I love a polka dot, especially in an exaggerated print and you can’t beat the pleat. Sometimes pleats can date a piece, think khaki pants circa 1990. Ick. I’m sure I had a pair back then because they were “in style.” The pleats on this top actually modernize the look while the polka dots give it a more vintage feel. Anything that marries modern and vintage is a must-have for me. I’ve had this top for years (ironic that it’s from Forever XXI?) but it has made it through the years because of its classic vintage vibe (also thanks to taking excellent care of it and I hate laundry). With a bold print you can do two things: 1.) play off the pattern with a contrasting complementary pattern or 2.) let the pattern speak for itself. I obvi chose the latter for a more tailored, office appropriate look. It would look killer with a tailored cropped pant in a fine print, too. That’s the cool thing about black and white is that the possibilities go on and on – you’re only limited by your imagination. And to help beat the wicked heat outside/frigid office problem a little jacket in a vibrant color keeps me from receiving any HR complaints. Lol. But seriously, in Texas it’s essential to dress in layers so you can shed and still be seen in public, but so you don’t die of frostbite in your office. Jackets are the best because you look polished (great thing I wore mine because I was on camera today) and it’s easy to take off to be ready for happy hour with the girls.
Top: Forever XXI/ Jacket: Ann Taylor Loft/ Pants: Worthington/ Shoes: Quipid/ Lippy: Clinique Party Red