emerald skirt


blouse, Francescas similar
skirt, c/o Tailor & Stylist (10% off with “smallthings10” code!)
shoes, similar & cuter
bag, kate spade similar
necklace, banana republic outlet (very old) 
I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Pantone declared Emerald the color of 2013. I’m not as excited about it as I was for Tangerine Tango in 2012, but I’m sure emerald will make it’s way into my wardrobe this year.

Actually, it already began with this skirt. I was drawn to the high waist and subtle pleats on the back, along with the muted emerald color. It’s easy to pair existing pieces with it, rather than working with a particularly bright green skirt.

I was excited to wear these tights, as well, however these went straight into the trash can after I shot this. First of all, they were size “s/m or m/l” which isn’t exactly clear. I thought that was strange when I bought them, but I assumed they would be the stretchiest tights I’d ever wear.

Not the case. They were way too short, and I’m not even all that tall. They were also crazy thin, so the tugging to try to stretch them long enough caused a few runs.

Anyway, don’t buy them. But if you see any other polka dot tights like these, let me know. I’m a pretty big fan.

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Comments (96)

  1. Posted January 23, 2013

    So pretty! I love the details!

  2. Posted January 23, 2013

    Love it! This is my favorite outfit of yours!

  3. Posted January 23, 2013

    Hey Kate! If you have a Nordstrom Rack nearby, check out their tights. They are the Nordstrom brand, and called something like “Sheer Polka”. At a price of $3.97, I have not found anything to beat them! I buy them and the diamond pattern ones by the dozen, then wear them for a good year. πŸ™‚ The black diamond ones are a bit thicker than the black polka, but the polka are pretty good too. I still haven’t figured out if there is something imperfect about some of them as sometimes I see little imperfections, but I am pretty sure nobody else notices. I get compliments every time I wear them! Also, I have had a pair of really thick tights from Target for quite some time now, and they last a good while.

    • Posted January 23, 2013

      P.S. I meant to say that the tights from Target were polka pattern too!

    • Kate says
      Posted January 23, 2013

      great to know, thank you!

    • Posted January 23, 2013

      Kate, thanks for asking, I was wanting polka dot tights too :)…so cool to have a plethora of info. in your readers!! Maybe you should start an “I need to know” forum (tab) on your blog….where readers can post questions and then wait for the answers to come in from yourself and other readers. Can you imagine?

  4. Robin says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Very cute! πŸ™‚ You look really skinny in it too!

  5. Posted January 23, 2013

    P.S.S. Just found a pair of knee highs in the same pattern and looked at the packaging – they are called “Sheer Dot”, not “Sheer Polka”. Also great!

  6. Nicole says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Adorable skirt!! Look at that figure, you look fantastic! πŸ˜€

  7. Amanda says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Very cute outfit. All the reviews for these tights were bad and everyone seemed to have the same problem as you did :(. They are very cute though.

  8. Posted January 23, 2013

    (*insert whistle here) You look GREAT! That skirt really shows off your cute figure! Love it. Thanks for being so on top of your style and sharing photos with us!

    My Polished Side Blog

  9. Posted January 23, 2013

    This outfit looks stunning on you! Love it.

  10. Posted January 23, 2013

    Love, love your outfit. You look so pretty!

    I love comfy tights. Recently I bought two pairs and hate them. They are short on me too and just have way too skinny legs (or maybe mine are just way too big!) for the size/weight. Anyhow. Your polka-dots looked pretty for the picture.


  11. Posted January 23, 2013

    the color of that skirt is simply gorgeous on you! xo


  12. Posted January 23, 2013

    I love that color! It looks great on you too. πŸ™‚

  13. Jenn D says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    I’ve been waiting for a picture to appear with the polka dot tights done in a more professional way! I love the way you styled them. Now you’re just going to have to buy another pair!
    With Luck

  14. Posted January 23, 2013

    You look great! Sorry to hear about the tights, but you look like you belong on the Today Show πŸ™‚

  15. Jenna says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    I love the pleated detail on the back! I’ve always been wary of high waisted pencil skirts because they look so… restrictive. Do you have any problems moving around in it?

  16. Liz says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Kohls has a bunch of polka dot tights.

    • ali joy says
      Posted January 23, 2013

      yeah, I’ve found them there.

  17. Kelsey says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Thanks for introducing me to Tailor and Stylist. Cute clothes, free shipping, and free exchanges…awesome!

  18. Posted January 23, 2013

    love the skirt! and good to know about the tights too!

  19. Kristen says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  20. Ericka says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    LOVE that skirt! It’s super cute and looks amazing on you!

  21. Posted January 23, 2013

    I absolutely LOVE this outfit!!!! The skirt is FANTASTIC!!!!!!

  22. Posted January 23, 2013

    Ok, so without this sounding like I’m trying to date you – you’re looking AWESOME! Super thin and svelte. Good for you! Love the outfit, the skirt is adorable πŸ™‚

  23. Posted January 23, 2013

    This is my favourite outfit of yours ever Kate! Really lovely.

    Loverly She

  24. Posted January 23, 2013

    I love the teal skirt!

