How to Transition Polka Dots for Fall

So you bought a lot of polka dotted pieces this summer and now you’re thinking, “I guess I need to pack these away now”; or maybe you’re still seeing retailers come out with new polka dotted pieces and you want to buy them but don’t think you can wear them into the Fall. Don’t fret because I’m here to share with you my tips for wearing you’re polka dotted pieces throughout Fall and Winter; because you know anything polka dotted tugs at my fashion heart.

Polka dots have traditionally felt like a Spring/Summer pattern at least in part because of their playful and optimistic vibes. Maybe the pattern reminds us of our childhood when we were obsessed with Minnie-Mouse; when we pranced around in a red & white polka dotted skirt all day (no? just me). Wherever our love stemmed from, we have all needed a bit of optimism in our lives this year, which retailers seem to have picked up on, so they blew out this pattern on everything this season and it exploded all over the streets. But I don’t want that optimism to go away simply because it’s Fall. So what is the key to transitioning anything deemed “summer appropriate” into the Fall? The answer is simple: strategic layering.

Black and white polka dots are the easiest color combo to transition since building an outfit around the dark tones feels natural for Fall. Even though black and white are the most basic of colors, I love how this combination packs a punch! To pop this dress, I contrasted the black ground with a white turtleneck. I tried it with a black turtleneck but it just didn’t have the same impact. I then layered this great vest which added interest and warmth (well a little warmth). Since the vest lacked a waist, I put on a belt to bring back definition.

When it’s chilly but not chilly enough to pull out the tights, my thigh high boots are always my go to. These have really become a staple in my wardrobe. I wear them with everything from mini skirts for a night out or with jeans for work. Especially during this “transition” time, they work because I can wear them with most of my summer dresses.

What Fall 2018 outfit is complete without some kind of animal print? As I’ve mentioned before, a leopard print can act as a neutral and looks good with practically anything. Technically, leopards spots and polka dots are the same pattern since they’re both dots! Did I blow your mind there? That’s why they look so good together even though it’s still considered print mixing.

For additional warmth, I wore this camel blazer to play off the brown tones in the bag. Contrasting the color in the vest helps make the vest stand out and in turn pulls together this entire “layered” look.

I kept the jewelry minimal so that the outfit could be the centerpiece. I wore simple gold hoop earrings to complement the gold in the belt and gold bracelet. Well, technically, it’s a necklace but I also wear it as a bracelet. Style hack for you – if you have a simple long chain necklace, you can also wrap it around your wrist for an easy bracelet!

So don’t pack away those polka dots yet! Just remember to layer. 🙂

Outfit Details

Dress: Thrifted (sold out but similar here & here)

Turtleneck: Aerie (old; similar here&here)

Vest: Anthropologie (old; similar here& here)

Blazer: Thrifted (similar here& here)

Belt: Vintage (found the exact oneon ebay!)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old; similar here)

Shoes : Zara (similar here& here)

Earrings: Target

Bracelet: Vintage

Lipstick: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Let’s Go Crazy”

Mini Lipstick Review: Really easy to apply. Matte finish that’s not drying. It doesn’t last through eating and will fade over time. However, it fades evenly into a nice stain.

Photography by Jacob Baccus


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