Friday Favorite - Classic Style

Happy Friday Favorite!

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Fall is in full swing… which means layers, long sleeves, and fun prints!

Harvard won’t be impressed that you aced History of Polka Dots.
— Legally Blonde

My Current Polka Dot Collection

  1. Black accordion polka dot skirt

  2. Mint green polka dot dress shirt

  3. Purple/grey polka dot top

  4. Black bow tie polka dot top

  5. Black tonal polka dot jacket

I have fallen in love with polka dots this season, all over again. They are classic, feminine and fun. They’ve been around since the 1920s and still look great. I truly haven’t found a polka dot pattern that I didn’t like. After recalling the quote from Legally Blonde, I was curious about the history of polka dots, so I looked it up and here is what I found. This is the intro paragraph to the entire article by Chloe Pantazi written for By The Hairpin.

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“America’s love affair with the polka dot began, perhaps, in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly after, in 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows. In 1940, the woozy melody of Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania — that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”

The Los Angeles Times quote was spot on (pun intended). This classic pattern has so many benefits, especially when dressing up your professional wardrobe.

  • Feminine touch added instantly. Polka dot patterns are bold or understated – you’ve got choices.

  • Minimal accessories required! Since the polka dots add interest, you can dress them up with less.

  • Versatility is everything. Polka dots are versatile enough that they can be dressed up or down to transition from work to play.

  • Price range friendly. I’ve found polka dot items in all price ranges from multiple stores like Target and Kohl’s.

Pro tip: If you find a piece that looks good on you, it doesn’t matter the cost or where it’s from. Trust me – people react to how you own your style.

Anyone else obsessed with a fashion trend? If so, leave it in the comments. Also, if you have any polka dot recommendations for me, please share.

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