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Seasonal Skinny Wk 22: Playful Polka Dots | Snakeskin, Denim & Hot Pink

With Mum being in hospital the last 10 days, I've got behind with my Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge.  In an effort to lighten my mood, for week 22  - two little ducks, quack, quack - 

ha, ha, I've been waiting to do that for the past 21 weeks.  Yup, I was a bingo caller in a past life.


we're going for a playful vibe or as I like to amusingly call it - funky casual.  As if I know what the heck I'm talking about  ?!?     I just like the sound of it - funky casual.


One of the many benefits of blogging is being inspired by other blogger's style choices, whether that's with a particular look, as in my menswear inspired Suited & Booted post, or in the use of print, texture and/or colour and it's the latter - print, texture and colour - that has inspired week 22's Seasonal Skinny Style challenge.

Last October, I fell in love with a particular print, texture and colour combination, styled by Jen from Librarian for Life.  I'd never thought to pair hot pink with burgundy and it planted a tiny seed in my head, that months later has blossomed into my interpretation of Jen's Pink, Burgundy & Animal Print post.



I kept the denim jacket with the colour palette, but instead of burgundy, I paired the hot pink and animal print with my darker shade of merlot jeans.  And as it's Winter rather than mild Autumn, my cashmere navy and hot pink polka dot jumper was ideal to wear under the jacket with a hot pink scarf to bring out the pink polka dots.

This is the second of my two polka dot jumpers I own.  I showcased its twin - the black and red polka dot one back in December with a striped pencil skirt.  I couldn't resist going back and buying its cousin, in this colourway.  There's just something so playful about polka dots.  I'm like a fizzing pink, soda pop drink!


I originally started wearing the scarf long but with tempestuous elements, that didn't last long! 


Storm Imogen, that hit the UK on Sunday evening was already rumbling on Sunday afternoon.  Talk about announcing your arrival in advance!  The wind kept whipping the scarf around my head, the fringing flying into my ears and up my nose. Every five seconds I was batting it away as if I was being attacked by a giant, rabid, fuchsia coloured, winged insect!



Although this highly amused Tall Brown Fox as he snapped away, it's not a look you want to cultivate as a style blogger!



I resorted to tucked the misbehaving ends in to restore some sartorial decorum.  The benefit of this, of course is, you get to enjoy the polka dots even more.





Jen wore a very cute pair of leopard print ballet flats in her outfit and although I have a soft spot for leopard print, I've chalked up a fair amount of leopard print love in the short time I've been blogging.

Time me thought, to showcase another, altogether less familiar animal print - snakeskin.

I've been wearing leopard print for so long it feels like a second skin but snakeskin is still quite new to me.  I only have a few items in this animal print, one being my Vera Wang clutch bag.

These faux snakeskin ankle boots feel a little bit rockstar-esque, with their pointy toe and western style heel.  Somehow this animal print feels more grown up than leopard print.  It's as if Snakeskin is the older, slightly more daring sibling to leopard print.  You know, the one that stays out to the wee small hours on a Friday night partying, and then stays in bed for most of Saturday nursing one heck of a hangover but doesn't regret getting it! 

These beauties were a complete impulse buy a few weeks ago and I have to say I'm jolly glad I succumbed to my impulse.  I already know it's going to be hard to take them off my feet!  They are relatively new in at Marks & Spencer but I bet they won't hang around long.  I can easily see these being snapped up - size 3 and 4 are already low stock on the website.


Dorothy Perkins
 Skinny Jeans
TKMaxx Polka Dot Cashmere Jumper
Denim Jacket (beloved yet so ancient, it's starting to fall apart)  I've got my eye on this Marks & Spencer Petite Denim Jacket
Hot Pink Scarf from a French market stall (old)
Joy the Store Fringe Bag A/W15
Accessorize Wine Beret bought in the sale but sold out.  Here's a Wool Maroon Beret currently reduced.
Leather Gloves by Tu at Sainsbury half price in the sale.  Marks & Spencer Berry Leather Gloves available in small, medium & large.
Marks & Spencer Faux Snakeskin Western Heel Chelsea Ankle Boot

I also didn't start out wearing the beret.  I do occasionally, leave the house without one. Yeah, I know, hard to believe, right, but tis true? 

However, said tempestuous elements mentioned earlier above, required the emergency appearance of said beret on me bonce. It had to tame the locks that were doing a wonderful impression of an angry Medusa!

