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How to Mix Styles Like a Pro!

Mixing different style types is right up my alley! I love taking a look and making it my own by mixing the style types that I identify with most. I describe my style as modern, sophisticated, and feminine with a touch of edge. You’re thinking…how can your style be ALL of those things!? Well…the who idea is to mix those types in a stylish way. If you missed my video on how to build outfits, it’s a must-watch! And if you don’t know your signature style yet, watch this video.

How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, and dean davidson cocktail ring in west Texas

How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, and dean davidson cocktail ring in west Texas

How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, dean davidson cocktail ring, and black reversible Valentino belt in west Texas How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, dean davidson cocktail ring, and black reversible Valentino belt in west Texas

How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, dean davidson cocktail ring, and black reversible Valentino belt in west Texas

How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, dean davidson cocktail ring, and black reversible Valentino belt in west Texas

How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, dean davidson cocktail ring, and black reversible Valentino belt in west Texas

TOP | JEANS | BOOTIES | BELT | SUNGLASSES | BIG CUFF | SMALL CUFF | RING | COCKTAIL RING

Mixing Feminine & Masculine

In this look, I’m mixing edgy and feminine in a sophisticated, stylish way. This blouse by Alice + Olivia is edgy AND feminine all in one, making it easier to mix the styles. The puff sleeves are feminine, and the print is edgy.
The 7 For All Mankind jeans I’m wearing are super high waisted and have minimal distressing, which help contrast the femininity of the top.
I paired the outfit with edgy, black Alexander Wang booties that have a cool cutout on the heel. The chunky heel makes these really comfy and easy to walk in. I wear these boots all the time!
Find more tips on mixing styles below…

How To Mix Styles, Blogger Over 40 Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a camo puff sleeve top by Alice + Olivia with 7 for All Mankind ripped skinny jeans, Alexander Wang cutout heel booties, black cat eye sunglasses, gold julie vos cuff bracelets, monica vinader diamond ring, dean davidson cocktail ring, and black reversible Valentino belt in west Texas

How To Mix Style Types

  • Stick to two style types – Above, I mixed feminine and edgy. If I threw in another style type (like preppy), it would be WAY too much going on. Pick two style types and try to mix those!
  • Accessorize Strategically – This is key when styling any outfit. But if you’re trying to mix style types, keep the jewelry simple. Or make sure it truly complements the rest of the outfit rather than making a bold statement.
  • Start with Basics – If you’re unsure, start with basics. Throw on a basic top and jeans, then add to it. Try some combat boots and a faux fur jacket (mixing edgy and luxe) or a cute cardigan and knee-high boots (mixing preppy and sexy). The possibilities are endless!

Still have questions about how to mix style types? Please let us know in the comments below!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!

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