Monthly Homework Assignment: Polka Dots

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Polka Dot Vintage Goth Dress

This month, Professor Z has tasked us with showing off our polka dots. This is a very timely assignment for me because not long ago my wardrobe was completely void of dots. Never having been a huge fan of patterns in general, I just didn’t bother looking at anything in that category. As I get older and crave more variety in my wardrobe, I’ve come to adore certain types of patterns (although I am still incredibly picky regarding them). Polka dots are now acceptable to me as long as they are done JUST SO. This dress from White House Black Market is polka dot perfection, in my book.

Vintage Goth Fashion

Funny story about this dress. I had been window shopping WHBM for years, and though their prices had always turned me off, the sophistication of their line kept me interested… I finally went in to check out their sale rack one day and was delighted to find the dress I recently wore to a friend’s wedding at about 60% off, so it became my first WHBM purchase ever. I also spotted (no pun intended!) this silk chiffon polka dot wrap dress, and fell for it completely when I tried it on. But it was full price, and I still couldn’t bring myself to splurge that much. I jokingly said to Mr. Kitty, “Maybe this one will be 60% off next time we stop in.” Yeah, right. Well, a few weeks later we went back and THERE IT WAS. On the sale rack, at 60% off. There was only one. IT WAS MY SIZE.

Vintage Goth Dress

WHBM also has their own rewards system, like most retailers these days. Their deal is that once you spend a certain amount, you get something like 10% off everything, for life. I hit that amount in my first two trips, so this dress was actually 70% off.

The moral of this story: Shop the sale rack at White House Black Market. Frequently.

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  1. Destiny probably? Or luck? πŸ˜€ But itΒ΄s great because it looks great on you.
    I have mostly the opposite when going shopping. I see something I wanted now on sale…but never my size πŸ˜€ I really have lucky just in thrift stores πŸ˜€

    • I often have trouble finding my size, too (sale or no sale!). This was definitely destiny! πŸ™‚ Sadly, thrifting is even less fortuitous for me than retail, so I don’t even try anymore.

  2. A wonderful dress which suits you perfectly! And if it is made from silk, it will warm you in winter and cool you in summer!

  3. The dress is absolutely adorable. Aaaand, always wanted to let you know those are my favorite shoes from your whole collection. Sometimes I am lucky when I shop as well!

  4. Some dresses choose their owners. This one obviously chose you. It looks fabulous on you πŸ™‚

  5. It was fate, I’m sure, you had to have this dress! ^^

    It’s a lovely dress with a gorgeous shape, I like how the dots see through the layers. So, I do like this dress, but I still can’t imagine myself wearing something like this, I mean, beause of the polka dots…I don’t know why, really, but polkadots are ‘too much’ and too busy for me. πŸ™‚

  6. VERY NICE!!! What a beautiful cut on you and that fabric is gorgeous. sigh … I adore clothing “love stories.” A gal and a dress meet in a clothing rack, but alas the dress comes from the other side of town. The two lovers part, just to meet again in the sale rack a few weeks later. πŸ˜‰

  7. The dress looks like it was made for you! Looks darling with pearls!

    I’ve never been to the store (even though I have friends that work there) and you’ve inspired me to check out the sales rack πŸ™‚

  8. What a beautiful dress and such a flattering cut! And what a deal! :o)

    Your comment about craving more variety in your wardrobe made me chuckle. I guess a person can have just too many plain black clothes in their closet. Last year, I even went so far as to purchase some navy separates to spice things up a bit. But they went to the thrift store during the downsizing – apparently, a person shouldn’t get too carried away with the whole variety thing… ;o)

    • Lol – I know that feeling! Sometimes I’ve tried too hard to force myself to branch out and it inevitably ends in a trip to Goodwill with a bunch of things I only wore once. But I’m adventurous when it comes to fashion (ONLY when it comes to fashion, actually) so I doubt I’ll ever learn.

  9. That’s a lovely, very flattering dress and you look beautiful in it! I remember my mother buying me a polka dot dress when I was a young girl (pre-teen I think). It was turquoise-blue with a sweetheart neckline and short sleeves. It looked lovely too! Mum chose well ;-).

  10. Gorgeous dress! While I too initially found WHBM prices high, the things I’ve bought there, I’ve worn *a lot* & the quality is good. So that means the cost-per-wear is low. Good investments, unlike cheaper stuff that falls apart or disappoints me due to weird fit or crappy fabric.

    Such a lovely dress, I’m sure you’ll find many ways to style it, dress it up or down, & get a lot of use out of it.

    • Ah, sometimes I forget to consider cost per wear. SO TRUE – everything I’ve bought at WHBM will definitely get a ton of use, compared to some cheaper things that shrink, fade or fall apart!

  11. Congratulations for that beautiful bargain! The dress is soo lovely and you look gorgeous in it!. I’m not very fond of polka dots because of the, sometimes, be-bop-a-lula feel over them. But after some thinking I realize that I have several polka dot patterned clothes in my wardrobe, so I guess they had the perfect combination between shape and colour like your dress.

  12. I totally feel you on the polka dots thing. I’ve never been a big fan, I tend to think it’s a pattern that looks better on people older and slimmer than me. Particularly skirts I associate with little old ladies tottering round town.

    Then last week in the charity shop where I volunteer and I saw a pair of wide-leg polka dot trousers. They were a size that’s bigger than I usually am but I tried them on and they fit perfectly (a little long though XD) and felt really nice and I really liked them so they came home with me.

  13. I love WHBM, but rarely buy anything until it goes on sale. I am a bit larger, so it is hit or miss with sizing, but I figure if I am meant to have it-it will be there! πŸ™‚

  14. I love scoring bargains like that! I had that happen with a gorgeous printed cotton A-line skirt from NY&co – was $40, came back a week lster- one left, my size- 20 bucks. It has a watercolor like abstract pattern with grey, pink, beige, coral, and black and I get more compliments on it than any other piece of clothing.

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