While polka dots tend to veer more on the playful side, there are still many ways that you can style them that are work appropriate. Read on for four tips on how to look professional in polka dots!
Harper Rose Dress c/o | Charlotte London Blazer c/o (similar here) | Jemma Handbag (no longer available – similar here and under $25!) | Zara Shoes (old – similar here) | Chanel Brooch | Alexandre de Paris Hair Clip c/o (also love this!) | Venus et Fleur Roses c/o
When it comes to fashion, I always appreciate the unique details – a scalloped hemline, a cutesy bow, jeweled embellishments, ruffles galore and even playful polka dots! I’m young at heart and have a bubbly personality so this tends to come out in my dressing style. The only problem is that sometimes these things can be mistaken as juvenile, especially in a professional environment. But luckily there are a few ways that you can still look pretty and polished anddd have a little bit of fun with fashion too!
How to Look Professional in Polka Dots
Aside from florals, polka dots are definitely my favorite print! They are fun, exciting and always feminine. To make your look a bit more professional, I recommend sticking to neutral colors. Black and white is always a timeless combo (I especially love the white background with black dots – as seen above). And while I think neutrals are always a chic and classic choice, I also love playing with color. When using color, I recommend sticking to darker shades or jewel tones.
Although this isn’t necessarily true, I’ve always believed that lighter weight fabrics are typically reserved for more casual outfits (with the exception of silk and a few others). For work, I typically go for more structured items, which means that the fabric is going to be slightly heavier. I think that the juxtaposition of the heavier fabric (mine is tweed) with the polka print makes it slightly more professional-looking than something like a cotton.
Just like fabric, the shape of a garment can really make something like a playful polka dot look more polished. I recommend a simple, flattering silhouette with minimal frills. A structured garment always looks professional but you could also get away with a more lightweight fabric as long as it fits well and the design is clean.
While I’m usually print-mixing maven, I tone it down for work. I’d recommend pairing polka dots with solid items to counteract the busyness (solid or colored). This could mean accessories like a handbag and shoe, a topper like a blazer or coat or a solid piece if you are styling separates. Here are a few styling ideas that will make you look more professional in polka dots:
- A polka dot dress with a solid blazer or coat (see above)
- A polka dot dress with solid accessories
- A polka dot top with a solid skirt or pair of trousers (you can also add a solid topper to this combo)
- A polka dot skirt or pair of trousers with a solid top (you can also add a solid topper to this combo)
- A solid dress with polka dot accessories (shoes or handbag)
- A solid set of separates with polka dot accessories
Are there any others you can think of?
What are some tips that you would add to look more professional in polka dots?
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P.S. What do you think of these gorgeous roses?? It’s National Rose Month anddd my birthday month so of course I have to celebrate 🙂 In fact, we are leaving on my birthday trip to Lake Tahoe tomorrow – YAY! Come back Friday for the link up and next week for a fun birthday post <3