A Party of Polka Dots with Rosegal

I think I have loved polka dots for just about forever. Maybe a few years less than that. There’s just something about the polka dot that exudes femininity, whimsy, nostalgia, and sends me back in time to a simpler generation that has always fascinated me. A time when people read books instead of Kindles. A time when a telephone line was a luxury. A time when women got dressed up for their husbands and for each other.

*Disclosure: This dress was provided to me for review. All opinions and thoughts are completely my own.

These days things have become much more complicated even with all the ease of technology right at our fingertips and I feel myself drawn even more to the fashions that take me back in time. Even for a brief moment. A moment so that I can catch my breath and forget all the problems in the world. I think I am starting to become quite the girl of vintage taste.

In this post, I had planned to write a little history about the polka dot, but during my research I stumbled upon an article on The Hairpin. And they seem to have covered it all better than I ever could…(or perhaps I’m just lazy), so for an interesting read about polka dots, check out A Brief History of Polka Dots.

When I saw this vintage inspired teal polka dot dress from Rosegal, it was love at first sight. The high stand collar, pleated neck detail, 3/4 sleeve length, and of course, the polka dots sent me swooning like a 50’s gal over the boy next door.

It took me some playing around to figure out how to best style the dress, however. As much as I love the polka dots, there are a lot of polka dots. The pattern needed to be broken up. And what better way than to add a contrasting polka dot scarf! I tried it tied in a retro style bow around my neck which I am loving. But it also looks kind of chic with the scarf simply draped around my neck.

The dress also is a quite baggy so I added a skinny black belt to give it some shape. I am sharing some photos without the belt to show you the actual cut of the dress. And how fitting that I already had these adorable black vintage inspired shoes and flower headband.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the fabric and cut of the dress when it first arrived. It is a stiff cotton broadcloth that wrinkles with every move.  And every move is a bit hindered by the stiff cloth. The shoulders and sleeves are also a tad bit snug (there is no separate shoulder added into the dress, the front and back of the dress are each one piece sewn together.) Perhaps I should have ordered one size up. With that being said, I am still really loving this polka dot party of a dress!

What prints and patterns do you love? Do any of them make you feel all nostalgic like polka dots do for me?

Outfit Details:
Dress: Chic Stand Collar 3/4 Sleeve Polka Dot Dress (c/o Rosegal).
Leggings: Old Navy.
Scarf: Merona Polka Dot Scarf for Target.
Belt and Clutch: Old.
Headband: Target.
Shoes: Aerosoles (from last year).

Before I go, I want to remind you all that Nancy and I are wanting you to share with us your Bad Buys! Are you wondering what we mean? Check it out here: Welcome to The Bad Buy Book!

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28 Responses

  1. Shelbee, I love this. I am so with you on going back to a simpler time and I still prefer a paper book over an ebook, even though I do have a Kindle. Just like, I would rather talk to someone in person than text them, although I do that too because that’s what my adult daughters do and it is easier to keep in touch that way. I love the color of the dress and the lovely dots. I personally like things from so many different eras….florals, lace, fringe, tiered skirts and so on. It’s all fun and I am happy that in this day and age, pretty much anything goes. Thanks for sharing this. I always enjoy your posts. Have a great weekend. – Amy

    • Amy, thank you so much for this wonderful comment! I definitely try to keep up with the technology of the day, but it is nice to fantasize about the simpler times. I, too, love that anything goes in the world of fashion these days! Being able to incorporate whatever styles you love into your own unique style is so appealing!


  2. What a great idea to add in the contrasting polka dot scarf, Shelbee!! I thought it was part of the dress at first, because it looked so perfect!!

  3. I love it! I thought about it and I have nothing in my closet with polka dots! Can you believe that? No, no one will I think…..Hahaha, I need somethig polka dotish for my floral skirt!

    • Thanks, Nancy! You definitely need some polka dots in your closet! And polka dots with floral is one of my favorite combinations so your floral skirt DOES need some polka dots!


  4. Love all the polka dots!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  5. Polka Dots look amazing on you! Such a chic dress!


  6. Loving this polka dot dress! The color is absolutely stunning on you!

  7. The double dots are so great! Love your hair too.Thanks so much for linking up, xo


  8. Love this chic dress! The color and polka dots are so fun. That tie detail is so cute. You look amazing in this look Shelbee!


  9. I adore polka dots Shelbee. Your dress is beautiful, love the colour 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

  10. That dress is so cute! Love the vintage vibe and contrasting polka dots! This is such a fun look!

    Doused In Pink

    • Thank you so much, Jill! I am really getting into the vintage styles lately. I love the cut of the dresses for my body type! Have a fab weekend.


  11. What a gorgeous colour, you’re so ready for spring! Thanks for hosting. x Jacqui

  12. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  13. Love this look on you Shelbee! Looks amazing 🙂

    Sammy | bargainbaglady.com

  14. You styled this dress to perfection with the belt and contrasting scarf! Lovely outfit.

    Emma xxx