Casual Friday + Polka Dots

Posted in Outfits
on February 1, 2013

polka dots + scarf 5

This Friday’s casual outfit was a complete recreation of a look from Happily Grey (see her outfit here). I pinned this look awhile back from my friend and once I got this polka dot top for my birthday, I remembered how striking a beige/black polka dot top looks with a neon scarf (Yup, that’s right… I can seriously remember WAY too many of the things I’ve pinned… kind of scary). Since I just got my neon infinity scarf with my January budget, it was the perfect time to try this look. I hate to admit that Casual Fridays are not easy for me.  During the week I’m usually in pencil skirts, maxis or work pants, so I am really focused on dressing up.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being able to wear jeans at my job every Friday, but because I’ve been out of the habit of dressing more casually or dressing up jeans, it makes it hard for me to get it right. This is why I need inspiration… this is why Pinterest, other bloggers like Mary from Happily Grey and YOU make life so awesome. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS INSPIRING ME!

Stay Classy My Friends. (haha, anyone else a fan of Anchor Man?!) Have a fabulous weekend!

polka dots + scarf 4

polka dots + scarf 1

polka dots + scarf 2

polka dots + scarf 3


P.S. Do you see me talking to myself in the second to last photo? I think I’m saying something like IT’S NOT COLD, IT’S NOT COLD… complete lies though. NEGATIVE 11 degrees when we took these photos this morning. Ugh.

Polka Dot Top, F21 (Birthday Gift, Available here) :: Infinity Scarf, A&F (Sold Out, Similar here) :: Jeans, Levis via Younkers (Similar here) :: Boots, JustFab (Available here) :: Bracelets, Lia Sophia (No Longer Available in this color, Same Set though here) :: Rose Gold Watch, JCPenney (Similar here)




  • Reply AJ

    I wish I had a photographic memory like you to remember my pins! LOL, loving the bright scarf with the polka dots. And there is nothing wrong with trying to convince yourself that its warm while you’re taking outfit pics outside!


    February 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM
  • Reply Ashleigh

    I love this. Our office is almost TOO casual for my tastes. When I wear heels or even a skirt I look like an alien. This is what casual Friday SHOULD look like. Not a concert tee and jeans and sneakers. Good job!

    February 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM
  • Reply Alyssa

    You look so gorgeous here, Rachel! I love how simple and easy this outfit is…pretty much like my weekend uniform!

    February 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM
  • Reply Alissa

    I adore that polka dot top! It’s soo cute!

    February 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM
  • Reply Ashley

    You look lovely! The bright scarf DOES look great with the polka dot top! Don’t worry – I remember way too many of things I’ve pinned too :)

    February 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM
    • Reply Rachel

      Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one… it kind of freaked me out that I immediately thought back to that pin when I got this top lol :)

      February 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM
  • Reply Amy

    LOVE this polka dot top. Great birthday gift, for sure :)

    xo Amy

    February 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM
  • Reply two birds

    I think I need to spend more time on Pinterest. You look so lovely! I love the polka dot top. And that infinity scarf is such a great color!

    February 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM
  • Reply Rachel

    I’m always in jeans and a scarf during the winter, too (or my yoga pants and a sweatshirt if I’m not in public). Happy weekend!

    February 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply Jen

    I’m such a sucker for polka dots, I absolutely love your shirt! Hope you have a great weekend!

    xo jen

    February 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM
  • Reply Barefoot Duchess

    You look adorable and I love your makeup!!

    February 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM
  • Reply Milna

    Love your boots and scarf!

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    February 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM
  • Reply Meredith

    OMG Rachel I totally get that. I have a hard time with casual Fridays as well. I don’t know why. I seek inspiration for that from bloggers and pinterest as well.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM
  • Reply Dania

    Love this outfit Rachel!!!

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    Have a nice week end..

    February 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM
  • Reply Amy

    I love that polka dot top!! Cutest casual look ever! I can’t believe you still took photos in that cold of temps…you win the prize for bravest blogger:):) Have a great weekend!

    February 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM
  • Reply brooke

    you are a brave girl to take pics in those temperatures, but you wouldn’t know how freezing you are–the photos look great. this is a great combo of neon and polka dots.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Cute outfit! Love this chunky scarf- especially in this mint shade! And I can’t get over the polka dots! Great post.

    xx Elizabeth
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    February 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM
  • Reply Beth

    Kudos to you taking pictures outside on such a frigid cold morning!!

