With so many stripe and polka dot outfit inspirations out there, I put together a look from the polka dots and stripes for my own take on a work-appropriate ensemble. I grabbed one of my favorite pieces in my closet—this green striped, ruffle blouse. It is light weight, so it is great to wear during the summer, but warm enough to wear now when temperatures are only slightly above freezing. This blouse was a vintage steal that I bought shortly after graduating college. I needed to find more work clothes but didn’t have much of a budget for shopping, so thrift and bargain shopping helped me establish more of a professional closet. I paired it with a simple black and white polka dot skirt that I have owned since my sophomore year of high school… yes that’s right, I’ve owned this piece for about nine years and I don’t think it will ever leave my closet! With a statement necklace and a pair of sparkly heels I feel it is a bit more fun for the office and certainly still takes on a winterish feel as we transition into March.
Also, this is my second post linking up for Work It Wednesday on Laura’s blog A Little Bit of Lacquer! I am so thankful she is doing these weekly link ups because as much as I love casual wear, I have to dress up five days a week! Check out her blog, she has amazing style and join the link up!
Blouse – Vintage
Skirt – Younkers (Similar here)
Necklace – Primark (Old)
Sparkly Open-Toed Heels – Nordstrom Rack (Similar here)
The last picture is my party time, photo taking wrap-up dance!
$118 – jcrew.com
¥3,280 – jshoppers.com
$49 – piperlime.gap.com
$12 – jcpenney.com
AnnaFebruary 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM
you look stunning. fabulous post. thanks for sharing, love. If you get a sec, I’d love to here what you think of my latest trend report. xo
AnnieFebruary 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM
This outfit is SO cute – love the dots with the stripes 🙂
The Other Side of Gray
Nah AmaralFebruary 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM
I love your skirt!!
And what about your heels?! They’re marvelous! *-*
KATEFPFebruary 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM
You are beautiful dear *.* and we loved your idea “Get the look” :’) kisses, katefp.blogspot.com
ANTONELLA C'EST MOIFebruary 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM
so cute baby!!
LA MODE OUI C’EST MOI
fashionhypnotisedFebruary 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM
You look fabulous sweetie! I love the combo of that jade shirt and the dotty skirt!
Fashion By AliciaFebruary 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM
I absolutely love that blouse! Great details. And that skirt from high school is amazing. I wish I could still fit into my high school skirts!
mariely crowneFebruary 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I love how you paired these two items together! I myself have in my closet pieces from when I was in highschool!! Love it!
FrancescaMarch 1, 2012 at 2:19 AM
Love this look. Those pumps are so glam!
PatienceMarch 1, 2012 at 3:57 AM
So classy and sophisticated. Love the polka dot skirt.
AmandaMarch 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM
I looooove this look! You pull off print mixing beautifully – love the stripes and spots! At first I thought your skirt was navy and thought the color combo to be innovative and complementary, but I read that it’s black – still looks amazing!!!
DoraMarch 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM
Definitely a great combination! You look darling, lots of hugs!
JasMarch 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM
love those polka dots!
cindyMarch 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM
I really have to try out this stripes & polkda dots combo. I’ve been seeing it everywhere and it’s such a great look. 🙂
cindy | design3rd
SamanthaMarch 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM
LOVE this look! I love the contrast of green and black to begin with, but add polka dots and it’s all kinds of happiness!
Have a beautiful weekend!
Gracey at Fashion for GiantsMarch 3, 2012 at 2:22 AM
This is a wonderful outfit. Love the green and black and polka dots are just fabulous.
Love your blog too – count me as a new follower!
RachelMarch 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM
Thank you Gracey! Glad you like my blog, I greatly appreciate it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Laura @ A Little Bit of LacquerMarch 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM
Love love love this look! I selected it as my favorite look of the week so it will be featured in tomorrow’s post! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope to see you tomorrow 🙂
RachelMarch 6, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Wow, thanks Laura! That is so sweet of you! I am honored that you will be featuring this look as your favorite!!!!! I will definitely be linking up tomorrow, I am so glad you have created this weekly link up, it is fun and I have drawn so much inspiration from other bloggers! Thank you for the opportunity 🙂
the clothing menuMarch 7, 2012 at 2:58 AM
Ha – love that you still have clothes from high school! I’m a big fan of mixing prints, so I love this mix of stripes and dots.
simplychicMarch 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM
love this mix of prints!!!
Style & PoiseMarch 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM
So Chic and Fabulous!!! You look great.