Would You Wear It: Large Polka Dots

Would You Wear It: Large Polka Dots

Happy Saturday ladies! The long weekend is finally here and not one moment too soon for me. I love to discuss fashion, styling and how why an outfit works for me or not. Many of you enjoy it as well so today I’m joining my friend Pam at Over 50 Feeling 40 for Would You Wear It.

Pam has been doing these posts for several months with fun results so when she asked me to join her I jumped at the chance. She and I will each share an outfit we’ve found on a mannequin and ask if you would wear it and why. We really want to hear your why!

I don’t criticise what other women wear but these dummies won’t care if we talk about their outfits. This is good clean critiquing with no hurt feelings or women insulted so have at it ladies!

Fashion from Anthropologie on A Well Styled Life

This is a long navy and white skirt which buttons up the front.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear all, part or none of this outfit? Please tell me why or why not. We all learn from each other and the comments are your place to chat.


Here are some fun slides on sale at Nordstrom as we slide into the first long weekend of summer. Many are 40% off!


Now let’s pop over to see what Pam found here.

Thanks for reading and have a great Saturday.



  1. May 26, 2018 / 3:43 am

    This is so much fun, Jennifer. Thank you for joining me and showing everyone what is out there the store’s believed should be displayed. We learn so much about what women think about fashion.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Thanks for inviting me Pam! This is great fun. I love the discussions.

  2. Trish
    May 26, 2018 / 4:07 am

    I would wear this outfit if I was tall and thin, like the mannequin.

    • Val
      May 26, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Same. I think it would look great on someone tall and slim.

      • Ashley
        May 26, 2018 / 11:03 pm

        The mannequins at Anthro are a size 4 with the bottoms around a size 27, not the smallest size but they try to offer a more honest representation. I loved the whole outfit and I’m not tall nor slim. I feel like the polka dots are a classic print that you’ll be able to wear for years to come, especially paired with a basic top.

  3. Chris
    May 26, 2018 / 4:11 am

    Love the blouse! Don’t love the skirt! I am too short to handle those large dots.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 7:59 am

      Thanks Chris. They are large;)

  4. Linda
    May 26, 2018 / 4:17 am

    I agree with Trish. I would have to be tall and thin(ner) to pull this of. I kind of like the large-scale polka dots.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:00 am

      I love polka dots too. Thanks Linda

  5. May 26, 2018 / 4:19 am

    I love the blouse but would never wear the skirt. I hate polka dots.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:01 am

      Thanks Linda! Polka dots are one of those things women either love or hate.

    • Mary
      July 14, 2018 / 5:31 am

      I LOVE polka dots but those are too big! Way too big.

  6. Bea
    May 26, 2018 / 4:23 am

    Oh most definitely, Jennifer! I have one very similar though the white dots are slightly smaller on a black background. I’ve had mine for 30 years and it’s one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe. I wouldn’t pair it with the display top now that I’m 60, just too young looking for me now.
    I’ve worn mine casually in the warmer months with a simple black or with tee grounding it with espadrilles or white sneakers. In the winter I’ve paired it with a chunky sweater and boots.
    I’ve dressed it up in the summer with a chiffon top and black sandals and in the winter with a black chasmere turtle neck and accessories. It also looks great with a white blouse and black blazer.
    I’m petite with a pear shaped body so I’ve had mine hemmed so it hits at the ankle.
    I just love it, maybe that’s why I’ve kept it so long!
    Enjoy your blog and look forward to your posts!

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:05 am

      Yours sounds fabulous Bea. So versatile. I can picture it styled these ways and bet it looks great! Thanks for sharing your style with us.

  7. Ramona
    May 26, 2018 / 4:27 am

    If there was a petite version of this, I would wear this! It’s cute, stylish and adorable! Thank you for this post.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Thanks for pointing that out Ramona! Being available in petite would be a great option.

  8. Pat Noakes
    May 26, 2018 / 4:27 am

    Polka dots are too big for me. At only 4’11”, I would wear a small polka dot, no buttons to break it up. Top…. I would remove the ties, again not for a short person. Would wear sleeveless or cap sleeve with v-neck to make me look taller. The jumper on the left would overwhelm me. Would not wear it

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Excellent point about the scale Pat. It does make a huge difference.

