Some time ago, I wrote about the fatal allure of prints and advised against buying too many print dresses.
I stand by the advice, which is good, but must admit that something snapped inside my mind last summer and I found myself quickly in possession of two printed dresses for fall. You’ll see them soon.
While stuck in an airport in early September, I saw this one on a fashion blog and bought it without even stopping to think.
To be fair, one could argue that polka dots — like pinstripes — aren’t really “a print.”
The difficulty of making that case rises in direct proportion to the size of the polka dots.
I have no regrets. Who could in the face of these luscious, irregular polka dots?
Polka dots are best when they vary in size and spacing.
Perhaps I was thinking a little. I was reading WhoWhatWear and felt that this Natalie Off Duty dress would be just the thing to enliven the shoulder weeks of the summer-to-fall and early spring transitions.
This dress is well-made and reasonably priced at $129. The bodice and skirt are lined, but the sleeves are not, giving them an especially light quality.
Because the dress could read very matronly, I think a slightly off-beat shoe — like the penny-loafer styled mules — works best. A point-toed Mary Jane would work, too. But not a pump.
I forgot to mention: The dress was fabricated as a maxi dress but I had Fatima shorten it to an appropriate office length.
Here are a couple of additional details.
For those wondering whether totally unregulated social media are leading us toward a more perfect democracy or toward fascism, the evidence is mixed. On the positive side of the ledger, we have enough evidence now to conclude that talented bloggers have turned into influencers who are presently morphing into designers through collaborations with large retailers and smaller brands — something that would have been totally unthinkable 20 years ago. Fashion Democracy! In addition to the Natalie-Off-Duty collection at Macy’s, you may want to check out The Atlantic Pacific collection launching at Nordstrom today. I can’t speak to the quality of the pieces (have not laid my own eyes and paws on them), but they look great. Let us know if you buy any of them.**
Dress: INSPR x Natalie Off Duty Polka Dot Maxi Dress from Macy’s; Shoes: JCrew; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (will show more photos of this bag later this week)
* Who wouldn’t be interested in a YOOX x The Directrice undertaking? I recently read this recommendation of my blog on the Internet: “I am fascinated by The Directrice. A lot of her stuff is weird/ugly, but it’s sort of a fun work look.” Surely not a lot is weird/ugly? Only some. Only some.