This Year’s Must-Have Polka Dots are Surprisingly Versatile

Florals might usually be the go-to print for spring, but this year, polka dots are vying for that top spot (pun intended). Dots were prominent in most major spring collections. From supersized dots to abstract dots to dressy dots, this year’s polka dots trend brings a host of creative ways to wear the print.

To demonstrate just how versatile polka dots can be, I’m reaching for two of my favorite polka dot items. My sheer polka dot blouse (seen before here) and my polka dot pants (seen before here) each serve well as the star of any look. When worn together though? Their different-sized dots make magic because they perfectly play with scope.

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I purchased the sheer dot blouse in the Nordstrom anniversary sale last year. The combination of retro dots on a sheer blouse really appealed to me. I envisioned styling and restyling the blouse. And, I’ve just done that (see and ).

I found the pants recently in . It’s been ages since I’ve shopped my old favorite off-price store. But, I’m glad I stumbled into a store because these pants were on clearance for $10. If you have the time and patience, there are some gems hidden in the clearance racks of some of our favorite stores right now.

I firmly believe in getting as much use out of what’s in my closet. So, I challenged myself to make these standout dot items look different in new outfits. I didn’t know at the time that would mean wearing them together. But, I tried it, and it worked.

Location: Central Library, Downtown, St. Louis

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You Need this Black Jumpsuit in Your Life

On my last trip home, I attended a gala. Before traveling, in preparation for the event, I spent some time thinking about my formal look. I knew I wanted something that was long, modern, and versatile. When I found today’s featured black jumpsuit (shop it ), I knew it was THE ONE.

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The jumpsuit was a hopeful at first sight because of its fit-and-flare silhouette. That silhouette is one of the most flattering on we pear shapes. And, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful fit, right?

That knotted detail on the bodice though? That little touch adds so much modern flavor to this classic jumpsuit. I love architectural features like this one so much that I let them take all the shine. I opted, then, to wear statement earrings only and hence nothing on the neckline.

Beautiful details on a classic silhouette made this one piece (shop it ) easy to get ready for my event. At the same time, it’s also so classic and simple that I can wear it again and again to all sorts of occasions. Don’t you just love ‘formal’ attire that you can repeat?

Location: Central Library, Downtown, St. Louis

For more jumpsuit style inspiration, see here, here, and here.

How to Add a Touch of Spring to Your Winter Style

This post is sponsored by J.Jill.

Every year, the same thing happens. January hits, and I immediately start looking forward to spring. The problem is it’s still winter here in St. Louis, and hence cold. I get so eager to shake off the winter blues, though, that I must find ways to bring spring into my life. So, I begin to slowly infuse spring elements into my winter style by doing 3 things.

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1. Wear bright colors.

When I first saw the must-have colors of spring, I was thrilled. Some of my favorite shades of yellow, blue, and orange are among the most popular hues. Why wait until spring to start wearing those cheerful colors?

My ombre-striped top (shop it) features some of those IT colors. The blouse is a lovely combination of orange, blue, and yellow. And, for an extra dose of spring, there are accent flowers all over the print. It’s the kind of top you can wear now and on your next tropical getaway.

2. Rock fabulous leggings

Leggings are perfect this time of year because they can be worn as pants or as layers under longer tops and dresses. Right now, my go-to style is a pair of denim leggings from J.Jill (shop them ).  See them worn before here.

These denim leggings have such a flattering slim silhouette, which makes them perfect for layering, and even ideal for all-year wear.

Ultimately, I reach for these leggings often because they’re comfortable. The fabrication allows them to move when I do and hold their shape all day.

3. Rock colorful shoes

Shoes in vibrant hues, like my d’Orsay pumps, literally put a little spring in my steps. I love the contrast created when I pair them with my dark rise denim leggings too.

Bright colors. Comfy denim leggings. When my clothes look and feel great, I do too. Are you counting down to spring? How do you achieve your colorful winter style?

Perfect Pops of Red for Valentine’s Day

Ready to paint the world red on Valentine’s Day this year? Okay, okay, even if you’re not into wearing red for that occasion, it’s still a pretty fabulous color. Red is a power color that symbolizes strength, confidence, and courage. And, to be honest, I’d embrace any opportunity to wear the color more.

Red accessories and accent pieces might be my favorite ways to rock the hue. They just make it so easy to ease a little red into many looks.

Perfect Pops of Red for Valentine’s Day

Don’t want to rock red on V-Day? Check out these 8 unexpected color combinations that work well here.

All the Reasons to Embrace the Track Pants Trend

I could tell you that I’m a huge fan of track pants because I ran track for a good portion of my life and they feel familiar. But, the real reason is that track pants are comfortable, versatile, and fashion-forward. For these reasons, I think you’d enjoy wearing them too.

What I’m wearing:

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Sophia Webster x J.Crew pumps | Sunglasses () | Ear climbers ()

What’s not to love about a pair of pants that have all the fixings of pajamas but you can wear them outside? Drawstring waist, drapey materials, I’m here for pants that can balance a super cozy fit with a polished look. The right track pants can deliver both.

I found this style by Wayf on clearance in Marshalls. It’s like a dress-pant hybrid of a track pants. The style caught my eye because of the striking blue color with red side stripes. I immediately envisioned it anchoring a modern and sophisticated outfit when paired with my red blazer.

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With all the adaptations of the track pants on the market, they’re especially versatile. Throw on a pair with a blazer and pumps, and you can create a super sharp look. Pair them with a tee and sneakers for a more casual look. Side-striped pants of the moment are quite versatile like that.

Location: Kaldi’s Coffee City Garden

Related: 5 essentials you need to sport the athleisure trend.