to explain it to her! I love it. Great outfit as usual.

  • Caramelnaps25

    October 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I agree with everyone above! Who does she think she is?!?!?! People tick me off with that. I am just getting into things not having to match (don’t judge me), but I have always looked at the creativity in others and that is what has made me venture out! If I see another pair of black pants in my closet I will scream! I am off to buy a green sheath dress as soon as this parent I am waiting on shows up! I love the entire look. The boots- what size are those? I need to add them to my collection:)

    • tamia

      October 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      @Caramelnaps25 Go on with your green dress! The boots are actually a bit too big for me (shh), but I got them at a sample sale years ago for a steal. I figure that’s what thick socks are for!

  • fashion trends

    October 19, 2010 at 4:42 am

    HAHAHA! Wow, that lady was gutsy to comment on your outfit! Glad you politely put her in her place! 🙂

  • Closet Confections

    October 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Ummm… navy and brown soooo go together. Not sure what that lady’s problem was. Anyway, this outfit is great. I recently purchased a pleated navy blue skirt, and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to wear it. Thanks for the inspiration. And yeah, I will be wearing brown shoes. Thank you very much, lol.


  • BrownFace

    October 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I LOVE this look! I am not one for mathing either and I can’t believe she said that you? Isn’t she aware that blue/navy can go with almost anything??? Anyway you are pushing me to go and pick up my dry cleaning that’s been just sitting in the cleaners. I have a similar jacket to this one (thrifted, as well), with the suede patches at the elbows…. Think I’ll rock something similar to this, once I pick it up. I need some brown boots, but nothing has caught my attention. The ones you have on are FIYAH!!

  • Kasmira

    October 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I didn’t realize that combining navy and brown was a faux pas. I’m wearing both today!

    • tamia

      October 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm

      @Kasmira Apparently I didn’t get that memo either!

  • bexkee

    October 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I am wearing a navy and beige floral dress with brown boots today. I really felt as though I needed to wear a brownish scarf to tie it all in. Searched my scarf rack to no avail however. So am rocking the look anyways.

  • Lorena

    October 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I cannot stop laughing at the sideye…
    BTW you look fabulous !

  • In Kinsey's Closet

    October 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I mix navy and brown and black all the time, who cares?? I’m glad you didn’t feel self-conscious after that woman was rude to you! You look great!!

  • Jenny

    October 21, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love Alexa Chung! She’s so understatedly (is that a word) stylish. Your outfit is super cute, too.

  • gina

    October 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Love this look! Great skirt, great boots, great overall combination.

  • Beautifully Invisible

    October 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    You rocked the navy and brown – that woman just wished she had thought of it herself! 🙂 I am seriously coveting your boots and that shirt. Very nice!

  • Kimmiepooh

    October 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    That gif of Prince is just….lol.

    I have black striped v-neck tee that I’m still trying to wear but not in the usual jeans and flats way. Your skirt reminded me of a similar one I have; it’s in a different blue but i’m thinking paired with black tights and boots, it could work. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • kirstie

    December 9, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Your boots are amazing. I really like how you styled this look. I hate when people try to give me fashion advice with a side of attitude.