sky blue and polka dots

jeans: Loft
sweater: J.Crew Factory
polka dot top: found at TJ Maxx
bangle: J.Crew (similar)
earrings : Elisabeth Ashlie
turquoise bracelet: Elisabeth Ashlie
ankle boots: Target

I believe it was about 42 degrees and windy when I took these photos.

I was freezing. 

anyway. . .

One of the things I love about this outfit is how comfortable it is. The blouse underneath is loose and thin so there aren’t any constraining areas. The sweater is one of my favorites that I’ve had for a long time. It’s cotton, so it’s breathable and flexible. 

Enough about the function of this outfit though.

Strategic layering, like I did above, is a great way to change up your wardrobe with what you already have. Think about the items you always own, and pair them with different things. You’d be surprised what you come up with.


  1. says

    I’ve been doing the same – looking at my existing clothes and seeing how I can pair different things up and layer items I haven’t before! It actually is saving me money!! Love this color – very pretty. x

    • says

      I’m not sure this exact color is still available ( I bought it last year) . . .it’s a light minty blue and I can’t find it on the website. Sorry I can’t help more!

  2. says

    Hi Kate! How are you? I wanted to ask you about the clothes you purchase from JCrew. I have never bought anything from JCrew or the factory and I was wondering about size. Are they true to size, run big or small, do you find them to be durable? I am 5’4″ and weigh about 150 more of pear shape- smaller on top and wiiiidddddeeeee on the hips and tighs, wondering if medium might be right or big. I dont have store nearby. Thanks so much for your time and your awesome blog. I am a devout follower 😉

  3. Jessica Jo says

    Does anybody know if there is an official name for the shirts with the ties? I always call them just that and have a hard time finding any but I love them so much!

  4. says

    I love when a tie-top blouse sneaks out from underneath a sweater! Been trying to find more of these for purchase lately.

    -Amanda (

  5. Anonymous says

    Love this outfit !! I absolutely love your Blog !!! I always talk about
    your blog to my friends, they always ask me whats new with my friend Kate ! haha

  6. says

    I practically have this outfit already. I just need the 6pm blouse! :) You look so comfortable and so calm in the midst of freezing weather.


  7. says

    This is a super cute outfit! Totally random question — do you have any tips on how to wash and care for your clothes so they stay looking new? You said you have had the sweater for a while but it looks so good/well kept! I usually wash mine on gentle cycle and then hang to dry…it’s such a pain though. Just wondering if there was any other way!

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