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Stripes and polka dots are having their moment this spring. Graphic prints are dominating the racks at some of my favorite stores, which has prompted me to search for a black and white polka dot blouse to pair with bold pants and skirts. I harbor equal affection for stripes and polka dots, but the cold hard truth is that on my body, polka dots are much more flattering than horizontal stripes. This isn’t true for all body types, but we can all enjoy a good polka dot shirt, right?

Like it.

Equipment shirts are extremely popular with their slouchy fit and high quality fabrics which makes this Adele shirt a seriously stylish option. I even adore its name! However, as much as I love this polka dot beauty, I’m not sure my wallet could withstand the price.

Equipment Adele Cherie Dot Blouse | $238

Equipment Adele Cherie Dot Blouse | $238

Love it.

Ann Taylor Loft has a more professional version with a smaller dot print and a classic button front. Typically, ATL’s tops are too boxy and unflattering for my taste. However, Miss Ann Taylor must be taking notes because their new line of “long and lean” button downs are cut perfectly feminine, flattering and tailored – and it is on sale now for half price!

Ann Taylor Loft Dobby Dot Long and Lean Button Down Shirt | $23.99 (Originally $44.50)

Ann Taylor Loft Dobby Dot Long and Lean Button Down Shirt | $23.99 (Originally $44.50)

Buying it.

Never one to shy away from making a statement, I’m really searching for a bolder polka dot print, which lucky for me, I found at J. Crew. The Blythe blouse comes in an array of colors and this fabulous black and white polka dot print.

J. Crew Blythe Blouse in polka dot | $128

J. Crew Blythe Blouse in polka dot | $128

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