Perennial Polka Dots

Perennial Polka Dots

 
Has there ever been a time in my life when I didn’t have a polka dot dress in my closet?
 
I don’t think so. Maybe college.

 
 
 
Longtime friends may remember I had a dress like this while in law school. That dress was black (this one is navy), scoop-necked and bias-cut with short-sleeves, and I used to wear it with one of my all-time favorite pairs of shoes: black and white Hush Puppies. (The Hush Puppies looked a lot like these shoes.)
 
An ultra-light silk chiffon dress in a dark color is very smart for summer.
 
So smart

So smart am I!
 
 
 
This 2020 installment (actually purchased end-of-summer 2019) is navy, round-necked, and tiered. Perhaps it is too like this dress, but the similarities only occurred to me when I sat down to write this post.
 
It was shown (on a model) unbelted with white cowboy boots. Hmmmmm.

 
 
I had other ideas.
 
I felt the waist needed a little definition — beguilingly elusive definition, since it is partly obscured by the tiers.
 
The definition does not show in this photo. Something about the position of my arm . . .
Suggested waist is a fugitive in this photo

 
 
 
 
Some of you will know that this metallic belt paired with chiffon layers is an homage of sorts.
 
Guess, quickly! The answer is at the bottom.*
Whose style am I honoring (a little bit)?

 
I tried this first with wider belt, but I think narrow is best.
 
This belt has some adornments on it — I don’t know what they are or how to find out. Does anyone know? They look saddle-related. Or possibly military.
What is this square? Does it serve any function?

Despite the length of this dress, it’s a little revealing. The yoke is sheer and the armscyes are elongated. To remain SFW(WWFH),+ I have worn a navy camisole underneath.
 
Unfortunately, it’s a v-neck camisole and therefore is slightly wider at the straps than I’d like. But I am certain to cross paths with a straight neckline at some point in my future. For now, Zoom is very forgiving.
Zoom misses a lot; I am altering clothes with safety pins

 
 
The standards have really fallen while working at home and that’s ok.
 
Soon I will be posting some of my safety-pin handiwork.
I am O.K. with it

 
Dress: Sir the Label; Belt: Pinko Uniqueness from YOOX; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff
 
* I had an image in my head of Princess Diana in an elaborate chiffon ruffled dress with a metallic belt. She went wide. While many of her ensembles need to remain in the 1980s, I think this dress is more classic. Note: I did not say restrained. I said classic.
 
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6 thoughts on “Perennial Polka Dots”

  1. Delightful dress with and without the belt. I have always liked polka dots. I have an antique blue and white polka dot sundress and it makes me smile whenever I open the closest door. It has been to beaches and even a wedding. Good memories.

  2. Your hair! I’m digging it. I think polka dots are timeless and add whimsy to any article of clothing. I applaud your efforts at modesty – as always.

  3. A lot of girlish charm here with the polka dots and ruffles but all very successfully subsumed into the Directrice’s usual elegance.

  4. I like it! I had to think about MC’s comment — are polka dots and tiers inherently girlish? The outfit looks chic to me. I do wonder about the length of the dress, might a slightly shorter length look better? Is that even possible with tiers.

  5. I, too, love polka dots. I purchased a flowy, bias-cut, scoop-neck, cap-sleeved midi dress in navy blue with white dots at the start of the pandemic. It makes me happy, so very happy. Not essentially happy, but you know, shallowly happy.

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