It amazes me that some people are such accessory haters when they are often the completing part of the outfit. Working in retail means I’ve learned how to sell these pieces, but I often think back to something an old manager said to me. “Every day when someone gets dressed, they put on one item that they know will get them compliments.” At first, I was a little lost at her logic, I mean helllllo I want to be complimented on my whole outfit every single day -insert sassy emoji-. But when you think about it, there’s always one piece that takes an outfit from this + this to a finished look that looks intentionally put together.
In this outfit, I’d say that piece is the polka dot scarf. The pattern play is eye catching and the black scarf with white polka dots is opposite of the white shirt with black stripes. Pattern mixing is a concept that people either love or hate and there are certainly ways to do it at every comfort level. This graphic from History in High Heels is a good starting point if you feel completely overwhelmed with how to start. Matching the colors in the prints is key to making the mixing look more intentional than ‘I got dressed in the closet with the lights off.’
I linked a ladies size utility vest with sequin lined pockets above, but I am actually wearing the Target kids version. As usual, I tried both on and really felt like this one was the better fit. I’m wearing a girls Large 10-12. The material is lighter weight than the ladies version. Both are sold out online, but may be available in store.