Mixing polka dots and stripes

Nowadays, I think you can get away with wearing ANYTHING. I have seen some crazy/questionable/interesting outfits and I always end up thinking, “huh, that’s kind of cool”.  I guess I have been feeling a need to try something a little different and fun. So why not pair polka dots and stripes together?!

WARNING:

I know that I’m breaking several fashion “rules” in this post such as pairing stripes with another pattern AS WELL AS wearing horizontal stripes, which, in theory, can make you look wider. Whatever, when I break one rule, I go crazy and break ‘em all ;)

stripes and polka dots

I was quite surprised when I turned to my closet to find I had a lot of items with either stripes or polka dots. I was even more surprised to put them together and have them look cute!

(Well, I think so anyway)

stripes and polka dots (sunglasses: proof wood eyewear, top: forever21, pants & necklace: gift from husband (china) shoes:thrifted)

stripes and polka dots

Try something bold by wearing only stripes and polka dots like the look above. Or you can be more subtle like the look below.

stripes and polka dots

stripes and polka dots

Only the shoes and scarf have polka dots while the shirt is striped. Having a solid color of pants or bottoms really help break up the outfit. And, is more acceptable to the so dubbed fashion rules.

And I apologize, this is like the 4th post using these white pants. I think I really like them.

stripes and polka dots

(scarf: ?, shirt: forever21, pants: marshalls, shoes: toms)

stripes and polka dots

I found that wearing colors in the same color scheme is what made this work. The first outfit was based off of primary colors while this one is obviously shades.

stripes and polka dots

(sunglasses: proof wood eyewear, shirt: H&M, belt: forever21, dress: marshalls)

stripes and polka dots

I want to know what you think. Does this work? Or is this is big no no? What fashion rules are you going to break this summer?

 Mixing polka dots and stripes

9 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. June 8th, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    Frolicking Night Owl says:
    Where are comments that readers have left?
  2. June 9th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    Robin @ tansydolls.blogspot.com says:
    You look adorable. I think I might look a bit of a mess. Heh...but perhaps I could go with the subtle look. ;)
  3. June 9th, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    Melinda Ruesch says:
    i LOVE the looks! where is that cute headband from??? or scarf i guess i should say? how did you get it to look so cute like that?
    • June 15th, 2012 at 11:05 pm
      darlene says:
      Hi Melinda! Thank you for your sweet comment. I honestly don't remember where I got the scarf.. I think my husband gave it to me when we were dating. To tie it like that, fold it in half and wrap around your head. Tie it in a knot. One end will be a loop. Pull the loose end through the loop and secure it with a bobby pin, or it will stay on it's own. TA DA!
  4. June 9th, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    denise says:
    honestly, I hate the first outfit simply because i don't like the pants design in general. BUT i love the last photo with the black and white striped skirt with the polka dot shirt, very cute!
  5. June 12th, 2012 at 12:27 pm
    Leigh says:
    The second two outfits are really cute and the last is definitely my favorite! I don't like the first at all ~ sorry but it looks like you are stepping out in your pj's.
  6. June 12th, 2012 at 2:15 pm
    Liliya says:
    I like all the outfits and am amazed that they actually work together. All the outfits are nice except for the 3rd one. I think it would look better if the shirt was black with white dots instead of white with black dots. It would be easier on the eyes I think. Well, at those that's my opnion, but overall your outfits are great!
  7. October 17th, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    Sara says:
    Hi! I just discovered this blog. Personally, I do not like the first outfit. But I LOVE the other two, especially the last one!
  8. May 18th, 2013 at 9:07 pm
    Cam says:
    It's funny to read the comments, because the first outfit is my favourite of the bunch, hands down.
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