Polka Dot Blouse for Spring
Greetings and happy Thursday! I can’t believe I’m wrapping up 22 Days of Spring Fashion tomorrow!
Today I’m styling a polka dot blouse with white jeans and black strappy sandals for a spring outfit I would wear to church or out to lunch with friends.
This polka dot blouse is so versatile. I decided to style it for an edgier, casual look for this post, but it’s also a nice work wear piece if you work in a professional environment.
This top comes in three color combinations, and had a hard time choosing between them.
I chose the black with white dots because I was worried the other two might be see-through, and I didn’t want to have to wear a cami underneath. I really love how the black with white dots pairs with white jeans, but I think it would also look nice with black jeans or pants, or even a colored pant.
It’s definitely a flowy top, but it does have some structure through the waist, and the rounded hemline also adds the illusion of curves.
I’d kind of like to have it tailored so it nips in a bit more through the waist… I may take it into Nordstrom and see if they can do that for me. I love the free alterations that come with my Nordstrom card!
For size reference, this top is a small. I’d say it runs true to size, but if in between, size down.
I paired it with white jeans for a fresh summer look, and these are a new brand to me.
I’ve been wanting to try Topshop jeans so I finally ordered a pair, and I have to say, I really like the fit and the quality for the price.
They have a flattering fit, and I like how thick they are; they definitely are not see-through. I wore them for about an hour, and they didn’t bag out, but I can’t say how they will look at the end of the day. They get good reviews, though, and I also like the higher waist.
For size reference, I ordered the 30W x 30L because the website says they fit like 28-29 waist. They’re ankle length, so I’m not sure what the 30″L is all about, but anyway. I would recommend sizing up one from your normal larger size. I typically wear a 28 or 29 in jeans, for reference.
If you’re on the hunt for good white jeans, stay tuned for my updated White Jeans Review… I’ve ordered and tried on quite a few already, and I need to go to the mall and try on some more before I’m ready to share that post, but it should be up within the next couple of weeks!
(Also, I’m wearing pumps in tomorrow’s post, and I really try to maintain a variety in my outfits for these style challenges… the onslaught of skinny jeans notwithstanding. Haha!)
These shoes are pricey, but I managed to snag them during the Bloomingdale’s spend more/save more event a few weeks ago. They’re incredibly comfortable for heels, and I love the quality as well. I have several pairs of Stuart Weitzman shoes I’ve collected over the years, and they last forever.
Because it’s still so cold here right now, I wanted to show this look with a jacket. I have an ivory 3/4-sleeve blazer that is perfect over this top, but the jeans are a stark white and they didn’t play well together, so I’ll save the ivory blazer to wear with this top and black or colored pants.
For this look, I threw on my trusty black leather jacket.
This is what I would throw on with this outfit if I was going out to dinner with girlfriends or my husband.
Unfortunately mine is sold out, but I doubt anyone is in the market for a leather jacket right now. If you have one you love, though, don’t hesitate to wear it right through the spring months. It also works great over a dress if you want an edgier look — just throw it over your shoulders for a trendy vibe.
I know, there are way too many pictures in this post, but I spent a lot of time editing them, and then realized I had too many, so you’re going to see them all. Ha!
Here’s a close-up of my jewelry. It’s kind of hard to see the earrings, but they’re faux pearl drop earring with silver hardware from Lucky Brand. I added a silver circle pendant to fill the v-neckline, and then I wore my favorite silver link bracelet and a two-tone watch.
Finally, I added a red bag for a pop of color. Yes, it bothers me that my jewelry is silver and the bag has gold hardware, but I didn’t want to take the time to switch out my jewelry to work with the bag.
Ideally, it’s nice if all the metals in your accessories match, but it really isn’t necessary. Plus my watch has both gold and silver, so it sort of ties it all together. This bag is old, but I linked up some similar ones below, or you can always search eBay — it’s the Ivy Cross-Body in Samba.
Here’s a final look. It’s trite, but it’s true: you really can’t go wrong with a black and white outfit. I like how the black sandals bookend the outfit, while the red bag provides a fun pop of color.
What would really be cool is if I wore red earrings with this. I guess I need to invest in a pair!
Vince Camuto poetic dots sleeveless blouse // Topshop Jamie high waist ankle skinnies // Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude ankle strap sandals (similar for less / lower heel option) // similar leather jackets // similar red bag (similar for less and even less) // Silpada circle necklace // earrings // bracelet (similar for less)
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!
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