What to Wear on New Years Eve


Still racking your brain for what to wear for New Years Eve tonight? Take a look at my picks below.

Trendy & Fun
Two words: sequin joggers. Comfy yet chic, these babies are the perfect sparkly piece for your NYE outfit. Keep the rest of the outfit simple with a classic white tank, tailored blazer, and black pumps. Jazz it up some more with a fringe clutch, these fab statement earrings with a pop of neon, a spike ring, and neon pink lips. And because you have to know when the clock is about to strike twelve, throw on this gold Kate Spade watch.

White Tank | Sequin Joggers | Black Blazer | Black Pumps | Fringe Clutch | Statement Earrings | Gold Watch | Spike Ring | Neon Lipstick

Classic & Girlie
Feathers are going to be huge this New Years, and this Cynthia Rowley feather skirt makes my heart go pitter pat. Pair with a bow tie blouse, black booties, a gold glitter clutch, these fun earrings with a burst of cobalt, and a gold pave ring. To top it off, swipe on a pinky nude lipstick and go with a deep purple mani. Good to go!

Bow Blouse | Feather Skirt | Black Booties | Glitter Clutch | Statement Earrings | Pave Ring | Nude Lipstick | Plum Nails

Edgy & Sexy
Going for more of an edgy look for the most overrated holiday ever? Go for this sexy lace number from For Love and Lemons. Accessorize with nude pumps (bonus points for studs), a brightly colored clutch like the mermaid-inspired one above, some spike earrings, and that killer double ring. Top it off with some dark lips and black nails, and you’re ready to take on 2015 in style.

Lace Dress | Rockstud Pumps | Sequin Crossbody | Spike Earrings | Snake Double Ring | Plum Lipstick | Black Nails

What are you wearing tonight?

(image source: sparkleisthenewblack.com)

Color of the Moment: Cobalt

As the weather cools down, the color palette of fall fashion follows suit. One of my favorite chilly colors of the season, cobalt, is taking over faster than sweater weather. This regal tone of deep blue can be worn literally head to toe — everything from cobalt eyeliner to shoes can be rocked with ease. Another “cool” thing (pun intended) about this color is that it can transition into winter as well. Forget about boring warm winter clothes — incorporating cobalt into your wardrobe will keep your looking fabulous even on snow days, you little ice princess.

If you’re wondering how to wear cobalt, you can probably guess that I’ll fill you in. The first (and most obvious) colors to wear with cobalt are black and white. This color combo is also everywhere this season, so it makes sense that the popular trends will hang out together. Cobalt seriously pops against black + white — for example, a cobalt necklace with a black + white striped top — hello, perfection. Also, don’t feel like you have to wear this blue hue with both black + white; cobalt often looks its best when simply paired with a crisp white shirt or glossy black nails. Cobalt also looks amazing with cranberry. Red looks cute sometimes but can often turn you into an american flag; instead, opt for a more pinky-red to avoid this patriotic faux pas. Lastly, you definitely want to try the dreamy combination of cobalt and turquoise (top right, above). However, it can come off a little summery, so you may want to make the move towards a turquoise scarf to pair with your cobalt skinnies to stay seasonally-appropriate. Cobalt also looks glorious with camel, hot pink, mustard, navy, and plum — the list goes on and on.

I mentioned above that this frosty tint has a very regal vibe (I think I just figured out why they call it royal blue) — therefore, it also looks marvelous when paired with luxe prints, textiles, and accessories. Think sequins, animal prints, gold jewelry & hardware, colorful gem baubles, silk & velvet, suede, and patent leather. These items can either be cobalt-colored or paired with anything cobalt; it will easily make a good outfit great, trust me.
Although all of the pieces above can be mixed & matched, they are arranged into three outfits for the most part:

  1. Perhaps the most office-appropriate of the three choices, this look makes use of some adorable cobalt skinnies. Because I love the look of white + cobalt, I paired the jeans with a crisp white peplum top. To incorporate cranberry into the outfit as a pop of color, layer a cranberry sweater on top. To finish off the outfit, slip into some leopard flats with gold hardware, cobalt + turquoise gem earrings, and a gold chain link watch.
  2. For a night out, try some cobalt ankle booties paired with the fierce combo of black + white stripes. I absolutely love how these boots pop against the stripes in this long-sleeved dress. For a polished yet chic look, layer on a structured white blazer and a colorful bib necklace.
  3. To emanate a mermaid for the day, try the pleated maxi skirt look of the third outfit. For the luxe effect we talked about, try pairing the skirt with a cropped sequin top; the combination is magical. To incorporate turquoise into the equation, throw on a blue-green infinity scarf. To top off this impossibly cool outfit, strap on some simple platform heels, gold jewelry, and wayfarers.
  4. Miscellaneous: eyeliner, crossbody bag, nail lacquer, cocktail ring.

How would you wear this color of the moment?

