July 7th, 2015 at 2:00am

I used to favor stripes over other patterns when styling my outfits, but now I have a new found love for polka-dots! Not only does it make me think of the pin up girl days, but it can be worn in a more modern fashion now. It’s a fun pattern to wear and can be worn professionally if you know how to pair it correctly. In my last post, I mentioned how easy wearing a blouse and jeans can be for weekend wear. To dress a blouse up, just pair with your favorite blazer, pencil skirt or dress pants. It’s a two-in-one wardrobe piece!

I got my inspiration from the Dolce&Gabbana spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection. The flamenco polka-dots were on ruffled dresses in big bold patterns and this pattern really caught my eye. The Spanish influence of the corrida del toros (running of the bulls) inspired the figure-hugging silhouettes and made me fall in love with this collection. If I wanted to incorporate some color, all I’d need is a pop of bright red: perhaps in the shoes! I made sure my love of black and white was part of this outfit. I went a little more neutral with colors (minus my red nails), but if you love color, incorporate the color!

I really love this polka-dot blouse because I can dress it with jeans to be casual or pair it with a pencil skirt. Since the blouse has a looser fit, I wore it with cropped skinny jeans and tucked in it in the front so I didn’t look too boxy on top. The brown belt adds a little bit of neutral contrast since I had it showing. I wore my favorite nude sandals because I love how they have a little bit of bling and are so comfortable if I’m walking around for hours. To finish off my look, I wore a tribal-inspired necklace that I think looked really cool against the polka dots and incorporated a little bit of edge that I like to have. My look is pulled together yet still casual. I can also dress it up with heels and more jewelry to take it from day-to-night.

Get My Look: 1. A polka-dot blouse. 2. Cropped jeans 3. Cool tribal necklace.