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How to Style a Navy Polka-Dot Skirt

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

There's something flirty and fun about polka dots that can make such a skirt a welcome addition to your wardrobe. If you're worried about the dots looking childish, though, a neutral option like navy polka dots is an ideal option to make the piece feel more sophisticated. Choosing a navy skirt also allows for plenty of outfit possibilities -- some of the best matches may already be hanging in your closet.

Keep It Simple

Since polka dots are such a statement pattern, a simple look that stays within the navy and white color scheme is a smart way to style your skirt. A casual white T-shirt or tank is an attractive, low-key option; add a pair of navy ballet flats or white sandals for a relaxed weekend outfit. If you have a navy polka-dot pencil skirt that you want to wear to work, wear it with a white or navy button-down blouse and navy pumps. Pair the ensemble with a simple pearl necklace or thick gold chain for a polished, professional look.

Add a Pop of Color

Just because your skirt has a whimsical polka-dot pattern doesn’t mean you can’t play with color. The combination of navy and white can actually function as a neutral item, so you can pair your polka-dot skirt with a variety of colorful shades. Go for a nautical-inspired look by wearing the skirt with a red blouse; pair it with navy or white wedge boat shoes and gold jewelry to complete the ensemble. Pale yellow is also a good option with navy -- wear a navy polka-dot pencil skirt with a butter V-neck sweater and navy peep-toe pumps for a work-appropriate outfit. In the summer, a bold coral tank or tee can really pop with a navy dotted skirt.

Go Edgy

While a polka-dot skirt is certainly fun, it can start to look cartoonish if you’re not careful. To avoid a cutesy vibe, pair your navy skirt with some edgy items to toughen up the look. Wear your flirty polka dots with a basic white tee and a black studded leather jacket to channel your inner biker -- add a pair of black tights and motorcycle boots, and your navy dotted skirt won’t seem so girly anymore. If you want to scale back the toughness a bit, wear the skirt with a distressed denim jacket and ankle booties for a balance of hard and soft.

Mix With Other Patterns

If you really like to stand out, don’t be afraid to pair your navy polka-dot skirt with another patterned pieces for an eclectic look. A floral, plaid, animal print or even paisley top can work; but to keep your outfit from appearing too busy, choose a pattern that also has navy in it to unify the various pieces. Pair a navy and yellow floral blouse with your skirt or try a navy and light blue leopard-print tank to make a statement without looking tacky.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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