Where to find:

  1. cobalt skinnies   peplum top   cranberry cardigan   leopard flats   gem earrings   gold watch
  2. cobalt booties   striped dress   white blazer   bib necklace
  3. cobalt maxi   sequin top   turquoise scarf   platform pumps   wayfarer sunnies
  4. cobalt eyeliner   cobalt crossbody   cobalt polish   cobalt ring

(image source: fashion-district.org, monroemisfitmakeup.com, katewinsy.com, the fancy.com, pinterest)

How Do I Wear My… Leather Shorts

Leather is everywhere right now. From pants, leggings & shorts to paneling on sweaters and jackets, it has become one of the hugest trends of the season. Although it’s not too hard to find a good leather item in stores, it can be much more difficult to figure out what to wear with it.

I received a comment on my last How Do I Wear My… post from a friend of mine, Katy, who bought some high waisted leather shorts on a whim before realizing she had no idea how to wear them. Her BDG vegan leather shorts from Urban Outfitters are incredibly cute, not to mention majorly on sale right now! To grab a pair of your own, click here!

Even though Urban Outfitters was SUPER helpful in styling these shorts, I don’t really see Katy (or anyone) rocking these shorts with a crop top and white platform sneakers. Katy’s style is classic, cool, and laid-back, so I kept that in mind when composing the outfits below. Check out what I came up with!

These shorts can be worn both day and night, but are probably a little easier to style for a night out. Therefore, I created two daytime outfits and only one nighttime outfit (middle). If it’s extra chilly, any of these outfits can be worn with tights — now these shorts can even last until the holidays (especially that last look).

The first outfit dresses down the shorts a little with this gray tee, but also complements the glamorous feel of leather with the sequin detailing. For a little color, I paired a plum cardigan on top. To finish off the outfit, I chose foldover boots with plaid trim and some cat eye sunglasses because they look awesome on Katy.

For the second outfit, I picked a cobalt peplum top (I love how this blue hue looks with leather) and a crisp white blazer on top. To top it off, throw on some simple black ankle booties and a colorful necklace.

The third outfit really dresses down the shorts with a cable-knit sweater, cozy plaid scarf, and leopard loafers. Okay okay, I know I pair these loafers with pretty much everything, but that’s because they go with pretty much everything. If you don’t have a pair, invest in one now! To complete this outfit, I chose black wayfarer sunnies to go along with the cool vibe of the shorts.

What do you think of these looks? If you need help styling a piece, I’m here to help. Just email me at topknotspolkadots@gmail.com!

Where to find:

  1. sequin tee   plum cardigan   foldover boots   cat eye sunnies
  2. peplum top   white jacket   ankle booties   bib necklace
  3. cable-knit sweater   plaid scarf   leopard loafers   wayfarer sunnies

(image source: pinterest, thehunt.com, labellefabuleuse.tumblr.com)

Fashion 101: Transitioning to Fall

We’re almost halfway through October (wait, really?) and fall weather is officially here. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know how much I love this season and the fashion that comes with it. We’re all familiar with the obvious autumn staples: chunky sweaters, leather boots, infinity scarves — the list goes on and on. But have you ever considered pulling a few of your summer favorites out of hibernation and incorporating them into your fall looks?

Modifying spring and summer pieces into autumn-appropriate ensembles is one of the easiest and most fun ways to freshen up your wardrobe — not to mention create tons of new outfits. For this little fashion 101 lesson, I chose three spring/summer essentials and made simple modifications to effortlessly transition them into the cooler months. The three staples I chose were: the maxi dress/skirt, a gingham button down (or any warm weather blouse, really), and the summer sundress.

To create these ensembles, focus primarily on your new favorite fall fashion vocabulary word: layering. By adding a cable knit sweater, a scarf, a denim jacket, a blazer, a fur vest, leather boots — the list goes on — you can easily transition your summer staple into a cozy fall look. Check out my ideas below!

Maxi Dress/Skirt
With your summer maxi dresses and skirts, the first thing you want to do is throw on a chunky sweater or substantial long sleeve shirt. You can either leave it at this, or add a scarf for optimal coziness — I’d opt for one in a warm autumn hue if you need a pop of color, or perhaps a leopard scarf if you want to get into print mixing. Then top off the look with some ankle boots or oxford flats and you’re good to go!
striped maxi   |   cable knit sweater   |   utility boots   |   crossbody bag

Gingham Shirt
Take your go-to spring & summer shirt, whether it’s gingham, plaid, chambray or floral, and get to layering. You could go for a breezy look and leave your blouse unbuttoned with a tee underneath, or opt for a more put together outfit and layer a shirt or sweater on top of your blouse and let the collar peek out. My favorite look, however, is to slip on your cuddly fur vest to instantly autumn it up (I guess I just turned my favorite season into a verb — someone stop me). To finish off this look, grab a knit infinity scarf, dark jeans and boots, and you have an instant chilly day outfit.
gingham shirt   |   fur vest   |   jean leggings   |   harness boots   |   tube scarf   |   mustard clutch