  9. Jennifer
    May 26, 2018 / 4:28 am

    I hate to write “me too” posts but I also would wear the blouse and not the skirt. I like small polka dots but this is definitely a pattern for someone taller and thinner than I am.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Me too works and thanks for explaining why.

  10. Janet
    May 26, 2018 / 4:34 am

    No I wouldn’t. I agree you need to have the right figure and height for this which I don’t, but even so I don’t like polka dots and the blouse it just blah for me. I think the blouse would look sloppy on.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:12 am

      Polka dots is one of those love or hate patterns. Thanks for sharing Janet

  11. May 26, 2018 / 4:38 am

    When I see large polka dot fashion I think of actress Diane Keaton. I have seen her wear polka dots in movies, photos, and on TV talk shows. The look is memorable. I like this skirt and blouse combo but probably would not try it on.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:13 am

      You’re right Linda! I’ve seen her wearing them too. Her style is so clever. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Lezlie Davis
    May 26, 2018 / 4:52 am

    I own this skirt without the buttons. I’m only 5’ 3” but I love it! Mine is navy and I wear it with a navy top. I always get compliments on it.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:15 am

      I bet you do! I love navy and white. Thanks for sharing Lezlie

  13. Eileen
    May 26, 2018 / 5:07 am

    No, I would not wear these things, what comes to mind is circus performer and table cloth. The pattern is too big. I’m 5’5″ and wear petite 6 , so not interested in the oversized look. The blouse is bland, and the v neck too low. Thanks polka dots make a weird pattern because they don’t line up, so it looks cheap, I know which store this is, and the prices are on the higher side. I always think, wow, they must have got a really good price on this fabric, because no one would want it.????

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Lol, I love your honesty Eileen! They are huge scale patterns and many won’t like them. Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. Deede
    May 26, 2018 / 5:08 am

    Ok, I would so wear this skirt but not with the too precious little blouse…I would rather pair this with a white shirt, cuffs below the elbow, unbuttoned about three down…I am 5’9″ and would enjoy the thisisdifferent style…Fun to play!

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:37 am

      You’re so lucky to be 5’9” Deede! Your description sounds so chic. Thanks for sharing. Fashion is fun to play with, I agree!

  15. Deborah Milne
    May 26, 2018 / 5:20 am

    I am putting my hand up to admit I own a jumpsuit that is exactly like this skir made by Mango.. I wore it to a wedding in New Orleans & I was fortunate to receive many compliments. If you get kuddos from the younger adults, I feel like it’s a score!! I have a love-hate relationship with polka dots. Sometimes I feel they can make me look like an old granny. Personally I need to keep the outfit more tailored & classic. Definitely more Diane Keaton like.

    Happy weekend to you two!! xo

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:39 am

      You always look amazingly chic Deborah so I have no problem picturing you in the jumpsuit! I agree about the kuddos from younger folks. They seldom say so if they don’t mean it. Happy Weekend !

  16. Susan M.
    May 26, 2018 / 5:24 am

    I like the way the skirt is styled with the white blouse. However, I personally would not wear it because the large polka dots would overwhelm my 5’1″ frame. I generally like polka dots, but in a much smaller version.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Scale is very important when you’re short. Thanks for sharing Susan!

  17. Amy
    May 26, 2018 / 5:25 am

    YES! No hesitation at all. I love the entire look. Wouldn’t it be perfect for summer gatherings? Graduation or the party, showers, rehearsal dinner. The large polka dots are so fresh and updated, while still classic. If I knew where that skirt came from I’d buy it now, it’s like a grown up woman’s maxi skirt/dress with enough tailoring to be flattering. The shirt is sweet and classic, and takes the outfit up a notch. I’d also try a fitted t to make it casual.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:43 am

      I love your styling ideas Amy! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Laurel
    May 26, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Not for me. The skirt wouldn’t be flattering and the blouse would likely look sloppy on me…those necklines never look as good on as they do in pics/on a mannequin.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:49 am

