Along with my striped tee, the ol’ chambray shirt has treated me well over the years. Although I’m not retiring my trusty one from Gap years ago, I ended up getting a new one this weekend at Madewell because….well…. it has polka dots. My other one does not. That is reason enough for me to update. In other news, whoever is to blame for bringing polka dots back in style for adults, I thank you. 


Top // Madewell

Skirt // c/o Jigsaw London

Tote // Madewell

Booties // BC Footwear

Bracelet // c/o Bauble Bar

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  1. Amy says:

    I want those booties! Totes adorbs! haha xo, Amy

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  2. Cute, cute skirt!  (I know it's all about the shirt, but your skirt is lovely, too!)

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  3. Kristin Ehlers says:

    I too am thankful for polka dots coming back in style!! I find myself obsessed.

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  4. Annie says:

    I'm so in love with your simple style. I'm a minimalist myself when it comes to fashion, and every time I feel insecure about my style being too plain, I pop over to your blog and see how beautifully you pull it off. 🙂 It inspires me every time.

    <3 Annie

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  5. Carrie says:

    LOVE polka dots!

    Style in the City

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  6. Kendi Lea says:

    Hey thanks, Annie! Yeah I just feel a bit silly if I have too much piled on — plus it makes it hard for me to work throughout the day. I end up taking pieces off during the day that I might as well have just started out simple! But some girls can really pull it off and I love it when they do. Just not me — I'm a simple gal 🙂 

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  7. Joyce says:

    I wanted a polka dotted chambray shirt but i already have a non polka dotted shirt so i didnt get one… Now i need to!! 🙂


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  8. Greciamn1 says:

    AWW i love your top!! ive been looking for one AND  i love madewell lol

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  9. Kayla says:

    You look adorable. I'll be in the DFW area over Thanksgiving. Can't wait to come check out your shop. Looking to stock up on gifts – I'd love to get clothes for myself but I think my baby belly might hinder that.

    Memoirs & Mochas

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  10. The more polka dots, the better! Love this super cute outfit!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  11. Supal says:

    I love how you made this outfit "so fall" with the boots!

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  12. Crystalortega627 says:

    oh my goodness! those shoes!!! Obsessed with this whole outfit!

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  13. Britt says:

    I have been trying to talk myself into a chambray shirt and I'm thinking it's a yes. I'm loving the larger dots on this one, and may end up splurging for it. I just bought a pair of polka dot pants, so maybe I'm just drunk with power and can't stop seeing spots!

    You look great and the cut of that skirt makes your waist so tiny!

    Secondhand Magpie

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  14. Alissa Futhey says:

    I have seen that top on a couple of people and I freaking love it! Plus the boots with it are so Kendi!

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  15. Kristin says:

    Love this look – I'm with you on the polka dots!


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  16. Carlee says:

    Love the polka dot top! Super cute! I also really like your bag.
    Almost Endearing

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  17. Lakeesha Ramey says:

    I love this! Polka dots are a totally good reason to buy a new shirt 🙂 Love the skirt as well.

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  18. lavieenliz says:

    love the skirt!

    giveaway ends tomorrow! check it out!

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  19. Anne Hill says:

    Love the color combos!

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  20. Ditto on the polka dots! Love the sparkle of those booties too!

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  21. Josephine says:

    That top is awesome! The polka dots are so cute. I love the shape of that skirt, too! Great look. 

    <3 Josephine

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  22. That last picture looks like it should be in a catalog – love this from head to toe!

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  23. Tasha Davis says:

    I love your bags… I've been eying totes ever since you've been carrying around this one!

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  24. i love your boots!! beautiful bag!

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  25. Steffy says:

    Polka dots are definitely a trend that fade in and out but my love for them never dies!  That shirt is so cute, and I LOVE your booties.

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  26. Iep209 says:

    You always look so effortlessly chic! 


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  27. Heather says:

    I blame minnie. She's kept it real since the beggining of the Disney Days.


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  28. Iep209 says:

    You always look so effortlessly put together!

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  29. Morgan Liti says:

    I thank whoever is to blame for the return of the polka dot as well. I <3 dots. And I love that shirt. 🙂

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  30. Absolutely love the shirt!

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  31. Love those boots! 

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  32. Love this outfit! So classy and feminine.

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  33. jesscause says:

    such a lovely outfit, are those boots comfortable??

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  34. Astyledefined says:

    I love everything about this – what a great way to transition shorts skirts into fall! Consider it pinned.

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  35. Shannon Rice says:

    So cute! I absolutely loooove your boots!


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  36. Typhanie Stewart says:

    Aren't you cute?

    Re: Polka Dots for adults….. Ditto!


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  37. nathyness says:

    Your hair looks adorable in this look! It usually does, for some reason it stood out to me today, even above the polka dot chambray. 


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  38. definitely my favorite kendi outfit in a long time. need those booties.

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  39. LeahS. says:

    Loving the polka dot chambray shirt! It's perfect.

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  40. Mary Chandler says:

    Obsessed with your booties!


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  41. LaurenJamison says:

    Just when you thought chambray couldn't get any better 🙂 

    Visit me at!

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  42. Rachel says:

    Your dotted top and booties are too cute! 🙂

    Rachel’s Lookbook

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  43. Chelsea Mac says:

    I adore the polka dots and that skirt is to-die-for!


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  44. Anacristina says:

    I love this look! You always have fun with your clothes, makes me want to try a little harder sometimes.

    x's & o's

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  45. namesnotashley says:

    Such a great shirt! I love how you kept it feminine and not too country by pairing it with the skirt.

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  46. Zadin says:

    Boots look so nice, Kendy. 

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  47. Julie Simpson says:

    Love this outfit!!  Those booties are awesome. 

