Casual Friday: Dots and Stripes

Since the skirt made a major comeback this season, my dresses have been suffering an identity crisis.  You see, it’s so easy to make a dress look like a skirt, and my dresses have been forced to go undercover.  

You saw the transformation of a Marc New York print dress yesterday.  For casual Friday today, I wanted a look with a swingy stripe skirt.  Since I don’t own one, I created the look with a polka dot t-shirt and a swingy stripe dress instead.

Polka dot tee worn over a strapless stripe dress

What the dress looked like before today’s styling

Dress—Ann Taylor (similar, alternative)
Shirt—H&M ($5.95) (similar)
Shoes—Ellen Tracy python wedges via Marshalls (similar)
Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Nordstrom (tangerine ostrich version)
Earrings—Kendra Scott Danielle
Watch—Michael Kors Two-tone watch via TJ Maxx (similar)

Have a wonderful weekend y’all!!


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  1. June 22, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    I love the polka dots and stripes together 🙂

    • June 27, 2012 / 5:40 am

      They do come together nicely, right? Thanks for stopping by!

    • June 27, 2012 / 5:42 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Tara! Dots and stripes do make for a snazzy combo.

  2. June 22, 2012 / 4:11 pm

    Nice take on the dots and stripes ; )

    • June 27, 2012 / 5:42 am

      Thanks, Sing. Trying to work with what I have…or make what I have work overtime 🙂

  3. June 22, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    I love this combo you can't even tell its a dress. So, is the trick to tie the t-shirt in the back (small knot) like

    • June 27, 2012 / 5:44 am

      So glad to hear that! #FashionUndercover. I prefer to tie a small knot in the back, so the front appears sleek and clean. I have also tied the knot in the front, though, and tucked it to hide it. It just depends on the final look you may want.

  4. June 22, 2012 / 9:19 pm

    I love the dots and stripes combo.
    You done it very well again.


  5. June 24, 2012 / 4:39 am

    Love the pop of red! I rarely mix patterns because I feel like they might overwhelm me, but you've done it beautifully here. It seems like the key is to stay within similar color palettes and varying pattern sizes.

    • June 27, 2012 / 5:49 am

      Really? I always find that what works for you all, works for me. Are we the same height?

      Yeah, you're absolutely right. To avoid going overboard with the mixing and matching, staying within similar color palettes and varying pattern sizes are great rules to follow indeed.

  6. June 25, 2012 / 1:40 am

    Oh this is a great way to get away with wearing a strapless to work! Very clever.

    • June 27, 2012 / 5:49 am

      So true! Cover it up for work is a great plan. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. June 25, 2012 / 3:10 am

    This is a FUN look. And the contrasting patterns with the swirl of the "skirt"–it's just FUN.

    • June 27, 2012 / 5:50 am

      Thanks, Terri! It's that swirl in the skirt that instantly attracted me when I first spotted this dress.