Polka Dots and Leopard (Open To Interpretation)

Today is another link-up round of Open To Interpretation. This time, Amy chose the inspiration photo:


I thought about using my homemade pleated skirt as a base for the outfit (since it has the same basic shape as the inspiration outfit), but that skirt has all sorts of problems that I don’t even care to tackle. Mostly because it means I’d have to iron more pleats. Kill me now.

blazer: h&m (shop)
polka dot top: LC lauren conrad via kohls
leopard infinity scarf: made by me — fabric from joann’s
gray jeans: old navy (shop)
wedges: target
watch: dkny via dillards

Then I remembered this little teal polka dot top in my closet, and with the help of a few new items I picked up last week in Las Vegas, this outfit was born. I never, ever, ever would have put the polka dots and leopard together, but you know, I kind of love how it turned out.

Head on over to Amy, Kayla, or Erica’s blogs for more polka dot and leopard outfits!

(Oh, and don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the large ad giveaway for Sam’s blog! Giveaway ends at midnight tonight!)

North Meets South OTI

  • Ohh this is SUCH a fun combo – love how you interpreted it – too cute 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • So cute, Merrick! I love that you made the scarf yourself! Great interpretation 🙂

    The Tiny Heart

  • Merrick this is a great interpretation! Your blouse is so pretty and I love the leopard scarf. The best thing about blogging, I think, is trying things that you otherwise wouldn't.

  • You look so pulled-together and fabulous. I am impressed.

  • Yay you got gray skinnies! LOVE.

  • Mel

    Great interpretation! I think you definitely pulled out the vibe, without being too literal!

  • I LOVE this interpretation. Seriously amazing!

  • oooh, you look stunning! That polkadot top is SO cute! x

  • Oh I love this! I like this better than the original b/c you have the polka-dot and leopard but in a more subtle way. Gorgeous!

  • That scarf was totally the way to go…not overwhelming at all. I love it!

  • Love it! I like how you've done a polka dotted top with pants…so very wearable!

  • i feel like i am the worst at putting patterns together! you are such a pro. bravo, merrick! 🙂

  • I was wondering if I could hire you to go shopping with me and put together some outfits!!!!

  • I really love your take on it! That top is super cute!

  • I love how your outfit turns out! I'd say it looks even better than the original.

  • love that blouse!

  • Great job, that scarf is a lovely touch.

    Amy Day to Day

  • Omigosh I've been looking for a sheer leopard print scarf since I don't know when! And you made such a nice one yourself. Kudos.

  • love this combo, it looks great!

  • Bri

    Pattern-mixing is still so hard for me!! I love this combo though – maybe I should try to treat leopard print as a neutral like so many fashion icons do!


  • I love this outfit and the combo is awesome. Great look!