Surprise surprise, another layering look, I started with these pieces…
and transformed them into…
are you sick of my blabbing on about the magic of layering yet?
It really is the easiest way to play up your basics and add dimension to any look.
everyone has a basic skirt and a button up shirt, so switch it up by layering a patterned long sleeve (mine was $5 at H&M) underneath your dress shirt.
if you are into obnoxious accessories like me, double up on your necklaces and pile on the bracelet bling!
did you notice the polka dot tights? if you are a tights wearer like me these sheer polka dot ones are a great way to still get tight-like coverage for spring and summer! You can wear them all year long, so I highly suggest investing in a pair.
Shirt: Turquoise button up, Foxcroft. Tights: Polka Dots, Modcloth (similar). Shoes: Oxford Heels, Miz Mooz (similar here or here) Piano Clutch: Recital Farrah, Kate Spade (similar here or here). Skirt: Tulip skirt, Zara (Spring 2011). Shirt: Striped Long Sleeve (worn under), H&M. Necklace: Layered Gold Necklace, Vintage. Necklace: Kate Spade. Jewels: Idiom Bangles, All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade.
so of course I had to dress for the occasion and I used these pieces to do so!
when combined, these pieces made the perfect tea attire, take a peak…
When I think tea, I don’t just think britts and crumpits, I also venture into “mad” territory, with a little bit of alice in wonderland flair.
So my outfit had to be classy with a little bit of whimsy, starting with bold gum drop studs in flo coral and bright bangles.
I also turned to my go-to statement clutch: the recital farrah
A bow behind my bun doubled up on the pop of peach
This summery dress wouldn’t of paired well with black, so I added a skinny black belt to tie it all together.
Polka dot tights are one of my wardrobe workhorses, they are simple yet bold and look great with everything.
Shoes: Pumps, John Fluevog. Piano Clutch: Recital Farrah, Kate Spade (try outlet!) Tights: Polka Dot, ModCloth. Dress: Fleur, Kate Spade (no longer available). Earrings: Gumdrop Studs In Flo Coral, Kate Spade. Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Basic Black Cropped Cardigan, H&M. White “Jackie-esque” Jacket, Vintage. Belt: Skinny Black Patent. All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade.
I was accompanied by the best tea-bodys I know, my amazing mom and fantastic grandmother! and check out momma in my new bondstreet florence bag [now on sale] and grandma with her kate spade earrings! work it ladies!
My looks have been a little over the top lately, so this one is a more simple, sophisticated and somewhat retro inspired look.
A little bit of leopard can go a long way, so sometimes its best to keep it minimal. But that doesn’t mean you have to be boring! Pick a theme, an era or an icon and channel it with your leopard. I choose the fifties (surprise, surprise) took on a mad men inspired look. check it out…
So today I am the lady in leopard with a splash of pearls and a dab of fifties flair.
To make a retro-inspired look current, start by using a classic silhouette, like a classic cardie and a full skirt.
Then pile on the jewelry or take a chance with fun accessories like polka dot tights. These unexpected touches will help keep it classy while making it current.
They say you are never truly dressed without a smile. I like to amend this statement to read, that you are never truly dressed without lipstick!
For this look, the perfect red/orange lip served both as my finishing touch and pop of color in an outfit full of neutrals (and yes, leopard is a neutral!).
Cardigan: H&M Via Consignment (Similar here or here). Tights: Polka dot, Modcloth. Skirt: Simply Sublime, now available at ModCloth. Shoes: Jocelyn, Kate Spade (No Long Available). Necklaces: Pearls and Gold Pave Dots, both from my Grandma’s closet (Thanks for having amazing taste Grandma!). Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Bracelet: Pearl Cluster, Vintage (similar on sale until 4/10). Earrings: Gum Drops in Black, Kate Spade. Bracelet: Gold Link, Vintage, My mom’s from the 80’s (similar).
Whether you are headed to work, or out for a night on the town, polka dots and pops of color will help get you spotted. But before we get started, lets see what pieces we were working with…
This outfit is a little bit of everything: bright colors, bolt prints, a chic blazer and fun bangles all while playing with proportions! but how do they all work together? let me show you!