Summer Sundress
One of the trickier pieces to transition to fall is your favorite summer sundress. It’s only tricky because a lot of people can’t fathom wearing their floral tank dress in October — but worry no more, because this year floral has transitioned into one of the biggest fall prints. To easily execute this outfit, opt for a cardigan or blazer to start out. If it’s extra chilly, you can layer a denim jacket on top of your cardigan and wrap on a scarf. As for the bottom half, slip into some tights and ankle boots or oxfords, or even layer on some fall socks (pictured above). As for me, I love how the ensemble looks with over the knee boots and black thigh high socks peeking over (not pictured). y-4
floral dress   |   mustard cardigan   |   denim jacket   |   over the knee boot   |   gem necklace

Would you try out these looks? If you do try a tip from this fashion 101 lesson, email me pictures at topknotspolkadots@gmail.com and you could be featured on my blog!

(image source: tovogueorbust.com, stylishyear.com, visionarydreamss.blogspot.com, listal.com, lolobu.com, pinterest)

Steal of the Week: Printed Skinny Jeans

This SOTW, printed skinny jeans from Old Navy, are currently on sale for only $19! This subtle snakeskin print can be easily dressed up or down, so you can wear them virtually anywhere — a lunch date, a night out, even to the office. To save on these skinnies now, click here!

For a night on the town, these pants are an obvious choice — just pair with a dressy, dark-colored blouse (plum would look amazing, as always), and some heels or ankle boots. For work, I might pair the pants with a simple blouse, a cardigan/crew neck sweater and basic flats. I chose to create a daytime look below, seeing as I am overly obsessed with cozy fall outfits.

I love how chambray & denim look with the snake print of the skinnies, so I chose a chambray shirt to start out. You could stick with this look, or you could make a good outfit great by layering a burnt orange sweater on top with the collar peeking out. I decided to keep going with the “back-to-school” vibe created by the shirt & sweater combo by topping the outfit off with cute oxford flats and a faux leather satchel. Tortoise shell also looks great with the colors and textiles in the outfit, so I chose tortoise wayfarers and boyfriend-style watch. (TK&PD secret: this watch may look like the classic Michael Kors one, but it’s actually an incredible Target knockoff for $15!) To finish accessorizing, I chose a simple gold & crystal necklace to frame the collar of the chambray top, gold hashtag earrings, and one of my favorites, gold Essie polish.

Would you wear this SOTW?

Where to find:   chambray shirt   orange sweater   oxford flats   crossbody bag   tortoise sunnies   tortoise watch   gold necklace   hashtag studs   gold polish

Fashion 101: Peplum

One of the trends that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere this season is peplum. Although this flouncy fad has remained all over the runway as well as the hallway, some of us still aren’t sure just how to pull it off. I’m here to tell everyone that you (yes you!) can pull off peplum, and how to do it right.

I’ll admit, it did take me a while to get on the peplum bandwagon. I just couldn’t get it out of my head that the girlie peplum top I had just purchased looked like a little girl’s dress. I also have the super-original female complex that I have wide hips, and thought this trend would accentuate that. On the contrary, peplum pieces highlight your curves in an extremely flattering way — if you wear them correctly, that is.

There are only a couple guidelines to follow in order to execute this trend:

  1. Choose your piece: do you want to dip a toe in the peplum pool or do a cannonball? If you want to rock this trend full-force, go for a structured peplum top or skirt. If you’re going for a more subtle look, try a cottony sweater or jacket.
  2. Streamline your figure: to let this trend work to its full potential, wear clothes that fit! There’s nothing more unflattering than a peplum top and boyfriend jeans; make sure your peplum piece fits correctly as well as the other items of clothing in your ensemble.
  3. Keep the rest simple: peplum is a serious statement by itself, so no need to pile on the accessories or have a lot going on elsewhere.

When you’ve decided what path you’d like to take, whether it’s a top, skirt, or outerwear, check out the looks below. The first outfit, beginning with a printed peplum tank, is more of a “cannonball” into this trend. Paired with plum skinnies, black ankle boots, and a tortoise necklace, this look is probably the most daring of the three. The second outfit, slightly more subtle, is centered around a black peplum skirt. Although this skirt might often be considered a nighttime piece, I paired it with a basic striped top, jean jacket, brown boots, and a colorful necklace for a more daytime-appropriate ensemble. For those of you who just want to test out the waters, try the peplum utility jacket in the third outfit. I paired this jacket with some fun printed pants, navy flats, and a green circle scarf for some color. Which outfit do you like the best?

peplum 2

So, who’s finally ready to try peplum? If you use your TK & PD Fashion 101 knowledge to try out a trend, don’t forget to email me pictures at topknotspolkadots@gmail.com!

Where to find:

1. Peplum top   Plum pants   Ankle boots   Tortoise necklace
2. Peplum skirt   Striped shirt   Jean jacket   Frye boots   Bib necklace
3. Peplum jacket   Printed pants   Navy flats   Circle scarf

(image source: shopbop, http://www.nataliemerrillyn.com/2012/09/insta-outfits-iii.html, lolobu.com)