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Juxtaposition in Styling

First, what is juxtaposition in styling, you ask? Well, we are simply talking about creating an interesting outfit through unexpected combinations. As they say, opposites attract. And this certainly holds true when it comes to styling.

Lately we’ve been loving the juxtaposition of different looks when it comes to putting together outfits. Whether it’s leather and lace, a motorcycle jacket and florals, sneakers with skirts and dresses, plaid with suede, or as you see in these photos, a utility style jacket with a little black dress, it’s a look we are loving.

My Unexpected Combination

For my look, I chose this Kate Spade Mixed Lace Drop Waist Shift Dress as the base, as I think it’s a fun take on a little black dress (LBD). As you can see, the drop waist and lace details make it fun and flirty. Plus, I’ll be able to wear this piece throughout the fall due to its heavier weight.

But in order to take the look in an unexpected direction, I decided to pair it with this Topshop Camo Sequin Shirt Jacket. This totally unexpected pairing adds a utilitarian vibe to the conversely feminine dress. Plus, I adore how this jacket is anything but basic. In fact, it’s a jazzed up version of a utility jacket. What’s not to love about a combination of sequins and camo? Lastly, I finished my look off with tried and true favorites: Rag & Bone booties and Ray-Ban sunnies.

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Create Your Own Unexpected Pairings

So, are you on board with this styling idea yet? If so, great! If not, stick with us. Undoubtedly, we will convince you before the end!

Indeed, there’s something so fresh about putting together two pieces that one normally wouldn’t see together. It adds an unexpected element that makes people do a double take. And, after all, why be boring with your fashion? Instead, add some interest to your outfit.

Surprisingly, sometimes the more opposite the pieces are, the better it works. Below, you’ll find some all-star unexpected outfit combinations for your inspiration. In fact, we have five different ideas.

So, step out of your comfort zone a bit, and dare to go bold!

1. Leather and Lace

2. Sneakers with Dresses and Skirts

3. Florals and Motorcycle Jackets

4. Utility Jackets and LBDs

5. Suede and Plaid


In Closing

Now, tell us… Do you like this look on me? What’s your favorite unexpected styling combination to wear? We’d love to hear!

Photos by Maritere Rice; details on this new wall coming soon to our Houston Mural Guide


  1. Sarah W. says:

    You’re a juxtaposition QUEEN! I’m so inspired after reading this post. I can’t wait to get pairing! Thanks so much, Carrie!

    XO from Austin,

    Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah thanks, Sarah! I so much appreciate you saying that!

  2. Jyotsna says:

    Love the sequins on that anorak! How fun

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jyo! Xo

  3. Sheela Goh says:

    What a glorious pairing, Carrie. The various textures and vibes meld so beautifully together.

    1. Carrie says:

      Well thanks for saying that, Sheela! I appreciate it so much.

  4. Mercy says:

    Such a beautiful combination, love your post, so many great ideas.


    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks for saying that, Mercy!

  5. Laura says:

    I’m loving the sequin camo detail on your jacket! Very cute!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Laura!

  6. Merritt Beck says:

    I love pairing leather and lace! I think juxtaposition gives an outfit a little something different and little something special!
    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes, indeed, Merritt! You do it so well.

  7. Bella B says:

    I am loving that dress Carrie!!! so cute and that jacket need to be in my life.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, lil sis! 🙂

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