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Page 2 in the conversation "Challenge 1: Show us your Polka Dot WIW" by Sal
oh my gosh I'm sitting here reading, and thinking oh I don't own any polka dots how sad.Um then I look down and see I'm wearing a polka dot topper. Goofy me.
This topper is one of my favorite. I always thing of it as a graphic black and white print and not polka dots. It however does have dots.
You look super retro glam in your dots Sally.
I don't really have any. I have one top that has tiny little dots on it, but they are more part of the texture than a pattern.
I can chime in on the other patterns!
FWIW, my DD's bedroom is decorated with polka dots. We painted the walls a bright turquoise. The bedspread has a black background with rather large white polka dots, and over that print are large polka dots in bright colors like turquoise (the wall color) and bright pink. The curtains are bright pink. The bathroom is the same turquoise, with a black shower curtain that has white polka dots and hot pink curtains on the window. Bathroom towels and accessories are all that same bright pink.
Spots number two.
An old favourite silk blouse with a self spotted fabric. Same bag and boots, and black crops that you have all seen a lot of times.
A new haircut and a new smile....(And need a new belt I think- the end keeps slipping down like this. I am not usually a belter or a tucker but I am both today)
Frannie - LOL!! Are those spots sending you dotty:)
Brooklyn - I have added chevrons just for you although I hope to see you on the floral challenge too.
BC- that sounds like a fun decorating scheme.
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I have way too much clothing, and a lot of it is patterned. I agree with you that polka dots are a fun pattern, at least in theory. In reality, when I try something polka-dotted on, I hear my dad telling my mom that they are an "old lady pattern", and the only pieces I own are undershirts, a swimsuit with polka dots on the foldover waistband, and a (very large) scarf that was a hand-me-down from my ex's sister.
Sal, another item in a red colour which looks gorgeous on you! As illustrated by your elegant blouse, self-patterned items often look interesting in an understated but sophisticated way.
fashiontern, while some view polka dots as "an old lady" pattern, there are others who actually view polka dots as "juvenile"! Anyway, try to get over it. Polka dots are classic. And many people view them as chic, charming and fun. However, you don't have to agree with others' opinions, not even your parents'. You are an adult now, so feel free to find out how YOU like to dress.
The Cat, hahaha, yes. Did you read the first half of my comment and notice the scare quotes? They are there to denote my recognition of recent discussion of aging in this forum and distance myself from the idea referenced, while citing another person's opinion.
No one has "their own ideas" about fashion--we are shaped and swayed by influences all around us, constantly. Mentioning one of the voices in my head does not mean I have a complex--but you might not "get" my kind of humor. When have you realized that you hold an opinion that you didn't know was there, and been surprised at it's likely providence?
Fashiontern, I read it all. And I appreciate humor in the forum. I didn't mean to indicate that you have a complex, and I am nodding to what you say about hearing voices in your head, voices commenting the way you should, or shouldn't, dress. I remember certain remarks I received even decades ago! But I decided to either learn from them (= pick up a tip, etc.) or to ignore them or maybe even laugh at them. And I advice others to do the same. You can't please everyone, you know.
Cat, well, yeah. But before you can decide if you want to listen or ignore them, you have to know they're there. You didn't answer my question. Maybe you are the unique individual who has never been surprised at something in one of the back corners of her mind. I enjoy them, think life is richer when we "connect the dots". (Sorry, tired metaphor, but since we're supposed to be talking about polka dots, I couldn't help myself).
Very few dots in my wardrobe (wait till Stripes Week) but I certainly went big with this BR dress. I posted this photo last year, it was my younger son's 2016 high school graduation. That's my Dad!
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Sal, I forgot this apple green polka dot shirt. I don't wear it very often.
You look so pretty in this! I love the light colours of your jacket, boots and bag with your dress, it is stunning.
Here's my version of polka dot top.
Ooh, such eye candy on this thread!
Sal, hellooo smiley girl, I love your blouse, great colour on you, dressy sateeny finish and looks punchy with black. Love the sunglasses too.
Sally, you look great in both of your outfits, but of course the fur coat is extra special! Love it.
I haven't figured out a good spot yet where I could take pictures, I need to have a look this weekend. I've no energy for it right now (today was my third day in my first "real" job), so you just get some glimpses. I'm not a fan of the classic big and sharply defined polka dots on me, but I love these smaller dotted patterns where the dots are a bit "fuzzy" around the edges and the overall look is softer. I'm also wearing floral patterned hose, so quite a bit of pattern mixing. But it's all very subtle...
Astrid, great pattern mixing! And the more unusual polka dots really add interest to an outfit.
