Wardrobe Re-Wear: Polka Dots + Pattern Mixing

I love fall weather, but it’s still hard to say goodbye to my summer clothes.  So to get the most wear out of my closet, I like to pair my summer brights with fall neutrals. We’ve talked before about pattern mixing, bright pants, and generally transitioning summer clothes to fall, so I thought I’d bring all of those concepts together for you in 1 post. 


I picked up this floral dress from Bluetique for only $15 towards the end of the season, so the 1st time I wore it was down in Charleston.  I loved it so much that I was looking for a way to get a couple of more wears out of it this fall.
Outfit details here.
Enter this polka dot top from Old Navy.  I love ivory + black paired together, and the polka dots are so girly.  I was actually wearing this dress when I tried on the shirt, and thought “this might just work together!” Just knot the top at your waist for a chic look!  Thanks to Miss in the Midwest for the idea of wearing a button-up over a dress:) If you’re not reading her blog on a daily basis, you’re missing out!
Advanced pattern mixing tip– when wearing a pattern-on-pattern, polka dots work well with lots of other patterns, so long as the polka dots are of a similar or neutral color.  Here, the neutral colors of the shirt really balance the bright floral pattern of the skirt.

Shirt: Old Navy, $16 on sale.
Watch: Fossil, $105 (similar, $19).
Dot bracelet: Style This Life, $6 (no longer available).
Shoes: DSW, $15 (similar, $30)
Necklace: Versona, $12 w/ earrings (not shown).


Basketball season is upon us (UK fans everywhere rejoice), so I’m already thinking about outfits that work for both the office and gameday.  I spotted these J. Crew skinnies at Clothes Mentor and knew they’d be perfect!
Purse: Coach, old.
Earrings: Versona, $6.
Blue bangle: Starfish Bangles, around $12 on sale.
Skinnies: J. Crew by way of Clothes Mentor, $18.
Flats: Coach by way of Macy’s, $50 on sale (similar, $16.99 at Target)

I feel like the possibilities for this polka dot top are endless.  If you had this top in your closet, what would you pair it with?

If you’re loving these outfit ideas, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@brightonabudget).  I frequently post #ootd/#wiw, and pass along good deals as soon as I see them!  I hope these posts give you some ideas about how to shop your own closet and match-up clothes you never thought of pairing together!


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