Dressed for: Oh So Retro

Already Pretty outfit featuring orange cardigan, polka dot dress, mustard leather Radley London handbag, nude pumps, Corso Como Del

Cardigan – Modcloth
Dress – Garnet Hill (no longer available) – this season’s versionsimilar thru 4X
Pumps – Corso Como Del
Bag – Radley London Clayton (no longer available) – similar shape
Necklace – Hilary Druxman
Earrings – The Mexican Shop – same stone

Anyone else feel like just about everything polka-dotted looks at least slightly retro? Even brand-new stuff in relatively contemporary shapes and cuts just makes me think 50s diners and Betty Boop when polka dots come into play. And not in a bad way – not at all! I love me some retro and repro as much as the next gal. Just strikes me as odd since plaids, stripes, and florals are easily as common but don’t feel as closely associated with a past era. Anyhoo, this cotton voile dress is a late summer favorite. Lightweight, comfy, and retro-cute.


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7 Responses to “Dressed for: Oh So Retro”

  1. Angela Todd

    Nude heels! I’m going to a rather traditional bridal shower this weekend, and thought I might wear a dress… is there anything nude heels WON’T go with? I’m so out of the loop after working hidden away in an academic archive for 20 years. 🙂

  2. Ruth Slavid

    I think that it is the multi-coloured effect that makes it so charmingly retro. I have a ridiculous number of polka dotted clothes (well, at least two dresses and two shirts), but they are all white on a solid colour and don’t really have that retro vibe – although obviously still lovely or I wouldn’t own them.

  3. wonkyone15

    I have a question for you Sally. When you tie your cardigans like that, do they end up getting stretched out and weird? That seems to happen to mine, and then they look wrinkly and stretched out when I want to wear them open. I generally get a few wearings out of a sweater before I wash it. Do you wash them after every wearing to reset their shape?

    • Sally McGraw

      Yes, totally! Knotting a button-front cardigan will make it wrinkled and distended after a day of wear. So yes, if I wear a cardigan in this way, I do wash it afterwards to restore its shape. Nothing else seems to work as well!

  4. Emily Sears

    I just wanted to say I love this dress and I love the 2 similar links as well. I pinned both of those for when I next need a new dress.

  5. Orla

    Very large purses aren’t retro. Ladies carried small handbags in the 50s.