Stripes, polka dots and frills + Sunday Reflections link up

Stripes, polka dots and frills

I’ve had to force myself to step away from the leopard print (albeit momentarily) and wear some of my other recent sale purchases. Even though I already own a pair of silky black culottes I couldn’t resist these with the frill on one side. On paper they don’t make sense – I mean who would want to add width to their hips? But the unusual design spoke to me, and I figured that if I kept the top half fitted they might not make my hips look mahoosive.

Combining stripes, polka dots and frills is quite a bold ensemble, but then I’m not afraid of making a fashion statement!

I’d intended to pair them with a stretchy close-fitting T-shirt or vest, but this striped top was already laid out on the bed. You know how it is when an outfit comes about by fluke rather than planning. The top is quite long, but it doesn’t ruin the line of the frill; if anything it improves it. I can’t tell you how comfortable this top is, it just feels so lovely to wear. It’s lightweight and super stretchy, plus it doesn’t crease! The knotted detail accentuates the waist, balanced out by the flared sleeves. I also like the high neckline, as I’m not really into low cut tops any more. Combining stripes, polka dots and frills is quite a bold ensemble, but then I’m not afraid of making a fashion statement!

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

I don’t think I’ve ever worn stripes and polka dots together, so it was high time I put the two together! This black and white outfit just needed a little colour, which I added with the faux leather bag and red statement earrings. The detachable strap means I can wear it as a crossbody or grab bag. It’s a practical size too, great for days out because it holds all my essentials without weighing me down.

Packing light has never been my strong point but these culottes will make a great addition to my holiday wardrobe as they’re so light and wafty (is that even a word?).

I actually hurt myself when I went to France by carrying my heavy rucksack on my shoulder. In hindsight I should have worn it on my back (well, it is a backpack!) but you know how it is in airports when you need to keep getting documents out. For weeks afterwards I had a numb patch and frequent pins and needles. Lesson learned! For my next holiday I’ve bought a slimline beltbag that is just big enough to hold my passport and boarding card. I always think it’s ridiculous that you have to show your boarding card just to buy a magazine!

Packing light has never been my strong point but these culottes will make a great addition to my holiday wardrobe as they’re so light and wafty (is that even a word?). For warm evenings I’ll team them with a camisole and flat or wedge sandals. And for a different take on wearing stripes, polka dots and frills I could combine them in a dress like this one from Asos.

Do you love to wear stripes and polka dot prints together? What’s your favourite pattern mix?

STRIPES AND POLKA DOTS

Laura Ashley orange grab bag, Marks & Spencer polka dot slingback shoes

"Stripes,

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Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Asos frill culottes | River Island top (similar) | Marks & Spencer shoes | Laura Ashley bag (similar) | Zara earrings | Missoni sunglasses (similar) | Pia ring


 

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22 Comments

  1. September 9, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    I love the design of that top! It looks great with the red purse too.

  2. September 9, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Both the top and culottes are great statement items. I bet the culottes look great when you’re walking. xx

    • September 13, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      Thanks Laurie! I do like the swishiness of the culottes 🙂

  3. September 9, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Those culottes are very out there! They really are a statement piece Emma. Love the combination of polka dots and stripes. Thanks for sharing and hosting today. Happy Sunday evening. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • September 13, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Jacqui!

  4. September 9, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Gorgeous outfit, Emma! Love the top and those culottes are fab! Love the stripes and spots together with the red accessories. Hope you have a great week ahead! XXX

    • September 13, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you very much Sasha! You too!

  5. September 10, 2018 / 6:52 am

    Those culottes are fab – especially when you walk, I bet! Lovely top – it clinches your tiny waist and I love the sleeves. Happy Monday Emma xxx

  6. September 10, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Emma, this outfit is super cool! Sassy and edgy and totally striking. I love stripes and dots together. You have stepped away from leopard and I just snagged the cutest leopard top on clearance. I need to get that on the blog soon!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  7. Amy Arnold
    September 10, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    What a fun print mix, and I love all the details.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  8. September 12, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Those pants are darling! I love how you paired polka dots with stripes and added a pop of red.
    Lisa

  9. September 13, 2018 / 3:55 am

    What a great outfit love the asymmetrical top and the skirt is wonderful!!
    Thank you for stopping by Live Laugh Love To Shop to share your outfit!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

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