About two years ago, I found this adorable swimsuit at JCPenney in the clearance section. I still can’t understand why it was marked down since it was way cuter than what they had in the full price section, but I digress. After going through some laundry today, I took a look at this swimsuit and it struck me how much I loved the combination of the pink and white polka dots and the navy and white stripes. So I decided to sit down and sketch some clothing that not only incorporated the combination of these two prints, but the detailing of the ruffles and the bow. Here’s what I came up with:
1. Stretch Knit Maxi Dress
I love the idea of a maxi dress in these prints, this is actually one of two I sketched. I imagine wearing this on a breezy summer day with a pair of sandals.
2. Separates # 1, Cotton Top, Pencil Skirt, And Circle Skirt
I love the choice that having seperates offer. Do I feel like rocking a pencil skirt? Something a little shorter and spunky? For this outfit I wanted to present a choice of bottoms. The pieces here would also match the ones in the next batch of separates I sketched, but here I imagined wearing a cute button-down top with ruffles, and picking a pencil skirt or circle skirt to complete the look.
3. Scoopneck Dress With Peter Pan Collar and Empire Waist
For this dress I’m not quite sure if I prefer it in a stretch knit or a woven fabric. But I’m a sucker for a peter pan collar, and an empire waist. So here’s the marriage of two of my favorite things! I think this dress is casual enough to be worn during the day with a pair of flats, and dressy enough to look great with a pair of heels in the evening.
4. Stretch Knit Maxi Dress With Ruffle and Bow Detail
Maxi dress number two! Like the swimsuit top, this dress has a ruffle along the bust, but unlike the swimsuit top, the bow is a bit further down. I like the idea of breaking up the maxi with the stripes along the hem.
5. Separates # 2, Cardigan, Sleeveless Top With Bib Yoke, Sweater With Ruffle Hem and Peter Pan Collar, and Leggings
My other batch of separates, I focused on tops since I had already sketched two bottoms. Instead of a skirt, I decided a pair of leggings would be great for going casual. For a cold day, I sketched a pretty little pink cardigan (which could pair up with any of the seperates, or one of the dresses) and a blue sweater. I couldn’t resist adding another peter pan collar. They’re just so cute! And the ruffles on the hem of the sweater gives it a feminine feel. Something else I adore is a bib yoke, so I added it to an otherwise simple sleeveless top.
6. Cotton Skater Dress With V-Neck With Ruffle Hem
My last outfit is a v-neck skater dress with a ruffle along the bottom hem. This is the most casual of the outfits I sketched, but I think the cardigan would dress it right up. I imagine wearing a pair of sneakers with this dress, and going out for a casual lunch with friends.
I decided to tone down the pink in these outfits for a more feminine feel. I love how the soft pink blends with the navy blue. I’m really excited to start on this collection, and once it’s complete, I’ll post about how it turned out!