3 Outfits with a Polka Dot Skirt

by - July 14, 2020

Polka Dot Skirt Outfit Ideas

I used to have a blue and white polka dot pencil skirt that I loved. I wore it all the time, mostly for work, but an unfortunate zipper incident ended its time in the limelight of my closet. That was several years ago, and I still haven't found a similar skirt to replace it with. However, earlier this summer I did come across this cute little black and white polka dot skater skirt.

It's super thin and has a half-stretchy waistband (elastic in the back but not the front). I wear it at my natural waist so the hem hits just above the knees on me. It's not lined and doesn't have pockets. This skirt has sold out, in all the different prints it comes in, a couple times since I ordered it, but it's currently in stock in a few sizes. I'm wearing my usual size medium.

Sizing info: I'm 5'2" and usually wear size 6/8 or medium in tops and dresses, size 6 or medium in jeans/shorts/skirts, and size 7 in shoes.

nirvana tee polka dot skirt

nirvana tee polka dot skirt
Shirt / Skirt / Boots (similar)

Graphic/Band Tee + Combat Boots

There's just something so satisfying about pairing a feminine piece of clothing with edgier pieces, like combat boots. I'm also a fan of pairing graphic tees with printed bottoms, so this outfit is like the perfect combination of two of my favorite things.

Let's talk about the Nirvana tee. I picked this up from Target a few days ago after eyeing it practically all summer. It is so so so soft and slightly fitted. I'm wearing the size medium, which is my usual size in t-shirts. It's a little too fitted to do a proper knot so instead I gathered a small tail on the left side, secured it with a hair tie, and then tucked it under.

I finished this look with my tried-and-true combat boots because every other shoe I had that matched didn't go with Nirvana.

polka dots times two

polka dot shirt with polka dot skirt
Shirt / Skirt / Shoes (similar)

Dots on Dots

Okay, so this was a spur of the moment idea. I love the idea of doubled-up polka dots, but every other time I've tried to do it before this has been a disaster. So why does it work here? The patterns are mirror opposites of each other in color but spatially they're almost identical, making the differences between the top and bottom seem more intentional.

This shirt is one of my favorite purchases from Spring. It feels like a t-shirt but buttons up like a blouse, making it the perfect in between for dressing up or down depending on the occasion. I finished this outfit with a pair of simple black espadrille wedges that I got last year.

chambray polka dot skirt

chambray polka dot skirt

Plain Tee + Chambray Shirt + Sneakers

If you don't have a chambray shirt in your closet, you need to invest in one ASAP. I've had this one for years, and I wear it All. The. Time. It's the perfect finishing layer for casual outfits. I decided to tie the tails into a knot to give myself more of a waist, but you could definitely wear it fully open. (Pro tip: help your knot lie prettier by fastening the button directly above it)

With this outfit, I kept things simple with my plain white t-shirt but you can always work in a solid colored one for a little more interest. To keep with the casual vibe of this ensemble, I threw on my trusty white sneakers. This outfit is great for doing errands or watching the kids play ball.

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