Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mix and Match: Polka Dot Top

You guys know I love a good mix and match wardrobe.  And do you wanna know one really easy way to create a mix and match wardrobe?  Shopping from one designer's collection.  Think about it--they design the whole thing to be cohesive, which means less thinking for you because the items are meant to work together!

To illustrate this I'm partnering with Kohl's to celebrate the launch of a new capsule collection, Elle Style 360.  I love the everyday wearability that Kohl's has, and that is definitely true of Elle Style 360.  There is a good mix of closet staples and pieces with a little more personality, which is the perfect recipe for a mix and match wardrobe.  I particularly love the various easy-to-wear tops.   (Shown at the bottom of this post.)

Today I'm mixing and matching a polka dot top from Elle Style 360 with other pieces from the collection to show you how easy it would be to build a wardrobe from it.

Outfit 1 - Casual Cool
I used a tip from last week's mix and match on color choices about regarding pairing colors in similar color clusters and paired this light pink top with a maroon cardigan.  The cardigan is also from the new Elle collection and comes in a few different colors.  For the bottom half, you can use many other colors like navy, black, regular blue denim, or grey, but since I'm way into olive jeans again this season of course it had to be done.  I love how pinks and maroons look with olive anyway. 

Makes for a fun casual fall outfit!

Shop Outfit #1:
Top: Kohl's
Cardigan: Kohl's
Jeans: Kohl's
Necklace: Forever 21
Boots: Kohl's

Outfit 2 - Comfy Casual
For a comfy and cozy fall look I took bootcut jeans from the Elle line and topped off the whole thing with a cozy cardigan, which is also from the Elle line and comes in black.  Faux leather ankle boots in cognac help anchor the outfit by providing a sturdy texture and more saturated color against the pale top half.  

Shop Outfit #2:
Top: Kohl's
Cardigan: Kohl's
Jeans: Kohl's
Boots: Old Navy
Necklace: ModCloth

Outfit 3 - Office
Like I said, the Elle collection has a lot of great closet staples to pair with a top like this, so it's easy to build a mix and match wardrobe.  I created a work look using a pair of chinos and added a cropped cardigan for a light layer in an office setting.  I used a pointy toed flat, as the pointy toe provides a sleeker finish than a round toe ballet flat.  And then of course, my current favorite tote!

Shop Outfit #3:
Top: Kohl's
Cardigan: Kohl's
Pants: Kohl's
Bag: Nordstrom
Shoes: Old Navy

Outfit 4 - Night Out
Finally, for a night out I kept the pieces streamline using a pair of whiskered skinny jeans.  I then went with a black blazer that has a cute pleated detail which adds some femininity to the outfit and keeps it from looking "too" business-y.  To add some sparkle to the outfit I went with a shiny statement necklace and a pump in a luxe berry.  

Shop Outfit #4:
Top: Kohl's
Blazer: Kohl's
Jeans: Kohl's
Necklace: Target

All in all shopping from the same collection made it really easy to put together outfits.  At the very least it gives you a place to start if you find the sea of clothing in stores to be overwhelming!

Lastly, here are a few more items from the new Elle Style 360 collection.  Go check it out!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine

This post was sponsored by Kohl's.  All opinions are mine.  For more information on PMT's sponsorship policies, see disclosure.


  1. I love this post! It highlights my favorite thing about fashion, the ability to use pretty basic pieces mixed together to make interesting outfits!

    I'm also definitely going to have to check out those tall boots, I really need to replace mine.


  2. My favorite would have to be comfy casual. That Old Navy boot rocks. I also like the semi-flare jeans. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

  3. Krystle ColorTransformedFamilyWednesday, October 08, 2014

    My favorite is comfy casual. That pretty much sums up my style.

  4. I've never thought about it that way! It totally makes sense to shop from one designer's collection when you put it that way!

  5. I love all those tops. So cute and easy!
    -Megan @ Never Finished

  6. So many cute things! I've always loved the Elle line at Kohl's (I'm also partial to the Lauren Conrad line).

  7. Ditto for both! Two of my favorite Kohl's lines.

  8. I love both of those lines too

  9. Thank you for this!! Need to do some fall shopping.

  10. I love so many of these pieces! Very cute!

  11. I ran right out to Kohl's after seeing this post! Alas, they don't have the top in my size (not online either). So bummed :( Any swap-out suggestions? I've scoured all the usual suspects online...

  12. AH, bummer! This one's *kinda* similar. It would work with all of the outfits above: http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1879380/LC-Lauren-Conrad-Floral-Crepe-Top-Women-s.jsp?pfm=rrrecs-pdp-vert

    Or any of these! http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1686450/LC-Lauren-Conrad-Pleated-Top-Women-s.jsp?pfm=rrrecs-pdp-vert

  13. I did like the LC one on my search. Thanks! (p.s. Got my olive skinnies on that I purchased last year thanks to you!)


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