Black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt + link up

Black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt

I’ve always been more of a stripes person than polka dots, but the tables have turned just lately. Dotty prints are really having a moment this season and I’m loving it. You may remember I included polka dots in my 5 Favourites Trends For Summer post a couple of weeks ago, where I featured these Marks & Spencer shoes. At only £19.50 they are a total bargain and a really easy way to tap into the polka dot trend. They also make the perfect match for this cute Zara bag, which can be worn either with or without the crossbody strap. A note on sizing: these shoes are a wide fit and come up big. I usually take a 7.5 in M&S shoes but had to size down to a 7.

Teaming black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt (rather than a full A-line skirt, which was my original plan) steers it away from cute and keeps the look current.

I often associate polka dots with vintage style dresses and skirts, but this season we’re seeing a more modern take on this classic print. Ruffles and frills are a prominent theme, as well as mixing white on black with black on white dots (as with these shoes). Teaming black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt (rather than a full A-line skirt, which was my original plan) steers it away from cute and keeps the look current. I managed to sneak in more dots with this sheet crossover top. The streamlined fit gives definition around the waist to balance out the flared skirt.

Black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt

Black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt

H&M face earrings


Black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt, Zara polka dot bag, Marks & Spencer polka dot slingback shoes

For a fun twist I chose a pair of cat sunglasses and a mix of classic and quirky jewellery. I bought these face earrings in H&M last week. They were the last pair and they are also sold out online, but I’ve linked to some similar options. My glass ring is a souvenir from a holiday in Sorrento many years ago, and the pearl and cubic zirconia necklace is from Eternal Collection. I wear this necklace so much, it is so elegant and perfect for any occasion.

Are you a fan of polka dots? Do you like to wear them with a solid colour or mix them with another print?

Eternal Collection Akoya pearl necklace, H&M face earrings

Black and white polka dots with an asymmetric skirt

Skirt from Coast (old, similar) | Kaliko top (old, similar) | Marks & Spencer shoes | Zara bag (now on sale!) | H&M sunglasses (old, similar) | H&M earrings (sold out online, similar) | Eternal Collection necklace c/o (first seen here)


Last week’s favourites were…

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style, Lizzie of Lizzie in Lace and Stephanie of Priceless Life of Mine!


This is where I link up!


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  1. June 26, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I’ve always had a bit of a thing for polka dots – ever since I was a kid. Remember that song, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini?!
    You look gorgeous in polka dots. The shoes are fab, as are those sunglasses! I miss being able to wear lots of different pairs of sunglasses – ever since I had to start wearing prescription glasses. Bummer!
    Suzy xx

  2. Jodie
    June 26, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    I think this combination is fabulous Emma!!
    I have to admit that before blogging, I did love either polka dots or stripes, but now I’m a huge fan of both!!

  3. June 26, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Emma, I love polka dots and I really love mixing different polka dot patterns in one outfit! You nailed this outfit. It is so gorgeous. That swiss dot blouse would be super functional in MY wardrobe! And those earrings are just too adorable.


  4. June 26, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    I love polka dots!! I really want that purse!

  5. June 26, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I love those polka dot shoes and that bag! So fun and cute!

  6. June 26, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    totally in love with the shoes and the bag. I need those to match all my gingham this year

  7. June 26, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    We’re in a reverse situation – I’ve recently been embracing stripes, having always gone for polka dots!

  8. June 26, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Ive been wearing some polka dots too myself. Love all of your polka dots, shoes, bag, ring. I also love that you got a memento from Sorento , as my hubby and I are planning our Italy trip and that is where we will stay part of the time. Love that your skirt is asymetrical too, great style!
    jess xx

  9. June 26, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Well you know I am loving all of your dots! It is nice to see polka dots featured in a fresh and modern way. Your cat eye sunnies and abstract earrings add such a whimsical touch! I want your bag!!!! Lol. 🙂

  10. Liz
    June 26, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    I love all the polka dots! You look sooo cute in this outfit! And thank you so much for the feature <3


  11. June 26, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    I ordered a similar skirt at Zara s last week! Aren’t asymmetrical skirts so much fun! And that bag is so very cute! Great look!

  12. June 26, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Great combination here Emma! Love the hem on the skirt xx

  13. June 26, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    I’ve always loved dots – and your shoes are the cutest! Love those fab earrings too. thanks for linking up, and for hosting, xox


  14. June 26, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Two of my favourite things Emma. Red and polka dots 🙂 Thanks for hosting.

  15. June 26, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    I love all the variations of polka dots in your look, from the black-on-black in your top to the larger scale of your bag and the mixed print of your shoes. Such great styling here!
    Cheryl Shops |

  16. June 26, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    My favourite colour combinations has to be this black white and red, I recently did a style steal, and loved how that looked too. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

  17. June 27, 2018 / 12:43 am

    love the top!!!! so pretty!!!!

  18. June 27, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I love the red and black combo. I’m like you in that I seem to be more of a stripe girl, but I do love the look of polka dots too.

  19. June 28, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I love all your fun polka dots! This is such a cute outfit!

  20. June 29, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    such a cute outfit! I love polka dots 🙂

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