  25. Posted January 23, 2013

    What is the brand of your handbag?

  26. Posted January 23, 2013

    Aw, such a bummer about the tights! I think Forever 21 is similar. Or at least it was a few years ago. I figured “One size fits all” really would fit all, but apparently not a 5’6″ medium weight girl. Had to toss those too! Love this skirt though! You look so tiny in it! :)And emerald is DEFINITELY a good color on you!

  27. Alix says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    This is beautiful! I’m always impressed by your creativity. Someday I may be able to put together beautiful outfits like you. ( I am going to need LOTS of practice.)You look great!

  28. kodijo says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Super bummer about the tights, but those pleats in your skirt — amazing!
    grey et al

  29. Posted January 23, 2013

    You look stunning – healthy, polished, and professional. I will steal this look!

  30. Morgan says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    I would check out Belk, that’s where I got my polka dot tights! and you can get a “Hosiery Card” and after you buy 10 pairs of tights, you get a pair free! Can’t wait to meet you Sunday!

  31. Posted January 23, 2013

    Super cute! Macy’s has some polka dot tights that I love.. they are the Hue brand!

  32. Missy says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Darn, those are darling tights! And I think I loooove the emerald color!

  33. Posted January 23, 2013

    Beautiful! Great skirt. Love the little pleats!

  34. Posted January 23, 2013

    That skirt is so adorable, it would be perfect for work! I hate when tights are sized like that – medium or large, which is it?! It’s too bad because they’re super cute.


    Kristina does the Internets

  35. Sammie says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Oh, I love it! I can’t wait to incorporate more emerald into my wardrobe. It’s one of my favorite colors.

    Here’s a link to a pair of polka-dotted tights I’ve been eyeing. The dots are a little on the big side, but ASOS has other, similar patterned tights with tiny bows, crosses, and hearts. So cute!

  36. Ally says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    They have similar polka-dotted tights at Tailor and Stylist http://www.tands.com/collections/bottoms/products/tights-sheer-splashed-polka-dots

  37. Posted January 23, 2013

    {You did see that Tailor & Stylist has some polka dot tights, right??}

    That skirt is so cute & a great price! Their prices are actually pretty great all the way around! Hmmmm…. πŸ˜‰

    Love your shoes!

  38. Posted January 23, 2013

    Great outfit!! I know Ann Taylor had tights that were very similar about a month ago. Not sure if they are still available or not.

  39. Kacie says
    Posted January 23, 2013
  40. Posted January 23, 2013

    That skirt. On you. I die.

    • Kate says
      Posted January 23, 2013

      haha, hilarious comment.

  41. Amy says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Kate, love it, Ive been looking for an emerald skirt! Thanks and also thanks for the tights tip, super cute but sound lkike a pain!

  42. Posted January 23, 2013

    That skirt looks great on you!


  43. Posted January 23, 2013

    What an adorable outfit! It looks amazing on you…too bad about the tights! They look so cute in the photos!

  44. Posted January 23, 2013

    Lovely skirt! I’m not a fan of emerald but that skirt is gorgeous!

  45. Teresa says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    I love fancy tights! I usually get mine at Kohls. I usually have a hard time finding them long enough for me so they’re not sagging in the crotch! (my instead is 35″) I think most of mine are Vera Wang and they always last me a very long time. I was just there the other day and saw some black polka dot ones!

  46. Laura says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    I just bought this skirt in black!! (the emerald was sadly sold out in my size) I also bought some polka dot tights from Tailor & Stylist – thank you for the discount code!!!

    P.S. you look dang good in that skirt, fyi

    • Kate says
      Posted January 23, 2013

      thanks! I wish I would have seen the tailor and stylist tights!

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  48. kate says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Hi Kate…Kate here! As far as the tights go, I just did a tutorial on how to paint tights, and you could definitely do it to get polka dot tights–and it would be so cheap! I used silver paint on black tights…but you could do black on grey or black on black if they weren’t incredibly opaque. Here’s the link in case you want to take a look:


    Not trying to advertise, just thought it would help! Good luck!


  49. Posted January 23, 2013

    Love your outfit! Your skirts is so cute and I love the cream top!



  50. Posted January 23, 2013

    American Apparel has super cute tights with dots and little hearts!

  51. Rebecca says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Cute!! I love the surprise of the pleats in the back.

  52. Posted January 23, 2013

    I absolutely love this outfit… Classy, but not stuffy. And you look fabulous.


  53. Kelly says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Is anyone familiar with the sizing and quality of Taylor & Stylist? There aren’t many reviews on the website but I found a really cute sweater dress I’m thinking to buy!

    • Kate says
      Posted January 23, 2013

      Their sizes run a bit small, size up!

  54. janneyt says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    That outfit looks great on you! I am going back to work and although I have a home office I’ll be traveling to corporate once a month. I need cute outfits like this one!

  55. Posted January 23, 2013

    Kate, Adorable skirt—love the back pleats! As to polka dot tights— try Wolford, worth te price and currently on sale @ Neiman Marcus, have to love that. The dots are a little larger, but still very cute.

