Happy Monday ladies. I hope you had a relaxing weekend! Ours was mellow so I’m ready to dive into the week. Let’s kick it off with some uplifting color and a simple, classic pattern. Polka dot is one of those timeless patterns that’s stood the test of time, yet never looks stuffy. They’re always chic and look modern which makes them perfect in my book! Today I’m styling a classic polka dot sweater with some slim, demi boot crop jeans.
Crop flares? Yup, but these are not what you expect. I’ve learned to ignore the labels that brands put on their garments.
If we get hung up on the name it might influence whether you’ll try something on. These jeans are called a slim, cropped, demi-boot which is totally out of my comfort zone. If I was adamantly avoiding boot-cut jeans, I would have passed on these, which would have been a shame because I love the fit. Madewell says they’re cropped, have a straight leg with a subtle flare at the bottom. But to be honest, that ‘demi boot’ is so slight they seem almost straight down to the ankle.
These are made from Madewell’s “comfort stretch” denim which is cotton/elastane and stretches a bit more than no-stretch jeans. And because they have less elastane than other jeans, they’re less likely to bag out when you wear them. I like that Madewell rates the stretchiness of their denim so you know just what you’re getting. See their chart below.
These jeans have a nice high rise and are fitted through the hip and thigh. They’re available in regular, petite, and tall. I’m wearing the regular and at 5’4″, they’re just ankle length. Have all these options allow you to dial in the exact length you like.
The pale wash is super casual and great for spring. These jeans would look great with a crisp white shirt, leopard print belt, and classic loafer…or a pretty blouse, and espadrilles, with a stretch linen blazer …or dressed down with white sneakers and a striped tee.
This fun sweater is a cotton blend with a cheery polka dot print on the front and back. The website says it’s a black polka dot but it appears closer to deep indigo to me. Frankly, if the color is that indistinguishable, does it really matter? Not to me. The green is on the cool side…closer to mint. It has a bateau neckline and 3/4 sleeves which you know I love for spring. It’s in sizes petite, regular, plus, and plus petite. I’m wearing a small petite so it runs TTS.
This sweater would also look great with white jeans, a denim skirt, soft chinos, or Bermuda shorts when the temperature warms way up.
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I’ve been on the hunt for a new straw hat, ( I am obsessed with summer hats), but to be honest, this one fits the bill for me every time. It’s got a wide enough brim to keep the sun off my face and its totally classic shape goes with everything. Brixton makes this same shape in wool as well as a bunch of different colored straws. The weave is rather rustic which makes it very casual. I think many women would like to wear hats but they buy ones that are too dressy for their lifestyle. Look for ones with larger weaves and less frou-frou detailing which is more appropriate for daily wear.
My sunglasses are classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer that I’ve owned forever. I go for polarized at every opportunity because it cuts way down on the squinting and we all know that squinting increases wrinkles. 🙂 Crow’s feet are one thing, but the 11″s between my eyebrows are something altogether different and I hate to make mine worse.
My sandals are a perennial favorite and best seller so Gentle Souls makes them every year. They’re one of my go-to brands for stylish shoes and sandals that are comfy for my aging feet. They have an adjustable velcro ankle strap that keeps them securely on my feet plus a signature flaxseed-cushioned pillow in the footbed. My pair is at least 4 years old and they’re holding up beautifully.
I kept my jewelry simple for this look with a (vintage) large silver bangle (similar) and silver drop earrings that have a faceted orb of green Amethyst suspended in a silver teardrop setting. They look like a giant green polka dot!
Are you a fan of polka dots?
Let’s make it a great week ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.