I have a LOT of black in my wardrobe. I could easily could blame it on my art major background (so moody, so deep, so easy to hide charcoal smudges) or my incredibly unfortunate punk rock phase in high school (I mean, there was obviously SO much to rebel against in middle class suburbia…), but the truth is: black is my favorite color. It’s chic, it’s sophisticated, and it goes with everything. That being said, when you wear all black all the time, people tend to assume you’re Wednesday Addams… So, over the past few years I have endeavored to add some color and punchy pop to my wardrobe.
Because I am so pale I make Snow White look tan, I have to be extremely careful when wearing certain colors. For example, if I pick the wrong shade of yellow, I can go from porcelain to freshly bitten zombie-to-be faster than you can say “mmmm… brains”. So, I was a bit leery of this skirt (which I grabbed on clearance from an Ann Taylor outlet, just fyi) to say the least. But Jeanne and Jess insisted that I was being ridiculous and I should try it on (because, hello? polka dots). And you know what? They were right and I was wrong (yeah, I said it). Not only is this pencil skirt super adorable (did I mention the polka dots?), it is work appropriate in the most festively summer way imaginable.
Obviously when you’re rocking a skirt this bright the question becomes, “What do I even wear this with?”. I say if you’re feeling confident (and with this skirt how could you not be?) why not get crazy and start mixing patterns? Here, I’ve paired my polka dot skirt with my favorite striped top from H&M. This combo works because the navy and yellow pair well together and the polka dots and stripes are both white. A white pearl necklace and nude flats help to ground the look and keep the focus on the patterns.