i spot polka dots

I found this blouse while I was “shopping” my mother’s wardrobe. I don’t shop my own wardrobe, it’s pretty dismal. I was drawn to this blouse primarily because of the polka dots. And its taupe-y goodness. WhoWhatWear says taupe nail polish is ‘in’. I’m going to apply this to blouses as well. I’m assuming this shirt is straight from the 80s. It has shoulder pads. My mother has kept a lot of clothes from her youth. She’s a hoarder. This is excellent for me, especially with the way fashion cycles have been going. Sometimes she’ll read my magazines and say “I used to have something exactly like that when I was younger”. 99% of the time it will eventuate that she parted with said item before moving to Australia. Those moments make me sad.

To tuck or not to tuck? I also didn’t know whether to remove the shoulder pads or keep them in. They’re not that obvious, so it’s not really a big deal, but it’s still a legitimate question. Are Balmain shoulders still in fashion? Or are they ‘done’? Trends come and go so quickly these days. I don’t know what’s fashionable any more. In the end I kept the shoulder pads in because they were sewn onto the shirt. Laziness is the name of the game.

These shoes make me happy and sad at the same time. They are nude and patent, which is a big win. They go with nearly everything. They are flats, which means I can wear them every day. I hardly ever wear heels. They were cheap too (some brand called Jasmin for those interested), which means my wallet was happy. However, the reason they were cheap was because they are synthetic. Synthetic shoes make my feet sad. But I will deal with it, because they are nude and patent and Stella McCartney would be proud of me.


  1. flair to remember January 24, 2010

    love this outfit! you look smokin'!!!!


  2. WM January 24, 2010

    love this shirt! and the combination with those short is fabulous! nice shoes! WM.


  3. ♥Lola January 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! So pretty 🙂 Where did you get the shoes from?

  4. sobinique January 24, 2010

    I love the polka dot top!

  5. Fashion is a Playground January 24, 2010

    Dots for ever !

  6. soph (owl vs. dove) January 24, 2010

    Thanks everyone!

    Lola – I got the shoes from DFO (Airport). I've answered on your blog too.

  7. Tori January 25, 2010

    & if Stella McCartney's happy, we're all happy

  8. Lara January 25, 2010

    I shop my mother's closet consistently. It is the best place to find things that you would not normally think to look at in a store.

  9. Ducks Like Tea January 25, 2010

    I wish my Mum had kept all her old clothes. I love shirt.
    + I've given you an award :).

  10. Elizabeth Victoria C January 25, 2010

    i'm loving all things taupe right now, especially nail polish. that top is great too! what is it about mother's closets that house some really great pieces, perfect for stealing? xx

  11. sharonlei January 25, 2010

    Thos flats are pretty darn sweet… synthetic or not, but I know what you mean…

    Love & Aloha,


  12. bowsnhearts January 25, 2010

    I love this outfit tucked in!!! My mom says the same thing as well. She showed me 2 belts that she kept for 30 years…I used one of them for a while and have no idea where it is now.

    I love the shoes as well..but synthetic shoes make my feet sweat a lot and the shoes keep slipping out.

  13. eva ravenstein January 25, 2010

    ah, i have those shoes to! but also synthetic, and make my feet hurt…they're so cute though!

  14. Polished Sense January 25, 2010

    Love how you tucked in the shirt into the denim. Perfectly done!


  15. Victoire January 25, 2010

    polka + nude ballerinas = perfection

    love this!


  16. Jess January 25, 2010

    kudos on keeping the shoulders as is – love the edgier feel to it 🙂 and gosh i NEED flats like those!

  17. Style's New Intern January 25, 2010

    love that. 🙂 i hope it starts a giant trend! If it does, be proud you started it.


  18. stephanie renee January 26, 2010

    i love that top, it looks adorable with cut offs!

  19. Kiyo January 26, 2010

    These are great pieces, I bet they're wearable with lots of things! I love it when finding cool things in a family member's wardrobe.

  20. The Cherry Blog January 26, 2010

    i adore polka dots – what a great find! x

  21. Every Little Counts February 2, 2010

    my mom is the same way! sometimes it drives me crazy that she keeps absolutely everything, but then again every time i go home i find a new treasure! clothes, accessories, jewelry…i've found some good stuff in her closet.
    love the taupe- i think taupe might be my new favorite color, oddly enough.


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