Business Casual: Polka Dot Chic for Work and Play

It’s time for polka dot fever! Today, Molly Borter tells us all about this latest Fall Fashion trend!  Molly is a writer for the Affordable Style Network, specializing in everything fashion from cat eye sunglasses to knee socks. When she’s not blogging about accessories, she loves spending time in the fall sun, socializing with family and friends, reading a good book or two, and keeping up with the latest sun glasses trends.

Polka dots are a hot trend this season, showing up on everything from girly blouses and blazers to casual shorts and sweaters. Blake Lively’s look in Glamour’s July issue is still a super-chic fall do as designers continue to push the limits of this versatile pattern. The trick to making the transfer between Summer’s styles and Fall’s frocks: mix and match by adding just a pop of polka dot to the rest of your Fall wardrobe.

So if you’re sporting a sassy pair of polka-dotted shoes to work, pair them with a soft cardigan and a simple pencil skirt or toss on a girly spotted blouse with a black mid-length skirt. To go a little more daring with dots, try a dress, trench, blazer, or floor-length skirt. Any of these looks can be taken from work to nights out with the addition of statement jewelry, sky-high heels, and a bright clutch. Try pairing retro polka dots with chunky metal jewelry, a leather jacket, or a studded purse for a balance of flirty feminine and tough chick.

For play days on the weekends, slip on a bold polka dot skirt with a white button up—another fall staple—or if you’re sporting a pair of this season’s hot jewel-toned jeans, toss on a polka dot sweater or scarf.  A way to wear your cute dotted shorts into fall? Pair them with opaque or knit tights/ knee highs and any height of boot or platform heels. And don’t forget the special touches: vintage earrings, a cheery umbrella, or round sunglasses. This autumn, everyone’s seeing spots, because retro, modern, sexy, and sweet (all in one!) has never been so easy to pull off.

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