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Monday Musings

Happy Monday to you all! I’m finishing this article early Monday morning from a Starbucks in SoHo before another busy day of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) gets under way.

Fashion Week has been a great experience so far. Collections that I’ve loved the most include Novis, Sachin & Babi, and Tibi. Spring / Summer 2017 trends seem to revolve around ballet-inspired, ladylike, pretty looks. And that direction excites me immensely!

I look forward to sharing more NYFW insights with you very soon. For now, follow along on Instagram (@carriec) and Snapchat (username : wearwherewell) for all the behind the scenes perspectives.

Plus, in the meantime, allow me to share this great, everyday look for early fall…

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Le Sarte Chambray Polka Dot Ruffle Shirt

If you followed along with my summer, you might have noticed that we spent a lot of family time in Aspen, Colorado. Aspen is a beautifully quaint mountain town. We just love it there! Not only is it naturally beautiful, but it has great shopping.

During our last summer getaway there, we did some shopping at the fabulous Intermix store. I just love the carefully curated selections at Intermix, and the Aspen store is particularly good.

Anyway, after doing quite a bit of shopping, I was in the process of checking out when this top caught my eye. I couldn’t resist! Let me express my love for this top as succinctly as I can. And in the process perhaps I’ll convince you of your need for it too. 😉

3 Reasons I Love This Top

  1. It’s practical. The chambray material makes it practical for every day. Chambray is such a wearable, down-to-earth option for us women on the go.
  2. It’s on trend. Bell sleeves are such a big trend this fall. This top incorporates this look, but in a not-too-over-the-top way. You’ll be on trend without going overboard with this piece.
  3.  It’s fun. It’s polka dotted! Need I say more? Who doesn’t love polka dots? And these dots have a nice velour-like textural finish to them.

Bonus: a bow in back! If you weren’t yet convinced of your need for this, now certainly you are! This lady-like bow that ties in back at the neckline is just too cute!

So, give this practical, on trend, fun, ladylike top a chance to fit in your fall rotation. Chances are you’ll want to wear it over and over again like I do. One small note on sizing: I went up one size to give it a more relaxed fit for comfortable everyday wear.

Please let me know your thoughts on this look, my fashion week coverage, or whatever else is on your mind! Have a great Monday.

Photos by Maritere Rice at Weights + Measures Restaurant + Bake Shop in Houston

Details of My Look

Le Sarte chambray polka dot ruffle shirt | Rag & Bone destroyed skinny jeans | Karen Walker sunglasses | Christian Louboutin pumps (also similar higher heel here) | Chanel large boy bag from The Vintage Contessa (great less expensive option here) | Dior pearl earrings (inexpensive option here) | Nars heat wave lipstick | Chanel nail polish


  1. Bella B says:

    Oh my I love this top Carrie, Its so cute and fun!! I totally need this in my life.


    1. Carrie says:

      Isn’t it fun? Thanks so much, Bella!

  2. This is a great top, Carrie! Love all the details! Great background in photos, makes your top ‘pop’ 🙂

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Luci! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Sydney says:

    I think this is my new favourite top! I love polka dots and then a bow too!! Ahh so many favourite things in one top! Have a lovely monday Carrie!

    Sydney… http://styledbys.ca

    1. Carrie says:

      Right? So many great things all in a one piece! 🙂

  4. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    That top is really great. Nice to see the different photo angles too.

    That Rebecca Minkoff bag is gorgeous.

    Have fun in NYC.


    1. Carrie says:

      Sheri – thanks for saying that! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. We tried to do a little something different (but still on brand) with these photos.

  5. Jennifer says:

    You look adorable, Carrie! I just got this top in the mail today and I can’t wait to wear it! Hope you’re having a wonderful time at all the shows!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh I’m so glad you liked it! And I’m not surprised you got the top too. Isn’t it fun?

  6. Laura says:

    What a darling top! Love the peplum and tie detail, so cute!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Laura! Doesn’t it just make you smile? So many happy details in one piece.

  7. Emily says:

    Love this whole look! The top is too cute…it checks the box for so many fall trends 🙂


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Emily! The top just made me smile. So practical yet so fun.

      Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.

  8. Alyssa Renee says:

    Cutest top! I love polka dots! Then you add a bow with them…yes!!! =)

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    1. Carrie says:

      Right? Throw in some soft chambray, and what more do you need? 😉

  9. Two of my fav items (bow and Polka dots) in the same top. Magical !!

    1. Carrie says:

      Right? I sure do like it!

  10. ashley says:

    That top is PERFECTION!! I love the bow in the back and the polka dots are so cute! Does it come in black and white!? hahaha 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      Hahahaha! Chambray isn’t neutral enough for you? Sigh… 😉

  11. Violette says:

    This polka dot top is adorable! I love it!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, V!

  12. michenn says:

    Love how you styled this look, especially with that high neck top. So so so pretty.


    michenn Accessorizing with ThePeachBox

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much. It’s really a great top.

  13. Isabella says:

    Lovely top! I like the background of those photos!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Isabella!

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