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Thursday, February 17, 2011

{Outfit Inspiration} Polka Dots

Polka dots as an outfit inspiration? Indeed. Although I think if you're older than 10, you need to be careful when wearing this fun pattern, as it can look juvenile or retro. We know I have an inner 12-year-boy (whom Megan thinks I should name Skipper), but I think his little sister lives here too because I love polka dots!

Do polka dots in design conjure up images of fun little girl's rooms?

fabulous little girl rooms, no less! Emily A Clark
 True, the pattern can be juvenile, but it can also be fabulous when done properly. Even in large doses:

Vogue Italia via CasaSugar


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 Dots are also just as impactful in small doses.



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Notice these are all black & white dots? I think it's the most sophisticated combination, but since I always need a pop of color, I paired my polka dot with a dash of magenta.

Picnik collage

Since I wore this outfit to work, I kept the polka dot to a minimum. But I think it keeps things from looking too serious
Picnik collage

Too bad I wasn't invited to the Lonny New Year's Eve dinner, I could have been another accent!

Picnik collage

And at the risk of looking like Liberace, I can't resist a ruffly collar! Are there patterns you steer clear of in your home or wardrobe?

{Outfit deets: ress - Martin + Osa; ruffled top - JCrew; cardi - JCrew; belt - JCrew; shoes - Gianni Bini; earrings - Banana Republic}

32 comments:

  1. i love polka dots lately. why can't i have a million rooms so i can have everything i love!

    you are so cute, i love that polka dot accent!

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  2. You look beautiful! Great colors and I love the little bit of polka dot at the collar! Janell

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  3. You look fabulous! I love the colors!

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  4. Great outfit! I love the little pop of polka dots.

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  5. Please tell me you have seen" Because I Said So"... im totally going to dress like Dianne Keaton when I get old. I think polka dots are fab. I really needed that first picture back in october when we did DD room. She said she wanted a ladybug room, this is exactly what I was picturing but DH didn't get it so I ditched the idea... sad day.

    I wonder what he would say if he came home and I was painting her room.... :)

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  6. Adorable, as always! I've missed your outfit inspiration posts! :)

    ...and a patent Mary Jane is always a good thing!

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  7. Your so beautiful Cassie!
    Love the dots on your outfit, so pretty!
    XOXO
    Kristin

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  8. Girl, you're HOT HOT HOT. Love this outfit, love the whole post. You should have been at the Rue party. And I dig a ruffly neck too.

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  9. LOVE your outfit- the ruffly collar is fabulous. Really loved this whole post- fashion to decor is one of my favourites!!! xo

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  10. I'm a polka dot ADDICT! I am so enamored with that outfit...okay, please spill the beans as to where you found that amazeballs top...pretty please...I'm dyin' here! You also look smashing, btw...(c;

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  11. Cute outfit!! I tend to avoid wearing orange and most yellows just because they don't go with my skintone. But I love them in interiors!

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  12. Oooo I love this post! Love all the polka dot inspiration and your OOTD. Very chic!

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  13. Aren't you a cutie patootie! I love the hint of polka dot at your neck. It's "sexy prim" :)

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  14. You look beautiful, Cassie! Love the ruffles around your neck and that's a great color cardigan on you. The whole outfit is just perfect and the touch of polka dots really makes it!

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  15. You are too cute! Love it all!!

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed awelldressedhome.com/blog

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  16. Cassie, you are so stylish!! honestly your outfit is so well put together! Love the wall polka dots - not sure i'm brave enough though but love them in a childs room! xo

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  17. Work it, girl. You look awesome. I like the polka dots and I never met a ruffle I didn't like :)

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  18. I love this outfit. I like the hint of polk-a-dots.

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  19. Love the outfit! You look amazing!!! Love polka dots. Wore my polka dot cardi yesterday.

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  20. Adore polka dots as well...and once you add in purple and ruffles, well, I just want your whole look!

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  21. Polka dots make me so happy!! I never tire of seeing that second image either! Such a fun post :)

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  22. Great post! I love your outfit- you look beautiful! I love polka dots in any space! They're fun and whimsical! :) Happy (almost) Friday.

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  23. You look gorgeous! If you ever tire of your outfit let me know. I love it!

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  24. Girlfriend! You look adorable. I love your outfit inspirations (: Love me some polka dots...and PURPLE...my fav (:

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  25. Love love LOVE the outfit! I'm all about some polka dots! I think you need to bring this decor to outfit feature back more often! :)

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  26. Gorgeous! Love the whole outfit (and the inspiration rooms too)!

    Questions: Are you at work when you take those pics? Do you have a co-worker take them for you?

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  27. I love these posts Cass! You are gorg!!! Since I'm back to work I was thinking of doing a few too- half the fun of going to work is getting all spiffied up!

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  28. Just came over from Honey We're Home. Love the look. Love the blog. As you are into polka's, I am loving stripes. The polkas so work. Love them.
    Oh, and I'm a new follower! See you tomorrow!
    Wendy
    at
    Simply Brookes:

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  29. Love your 'fit! Stylish with a touch of "whimsy!" :-)

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  30. I am so behind checking in with all of my blogs, so I am way late on this. You look so great!! What a gorgeous outfit! Everything is perfect!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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