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Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger

Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger

Retrospective, red polka-dot dress! This one came from Moon Zoom in Santa Cruz and it was a birthday gift from my lovely Mum.

Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger
Jennell of California Langeree 1950s

We were out shopping together, a rare thing, she hates shopping. I've worn it often, including for various photo shoots. It fits well and boasts some impeccable bits of tailoring.

Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger

I usually pair it with white, but it could go with off white or red as well. Matchign reds though, is always an issue.

Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger

Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger
Veruschka wears Haute Couture Spring_Sumer 1967. Photographed by Franco Rubartelli
Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger
1970 long hostess dress; Valentino 1987 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Of course I love that 1970s look with the little tie at the top. Perfectly ladylike. Some retro takes on the vintage look.

Red Polka-Dot Dress Love By Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

Polka dots are a big trend for this winter, apparently. I've always loved them. I picked up this lovely knit 1970s piece a year or two ago. I can't remember where or for how much, but it has served me well. For one thing, it packs without wrinkling.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress
R&K Knitt

I generally don't go for the 1970s (or navy for that matter) but I do love this piece. Polka dots!

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

Because I have no navy accessories, I generally pair it with white. Although it comes to me now that red might also work, and if miss matched would make for a delightfully modern take.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot DressGail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

This look is a classic, navy and white have a very nautical feel. I must say I like that side of this dress almost as much as the polka dots.

Of course, you can get the vintage navy look without having to find a dress that combines the two colors. Simply mixing and matching navy and white has the same effect.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot DressGail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

Polka dots are not confined to the 1950s and later for vintage either. Here's one from the turn of the century.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

And of course, something for Alexia . . .

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress
1877  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lastly, what to read in your navy polka dot dress? How about Anne McCaffery's The Coelura.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

An oldie but a goodie. This is a novella length book with wonderful pictures included throughout, is a space opera mixed with highly class driven society romance. It's all about fashion, in the end. Which is probably why I love it so.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt

Polka dots, Fashionable Reader, I love them so! They came into my purview in the 1980s (for which they can not be blamed) and unlike most of the rest of that lamentable style time period, stayed around in affectionate dotty glory. If nothing else, there has at least always been a polka dot dress and a scarf in my wardrobe somewhere.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt

This a-line Max Studio skirt may be the bestest skirt evah. It's lined, an ideal length, the material is lovely and silky, it has three little buttons on the side, and the pattern is perfect. I bought it years ago from a thrift store and it is responsible for my love affair with the Max Studio brand that has stretched to every part of my wardrobe from rain cape, to cashmere sweater, to trousers, (Although, never shoes, Max Studio shoes are painful!)

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt

For FenCon I paired this skirt with the following . . .

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
 Grape-like black dot earrings from Target, $5.
Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
 Vintage purse, possibly one of the first pieces I ever owned. I've had it since I was about 8 years old. The clasp works and I love the size and shape, but the stiff handle can make it hard to pack and the zipper for the inside pocket is broken.
Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
 Shiny oxfords from Marshalls. Recent score at $10 on clearance. Love them!
Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
This faux velvet top started life as a kind of 1940s looking dress. I was never wearing it as a dress but I really needed a nice vintage looking black top, so I cut off the skirt and only use the top section. It makes for a cute top, if a little unfinished looking, and, of course it has such a deep V neckline I had to sew that up slightly as well, for Rack reasons.
Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
Ash platform mules. I can't remember where I got them, probably Nordstrom Rack I get most of my shoes there, but they are remarkably comfortable. They are one of my standard summer sandals. And they look cute too!

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt

Now, back to the polka dot skirt. Lots of options with such a skirt. Mostly I tend to pair it with black.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
Alessandra Ambrosio Fall 2010

A beautiful vintage version . . .

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
Jacques Faith dress ca. 1953 via The Kyoto Costume Institute

Just whatever you do, don't wear your polka dots this way, please!

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
Marc Jacobs sweater 1985 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Finally, a version for Alexia.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Polka Dot Skirt
1880-1883 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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