Surprise set?

I am not sure if this qualifies as a "cute colour combo" but it reminded me a bit of the last outfit in that series that uses the same pattern for suit and top, except in different colours. Although here, I'm not playing with colour, the idea is related. I'm picking up part of the (rather busy, colourful, and already very mixed) pattern and repeating. 

This is an unmatched, surprise set. I was putting away this just-laundered Sandwich top when I noticed that it essentially echoes the white-teardrops-on-navy portion of the pattern that appears in my Boden pleated skirt. Could it create a kind of "matched" set? Bingo! 

An irony -- I bought this very-much-on-sale top as a way of getting free delivery when I ordered a skirt and another top from Sandwich earlier this year. Unlike the skirt (which I haven't even worn yet!) it has already proved itself a workhorse, just as its similar, sister top did last year. (Same general style, except the other top has a straight, not bloused hem, and is a different fabric -- woven vs. knit.) 

As usual, my apologies for the lighting...I do my best. 

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  • sarah replied 1 year ago

    How fabulous. Love it! And I can totally see why that top is in rotation - it's a classic "Suz top".

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    HAH! How smashing and fortuitous on both counts :)

    Perfect pattern match, Suz - and unexpected workhorse! KILLER mismatched set. What a meant-to-be top! 


    The top will work with your Zara skirt too, perhaps! 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Angie, it does indeed work with the Zara skirt. Have already worn it that way, (see below, worn for at home "date night" with Mr. Suz) and with white jeans, and with white shorts. :)  

    The other Sandwich top is also an unexpected workhorse, by the way. I like that lime green -- very unexpectedly! It's not a colour that works on me on its own, but I'm kind of adoring the bright fluorescence of it together with the blues. In particular with faded denim. But it also works great with dark navy bottoms because of the navy. strip at the collar. 

    Sarah, nice to see you -- thanks for popping in! 

  • unfrumped replied 1 year ago

    That is so brilliant! Who knew?
    I love it when something like that turns up. Occasionally I will get lucky with a color. But a pattern within a pattern— that’s cosmic style.

  • Dee replied 1 year ago

    What a wonderful discovery, they look great together. 

  • cjh replied 1 year ago

    Wow, that is a great set! Love.

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    I love that first outfit combination so much…

  • Vildy replied 1 year ago

    That's the kind of match I look for all the time.  Love it!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Wow! So elegant, Suz! KILLER Gorgeous date night look :) 

  • LJP replied 1 year ago

    Well what the heck ! Perfect ! I’m not feeling the whole set idea for myself - I wore a linen camp style cropped shirt and linen pants in black to work the other day but felt like I was in my pyjamas . Just too casual maybe .

  • SarahD8 replied 1 year ago

    Oh! Fabulous! I just love this sort of serendipity in principle and this is such a great example in practice. Thanks for sharing this!

    Like LJP I am not really feeling the co-ord trend for my own style but a kind of slant rhyme version like this is something I could get behind. You've got my wheels turning....

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Sarah, that's a great way to put it - -slant rhyme version! Exactly!! 

    Lisa, I know what you are talking about. I like coordinated sets but the details have to be just right or I get a bit of that PJ vibe myself, too. Which is fine for around the house, or pool (not that I have a pool, LOL). Or on vacation. But somehow I want a bit more structure Than some of the camp shirt/ pants options offer. Still -- I adore a two piece dress (like the one Kari shows in her recent post) and maybe for me, personally, that is the secret -- skirt/ top work better than pants/ top for the set. Hmm. I now have more than one of these "sets" and really like them. 

    Vildy, I'm surprised I didn't notice it right away. Weird, right? It just happened that I was placing the top in a basket above where the skirt was hanging when it twigged. DUH! 

    Carla, cjh, Dee, unfrumped -- thank you. 

  • CarolS replied 1 year ago

    well how perfect is THAT!?!?! Such a perfect way to get the co-ord feel without being overwhelmed by the full pattern. And I cannot get over that asymmetrical skirt. Killer.

  • Bonnie replied 1 year ago

    That is a great match and it looks so good together.

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    That’s perfect! What great luck. Boy I am liking those sandals too.

  • Irina replied 1 year ago

    Happy coincidence! :)

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    Great luck and fab looks :-) !

  • Star replied 1 year ago

    What a great 'surprise set' - love it!  Surprise workhorses are fun too.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Oh now that is just so clever! :)

  • replied 1 year ago

    Love when that happens! That happened to me with my tooled leather bag and bronze sandals :)

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    They belong together! A perfect match.

  • Staysfit replied 1 year ago

    Serendipity!  Love them together!

  • kkards replied 1 year ago

    Gosh I love when the unexpected happens!  Nice 

  • Kari replied 1 year ago

    Love it. What a happy accident! The cut of that top is SO nice on you & a perfect pairing with both of your midi skirts. 

  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    That is amazing! It really looks like a dress or intentional set. YLF!

  • Elizabeth P replied 1 year ago

    Oh my goodness, seriously?  They look amazing together. Good catch!

  • jussie replied 1 year ago

    What a happy accident! Also it’s interesting how some things unexpectedly prove to be workhorses isn’t it? You never really know till you road test things…

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 1 year ago

    I really thought those pieces were from the same label and collection, and they look so perfect together!  This is a fortuitous coincidence - but maybe not, because you chose them both.  Your eye was drawn to them.  I’m wondering if there are other undiscovered surprises such as this, in your closet!

  • Katerina replied 1 year ago

    I LOVE this - they are perfect together! What a fantastic coincidence.
    And what a gorgeous date night look! The top was made for you.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 1 year ago

    I love this set! I hope you get to wear it soon. The top does look super fab with the Zara skirt, too.

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    Pattern mixed perfection! I love pattern mixing, it brings extra depth and uniqueness to an outfit.

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