      Mannequins do wear clothes better than real people 😉 Thanks for sharing Laurel

  19. Mary
    May 26, 2018 / 5:49 am

    Nope. Only 5’5″ so the skirt would look like a circus tent on me. The tie on the top would never look as good as it looks in this picture and wearing a necklace with it would be a challenge.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:50 am

      It is a maxi skirt so the length could be a challenge. Thanks for sharing Mary

  20. Ace
    May 26, 2018 / 5:56 am

    I think the white blouse makes too much of a contrast. It would be a better outfit with a navy top. I think the blouse is the wrong style as well. A navy knit top that fit closer to the body would look better. Also, the right accessories would pull it together.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:51 am

      Those are great observations. Thanks for sharing your styling ideas with us.

  21. Elaine Luman
    May 26, 2018 / 6:03 am

    It’s adorable, but I’m 5’2″ and need to drop about 20 pounds so this would probably not be an attractive outfit for me. If I was tall and willowy, I’d wear it.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing Elaine

    May 26, 2018 / 6:06 am

    The top, yes. The skirt is overwhelming but would be cute if it was short. I do like the top!

  23. Nancy
    May 26, 2018 / 6:12 am

    Yes I would wear it, even though I’m short. Every other detail would have to be quiet, because of the large scale, but I love it.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas!

  24. Suzanne
    May 26, 2018 / 6:16 am

    I love polka dots and this skirt has potential. However… the buttons are a distraction from the print and where the skirt meets in the front the dots don’t match. That’s just “poor” quality and construction. I would wear a better made version of this.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:19 pm

      Pattern matching is an important indicator of quality!

  25. Lee
    May 26, 2018 / 6:29 am

    none of it! Large polka dots are not a classic clean look. They remind me of a clown and I am not that!

  26. Susan
    May 26, 2018 / 6:40 am

    I just bought a navy dress with large polka dots with a bungee hem at Macy’s. I’m styling it as a duster (it buttons all the way up) with whit pants. It’s very cute. I’m tall 5’9” so it works fir me. The dress will be cute with flats or wedges too! So I vote yes!

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:20 pm

      I love wearing dresses open as a duster. It sounds great Susan! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Yvonne
    May 26, 2018 / 6:51 am

    I would definitely wear this outfit. I love the look and at 5’7″ think I could carry it. I can see wearing it to summer events and depending on the fabric of the skirt might wear it with espradilles and a white tee.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:21 pm

      I see it styled that way too Yvonne. I love the idea of the espadrilles.

  28. Debbie Davis
    May 26, 2018 / 6:52 am

    I personally wouldn’t wear this – I think the pants would arrive before me! Too bold of a statement!

  29. Charlotte C
    May 26, 2018 / 6:57 am

    I love this outfit! I’m 5″10″, and this look is right up my alley!

  30. Deb
    May 26, 2018 / 7:06 am

    It looks great on the mannequin but would look ridiculous on my 5’4” slightly overweight frame.

  31. May 26, 2018 / 7:15 am

    I am 5’7″ and, though not overweight, I am also not the 120 lbs I was when I was in my 20s. At this stage, I would not put these items together. I do wear polka dots occasionally, but usually they’re on a smaller scale than the dots on this skirt, and I have most often worn them on my top half. IF I did wear the skirt, I would look for a more fitted top. On my body, a loose-fitting blouse with a loose-fitting skirt screams “frumpy,” and adding large-scale polka dots would up the frump factor even more.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      I agree it’s dangerous territory to wear two loose-fitting garments, Carolyn. I tend to avoid that look myself.

  32. Donna B Oliphint
    May 26, 2018 / 7:17 am

    I like the skirt, but not with that blouse. Not sure where I would wear it, though.

  33. Anon
    May 26, 2018 / 7:42 am

    I am not a fan of full-length skirts because it is windy where I live, and they act as a sail. Yes, I have had to fight my own clothing in the wind. Also not a fan of large polka dots. Come to think of it, anything round, including circle purses, doesn’t suit me.

  34. Scarlett
    May 26, 2018 / 7:48 am

    I love a polka dot and would wear this in a heartbeat. Looks comfortable but fun and stylish.

