Happy Friday! I don’t know why, but reaching the weekend seems even more precious to me these days. Go figure! But anyhow, I thought this pretty spring outfit featuring polka dots and a splash of pink seemed fitting for the day. Let’s talk about styling polka dots for spring!
Because, gals, we are eventually gonna get out there again! Can I get an “amen?” And when we do, may polka dots abound! Hahaha!
Seriously, polka dots never really go out of style, of course. Along with gingham, stripes and animal prints, polka dots are here to stay. But right now? They’re in the spotlight! #punintended
But polka dots, like gingham, can look a little childish or even clownish if we’re not careful. Let’s talk about how to style polka dots for the 40+ woman who wants to wear the trend well and still look like an adult.
Style Tip #1 – For the easiest style option, choose polka dots in one of your selected wardrobe neutrals. Not a problem. I’m seeing most polka dot prints in white or ivory dots on neutrals like navy, black and khaki brown.
I’m wearing my smooth, stretchy black and white polka dot crewneck tee with my white modern ankle jeans. I love these white jeans. They check all the boxes. These ankle jeans are thick enough, have flesh colored pocket liners for invisibility and fit nicely. While I usually wear a 6 in Talbots jeans, I sized up to an 8 for these, as I always size up for white jeans.
Style Tip #2 – For a more professional office-appropriate style, select a garment or accessory with small polka dots. Reserve mid-size polka dots (like mine here) for elevated casual looks. And bring out the big or multi-sized polka dots for more casual or fun occasions.
My polka dot tee 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex for a hint of stretch. It has a casual appeal, but a dressier feel thanks to the smooth hand of the fabric. I’m wearing a size medium. They didn’t have a size small in the store the day I bought it so I couldn’t try one. But this one fits well enough for me.
Style Tip #3 – You can wear polka dots all over – as in this darling dress or this jumpsuit – or you can just let a few polka dots peek through by hiding them under a cardigan or blazer. Be true to your personal style!
Style Tip #4 – Have fun with polka dots by combining them with another print, like plaid, paisley, stripes, florals or even animal print. For instance you could wear these polka dot pumps with this floral dress. Or you could just add a pretty print scarf like I did here. The trick? Keep the print and the polka dots in the same color scheme.
Style Tip #5 – If you’re wearing large polka dots or a variety of sizes or colors, keep the rest of the details in your outfit more conservative or minimal. Otherwise, you’ll end up looking like you’re wearing a costume rather than an outfit that lets you take center stage.
For an illustration of that last tip, I’m inserting a photo from this post last summer. You’ll see that here I’m wearing very large polka dots all over, but I kept everything else very grown-up and pared back.
Style Tip #6 – When styling polka dots, let the dots be in the spotlight. Treat them like a color. So keep the rest of your outfit in neutrals and maybe one other splash of color.
Style Tip #7 – If you want to invest in polka dots that you can wear for years and years (remember, they never really go out of style), simply select pieces in neutrals such as black, navy or taupe, and choose pieces of clothing that you can easily pair with more current items.
I love this look because it is full of interesting layers, but it also looks good pared down to just the black and white polka dot tee and white jeans. I wore my neutral colored flats here to keep the leg long with the white jean. While you absolutely could wear black or even pink shoes here, I’ve learned that white jeans work best for me when worn with neutral colored shoes. They elongate and even slenderize.
Are you enjoying wearing polka dots? Well if not, join the party! Styling polka dots is such an easy way to look current and fresh. I’ve got a shopping widget full of items from today’s look, but also lots of other polka dot choices. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Blessed for My Day
Are you as stubborn as a mule? Hahaha! Well, no one wants to admit to such stiffed neck behavior. But I must confess, I can be a little mulish at times. While stubborn behavior isn’t great for my relationships, I could argue that I live in a family of equally difficult people. Ha!
But being mulish with God is no laughing matter. He’ll either shape us into Christlikeness through gentle teaching or instruction, or He’ll reign us in with “bit and bridle.” The choice is ours. Can you think of times when your mulish behavior has brought upon you seasons of discipline? I certainly can. Who knows if we might have spared ourselves some misery if we’d simply yielded to God’s gentle nudgings and whispers of wisdom with willing obedience.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you. ~ Psalm 32:8-9