Posts Tagged: polka dot dress

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. read more

Dressed for: Old Inspiration, New Look

Already Pretty outfit featuring teal blazer, polka dot dress, magenta tights, magenta scarf, black Coclico boots

Blazer – thrifted – similar
Dress – via eBaysimilar
Scarf – courtesy Eileen Fisher
Tights – Target
Boots – Coclico via eBay – more Coclico boots
Earrings – gift from a lovely reader!

I’ve had this image in my inspiration binder for several years:

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It’s from a Gudrun Sjoden catalog. I don’t think they do paper catalogs anymore, which is a shame as they were amazing sources of color pairing and pattern mixing inspiration. This photo alone probably sparked three or four outfits. But this time around I realized I had a black and white dress with irregular spots in my wardrobe and could get closer than ever to the original look. Startlingly close, in fact, though a few details are different. read more