Things I Love: Polka Dots

Lately, I’ve been really into prints. Chevron, Plaid, Tribal…you name it. They’re a really fun way to add color to your wardrobe without needing to pile on layers or accessories.

I mean, look at this cute little Kate Spade skirt. Can you even? (Get it here.)
I mean, look at this cute little Kate Spade skirt. Can you even? (Get it here.)

Keep reading for some fantastic fashINSPIRATION featuring my latest love, polka dots!

I don’t think it’s any big secret that I love clothes. My favorite clothes are the kind that   are versatile but don’t sacrifice style or sophistication. That being said, it’s only natural that my favorite print would be something that is perfectly appropriate for day or night. Enter, polka dots.

I just want to spend ALL day & night in these. (Get them here.)
I just want to spend ALL day & night in these. (Get them here.)

I’m not really sure how it happened but it seems like every time I turn around, something catches my eye and it is covered in dots. If it’s a wearable item I try to adhere to a few rules; 1) Keep it minimal. Limit your print to one piece in your outfit. Keeping the rest of your outfit plain will help the print to stand out. 2) Start out by practicing with accessories. A phone case, clutch or belt is a clever way to test out your favorite print without committing 100%. 3) Make sure they fit. The best way to ensure you’re looking polished is to make sure that what you’re wearing looks tailored. (Fake it until you make it or get it tailored.)

This has got to be one of the comfiest looking printed tops I have ever laid my eyes on. (Get it here.)
This has got to be one of the comfiest looking printed tops I have ever laid my eyes on. (Get it here.)

 Another thing to keep in mind is that size does matter, ESPECIALLY when it comes to prints. Larger prints will make you look bigger and small prints, well, you get it. It’s one of the many times a mathematical concept comes into play with fashion and geometry is obviously key when playing with prints on any kind of frame.

Still not sure about polka dots? Try these socks on for size. (Get them here.)
Still not sure about polka dots? Try these socks on for size. (Get them here.)

The last thing I’m going to say about this adorable little print is that it goes with just about everything. Jeans, skirts, corduroy, dresses…there’s almost nothing that wouldn’t look perfectly professional or casual with a little polka dot thrown in. And on the days you’re just not sure, there’s plenty of polka dot on cozy wraps this season. Check out some of my picks below:

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Slideshow details: Dress by Betsey Johnson/ Robe by GAPScarf by J.Crew/ Skirt by JOASweater by Amy Byer/ Vest by LOFT

For more on where I’ve been, what’s on my wish list and where I’m shopping, follow my adventures on The Besty, Bloglovin’ & Facebook.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo, Vanessa

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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