Friday, July 25, 2014

Shopping Help: Dotty

Last week's Shopping Help stripe obsession was daring me to do one on polka dots.  I couldn't pass on that challenge, especially since polka dots have probably grown to be my second favorite pattern!

I used to think I wasn't "girly" enough of a dresser to pull off polka dots, but like most of my strange assumptions, I was wrong.  There are so many different types of polka dots (size, color, how far apart they are, etc.) as well as so many different silhouettes the garment can come in that I was silly to ever doubt there would be some out there for me.  

Here are a ton of fun options from Old Navy, Kohl's, ModCloth, Choies, and Forever 21.  Most are under $30-35 with the exception of a couple.  Many are under $20!

White & Black:  Option 1  |  Option 2  |  Option 3
Standard white with black polka dots make a great closet basic.  Above are a few different silhouettes, from more structured to looser to one with more details, but they all can be remixed over and over and over and over!  (See the ways I've worn mine here.)  

Notes: Options 1 and 3 come in a black base too.

Reds & Blushes:  Option 4  |  Option 5  |  Option 6
Let's deviate a little from a typical black and white look.  These blouses all toggle the line between being able to be dressed down as well as be made appropriate for work!  Pair easily with your favorite jeans and flats for casual, or pair with a skirt or work pants for an office look.  

Notes: Option 4 comes in white/black too.  Option 6 comes in 3 colors.

Sweaters & Dresses:  Option 7  |  Option 8  |  Option 9
Sweaters and dresses!  Don't kill me for mentioning fall in July, but I'm pretty sure you won't be sorry about a polka dot sweater.  Especially that beautiful gold/cream #8!  The dress can be worn for the rest of the summer or paired with boots and tights in the fall (and a mustard cardigan).

Notes: Option 8 comes in black/white too.

Skirts:  Option 10  |  Option 11  |  Option 12
Polka dot skirts!  These are all fun and a little flowy, but the dots are small so the pattern is subtle and can easily transition through different scenarios.  You can also wear all of these with sandals and a tee in the summer or boots, tights, and a cozy sweater come fall.

Scarves:  Option 13  |  Option 14  |  Option 15
Lastly, scarves.  I don't know what to say about this except, "SO CUTE!"  :)

Note: Option 15 comes in three colors (white/black and light blue/white) and is like $3 (!!!!!) with its current sale!

Um, I'm pretty sure #15 needs to come live at my house.  #amiright?


  1. I loved the way you organized this post! So easy and helpful.

    Also, I looove polka dots! They are like a foolproof, always in style, print/ neutral that looks classy. Glad you began to embrace them!

    -Megan @ Never Finished

  2. Navy and white and black and white are so classic, but the navy with peacock colored one is a fun twist.

  3. Oh my goodness, I have too many polka dots - tops, skirts, coats and purses. My husband has put me on a ban of dots... I still love them!

  4. Polka dots are so sweet, but I worry that they look too cutesy on me :( I have one polka dot button up and one polka dot long-sleeved tee, but that's it. I wonder if a scarf or a pair of flats in a polka dot print would feel less cutesy?? I am looooving the blush polka dot blouse you posted above...it's SO pretty!

  5. That was my fear too--cutesy! But I felt the same way with lace too. Just gotta pair them with the right things (NOT more frilly or feminine pieces) and they won't look that cutesy.

  6. The scarf options are perfect! I've always loved polka dots. My weird assumption has to do with buttons. And as a busty girl, buttons typically are not my friend, but I no longer shun them completely.

  7. Love! I really want the blue dress!

  8. SarahHCraddockSunday, July 27, 2014

    I'm LOVING polka dots lately. I have an absolutely adorable navy dress with cream dots from LOFT, and a white dress with larger polka dots from Ross.

  9. these posts are fun. i always end up wanting to buy something. then the s&h rains on my joy. i guess that's a good thing, i save money? do you have a secret for managing the s&h fees.

  10. I don't pay shipping for Target or Old Navy or anywhere else that offers free shipping at $50 AND has a store nearby my house that I can return to in-store. ModCloth also has free shipping over $50, free exchanges, though not free returns. For Forever 21, I usually only buy online if it's for accessories because it's less likely that I'll have an issue with them--no sizing to worry about.

    I wrote more tips about online shopping here: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2014/06/tips-for-shopping-online.html

  11. What I appreciate about your blog is that for shopping posts like this, I can tell that you took the time to look around and choose items that you would actually buy for yourself. Nothing crazy, nothing super expensive, items from your favorite stores. I can tell that from the items you choose. Plus, you keep everything under $50 which is such a huge help. So thank you. I do notice the effort you put into these posts :)

  12. Thanks so much for that, Lauren! That's an extremely thoughtful thing to hear and for you to notice. I would buy these things myself (if I had no self control hahaha.)

  13. The blue dress is adorable! But the link goes to Carter's- where is it from?

  14. Hmm that's strange...I just clicked the link and it took me to Forever 21. Weird!


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