  56. Hollind says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    Love it! Also that green dress with the high scraf neck line you have is Emerald. I found the same dress on clearance for $9. Needless to say I was excited.

  57. Posted January 23, 2013
  58. Kelly says
    Posted January 23, 2013
  59. Posted January 23, 2013

    LOVE this outfit! So adorable!

  60. Posted January 23, 2013

    I have polka dot tights from Jcrew Factory that are made in Italy and oh so luxe feeling! I have worn them several times and haven’t gotten a run yet. They are quite sheer though, and the dot pattern is denser (dots are more abundant!), but I really like them. Not available in control top though, which I do enjoy for smoothing any *ahem* bumps.

  61. SH says
    Posted January 23, 2013

    I love this outfit! The skirt, the bow on the belt, the polka dot tights – it’s beautiful and so feminine!


  62. Posted January 24, 2013

    girl, I love that outfit!

  63. Posted January 24, 2013

    This skirt looks fabulous on you, Kate! Your curves looks so feminine and it compliments your little waist so nicely! I also love how you paired it with the cream blousey top and the gorgeous Anthro belt! And the polka dot tights? I die.

  64. Brianne says
    Posted January 24, 2013

    LOVE the color and style of the skirt and blouse and accessories you paired it with! Adorable!

  65. Posted January 24, 2013

    Cute! I really like the blouse on you πŸ™‚

  66. Posted January 24, 2013

    I have a pair of polka dot tights from White House|Black Market that I absolutely love. They are still very thin, which I think they probably have to be to have that sheer affect. But take a look…


  67. ....... says
    Posted January 24, 2013

    love that skirt. I have one just like it that ive been wearing all winter long. great outfit! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  68. Brooke says
    Posted January 24, 2013


    =) Brooke

  69. Posted January 24, 2013

    So cute!

    I saw some Kate Spade tights like yours at Marshalls this weekend!

  70. Posted January 24, 2013

    I’ve had luck with tights and hose of all colors and patterns at Nordstrom’s hosiery dept. In fact, got some fun orange tights and a pair of over-the-knee socks to go with my flat boots just yesterday! Love the skirt and the necklace Kate!

  71. Posted January 24, 2013

    I’ve had luck with tights and hose of all colors and patterns at Nordstrom’s hosiery dept. In fact, got some fun orange tights and a pair of over-the-knee socks to go with my flat boots just yesterday! Love the skirt and the necklace Kate!

  72. Posted January 24, 2013

    This is such a perfect style for you… you look beautiful, and really fit! Love it.

  73. Posted January 24, 2013

    Love the outfit! You look so gorgeous! The skirt is just fantastic with the tights (!). Cool!

  74. Katie says
    Posted January 24, 2013

    You look fabulous!! I always think you look great and that your outfits are great, but this is the best! You look very tall and lean. Beautiful!

  75. MAEgirl says
    Posted January 25, 2013

    Hey Kate, I have been following your blog since I lived in Virginia (I originally found you via Pinterest when searching for hairstyles). Anywho, I am an NC State Graduate and my husband and I just moved back to the Raleigh area. I saw your post for this outfit and I loved the tights. It just so happens that I have to dress up next week at work for a presentation and decided I wanted some polka-dotted tights to snazzy up my outfit since I will be in front of 100 people or so. So off to the mall I went. I just wanted to let you know that I went to Crabtree Valley today and found some polka-dotted tights at The Limited for $10 (they were originally 20)- they have been marked down to 50% off. If you can make it in the next day or two they had quite a few left. I will e-mail a pic of my outfit since you inspired me for what to wear. Thanks Kate!

  76. Posted January 26, 2013

    dang girl, your body is banging in this outfit!


  77. Posted January 26, 2013

    This look is absolutely perfect! It’s too bad about the tights! Hope they werenn’t pricey πŸ™

  78. Amy says
    Posted January 27, 2013

    Girlie! You are fan-freakin-tastically gorgeous in that outfit! (As someone else said, not trying to date you.) You really know how to pull it all together and I’m glad that I found you on pinterest a while back.

    Keep up the great posts!

  79. Annika says
    Posted January 27, 2013

    Cutest outfit I´ve seen in a LOONG while!

  80. Krista says
    Posted January 28, 2013

    Hello Kate! I’ve not checked online, but Old Navy had some really cute polka dot tights a couple of months ago, so you can probably find them super cheap now. Also check Forever21, they usually have tons of that kinda stuff pretty inexpensively.

    Side note: I can really tell that you’re toning up! You’re looking great girl!


  81. Jill says
    Posted February 1, 2013

    Kate- DO you mind sharing what size you ordered in this skirt? I just got this skirt in size Medium but am wondering if I need to size up again to size Large? I am usually a size small so I took your advice and sized up to medium, but it still feels a bit tight. Does your skirt feel tight on you?

  82. Posted February 3, 2013

    I saw some cute polka dot tights (small & larger dots!) on Haute Look that were from American Apparel. You should check them out!

  83. Posted February 19, 2013

    You are a beautiful girl and this is the most flattering outfit I think you’ve ever posted!!

  84. Posted February 20, 2013

    Love the skirt! Looks great!

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