    I love this look, the polka dot sweater is so fun and the scarf is a great pop of color with it!!

    February 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM
  • Reply Always Maylee

    I love the polka dots and the green scarf. You look so cute!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    February 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM
  • Reply Demure in Diamonds


    I loveee this outfit! The green scarf with the polka dots is so unexpected yet I love it! I also love anchor man. lol

    XO Jenna

    February 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM
  • Reply Bella

    Love the top, polka dots always look great :-) And the combination with gorgeous green – perfect!


    February 2, 2013 at 4:38 AM
  • Reply It’s the Weekend | Rachel's Look Book

    […] through Pinterest and have been obsessed with Happily Grey ever since! Yesterday, I even posted an outfit that was a recreation of one of hers. Everything looks so effortlessly chic on Mary and I love that […]

    February 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM
  • Reply Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    love this on you Xo Megan,

    February 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM
  • Reply Marlen

    I love this casual look! i especially like how that green scarf makes the outfit pop. it was a cute touch :)

    xo Marlen
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    February 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM
  • Reply Khatu

    love the polka dot top!

    February 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM
  • Reply amy

    your such a brave girl I could never take picture out in the cold. It was 19 degree here and I wore 4 layers to work.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM
  • Reply mili

    yess thank the internet for tons of outfit inspo! love the polka dots :)

    Mili from call me, Maeby

    February 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM
  • Reply Rachella

    That scarf has such a special color! X

    February 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM
  • Reply ani

    I love how easy yet super cute that outfit looks on you. I think polka dots make every outfit look girly and cute, right?
    Hope you had a fabulous weekend my friend :-)


    February 3, 2013 at 5:33 AM
  • Reply Mags

    I love the green scarf, looks awesome against the polka dot top.

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    Lots of love, M x

    February 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM
  • Reply Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    love the polka dots Xo Megan,

    February 3, 2013 at 11:07 PM
  • Reply Ashley

    Negative 11 degrees???? Ahhh!!! SO cold!!

    I really love this outfit!! And I do love Pinterest for inspiration!

    February 4, 2013 at 6:07 AM
  • Reply Miss M

    What a cute top! I want something similar for spring
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    February 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM
  • Reply stylishbynature

    I just loved every single aspect of this OOTD. Absolutely fabulous. You look picture perfect!!

    February 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM
  • Reply H&K Style Journey

    A pop of color like this is fabulous with an all neutral outfit. I am with you on dressing for casual Fridays. I have a really hard time dressing casual. Heather

    February 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM
  • Reply Kimmie

    Your skin is absolutely glowing. I am so envious of your complexion! Super cute polka dots! :)

    February 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM
    • Reply Rachel

      Kimmie… complete make up secrets 😉 :) I have had trouble skin for over 7 years… you learn to work with it!

      February 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM
  • Reply fromarmanitozurich

    that sweater is soo cute! you have such an amazing blog:)
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    lots and lots of love from the terribly cold zurich :)

    February 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM
  • Reply Amy

    I love the polka dots and scarf together. You look so pretty.

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    February 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM
  • Reply Gina

    This is a very lovely outfit! I liked this very much.

    February 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM
  • Reply Jessica

    Gorgeous! I love the outfit you recreated! And yes, neon & polka dots are so made for each other!
    P.S. totally impressed with your blogger dedication to take photos when it is that cold outside!

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    February 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM
  • Reply Fashionably Yours

    Love the polka dot shirt and kudos for braving the cold!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

    February 4, 2013 at 11:05 PM
  • Reply Laura @ Chaotic Domestic

    I love this look. The polka dot top is great. I’d pinned the same image on Pinterest as well. I really need to start weeding through my pins to find looks to recreate. I’m currently not doing a good job of it. Love your take on this look.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM
  • Reply Jess - J's Style

    I love that bright green scarf! It’s so cheery for winter and is just the perfect pop of color. I think this casual Friday outfit is great!


    February 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM
  • Reply #OOTD | Rachel's Lookbook

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    February 22, 2013 at 6:01 AM
  • Reply Karen

    I hope you don’t get sick with that type of temperature and no coat! You do look cute though, lol! I love Pinterest for style inspiration too!

    March 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM
    • Reply Rachel

      Haha, luckily I was only outside for like 5 minutes! My boyfriend and I have learned how to take photos VERY quickly in these kind of temps!

      March 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

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