Polka Dots Are My Kryptonite

F21 Polka Dot Smocked Top, sz S
Forever 21 Polka Dot Smocked Top in sz S
Loft Denim Leggings in Rinse Wash
Scarf from Lord & Taylor
Tiffany & Co. bracelets (here & here)
Cola Haan Sierra Air Tall Boots (old from 2010 I think)

I have a weakness for polka dots. Big dots, little dots, colorful dots… Who is with me?

I bought the above top even though I already have a similar one (worn here). I like it better though because it has smocked sleeves (they call them cuffs on the website) that you can push up and they stay in place. Unlike the other top this one doesn’t leave little traces of gold glitter throughout the day. The smocked shoulders are a nice detail and it’s sheer so I wore a black cami underneath.

Going right along with my polka dot obsession, I ordered this dress with high hopes riding on the positive reviews. (More online reviews have since posted within the 10 days it took for me to receive my order.) Unfortunately, the straps are much too long on me and it’s still on the thin side (perfect for summer) even though it’s lined. Note that this dress has an open back but it still manages to hide your bra (assuming the straps fit you as is).

It’s such a cute and flirty silhouette that I’m debating on whether or not I should try to shorten the straps myself or just return it. It looks great when layered with my marigold jacket and a few other jackets I tried on. Generally, F21’s website measurements are spot on but in this case I found a discrepancy in the waist measurements. I checked a few times to make sure but it’s actually 26″ across the banded waistline (13″ when the item is laid flat) instead of 24″.

F21 Polka Dot Fit & Flare Dress, Sz S
Forever 21 Polka Dot Fit & Flare Dress in sz S

F21 Polka Dot Fit & Flare Dress, Sz S
Paired with my Tinley Road Bleeker blazer in canary yellow, sz XS



  1. Chrissie
    January 24, 2013 / 3:34 am

    The dress is super cute! And it seems to fit you perfectly, with the exception of the straps. I'd say keep it and shorten the straps yourself 🙂

  2. natashaufl
    January 24, 2013 / 3:51 am

    Ha! The title of the post is so true (for me as well) 😉 Love that black blouse! Great F21 find.xo, tashatwenty-something blog

  3. Jess L
    January 24, 2013 / 4:06 am

    🙂 Thanks Tasha! I'll probably give away the other one since it's too close of a dupe and I like the new one better.

  4. Stylish Petite
    January 24, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Ha! You and me both! We are addicted. I love all your polka dots. Curious to see if you will keep the dress and take up the straps…keep me posted 🙂

  5. Always Maylee
    January 25, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    I have a polka dot obsession too! Love that top, it's really cute and seems to fit you perfectly. That's too bad about the dress, it's adorable. Is it worth getting the straps altered?xo, Yi-chiaAlways Maylee

  6. Jess L
    January 26, 2013 / 12:47 am

    Thanks Yi-chia. I'm going to attempt the alteration myself (need to inspect it again though).

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