how to wear polka dots and gingham

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

when monday blues are this darn cute, i don’t mind singing them. especially if it’s tax day to boot! but i’m kicking off the week in style and comfort thanks in large part to this adorable polka dot top and gingham jean jacket. and i couldn’t resist having one more photo snapped in front of this glorious pom pom tree. spring is such a brilliant time of year. you have to squeeze every second out of it. a smile on your face is a given due to mother nature sharing her bounty. no matter how fleeting.

as you can see, today’s ootd is anchored in the blues. but cue a happy dance thanks to crisp white girlfriend chinos from Talbots that fit like a dream. i’m wearing a size 8. the fit is slim but not tight. perfect for warmer weather. a blue and white embroidered polka dot shell has a side zip and slits on either side. the top has a thin lining which takes the guesswork out of wearing a white top if you like more coverage. the shell comes in small, medium, large and so on. and i’m wearing a size medium. since the weather has been all over the map this weekend, i popped a gingham jean jacket over the top to play it safe. but i couldn’t resist adding a wicker handbag! this is one spring/summer essential i will always have in my closet in one form or another. and i love, love, love this handbag has a bamboo handle.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

the classic jean jacket gets a fresh update thanks to gingham. this jacket is lightweight and perfect for those unpredictable spring temps.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

don’t be afraid to contrast checks and polka dots. this is a fun, easy way to show off your personality. if you’re new to pattern mixing, keep the outfit grounded in the same color family.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

pants | top |c/o jacket | similar shoes | c/o handbag | sunglasses

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

this embroidered polka dot shell has a subtle pattern mix with subtle horizontal stitching.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

this wicker handbag is large enough to hold all of my essentials. including an oversized wallet.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

pants | top | c/o jacket | similar shoes | c/o handbag | sunglasses

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

happy tax day, ladies! happy monday.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Betty (SC)
    April 15, 2019 at 8:26 am

    How adorable! Beth, you look so cool & crisp! Polka dots & gingham put a smile on my face😊. Love that sweet little handbag 👛😍

    • Reply
      Beth Djalali
      April 18, 2019 at 8:37 am

      i’ve always been a big fan of wicker handbags. it’s the perfect accessory all summer long. xo

  • Reply
    Heather
    April 15, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Love the pattern mix! Gingham, polka dots and colours say spring 🙂.

  • Reply
    Bonnie Schulte
    April 15, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Love. love, love!!!!!

    • Reply
      Beth Djalali
      April 18, 2019 at 8:31 am

      thanks, bonnie! i kind of like this outfit too. xo

  • Reply
    mary
    April 15, 2019 at 11:09 am

    and stripes! so cute!

  • Reply
    Jill
    April 15, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Luv the mix beautiful.

    • Reply
      Beth Djalali
      April 18, 2019 at 8:30 am

      polka dots and gingham just make me smile. what happy go lucky prints. xo

  • Reply
    Janis
    April 15, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I love this and your style. You’re such an inspiration.

    • Reply
      Beth Djalali
      April 18, 2019 at 8:30 am

      thanks so much, janis! you made my day. xo

  • Reply
    Hope
    April 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Cute outfit for spring. I love when you shop at Talbots!

    • Reply
      Beth Djalali
      April 18, 2019 at 8:30 am

      i always know i can find at least one thing i “have to have” when i walk into Talbots. xo

  • Reply
    Cathy Cunningham
    April 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Love the whole look. Makes me smile just seeing this outfit on you as the rain and wind continue today.

    • Reply
      Beth Djalali
      April 18, 2019 at 8:29 am

      take heart cathy! spring is bound to arrive in your neck of the woods. xo

  • Reply
    Karen
    April 15, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Wore the Ann Taylor striped blazer with blue cording, paired with Boden blouse (blue with white leaf pattern), blue slacks, pearls to a graveside service today. Blue suede flats- we were standing on a hill on uneven ground. Thank you for your blog. I am ordering from your suggestions, using your ideas and really enjoy looking at the clothes.
    Thank you, Karen

    • Reply
      Beth Djalali
      April 18, 2019 at 8:29 am

      i’m always happy to hear you are finding inspiration on the blog. xo

  • Reply
    Mary
    April 15, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Super cute! 😃

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