I recently added polka dots to my wardrobe. Last month the boys and I headed to San Diego where I got to show off my spots. We flew down to celebrate my niece Kelsey who was graduating from elementary school. We had attended her sister McKenna’s graduation last year. Having been a part of these girls lives from day one, there was not a chance we were going to miss it. The boys and I love visiting San Diego. They get to spend every waking minute with their favorite cousins and I get to enjoy my sister and her family in the warm SoCal weather. The boys preoccupied with their cousins, and my sister too busy to hit the spa, I figured it would be the perfect time to set out and explore a bit on my own. Though my sister did make time to run a quick errand at Nordstrom where I grabbed these gorgeous satin red Aquazzura Fire pumps (similar here) to complement the black polka dots. Whenever the opportunity arises for a solo outing, I take advantage to dress up because there’s no risk of little hands accessorizing my clothing with smashed strawberries, or tiny toes stomping on my shoes. If you’re a mom, you’ve been there.
With the polka dots covering everything from purses to pumps and shades, I fell in love with this StyleKeepers polka dot top and matching ruffled skirt and purchased it as an option to wear for the graduation. Remembering the event takes place in a Catholic church with the audience’s ages ranging from 12 to 74, I felt a more conservative option would be more appropriate and decided it would have to wait to make its debut. Knowing the audience in attendance for an event is a must to ensure proper attire. You wouldn’t wear a ball gown to a baseball game. (Though I did wear this skirt to a Giants game with espadrilles, a simple black tank and topped it off with a baseball cap.)
Having packed this fun feminine ensemble, I decided it still needed a moment all its own and what better place to compliment this romantic off the shoulder ensemble with it’s black polka dots and cascading ruffles than the La Valencia hotel in La Jolla. If you are ever in San Diego, it is a must see with it’s pink Mediterranean exterior and breathtaking views of the sea. I sat out on the balcony in the ocean fresh air and enjoyed breakfast at the hotel’s signature restaurant, the MED.
What I love about this polka dot look is how the skirt sits at the true waist and the top overlaps just slightly giving it the appearance of a dress. The pieces can also be worn separately with a variety of bottoms or tops creating completely different looks as seen here.
Below are some of my favorite polka dot pieces and since the trend is not new, there are some incredible vintage options too.