Lady in Yellow

So I’ve never been a big yellow wearer, but I could not say no to this happy little maxi dress. I love that it’s wrap-style (hellooo flattering!), and the fluttery sleeves are such a fun touch.

To accessorize, I went with my new favorite peep toe booties for fall (from none other than Amazon, what?!), my basket bag, and round sunnies. I topped off the look with a gold choker, ear crawlers, my favorite rings, an oxblood lip, and of course, a topknot.

Dress: Lulu’s | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Ellen & James | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Choker: Baublebar | Earrings: Forever 21 | Rings: Baublebar | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: MAC (‘Studded Kiss’)| Nails: Essie (‘Topless & Barefoot’)

All White for Labor Day (+ Holiday Weekend Sales!)

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Wait, wasn’t it Memorial Day like two seconds ago? With the big move, getting a new job, and starting some major blog renovations (more on that later but !!!), this summer has gone by in a blink. While some are mourning the loss of the season, I’m already over here putting away bikinis and ordering fall candles (#basic). One thing I’m not giving up when autumn rolls around? White, white, and more white. I’ve mentioned my dislike for the “no white after Labor Day” rule before, and I think now it’s more antiquated than ever. So I’m rebelling with all white everything, and I invite you all to join.

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I decided to close off summer the same way I started it – with a white off the shoulder top. This time, however, I opted for a thicker, more substantial top, as opposed to the more gauzy and sheer one I wore for Memorial Day, and swapped out my denim cutoffs for some distressed white skinnies. Next, instead of lace up sandals, I went with black heels with sassy braided strap details. I also added on a denim jacket to keep me cozy now that the nights are getting a little cooler (yesss).

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To top it all off, I wore the same choker as last time – just to show y’all how this little guy will be worn through every season – along with my go-to Clare V clutch, blue mirrored sunnies, and minimal gold jewelry. Last but not least, a pop of coral on my lips as one last nod to summer. Fall, ready when you are, babe.

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Top: Lulu’s (still available in blush!) | Jeans: Old Navy | Denim Jacket: Gap | Shoes: Lulu’s | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Choker: Vanessa Mooney | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: OPI (‘Cajun Shrimp’)

Labor Day Weekend Sales

  • Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale items.
  • Banana Republic: 40% off (almost) everything with code FALL40.
  • Forever 21: Buy one get one free in store and online with code BOGOFREE.
  • DL1961: Up to 70% off.
  • Draper James: Extra 30% off sale with code LABORDAY.
  • Gap: 40% off your purchase with code SHINEON.
  • H&M: 60% off select styles.
  • J. Crew: 30% off your order of 200+ or 25% off your order of 125+ with code SHOPMORE (online only).
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything, in stores and online.
  • LOFT: Extra 50% off sale styles, buy one get one 50% off.
  • Madewell: 30% off right-now picks and extra 30% off sale styles, in store and online, with code DOUBLEUP.
  • Milly: 25% off sale and final sale with code LABORDAY16.
  • Nasty Gal: Extra 25% off sale.
  • Nordstrom: Up to 40% off through September 11th.
  • Old Navy: 50% off all jeans, dresses, and tees.
  • Solid & Striped: 30% off your order with code LD30.
  • Soludos: Up to 70% off sale.
  • Target: Up to 30% off + extra 10% off home items online, 25% off clothes, shoes, and accessories.
  • Topshop: 30% off summer styles.
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one get one 50% off.

As for me, I plan on hitting up Loft and Madewell for new fall pieces, as well as ordering some fun home decor from Target to put the finishing touches on my new DC apartment. What about y’all? Comment below ❤

Happy Labor Day, babes!

How Do I Wear My… Camel Blazer

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One of my very best friends, Laetitia, finally got her dream job in New York City and I’m so so proud of her! The purpose of this post is to say CONGRATULATIONS, TITIA! — as well as introduce a new blog idea she inspired. Yesterday, she asked me for advice on what she should wear with a camel blazer that she bought for her fancy new job on 5th avenue. I told her I’d whip up a few ideas and send them to her, and then it got me thinking, so many people buy pieces that they love and then have no idea how to wear it! If that sounds familiar, send me a photo of your clothing item and I’ll create a few sample looks for you. Wait a sec, don’t people usually get paid for this?

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This super cute blazer from Juicy Couture was a genius investment — it’s timeless yet trendy, gives you an effortless polished look, and can go with almost anything. Laetitia has a petite frame with a tiny waist, her sense of style is very chic (she’s French, of course), and she wants to be able to wear it for both work and casual affairs — so I took these factors in account when creating the ensembles. Click here to buy Laetitia’s blazer for yourself!

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Although I had pretty much figured out the looks I wanted to put together, I also browsed the good old internet for some more inspiration. Not only will this collage provide my BFF with some style inspo of her own, but it also reminded me of a great little trick I had completely forgotten about. If you replace the boring buttons on your jacket with pretty gold ones (a couple dollars at any craft store), it gives the jacket a more luxe feel, as well as a surprisingly major sprucing up! Another important tip is to make sure the blazer fits correctly to ensure the most flattering looks possible. This might mean a trip to the tailor, but it’s always worth it.

When composing the looks below, I purposely left out black trousers, dark skinny jeans, basic pencil skirts, and white blouses because I already know that Laetitia is fully able to put together outfits using those items. Aside from these obvious choices, I considered factors such as this season’s trends, what is appropriate for work, unique patterns, and complementary colors. Some colors I love with camel are: plum, navy blue, mint, crimson, hot pink, cobalt, and emerald. It also looks fantastic with gold jewelry, leopard print, and leather — but maybe just don’t wear the second two together on the first day of work. Check out what I came up with below!

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Although some of the pieces in these outfits can be mixed & matched, I’m going to talk about them in outfits for the sake of simplicity.

  1. Snakeskin print dress, cobalt belt, mint earrings, gold watch & ring, and black pumps. With the blazer on, this outfit is totally work-appropriate, but take it off and it’s a perfect going out look!
  2. Plaid blouse, quilted leather pencil skirt, statement necklace, gold watch, and either pumps or boots. For work, I’d wear the pumps to look more polished with the plaid top, and the boots for a more casual look.
  3. Floral dress, leopard belt, emerald infinity scarf, gold watch, and either pumps or boots. Again, the boots give this outfit a much more laid back vibe, so it depends on what you’re going for.
  4. Navy peplum top, printed cardigan, plum trousers, gold watch & ring, and boots. The layered look is not only trendy, but also very practical in the New York weather!
  5. Miscellaneous items: mint studs, cobalt belt, zipper gloves, gold watch, statement necklace, cat eye sunglasses, gold bow ring, emerald scarf, leopard belt, black pumps, and brown boots. These pieces can pretty much go with all the outfits above, mixed & matched however you like. Also note that black tights can be worn with the dresses and skirt, I just chose not to include them to make room for more exciting pieces.

What do you think of these looks? If you have an item that you have no idea how to style, email me at topknotspolkadots@gmail.com!

Where to find:

  1. snake print dress   cobalt belt   mint studs
  2. plaid blouse   leather skirt   crystal necklace
  3. floral dress   leopard belt   emerald scarf
  4. peplum top   printed cardigan   plum skinnies
  5. black pumps   brown boots   gold watch   zipper gloves   cat eye sunnies   bow ring

(image source: brooklynblonde.com, pinksole.com, loveitsomuch.com, chictopia.com)