  35. Pat
    May 26, 2018 / 8:04 am

    I love the look and love polka dots, but the size would overwhelm me. I would look to recreate the look with a smaller scale polka dots.

  36. May 26, 2018 / 8:44 am

    The skirt is fun! I like it! I wouldn’t wear it with that blouse, which I don’t care for. I’d probably wear it with a white cotton shirt with flipped collar and rolled cuffs.

  37. Becky
    May 26, 2018 / 9:31 am

    The outfit is lovely. I might wear the blouse with something else, but I don’t wear long skirts. I find them cumbersome & uncomfortable for moving about.

  38. Marlene Ward
    May 26, 2018 / 9:52 am

    I would wear this outfit with a couple of modifications – a smaller scale polka dot and a fitted top.

  39. Roxanne
    May 26, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Love the outfit. At 5’8 I enjoy wearing outfits like this. I have a black and white polka dot dress I cinch with a wide buttery soft, red belt. I agree with others about the poor construction where the dots don’t match up.

  40. Carol
    May 26, 2018 / 10:03 am

    I love wearing polka dots, they are playful and light without being silly. I aways feel uplifted when they are part of my outfit. I would try this skirt on in a heart beat…if the center vertical line had the pattern aligned. The misalignment gives me a an uncomfortable double vision feeling. I like feeling tall in my clothes. This top emphasizes the horizontal with a line across body at the collar bone and again at the waist where there is the high contrast color break, and I think it would make me look squatty even though I’m 5’7″.
    Thanks for the post Jennifer. I haven’t thought about why I like or not like outfits before. This was really fun.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:30 pm

      I love to analyze outfits and this has been fun! It’s a great way to learn.

  41. Debra
    May 26, 2018 / 10:29 am

    Where is this? I like it – if it is the right fabric I’d take it with me on vacation.

  42. Katie
    May 26, 2018 / 11:03 am

    If I could find my waist…I’d wear it in a heart beat. So fun.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      LOL Katie! Thanks for sharing

  43. Cindi
    May 26, 2018 / 11:04 am

    I just came from the other site and find it interesting that both pictures are definitely summer holiday weekend and vacation dressing. I would wear these for dressier events in the summer. The part of the country I live in is pretty casual for summer weddings and such. I could easily take the other picture from Pamela’s site and this picture and build a wardrobe for summer.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:35 pm

      That makes sense Cindi because that’s what merchants are showing in the stores.

  44. May 26, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    First, yes, I love the polka dots. Any size. Why not. They remind me of a dress Julia Roberts wore in “Pretty Woman” (and I had a dress very similar to hers that I loved until it fell apart from wear).
    OTOH, I have a very long button-up skirt quite similar to this one. It also has two patch pockets in the front with button tabs, making it very useful for city errands (key, credit card, a little cash–no bag). I like to unbutton it to above my knee–mostly it hangs straight and you can’t tell, but when walking you get a little flash of leg that isn’t too much, yet that keeps a person from looking like a nun.
    However, what’s fine standing is another thing sitting. If the skirt is really roomy, then it looks like you got the wrong size, and if it’s a little more form-fitting, then beware of gaps with those buttons when you sit down.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:37 pm

      Excellent point about the slimness of a button-up skirt. Gapping is no fun and especially below the waist.

  45. Theresa
    May 26, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    No, the neckline is to low for my liking & I am not a fan of polka dots Particularly large ones as I am short & petite framed. They would completely overwhelm me.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing Theresa.

  46. Holley
    May 26, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    I have never cared for the ‘ peasant look’, so pairing it with the over sized ( attention screaming, almost clownish ) polka dots is not appealing to me. I love polka dots & stripes & always have, butthe scale is off putting to me.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      The scale can make or break most outfits. Thanks for sharing Holley.

  47. May 26, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I’ve been enjoying this feature on Pam’s blog since she introduced it, so I’m delighted that you are joining her and doubling the fun!

