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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Don't Stand So Close To Me

ALL IN THE DETAILS: Don't Stand So Close To Me

Few prints have escaped obsolescence and embraced reinvention as readily as polka dot. From its classic associations with Minnie Mouse naivete to its recent appearance in menswear collections and burlesque-inspired numbers, it’s proved that eccentricity and versatility need not be mutually exclusive. As of late, things like knee-high socks and suspiciously uniform-like pleated skirts have cropped up in the fashion world, naturally lending themselves to the unabashed femininity and vivacity of the polka-dot. This Fashionista navigates the liminal dimension campus comes to occupy during summer months with an ensemble that oozes traditional school girl charm while still asserting that school is indeed out.

If you, like I, harbor a secret desire to sport pigtails and skip to and from your summer classes, then you can breathe a deep sigh of relief because I’m here to equip you with the fundamentals. Start by acquiring a quality polka dot piece in your preferred color pallet. Add some contrast with a breezy pastel skirt or a skort, if you fancy yourself a chic city cyclist. Now that you’ve perfected the retro schoolteacher look, it’s time to sprinkle in a little ’90s ‘tude with a pair of geometric, chunky platform sandals that promise both summertime comfort and high performance on the dance floor. Top it all off with an assertive high ponytail adorned with whatever baubles, balls or bells your childlike heart desires. I recommend hitting up dollar stores and the kids section at H&M (or the ‘Grade 4’ archive I know is in your attic).

How To: Channel this Fashionista’s style with this skirt, this cardi and these shoes.