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!
Just for fun. Does anyone remember this little lady? She definitely rocked the polka dot!
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!
Dress by R&K Originals
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!
Black Tee with polka dot lace detail. The tag was cut out of this as I think it probably interfered with the look at the back of the shirt, but I believe I have seen this shirt or one very similar at Cato. Mine of course was thrifted. The Coppery orange leather skirt is by asos curve. It was a Goodwill purchase from a couple of years ago.
A close up look at the lace and dots.
Pink Lace and Polka dot shirt by Elle. Black skirt by Colleen Lopez. Added pearl and chain earrings by Cato for a “pretty tough” girl look. Shirt and skirt both purchased at Goodwill.
Adding a belt can help accentuate your waist
Tan and white pleated skirt by LizSport. White peasant style blouse with tie waist by JW style. Both Goodwill purchases. The skirt was featured in a previous blog, Springtime in Paris Tennessee. I then paired it with an off the shoulder blouse and sandals and a belt. I can now carry it into the fall and winter season by pairing it with a long sleeve blouse and flats or boots.
Same skirt paired with a knit sweater by Sonoma and a thin white belt.
Of course the sweater was thrifted also.
Navy blue skirt with polka dots by Chaps The white V neck sweater has no brand tag. Once again the waist is cinched this time with navy belt with polka dots of its own! An entire thrifted outfit.
Same skirt with a long-sleeved tee by Just My Size and a red matching belt.
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!
Yes, I would definitely say that the polka dots on this skirt by John Paul Richard are a little more dramatic. And I love them! Paired with a red knit short-sleeved sweater by Yarnworks stretch, this is one of my favorite outfits. Skirt and sweater purchased at Goodwill.
This is the dress I wore to the 50’s party at Murphs Country Music Barn, sans the black petticoat. I think I could wear this in the summer as is, or in the fall and winter with a black jacket. And if I really wanted to get the full Rockabilly look, I can always put my black petticoat underneath.
Paired the skirt this time with a grahic tee, tied on the side. Shirt by Cato purchased at Goodwill.
Belted at the waist and paired with black and white striped earrings. Earring purchased at WalMart. Only $2.00 on clearance.
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.
I recently purchased this adorable bag from Goodwill, when they were having a Blue Thursday sale. Everything in the store was 50% off, so I got this little gem for only $1.50. It is definitely a Spring/Summer style bag but for the price I couldn’t pass it up. Can’t wait to be able to carry it. Brand Penelope Ann
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!
This pink and white bag is actually a cosmetic case, but I am thinking out of the box and will probably use this as a purse! Brand is Luca Vergani and was thrifted. The Kissing Booth knick-knack was purchased at Goodwill for 99 Cents. Once again my sweet friend Kimmy gifted me with the adorable caddy, which I have used for makeup brushes, pens and pencils and more. It turns and has clever sayings on each side .
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.
Add an extra touch to a graphic tee and jeans by adding a polka dot neckerchief. Scarf purchased at Walmart for $1.00 Pink shirt was a GW buy and is made by Old Navy.
You can also tie a scarf on a purse handle for a cute sort of retro look.
Red and white polka dot purse by Roberta Gandolfi was a GoodWill purchase. The vintage ceramic poodle I purchased at Second Chances Antiques and Treasures. The framed art, once again were gifts from my sweet friend, Kimmy!
I purchased this bag at Catos several years ago. Of course it was on clearance. That’s just the way we fabuless fashionistas roll! I love it as it has lots of room. As you can see my makeup bag is fairly large and it fits easily into this purse with room to spare. The gorgeous gold lipstick holder was a gift from Vicky. Once I again I am blessed by wonderful and gift giving friends!
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.
Polka dot jewelry is fun and a subtle way to add some dots to your look. Bracelet purchased at City Thrift for $1.50. Earring purchased on Cato clearance rack.
This fringed scarf purchased at Goodwill is long enough to be used as a belt.
Watches are a great fashion statement, and of course I love this one with Betty Boop AND polka dots. My husband bought this for me after I “spotted” it at WalMart. Thanks, honey!
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!