    I have never been a fan of polka-dots though I’ve started to warm up to them recently. So far, I’ve only taken one baby step and purchased a scarf with tiny dots. Though I like the style of this skirt, I don’t think I’m ready for those big, loud polka-dots just yet! I would also prefer it to be a little shorter; perhaps mid calf. I would definitely wear the blouse. I like the fact that it could be easily dressed up or down depending on what I wore it with.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      This has been fun, Elaine. baby steps are a great way to try new outfits to learn where your comfort zone lies.

  48. Shari
    May 26, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Oh my! My long deceased mom had a purple polka dot skirt just like this! Ala ’70’s! Sh wore it with a white lacy blouse and thought it was sooo special! I think it went on some cruises! Sooooo
    I would not wear this! It I should a one time outfit…wear it once and friends would say”here she comes again!”
    I don’t like the blouse either!
    The neckline seems too low and too , again’ ’70’s for anyone who wore those styles before!

  49. Ruth
    May 26, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I’m six feet tall so, yes, this looks like lots of fun!
    Small dots would be a problem, though…they look dinky/ditzy…as do other very small prints…the Little House on the Prairie effect.

  50. May 26, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Polka dots are one of the few prints I wear. Love them. I’d wear this skirt, but I’d have to hem it up. Trailing maxi skirts look sloppy to me. I’d choose a different top, too, probably a simple t-shirt or crisp blouse. It’s interesting to read others’ comments – we all have our own perspectives.

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      I’m enjoying reading everyone’s comments too!

  51. May 26, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Yes I will wear it. I have a pair of shoes that will match it????????????????

  52. Mone M. King
    May 26, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    I love both. Where can I find both of them?

    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      They’re available at Anthropologie

  53. Diana
    May 26, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    No, as much as I do wear small dot prints, this is just too loud for me. One of those prints that screams ‘look at me’ when you walk through the door. I also don’t do wide leg pants. I have an apple shape and the wide leg make my heavy upper half look that much larger.

  54. Diana
    May 26, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Oops! At first glance, I thought that was wide legged pants, but on a second look, it’s a button down skirt. Still wouldn’t wear it.

  55. Diane
    May 27, 2018 / 4:20 am

    Love both outfits, wish I was still young enough to wear. I have a top (small polka dots ) which I wear often.
    Thanks for the posts, love the comments.

  56. Cindy
    May 27, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    The top is nice but the big polka dots are too much for me. I’m short & I feel overwhelmed by large prints. And I’m not much of a polka dot person.

  57. Judy Maloney
    May 28, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I do like small polka dots but these are way too big for me. I don’t care for the top it is way too low and don’t care for the tie. As the other ladies have said you would need to be tall and thin to wear this outfit. Which I am not tall, not heavy but not thin either.

  58. Julie
    July 3, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    I’m a size 10, working to get back to an 8 and almost there. I’m 5’9″. Just today I bought a black and white polka dot sleeveless jumpsuit that has a crisp collar with wide legs and a v neck but not to low. I debated on purchasing it because I’m 57. I don’t want to look like I’m afraid of letting go of my youth. My daughter convinced me that it looked nice. I’m glad she did. It really is sharp! My polka dots weren’t as large as the one that was shown.. They are about the size of a dime. I think you do have to be cognitive of what you year as you get older but some designs are classic and tasteful at any age.

    • Jennifer
      July 4, 2018 / 6:17 am

      Polka dots are so classic! Your jumpsuit sounds great.

  59. Kelli
    April 7, 2019 / 10:36 am

    For this lifelong lover of mid-sized to jumbo polka dots, this skirt would need to be the same shape as the one photographed, but zips in the back instead. The buttoned front makes the whole thing look too casual as well as old-ladyish, and only magnifies the skirt’s poor construction with the unmatched dot placement.

    As I’m also a lifelong fan of the matching two-piece skirt and blouse, I’d want a top of the same-sized polka dots as a short-sleeved shell or a long-sleeved (that can be rolled up) button-down. If you’re going to give me a solid-colored top for this skirt, I’ll take a ballet tee, or a long-sleeved blouse—one fully covered with a substantial bow tie or one with ruffles around the neck and button-cuffed wrist. I’ve always hated the ditzy-tied numbers like the one photographed, which also looks like a piece of wire covered in fabric but ready to sluce one at the chest!!!

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