Sister’s Share It All: Favorite Item In My Closet

For this round of Sister’s Share It All, it was my pick, and I chose “Your Favorite Item in Your Closet.” When I decided on this topic, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to choose one favorite — I mean, the obvious choice was my beloved Target v-neck tees (of which I probably have ten, in every possible color), but I wanted to show something a little more fun and interesting.

So, the next best choice was my polka dot maxi skirt. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve worn this thing since I made it a few weeks ago. I keep running into the same people and realize I’m wearing it again, and I just hope they don’t notice.

Anyway, it’s one of those clothing items that can be worn so many ways, all while being insanely comfortable, pregnant or not. It’s perfect for summer, it’s perfect for fall and winter…it’s just the perfect item. No wonder it’s my fave. And now here are four different ways that I style it:

And here’s a little breakdown, as well as some slightly larger images.

1. Casual:

v-neck tee: old navy (shop) // sandals: target // necklace & watch: gift from Philip

Paired with a simple gray v-neck tee (which, shockingly, is NOT from Target…), sandals, a high pony tail, and super minimal jewelry, it’s really casual and perfect for lounging around on the weekends, or taking your baby to the park, all while still looking cute.

2. Pattern Mixing

t-shirt: target // shoes: steve madden via plato’s closet // necklace: gift from my mom

To me, a subtle polka dot pattern just begs to be paired with another pattern or two. A really simple striped tee in the same colors, and a fun pair of leopard peep-toes makes the outfit feel thought out and a little more dressed up, even though you’re still just wearing a maxi skirt and t-shirt. Throw on a bold but neutral necklace, and we’re in business.

3. Unexpected:

cardigan: cozy // belt: target // wedges: payless (shop) // bangles: gift from my in-laws

 A few months ago, I saw Sydney wear a maxi skirt pulled up as a dress. Ever since then I’ve been anxious to try it. Although with an 8-month pregnant belly it does feel a little tent-ish to me (even with a belt), I love the idea and plan to do it a lot more often after I have this baby and can put the belt at my natural waist. Also, I loooove the navy polka dots with mustard — they are a match made in heaven.

3. Ready for Fall:

sweater: target (shop) // mary jane wedges: target

I’m loving all the oversized sweaters for fall right now. It might be because I know that in six weeks time I’ll have a little baby weight to camouflage, but it’s also because the slouchy look is so effortless and comfy — just what you want to be wearing on those cold rainy or snowy days when you’re cuddled up on the couch with a cup of cocoa. Am I wrong? Paired with a maxi skirt and a pair of boots (or brown mary jane wedges, in my case), it just screams fall to me, and I love it.

Go check out Landen and Janssen’s favorite items too, and then link up below, showing us your favorite item in your closet and a way to two that you style it!





  1. Excellent choice! I have a polka dot skirt (although it's not a maxi) and I never get tired of wearing it. Aaaand I just posted my outfit of the day link for ya…wearing my new wedge boots that could very well become a new closet favorite. Check back in February and see how many times I wear them over the winter ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sarah's Real Life

  2. Lins says:

    I love the way you pulled your maxi skirt up to wear it as a dress! Definitely trying that this year. And of course love the polka dots, period.

  3. Heather says:

    Oooh, my favorite is the mustard yellow paired with it – looks great!

  4. Janet says:

    You look fantastic! I LOVE the stripes + dots. I wouldn't have thought it would work, but it so, so does!

  5. Bri Marie says:

    Stripes and dots is one of my favorites, but now that I think about it, I'm not sure I've ever worn them together!! Definitely on my To Do list now!

    Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose

  6. Noele says:


    I love your blog! When I found your blog a few months ago and after reading through posts one of the first things I did was call my mom, who asks at the beginning of January what I'd like for Christmas, and told her I wanted a sewing machine. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Have you ever tried something along the lines of this?

  7. Danielle says:

    Can't go wrong with polka dots ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. kimmie says:

    You look amazing, Merrick! I just said it on Janssen's blog, but you two are seriously blessed with amazing genes. You and your cute little bellies are just way too much.

    I love all four ways your styled the skirt! The mustard and navy polka dots go so well together! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Amber says:

    Love the maxi as a dress!

  10. The Angles says:

    Love it! Have you seen commercials for the Mob Doctor? You look A LOT like the main lady. Check eeet ooout!

  11. Annie says:

    I LOVE that polka dot maxi…and it looks perfect as a midi dress!

    The Other Side of Gray

  12. Love these looks! My favorite is the pattern mixing.

  13. sarah s. says:

    I love the way you styled your skirt. And so glad I had a chance to participate in the Link Up.

  14. Noele,

    I haven't ever tried anything like that pin, but it's DARLING! Pretty sure that's moving its way up my to-sew list as we speak ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. (Tealover) says:

    Merrick ,
    you have a sweet blog site in here . my sister sent me your link , and i have been going through you posts and i love them ! I am also starting my 8th month , and due end of November. I loved mostly the polka dot dress idea .. and was impressed with the bumper in another post of yours ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    I am originally from Amman-Jordan , that is 13 hours flight from Newyork , overseas , look it up ๐Ÿ™‚ . but I live now in Dubai , United Arab emirates .

    it was refreshing reading your posts :).

  16. Micha says:

    I have been coveting your mustard cardi for ages. It just look awesome with everything! Finally I found one and tried it on, which was when I had to concede that colors which look amazing on brunettes do not fly with us strawberry-blondes. Oh well. I will still covet yours every time you post a pic.

  17. Love your combination really. Thank you

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