Nice to "see" you, The Cat.
I don't own anything with polkadots at the moment, but am following along.
I think polkadots add instant polish!
Astrid! Woohoo! Did you post about your new job somewhere and I missed it?
I dug through the archives for my old polkadot pattern mixing post and I actually found 2 of them (from last summer, and 5 years ago)!
L'Abeille, I don't think I posted anything about it, so you haven't missed it. The job is just for one and a half years and I'm actually overqualified, but I don't have to move again, even if it's a bit with public transport (which saves me money because right now I don't need to pay rent). They said there might be opportunities to stay there when some other positions open up (ones that are a better fit with my qualifications). Who knows. But it's definitely a good job for a start.
(Sorry for going off on a tangent.)
Got to head to work (wearing two spotty but not polka dotty) pieces - have photographed but will add later.
Thanks to everyone who has posted lovely looks and added them to the thread - I will reply individually later today!!
Polka-dot mixing today with a floral tee. Dotty shirt (old, thrifted) is serving as a light jacket
Joy - how fun!! Love the spots and floral together - you look great and are such a good sport.
Astrid - well done on the job!! That sounds a great transition to enable you to enter the workforce, save some money, and establish yourself. I love your subtle spots, they look terrific.
L'Abeille - I think you might have to take the Queen of the Spots title and vie with Donna for it. I love your take on spots - classic with a big twist.
Smittie- thanks for following along
Thank you Skylurker and Bijou for your lovely comments.
CityGirlDC - I love those spots too. A very modern retro style that suits you brilliantly.
Laurie - I remember that WIW and love those varied sized spots as well. You look terrific.
JAileen -Nice work....I forgot one of my scarves as well.
TheCat - thank you for the nice compliment. I agree spots can be sophisticated and subtle. I can tell you are a fan of them.
Fashiontern - I think I know what you mean, and of course any pattern can look juvenile or wrong for us. I can think of spotty looks that I would discount for being too young or too old for me. And we are allowed personal biases against a look as well. I am not much of a plaid wearer - I do like them - but do associate them strongly with my childhood (kilts with knitted jumpers) or school uniforms (five years of plaid and check pinafores and tunics) and a particular fashion look I wore in the 1990s (oversized plaid shirt with 501 jeans). After 20 years wearing a lot of plaid I just don't love it the same way any more.
I am wearing double spots today - which is probably the end of my spotty WIW.
Today I am wearing a spotted sheer tee in black with white spots, with a Diane G white scarf with black spots. An old black pencil skirt that is about to be passed on. The zipper has gone, the fabric is getting shiny. It is high waisted which is a struggle for me to wear. Srah and Jane both showed WIW in black pencil skirts that made me want to wear mine again. They looked amazing in their ones. Accessories have all been seen many times before as has the coat (pics 1 3 and 4)
Pic 2 is of my other two spotty scarves (one long and acrylic, and one small and silk). The last two pictures are of summer polka dots - my fit and flare dress and a multi colour blouse. This is all my spots along with the wine dress at the start of the thread and the red silk blouse worn yesterday.
Feel free to keep adding your spotted and dotted pictures though - there is a lot of inspiration here and I will keep checking in. On Sunday or Monday I will start the stripe/geometric thread.
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Sal, you have an enviable collection of dotty pieces and they look great on you. I love the double dot outfit and that blue coat!
I doubt that I will get all my dotted pieces warn to show here. I have a silk skirt and two summer dresses plus numerous scarves and some socks. I will wear one of the dresses on Sunday.
Wow, what a great collection, Sal! I enjoy watching different dots. Dotted neutral items can be so elegant, in a more exciting way than solid items. And dotted non-neutral items always lift my spirits and make me smile.
I don't own a single polka dot thing. About 5years ago i had a navy dress with large white polka dots. It never felt quite right although i wore it till it wore out to 'get my money's worth'. I've stopped doing that now. I'll be all over a stripey thread.
Joy : I have a similar shirt love your mix with dark florals.
Sal : there's something retro, old Hollywood, in polka dots that suit you well. Esp in skirt or dress outfits. All your dots are keepers.
I love the black and white double spot look Sally. You rock!
Today's polka-dot outfit. Pale blue with black and white scarf, black vest and flats. I later added the dotty bracelet.
Please overlook the fresh out of the shower wet hair.
What a fun challenge. I didn't have time to look for my polka dot items today, but I know I have a chocolate dress with small white polka dots. It's one of my favorite dresses ever. I posted it once in a WIW and asked if I should keep it. I still have it. I think it's 20 years old ----LOL!
I'm not sure I have anything else with polka dots. One favorite is enough right?
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