One day while out shopping
I spotted a dress that was prettily dotted
I knew then and there
this frock I must wear
And with dots I became quite besotted
Hello to all you fabuless fashionistas out there. As you have probably surmised from the above (ummm, I guess we can call it a poem as it does rhyme) , today’s post is going to feature polka dots.
Why polka dots, you might ask. Well, let me tell you and while I am at it I will let you in on a little secret about yours truly. Once upon a time, I would not even consider wearing any type of clothing with a pattern. No stripes, no plaids, no geometric shapes, and heaven forbid no animal prints! That left me with a very limited wardrobe of solid colored tops and jeans. This was my go to look. There were a couple of reasons for this.
First and foremost, in my younger years I had the thought in my mind that if I had on anything that even remotely drew attention that I too, would become the object of scrutiny , and that of course I wouldn’t measure up to society or anyone’s expectations. I could just hear the self imposed snarky remarks in my mind. ” Really?” HER wearing THAT? And on and on. Self esteem issues, much? The other reason was the monetary factor. What if I invested the big bucks on just one item, and then quickly grew tired of it. Would it just hang there in my closet mocking me? “See”, it would say,” I knew you couldn’t carry off this bold look, someone else would have looked soooo much better wearing me.” “Now here I hang and you are out luck and out of money!” Not a great scenario either way.
But thanks to two great friends and thrift shopping I am learning to overcome this fashion obstacle in my life. First of all I have to give thanks to my two best friends and partners in crime, Vicky and Kimmy. They helped me learn to step out of my fashion rut by encouraging me to at least try on some prints and see if I might change my mind. Both lovely ladies wore patterned clothing and told me I was missing out on some fashion fun by limiting myself and my style. Seeing how fabulous they always looked I decided to take the plunge and give it a try. I am glad I did. Now I will gladly try florals, stripes, graphic tees, and yes even animal prints! Thrifting makes it so easy. Especially on the pocketbook. I don’t feel bad at all spending $4.49 at Goodwill (and that is if I pay full price), for an item I may wear only a few times. At least I know I have gotten my money’s worth for the wear!
If you are like I was and are a little timid about trying new patterns, why not start with polka dots. They really have quite a range in size and color and can go from sweet to sassy, funky and fun, and even be sophisticated. It’s an easy way to incorporate more print into your wardrobe.
Following are a few pics of our Dolly dressed in the dots that I know will now wear and feel fabulous doing so! Hope you enjoy!
Funny story. The day I bought this dress, when I went into Goodwill, I said, “I want a red dress. Red is my favorite color. Then I thought a moment and said, “No, I want a red dress with polka dots.” I headed to the dress racks and lo and behold the very first one I saw was this beauty and it was my size! The “thrifting genie” was definitely with me on that day and granted my wish. Lucky me!
Of course the sweater was thrifted also.
Okay so far these dots have been the ones that have been on the more subdued and subtle side. But look out ladies cause we are getting ready to really rock the polka dot!
Okay, so I’ve shown you some wardrobe choices with spots, but lot’s not forget the accessories! If you still not sure that you are “dotty” over polka dots, why not try incorporating a few into your accessories? It is an easy and fun way to put a little pattern into your life without overdoing it.
How do you like my little doll? This was a gift from my sweet friend, Kimmy. She knows I have kitschy/ retro taste in a lot of things and this pretty girl fit the bill. She even put my name on the shirt. So this is a pic of me calling Kimmy on the phone to let her know about my fabuless deal!
Did you notice the lip print glass on the interior of the caddy? I tend to wear red lipstick more often than any other color, and I love lip print accessories. But that is a topic for another blog. The framed paper doll art was a gift from my fabulous sister. I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. If you would like to make your own paper doll art, don’t forget that we have a nice selection of vintage paper dolls at our booth D11, at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures, here in Clarksville. Go check out their beautiful store.
A funny story about this handbag. I carried it with me shopping one day and I placed it on the cashier’s counter to get out my wallet. A man at the register made a comment that he liked my purse. I graciously thanked him thinking I must have fantastic taste, if a man would take the time to comment on a purse. Then he said, “Yeah, it’s so big you could pack a submarine sandwich in it!” Now why didn’t I think of that.
Well, I guess that just about wraps up this edition of Dolly does Dots. If you are still on the fence about print in your wardrobe head out to your local thrift store and try on a few things. You just may surprise yourself with some of your choices when the monetary factor of trying something new won’t put you in the poor house. So go ahead, try it. You may just look HOT in dots! And don’t ever forget that no matter what you wear you are always fabulous, just because you are you!
Till next time, be thrifty and stay fabuless!