Mixing Double Check Prints + the 200th Style With a Smile Link Up

November 10, 2020
Mixing Double Check Prints, Zara check cape coat, River Island black and white check trousers, Zara black quilted clutch bag

One thing that’s been on my “to buy” list for ages has been a cape coat. After regularly searching on eBay and not finding what I wanted I’d all but given up. Then by an amazing stroke of luck I saw that one of my favourite Instagram influencers – Astrid – was selling some fab pieces, including this cape coat. After chatting on DMs to check sizing I sent the money via Paypal and shortly afterwards it was mine!

Mixing double check prints works when they share common colours, even if they are different sizes

As well as looking very stylish, a cape coat makes it easier to wear statement sleeves. Plus, I can wear a chunky knit sweater underneath when it’s cold, or a thinner top when I’m out shopping – I tend to get hot and bothered when I’m whizzing around the shops. This grey check print will work with just about any colour but I wanted to try it with these black and white trousers. Mixing double check prints works when they share common colours, even if they different sizes. This outfit features black, white and various shades of grey in between. It’s very unlike me not to include colour!

Mixing Double Check Prints, Zara check cape coat, River Island black and white check trousers, Zara black quilted clutch bag

Whenever I want to add to my wardrobe I always look for preloved items first

Buying this cape coat second hand meant I saved a load of money, and of course it’s better for the environment. Whenever I want to add to my wardrobe I always look for preloved items first. I’ve bought many pieces from eBay and charity shops but there are a number of sites where you can buy and sell clothes. Micolet UK has some fabulous preloved clothes and accessories at amazing prices. The blazers, bags and sunglasses are all tempting me! If you’re a Zara fan but prefer not to buy new then this site is great for a browse.

Mixing Double Check Prints, Zara check cape coat, Zara black quilted clutch bag

At the time I thought it was a bit extravagant to buy this bag in red and black, but they’ve proved so useful. You’ve probably seen them many times before – as clutch bags, crossbody bags and bumbags. I’m all for multi-tasking pieces!

Mixing Double Check Prints, Zara check cape coat, River Island black and white check trousers, Zara black quilted clutch bag

I love statement sleeves in all their varieties and sheer puff sleeves are really popular at the moment. I have tops like this in various colours but black has maximim impact and can be styled for both day and evening. Swapping the check trousers for some faux leather ones would transform this outfit into one fit for the dancefloor…which in my case is currently located in the living room! We’ve got a lot of partying to do next year to make up for the privations of 2020!

Keep scrolling to join in the 200th Style With a Smile link up! It’s incredible to think this link up has been going for almost two years! Thank you for all your support, it really means a lot to me!

Mixing Double Check Prints, Zara check cape coat, River Island black and white check trousers, Zara black quilted clutch bag
Mixing Double Check Prints, Zara check cape coat, River Island black and white check trousers, Zara black quilted clutch bag

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Zara cape coat (preloved) | River Island trousers | top from TKMaxx | F&F sock boots | Zara clutch bag

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37 responses to “Mixing Double Check Prints + the 200th Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. Rena says:

    Emma,

    Pattern mixing done brilliantly! And that coat is fabulous. You are so right on how that style is an exceptional choice for accommodating statement sleeves as well as fluctuations in the weather.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

  2. Such a gorgeous look Emma! I adore the cape and the pretty blouse underneath is a nice surprise. Thanks for the link up!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  3. Michelle says:

    That is a fabulous coat, Emma! Great score. And those statement sleeves are fabulous!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

  4. I love when prints can make a statement. And this one certainly does the trick nicely. I really love your pieces together it makes such a lovely outfit 🙂
    http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2020/11/fashion-forecast-bold-pink-hues-for-fall.html?m=1

  5. I love, love, love mixing plaids and checks and tartans together! This is such a fabulous outfit, Emma. And what a great find with that gorgeous coat! I am really loving your cool top, too. How fun and unique with the sheer puff sleeves! Congrats on 200 link parties!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  6. Nancy says:

    Oh what a amazing find! And that sweater!! Wow. Love it. I never cared that much for a cape coat, but I can see the beauty of one now!

  7. You mixing of plaids is amazing! I totally love this outfit!

    Rosemary

  8. mireille says:

    That cape coat sure is perfect for layering over any type of sleeve! I love the bold choices you make when choosing the outfits you show with us: they are always striking and make me think of art: combining the unexpected and making a statement.
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

  9. Lovely says:

    You did a wonderful job in mixing the check prints. I love your cape coat!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

  10. Gail says:

    Love your mixed checks and the sleeves on your top are gorgeous!

  11. Jacqui Berry says:

    Love the mix of checks Emma, thanks for hosting. Jacqui

  12. Di says:

    Congratulations on your 200th style link up, and thanks for hosting! I love this whole outfit. All of the pieces are special on their own, and together they are extra special! The bold plaid cape is such a refreshing statement during the darker, colder seasons. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

  13. That outfit is stunning. The black and white is a classic and the two plaids (tartan and glencheck) look great together. Perfect winter style.

  14. Lizzie says:

    What aa stunning outfit! I love this chic mix and those sleeves are so much fun!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  15. Cheryl Shops says:

    That’s such a chic cape, and I love that you bought it directly from one of your favorite influencers! Congrats on your 200th linkup!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  16. Darlene says:

    While scrolling to get here and tell you how much I LOVE that top, I saw you featured my outfit with those other two stylish ladies. Thanks SO much, Emma. Your outfit is so classic. I always think of cape coats as such a “British” style, in a good way! They are a bit of a trend this year and it’s easy to see why.

    xx Darlene

  17. Hi Emma
    What a fun outfit! Those are some party sleeves or sleeves for the Holidays. Love it. I always have loved a pair of plaid pants, I finally bought one last year, from H&M. I love the mix of the prints and wonderful you got your coat secondhand. It looks great! I have been shopping on Poshmark lately myself .
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  18. Anna says:

    Love the mix of these prints, what a gorgeous combo! Such a beautiful top as well.

    -Anna
    https://www.inacitynight.com

  19. MIxing checks works for me- I think it’s genius when done well- like you’ve done! It looks impeccably chic. And don’t get me started on that top!!!! OMG I want that top! Come linkup too sweety xx

  20. Sugar Lane says:

    Mixing prints is always risky, but you nailed it!
    Have a great weekend,
    S

  21. You are true! your coat and pants go really well together with the rules above!
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