During a recent closet purge, I gave the heave-ho to a polka dot shirt with puffy ruched sleeves. The navy and white Anthropologie top, an old favorite, seemed too fussy and feminine compared to the more minimalist and tomboyish pieces in my current wardrobe.
I’m just not the polka-dot type, I thought, tossing the t-shirt into my growing pile of clothing that had me questioning my personal style.
However, my resolve to avoid polka dots began to waver upon receiving J.Crew’s April catalog, which featured pages upon pages of dots, including this updated version of a classic polka-dot blazer. And when I spotted (pun intended) this button-down shirt at Banana Republic, the black dots appeared surprisingly chic instead of girlish. Especially when paired with high-rise flare jeans and a floppy Coachella-worthy hat.
So maybe I’m OK with a scattering of polka dots every once in a while. But I definitely don’t see myself rushing out to buy ruching anytime soon.
Polka-Dot Shirt by Banana Republic | The slightly relaxed blouse is the perfect length to wear with skinny jeans (meaning, it covers your ass), and it’s on sale! I also like this shirt with unexpected larger polka dots.
Black Shoulder Bag n/a Kate Spade | My purse is an old outlet find, but this shoulder bag looks like its more sophisticated older sibling. And I love that this one also boasts a tassel but has a chic saddle bag shape.
Photography by Laura Metzler for A Girl Named PJ.