Hi, my name is Beth, and I'm pattern-phobic. I'm also 36 and just now making an effort to learn how to dress myself. To date, my "style" (and you can only just grudgingly call it that) has consisted almost entirely of putting on a pair of pants (jeans in blue, slacks in black, cords in grey, capris in khaki) and a solid-colored, completely plain shirt and calling it a day. It is is boring as it sounds.
But, last weekend I went through my closet and attempted to remove every article clothing that did not make me feel great when I wore it (holla, Jennie!), and it left me with a surprising number of weather appropriate pants, capris, shorts and shirts, and roughly three shirts. So, I ran out to do some emergency shopping, and while I was able to force myself to get some embellished t-shirts rather than just finding one plain tank top that fit and buying it in every color, every single thing I bought was a solid color. I didnt even try on anything with a pattern or a print. I think it is time for me to branch out, but I don't know how to start.
This is where you come in. I chose Old Navy mostly at random but also mostly because it is cheap and so I can afford to be brave and buy a thing or two and then discover I am afraid to leave the house in it and let it moulder until the next closet clean-out. So here are some choices that may be ok and may be hideous and I have no idea which or how to tell the difference. Won't you please tell me which they are? I need you all to save me from myself.
Option 1, Women's Ruffled Jersey Top in Electric Youth:
Option 2, Women's Metallic Print Tunic in Brown Print:
Option 4, Women's Smocked Top in Pink Print:
Option 5, Women's Graphic Boatneck Tee in Bright White:
Ok now, tell me what you think. Are there one or two of these that are objectively better than the others? Are they all awful? I'm more looking for pattern advice than shirt advice, but feel free to tell me that one option is a great print but a horrible style so I'd better not buy it. Anything you have to offer though, I'll take it. I'm a pattern-phobe, and I'm desperate.
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