Budget Stylista: Seeing Spots

Being a college girl on a budget, my favourite patterns are ones that never truly go out of style. Stripes, plaid and polka dots are a few of the staple patterns that can be found almost every season. These patterns are something that you can’t really ever call a trend, because they will always appear in some shape or form each season. Lucky for people like myself with an eternal love for polka dots, designer heavy weights such as Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney had us seeing spots for their F/W 2011 collections. Yes ma’am, the polka dot is big (but not literally) this season.

What I love about polka dots, is that they have a playful, feminine, flirty vibe to them. That and they are one of the easiest prints to wear (and mix and match!) The size of the spots vary as do the colour combinations, meaning there are spots out there for everyone. Though polka dots are still a pattern, it is quite subtle for those gals just dipping their toes into the world of patterns.

Outfit 1:

There are only a few more weeks left to wear sandals, so enjoy it while it lasts! For a summery look I like this tiered polka dot blouse with a pair of shorts and a sandals. As it’s starting to get colder, a cardigan in a deep olive green is a topping touch. With this look you could easily swap out the sandals for flats and add a pair of tights to stretch how long you could rock it. This top incorporates the sweet peter pan collar that is sixties-inspired, as well as being slightly sheer, making it spot on trend.

Outfit Details: Tiered polka dot top – Forever 21 $19.80, Dolman cardigan –  Old Navy $34.94, Black beaded flip flops – Kohls $7.20, Pleated shorts – American Eagle $35.54

Outfit 2:

Adding a little glitz to your basic black and white polka dots is easy with cute flats and a sparkly bracelet. Though the skirt is a print, as the polka dot is subtle, you can also wear it with a bright colour on top, like this rich, berry t-shirt. A cropped blazer or a faux-leather moto-jacket could be added to this look if you want to wear it at night.

Outfit Details: Purple v-neck – American Eagle $15.09, Polka dot skirt – Forever 21 $17.80
Beaded bracelet – Forever 21 $5.80, Glitter flats – Target $12.99

Outfit 3:

Though I’m a huge fan of skirts and dresses, there are some times that I just want to wear a pair of pants out at night. I’m sure many ladies will agree that their are moments you either want the comfort of pants, or simply don’t feel like shaving your legs. A pair of skinny jeans with sky-high heels is one of my favourite looks for heading out dancing. A pretty polka-dot shirt and a bright slim belt are a way to be covered and classy while still looking great.

Outfit Details: Polka dot tee – Old Navy $17.94, Cheap Monday jeans – Karmaloop $65,
Pink skinny belt – Forever 21 $1.50,  Peep-toe bow pumps – Piperlime $49.99

Livin' the College Dream on Uncle Sam's Budget
Livin' the College Dream on Uncle Sam's Budget
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