Polka Dots + Giveaway

There is something iconic about a polka dot print. It plays well with any sort of outfit – whether casual or a bit more fancy. This polka dot skirt was a great find at Old Navy this spring that I know I’ll be able to wear for seasons to come. The swingy style works well with my body type and can go with a number of different tops. For today’s outfit, I paired it with a simple Piko top tied up for a bit more definition at the waist. Tying shirts like this has always been a struggle for me, so when I was able to finally get the knot to stay, I jumped for joy. Do you have any tips and tricks to get shirts to stay tied?

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To top (or bottom, ha!) the outfit off, I added my little white sneakers. I feel like I am channeling my inner Taylor Swift with this sort of getup 🙂

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Top: Piko
Skirt: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Payless – tons of other colors (similar)
Necklaces: Kendra Scott, Gap Factory
Purse: Spartina 449
Bracelets: Loren Hope, BaubleBar, Rocksbox

Today I’m linking up with some of my favorite blogging friends. Be sure to go visit them and see all of their great outfits they have put together. Many of us are participating in the GYPO Summer Challenge, so there are going to be some great summer looks to be seen!

Shoes to Shiraz | R Squared | Two Teens and Their Mama Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy |
A Lovely Little Wardrobe |
Mishaps and Mayhem of Solitary Life Puppies and Pretties |
Daily Style Finds | 
Making the Most of Everyday | She Thought She Could |
Foxy’s Domestic Side | 
Quilty Joy Joy | Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After |
A Little Bit of Cheer Nick and Nik

And maybe the most exciting thing in today’s post, a giveaway! I’ve teamed up with the aforementioned blogger friends for a HUGE $200 gift card giveaway to Gap Brands. This means you could spend the winnings at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, or Athleta! So get to entering 🙂


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30 thoughts on “Polka Dots + Giveaway

  1. Casey

    CUTE! I love tying mu tees too! Have you tried gathering them on the inside to kinda of get that Express Knot Tee effect? I plan to post a little tutorial on the blog at some point but haven’t gotten around to it yet. You basically gather a little fabric on the inside of the tee shirt and secure it with a hair tie (or rubber band). 🙂 XO

    1. Alison C

      I’ve tried the hair tie/rubber band thing, but it always seems to fall out 🙁 I can’t wait to see your tutorial, maybe I can finally figure it out!

  2. Deena Simair

    LOVE that outfit. Great shapes, colours and prints. I think this may be my fave of all the ones youève done.

  3. Leslie Clingan

    Wish you could come knot my tee shirts for me. That just looks so fun with your polka skirt and little white tennies. That bag is the perfect accessory. Love the picture where the skirt is kind of standing out on either side, runway perfect.

    1. Alison C

      Thanks Leslie! The bag has been on repeat ever since I got it. Seriously the best summer bag. I couldn’t believe that shot either. Talk about perfect timing!

  4. Karen

    Love your mint and navy outfit – and you wear it so effortlessly! And now, I’m off to read your post about creating clothing budget!

  5. Natalie Carlson Brown

    My go-to Summer out fit is a few different sun dresses. They’re just easy, colorful and keep me cool in the Florida heat & humidity. 🙂

  6. Danielle

    I have the same “perfect summer dress” in five different patterns — it’s a lightweight, non-iron fabric that manages to be both work-appropriate and cool at the same time. My ultimate go-to!

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