Polka Dots + Pussy Bow Tie Blouse

This is officially the last week of winter and I am excited. Winter, you will NOT be missed. Somehow I managed to put on more weight this season so I am currently on gym life 6 days a week. I have to go back down to my pre-wedding weight because my clothes fit tight and I refuse to get rid of half of my closet. Stay tuned for my body transformation.

Outfit Details

I have to let you all know right now, this dress was .97 cents. How you may ask? At the Goodwill outlet. Yup! The Goodwill outlet is that place where few will go to find the best deals because the shopping setting is NOT the best. Imagine an empty CVS or Walgreen sized store empty with nothing but a cash register in front of the store with a giant weigh scale and a large bucket like rectangular tables filled with clothes to the very top; see here. Yes, its not glamours but that is where I have found some of my best finds. The dress is not in 100% perfect condition as the belt is showing some wear and tear but I’ll find a belt to replace it with. Since I was wearing this to work, I decided to add a blouse in the inside and that blouse happened to have a tie. I muted the accessories by keeping everything black but I added a red lip for a pop of color. The final look – polka dots with a 60’s vibe.

Dress: Vintage, Paul Michelle, Goodwill: .97 cents / Shirt: Forever 21, Goodwill: $4.00 / thrifted total: $4.97


 

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Forever 21 Chiffon Bow-Tie Blouse, similar here

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Paul Michelle Polka-Dot Belted Midi Dress, similar here

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Paul Michelle Polka-Dot Belted Midi Dress, similar here

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Forever 21 Bow-Tie Shirt, similar here

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Paul Michelle Midi Polka-Dot Dress, similar here

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Furla Satchel Bag, Similar here 

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Pussy-Bow Top + Houndstooth Midi Skirt

Growing up, I was the kid that copied Avril Lavigne’s skater boy look; the tie with tank top look. Yes, I did that and yes, I got all the stares and not in a good way. Now, I don’t have any regrets but I must say, I am glad I outgrew that. I still like to wear ties and I love to rock an andrognyous outfit from time to time but I most definitely will not be doing  the neck tie and tank top look. I’ve since discovered pussy-bow tops and love the aspect of being able to wear a “tie” without the hassle of having to wear it with a specific shirt. I like to consider pussy-bow tops the more feminine version of the neck tie and collared shirt.

Outfit Details

Ann Taylor and the Loft are probably at the top of my list of favorite stores to shop at. I can always find a versatile piece that I will keep for years to come. This polka dot pussy-bow blouse is one of those key pieces that I purchased from the Loft a few years back. I’ve worn this top a hundred different ways already and I hope to be able to feature those different outfits here. I love to mix patterns and one of my favorite prints to mix is polka dots with basically anything. I decided to mix this polka dot blouse with this beautiful wool houndstooth midi skirt that I purchased at my local thrift store. Considering I am only 5’4 I have to be very careful with midi skirts so that they don’t shrink my already small frame. Instead of wearing ankle strap heels I decided to wear my black Steve Madden pointed heels and a pair of fishnet socks just to spruce this look a little more. The addition of the socks was a little bit daring but I like how the socks pulled this look together.

Side note: Finding a similar affordable version  of the skirt and top online was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be.

Skirt: Vintage Talbots, purchased at Value Village (thrift store) $5.00 / Top: The Loft $25.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden, $35.00 (clearance) / Socks: Urban Outfitters, $5.00 (On Sale) / Bag: Vintage No brand, $5.00 / Outfit total: $75.00


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MaxMara 101801 Icon Wool Coat, similar here

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The Loft Pussy Bow Blouse, similar here and here

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Vintage Tallbots Houndstooth Wool Skirt, similar here and I really like this one

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Out From Under Fishnet Pearl Sock, available here on sale NOW

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Vintage Eel Leather Bag, here

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