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  48. When were polka dots ever out of style for adults! 

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  49. phiphi says:

    very very cute! i love the booties! xox P

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  50. Star White says:

    Always love your simple and put together looks. You never overdo your outfits and always look so classy!

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  51. Caroline L. says:

    I've had my eyes on that top for the longest time! It looks great on you 🙂

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  52. Patti says:

    I wish fall in New England was bare leg weather. Then again, this outfit would look just as cute with tights! Score!

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  53. sometimesztakespictures says:

    Aw I love this look! so simple yet cute – plus I need to snag a skirt like that. and there's nothing wrong with buying anything at madewell. ever.

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  54. cait & val says:

    amazing classic "with an update" look!!!
    from head to toe everything fits you perfectly 🙂

    xo. c & v

    cake & valley

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  55. Super cute lady!!

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  56. the egg says:

    stop being so cute!
    i need this entire outfit, stat.

    xo the egg out west.

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  57. Sheislovely says:

    Cute outfit! I love the polka dots on your chambray shirt. 🙂 Love the booties!

    xo –

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  58. Seekingstyleblog says:

    Adorable shoes! The sparkle is great!

    xo Jennifer

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  59. The Krystel Book says:

    As always your outfit is amazing! Those booties, gimme!!! xD Anyways, black & blue is a always a great combo!

    The Krystel Book

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  60. Betsy says:
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  61. Petra says:

    Really pretty style. Look beautiful.
    xo, Petra

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  62. Beckynally says:

    Love everything about this outfit Kendi! So adorable!

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  64. Jess_Dynarski says:

    I love everything about this outfit! Super cute Kendi! 


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  65. Lovely as always. I love the brown bag with the black!

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  66. Mia Moore says:

    This is too cute. I live in Dallas, too and I could easily come visit you. I'm wearing polka dots today too. 🙂 

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  67. Chaucee says:

    Such a great outfit! I love the simplicity, but each piece looks like it's quality! 

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  68. kristian satterlee says:

    Those dots on the shirt are so cute! I love that this is fresh and fun while still being a staple piece.

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  69. Rin says:

    I love the simplicity of this outfit. I also wish that I had a polka dot chambray top. 

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  70. sms1996 says:

    Love that mix! Polka Dots+Chambray, gotta put that on my wish list!

    Ya'll come visit me at


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  71. Nat says:
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  72. Hannah says:

    Polka dots are so cute! How can you get enough!? 

    xo Hannah

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  73. That blouse is just so lovely!!


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  74. Really cute! Love the polka dots and the skirt.  I have almost the exact same pieces so I'm going to copy.  Ok? Thanks 🙂 

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  75. Brandy Saldana says:

    I am hppy to see an update with the chambray shirt. I still have not found one for me yet, but this one is a contender! Love polka dots!

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  76. Sarah says:

    Great outfit! I adore the shape of your skirt!

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  77. Those are some cool booties! 

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  78. Ashley Taylor says:

    You are always so classic, with a twist of trend. Too cute.

    xo Ashley

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  79. Sarah H. says:

    If you get a "thank you" card for the person who made polka dots cool for grownups, let me know. I want to sign it too. I have a polka-dot chambray as well and I'm a fan. Looking good as always!

    Sarah's Real Life

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  80. Danica says:

    polka dots are my favorite! cute outfit. 🙂

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  81. Hanna Anderson says:

     i feel like we would be great friends.

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  82. Love it! Simple and cute. 🙂

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  83. EDonbeck says:

    cute!  I saw this boots- now I want them! So fun!!

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  84. Happinessatmidlife says:

    I am a sucker for polka dots…I see it..I want it!  Love your booties – so much fun!


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  85. Jacy Tilton says:

    I love your trendy outfit! You did a great job of styling these pieces together cohesively!


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  86. Great day look, love the booties!

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  87. marjorie says:

    Very cute! I like everything but that skirt is darling!

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  88. Jupe_Cambria says:

    I've been wearing my polka dot chambray into the ground…it's just so cozy and versatile! Love your glittery heeled boots 🙂

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  89. Irina says:
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  90. Shahaahmed says:

    cute booties. 🙂

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  91. Em says:

    The polka dots are so cute with the denim! Great booties too, love the glitter!

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  92. Christina Pergolizzi says:

    super fun boots!  i'm prettttyyy sure i need them!!


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  93. Mica says:

    Such a cute simple outfit 🙂 I really like your polka dot shirt 🙂

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  94. Simple but lovely look <3

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  95. Nehagoyall says:

    love love love the shoes….

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  96. Kat says:

    Amen on the polka dots! (typed as I'm wearing a polka dot sweater!)

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  97. I just moved to Michigan, and it is COLD.  I am jealous of your skirts!  Keep rocking that Texas weather.

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  98. Daniela Břížďalová says:

    Very nice! 🙂

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  99. cute cute cute CUTE!!!!

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  100. adorable!! i have a similar top (a knockoff from charlotte rousse) and this is great inspiration for how to wear mine!

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  101. kendra says:

    Such & cute and feminine outfit, you look so cute!


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  102. Laura Whitman says:

    OH MY GOSH! What could be better than chambray and dots?! Absolutely nothing. 


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  103. TheresaTran says:

    I love the skirt and blouse combo! (: It always looks so good. 


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  104. The Glam Life Project says:

    I always forget about Madewell! Love that blouse:)

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  105. Casey says:

    Love the top with the skirt. I had that bag on my wishlist, so cute!

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  106. Abbi says:

    You look so radiant in this.  Also like you're having a fun day.  Could be related, I s'pose.

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  107. Abbi says:

    Are you one of those people who remembers events by what you were wearing?

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