This look is kind of fun because with cropped lengths, bright colors and awesome patterns it is a weekend take on a work look.Everyone should own a fun cropped blazer, they work all year around!Just make sure to get one that flatters your body, mine works because the bold shoulders and loose frame are a nice contrast with a mini skirt that synchs at the smallest point.
If this skirt were a pencil, and my blazer a bit longer, this outfit would work for the office. But since this is a spring weekend look, I piled on the accessories!
Buzzzzz did you notice a stylish little queen bee buzzing about out on my blazer? You too can bling up a black blazer with some fun pins! Buy some at a vintage or thrift store, or even try ebay!
Jacket: Vintage. Tights: Polka Dot. Shirt: Pebble top, Forever 21 (now on sale). Shoes: Vintage (sorry so much vintage in this post, similar). Skirt: Vintage, Donna Karen (similar, uk). Gold Bracelet: Vintage, My moms from the 80’s (similar on sale). Glasses: Tom Ford. Lipstick: Dragon Girls, NARS. Earrings: Black Gum Drops, Kate Spade. Broach: Bee Bug Pin, Vintage (similar here or here). Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade. Bangles: Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade.
I really like to double or even triple up on the prints, so I paired a polka dot top with dotted shoes before adding spotted tights and a polka bangle.
But what do you think about my polka dot outfit extravaganza? too much or just enough?
These cute little spots can spice up a simple outfit, pair well with other patterns or even mix with other polka dot pieces for a fabulously over-the-time dotted ensemble. Today I choose the latter by mixing five polka dot pieces into one outfit (2 bangles, tights, dress and blouse) take a peak!
Remember when I confessed my new love of layering is yesterday’s post? well I wasn’t kidding and this post is the proof!
I am obviously drawn to black and white polka dot silk because I have two (well actually five… don’t judge me!) pieces constructed from this fabric.
So for this look I layered a cowl neck blouse over a Jessica McClintock polka dot prom dress to give the dress a more conservative and retro vibe, then I cinched my waste with a kate spade bow belt, I choose to use black in order to not distract from the doubled up dots.
I continued my dot fetish with polka dot tights and kept the 50’s vibe going with contrasting mary janes, a red lip and a retro hairstyle.
As always, I piled on the bangles and used my florence bag for the perfect color pop!
Since this polka dot print is so simple and classic, I like to pair it with other, bolder patterns like this vintage black&yellow jacket!
Dress: Polka Dot Prom Dress, Jessica McClintock via Consignment. Top: Polka Dot Cowl Neck Blouse, Vintage. Tights: Polka Dot, ModCloth (similar here, here and lots of options here). Shoes: Mary Janes, Jessica Simpson (old, Spring 2005). Jacket: Vintage. Belt: Gathered Bow Belt, Kate Spade (similar). Bracelets: Idiom bangles, Kate Spade. Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Shocking pink, Kate Spade. Ring: All Wrapped Up, Kate Spade.
Polka dots straddle the line between fun and chic, so everyone needs some dots in their world and wardrobe!
Many women wear red to make a bold or sexy statement, but I like doing unexpected things with color, like wearing red in a more sophisticated way but keeping it fun with pops of dots.
Also try challenging color combinations. Green & red is not just for the holidays! Pair a little bit of green with an outfit full of red for a season-less stunner.
I’m really into chunky over the top accessories right now. bling it on.
Top: Polka Dot Bow Blouse: H&M (Spring 2012). Dress: Vintage Silk Shift Dress, Hugo Buscati (Similar). Bangles: Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Bracelets: Chucky Pearl, Vintage (Similar) & Thick Gold Chain Bracelet, Vintage (Mom’s from the 80’s… thanks mom!) (Similar here or here). Shoes: Mary Jane Pumps, Jessica Simpson (old, ’06). Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow, Kate Spade. Ring: Turquoise Cocktail Ring, Vintage (similar here and here). Earrings: Gold & Red Drops, Vintage (Mom’s from the 80’s… you rock mom) (similar). Lipstick: Supercalafragalipstick in Adventurous Red, Poppy King for Kate Spade.