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Happy day-after-Mother’s-Day, all! Make mom’s day again by shooting her a call and telling her how beautiful she is, inside and out. My momma is my best friend, so it was so beyond lovely to spend time with her this weekend. (Leave a comment down below telling me what you did with/for your mom yesterday!) She also played photog for styling this fun little polka dot romper, ten ways!
Now, in true Monday fashion, my web browser crashed and I have way too much laundry to put away (hey – at least I did laundry, right???), but that’s a-ok because I’ve got a latte to keep me company.
Meanwhile, it’s due time for another One Thing, Ten Ways, where I’m digging out some of my personal favorites and styling each and every thing ten different ways for (hopefully) easy inspiration. I’m comin’ atcha with another patterned fiesta-ready frock for spring, courtesy of the completely gorgeous Mint Julep Boutique. An aside: any time I’ve received something from them, these girls send a handwritten card with calligraphy and such sweet words – their customer service is seriously A+.
Enter, the Kaycie Romper. (Get your own here!) Polka dots can be super hard to style I think, let alone ginormous polka dots, let alone ginormous polka dots on a strapless romper. It’s like taking all of the most difficult things to style and throwing them all in one one-piece and calling it a stylish spring day. So that’s exactly what we’re making.
Now let’s talk the ten, from top to bottom, left to right.
First. It’s like Audrey Hepburn’s pashmina scarf collection meeting urban street style. I love this bright pop of classic teal draped over my romper – particularly perfect for cooler summer nights, or going anywhere with AC (ie: the movies!).
Second. Working world. The black-and-white color blocking adds a polished dimension to this look. While shorts might not be the most professional thing to wear to work, depending on your office culture, you might get away with them on hot summer days as a classy alternative on Casual Friday. I paired with my nude Calvin Klein bag, and I’m ready to go.
Third. Feeling Fuschia. This sweater is also from Mint Julep Boutique (J bought it for me after seeing it in a past Links I Love post!). It’s the softest thing, and the 3/4 length sleeves and bright purpley-pink color make it feel appropriate for transitioning seasons, which is actually what’s going on here. Plus, it makes this look like a case of the high-waisted shorts, and who doesn’t love that?!
Fourth. Edge it up. I’m still obsessed with my chic and insanely comfortable wedge booties from Rebekah Craig. (As seen here. AND you can still use code “cominguproses” to get 15% off your own if you love!). I kid you not, the most comfortable shoes in my closet. Her company prides itself on creating literally the quintessential high heel for busy women on the go, so we can kiss goodbye to the days of packing spare shoes in the Kate Spade. A 100% worthwhile investment.
Fifth. Pattern mixing. Nothing beats a good print mash-up nowadays. I threw on my favorite dark floral cardigan from Marshall’s to offset the dark dots on the romper for an effortless style vibe.
Sixth. Go big (and bright) or go home. This neon Baublebar necklace has been one of my go-to’s for awhile now. Even though it’s an obnoxious neon lemon lime color, it somehow goes with everything. Magic, I swear. I don’t feel comfortable wearing strapless things by themselves, since it just makes me self-conscious, feeling like I’m wearing a towel or something. A big statement necklace cures that and breaks up the space between too-much-skin and too-much-fabric.
Seventh. Street cred. This oversized off-shoulder tee layers perfectly over the romper, and bright green sunnies complete the look. This is essentially my favorite way to step out on an easy Saturday for errands that don’t involve sweatpants.
Eighth. “You wear a lot of Chambray.” – My mom. But like, it just works. You feel me?
Ninth. It’s not easy being green. An ode to the comfiest open sweater in the prettiest emerald green hue. An easy color to work in any season! and just the right length for the romper.
Tenth. I see you see through. This black chiffon tank has been a favorite of mine for a few seasons now. The pearl and stud-detailed collar and the slightly see-through cheekiness are just fun, edgy, and effortless for breezy spring chillin’.
Stay tuned for bloopers and a GIVEAWAY (!!!) where you could win your own romper (or whatever you want from MJB, really) after some requested close-ups.
How would you style a polka dot romper?
And I’ll leave you with a quote, because Monday.
“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.” – Mark Nepo
Now go out there and show this week what a blossoming beauty you are (and win $50 to Mint Julep Boutique).