Playful polka dots, 
edgy snakeskin boots, 
suede fringe bag, 
denim,

really, we're just having fun with print, texture and colour.   And thanks to Jen for planting that seed.


Have you thought to pair hot pink and burgundy/berry shades? 
Does your animal print wearing go beyond leopard print? 

Want to find out why I'm doing my 52 week style challenge?  Read all about it here.

25 comments

  1. I don't think I've paired hot pink and burgundy but I really like this outfit on you.

    The sweater makes it all work.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Isn't it odd how sometimes we miss certain colour pairings? The sweater is definitely the linking piece. Makes me smile!

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about your mom being in the hospital. I know that must be stressful. I love that fashion can always lighten the mood. Your snakeskin boots are so great! I'm loving how you interpreted your favorite looks from other bloggers. That is one of the best parts of blogging. This is a great combo!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. I've had so much inspiration from fellow bloggers - it really kickstart ideas and gets you thinking more deeply about your existing wardrobe - which I really appreciate.
      Thanks for your kind words, Amy.

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  3. What a pretty sweater! I like it with the burgundy!

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    1. It's fun, isn't it? And great to have an alternative to wearing it just with jeans. Thanks for hosting.

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  4. Spots are always so playful to wear as you so joyfully demonstrated here. I really like the pinks and burgundy together, topped off with those great gloves, boots, and denim.Hope your Mum is on the mend. xx

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    1. I don't know why I never paired pink and burgundy together before as they really look good together. Thank you Jill, fingers crossed Mum comes out of hospital this week.

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  5. Yes, these are uber cool polka dots, love the mixture!!! You look a cute vision! I live the scarf too. Wish I'd remembered to bring a scarf today. It's freezing and I had to traipse to London with cold neck. I've just missed my train and it is half an hour till the next one, no where warm to wait and my husband's phone is switched off which means I'm going to have to walk the mile home in the cold!!! Brre! Sorry for the moan fest!!! X

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    1. Ha, ha, I think I need more polka dots in my life!
      Oh no, Kezzie! Urgh, I hate being cold around my neck, so I totally understand. Keep up a brisk pace and hopefully that will keep you warm. You'll have to let me know when you're next in town. It'd be great to meet for a coffee sometime.

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  6. Could you look any cuter in that last shot!? Hahaha...I swear you look about 15!
    I love this casual, but by no means boring, look.
    There is plenty of fun colour, pattern and texture to keep the eye moving.
    Your boots with the dots is a great idea and I love your mix of berry tones.
    A really cheerful look for week 22 (quack, quack)
    XXX
    Samantha
    fakefabulous.com

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    1. Ha, ha, 15? Maybe 25! Love the quack quacks! Yes, trying to find ways to bring some fun into my casual outfits and I always think polka dots and hot pink ticks that box!

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  7. So cute! You have a distinctive style that works for you. That's enviable.

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    1. Thanks Ally. It's taken years to find it though!

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  8. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great outfit, especially the booties and beret are awesome! If you don't like them anymore please send them to me!

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    1. ha, ha, join the queue, Nicole. Although I'm afraid you'd have a very long wait. Thanks for hosting.

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  9. "Funky casual"...excellent descriptor my friend. I love this...the hot pink/burgundy combo is delicious and those rock star-esque boots are perfection. I think the wind is probably at the top of the list of most challenging weather elements when taking photos! I hope your mother is feeling better...xo
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. ha, ha, glad you like the description! I don't mind cold or even rain but somehow wind during photo calls really gets my goat! Thanks Debbie, she's finally out of hospital. She came home on Saturday.

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  10. Yep, totally agree again. Burgundy and hot pink (or fuchsia) go very well together. You have styled this outfit ever so well. Love the boots too.
    Greetje

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    1. Thanks Greetje. It's always fun to try a new colour combination that you've not worn before.

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  11. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I love the booties and the beret!

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  12. Love this head to toe, and the dots are so cheery! Sorry about your Mom, hope she is better soon, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Patti. She's on the mend and now home.

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  13. Oh, this is so adorable! Your sweater is just too cute and I love the subtle pattern mixing. Now I am inspired through your inspired look to try out some pink and burgundy. ;) Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Hope to see you back this week.

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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    1. It's an unexpected combination but it's a great one. I can't wait to see how you style it, Jennie.

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