Monday, April 5, 2010

A Little Crazy

Something about this dress just causes me to go a little crazy with the dots. I was all done putting it together with the skirt, belt, tights and shoes, and then I spotted (pun intended) the scarf hanging in my closet and thought, 'Why not?" I like that the dot patterns of the dress, scarf, and skirt are all different sizes, and the dress even has a smaller polka dot print around the sleeves and neckline just for good measure. For another version of crazy dot (and stripe) mixing, see this post.

Because I was mixing black and orange in this outfit and didn't want to let it get all Halloween-ish, I pulled the gray shade out of the skirt by adding the gray belt and tights. This softened the contrast of the outfit and de-emphasized the black.

To tie this long, wispy scarf, I used technique #1 from my Scarf Tying Tutorial. Though light and airy, the scarf isn't slippery, so it stays in place with that technique.

Scarf: a boutique in San Luis Obispo ages ago
Dress: vintage, thrifted
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: unknown; the label is gone
Tights: MP
Shoes: John Fluevog

27 comments:

Kimberly said...

Ooooh, I love all of the polka-polkas!!! And before I even read your commentary, I thought to myself I love the black/orange combo and it doesn't look Halloweenish at all!

RMb said...

i just found your blog & i have to say i love your taste & your ability combine cute things to make an adorable outfit. great blog!

Magatha-May said...

wow Audi that outfit really pops! I'm always amazed at the ease with which you can carry off pattern mixes and combos. You look fabulous.

JS said...

After reading every post, I think about posting a comment about how much I enjoy your blog, how well written it is, how instructive it is without being patronizing or smug, and how much fun, period. I also have no idea how you manage to make a blog that, for the most part, focuses on you and your outfit choices to not be self-centered and make the readers feel included, as if they are right there with you, making those combination decisions.

Something about this outfir inspired me to actually do it, this time.

(Also, I have been using your scarf tying technique ever since you posted the video and have had several people ask me about it I directed them all over to your site!)

LPC said...

Wildly adorable.

Leah Felicity said...

I love the flurry of polka dots here... it's a stunning getup with the perfect mixture of patterns and textures!

mistie said...

I do so LOVE your dots!!!

WendyB said...

I love that dot combo. The bright color against the dark!

Diana said...

I love this polka dot mix! You truly are the queen of pattern mixing.

Anonymous said...

crazy wonderful! -et

Clare said...

Oh I ADORE all the polka-dots! It doesn't look busy at all, just awesomely chic.

Jamie said...

This outfit rocks!

Pammie said...

I do love this outfit - something about it screams, Pam, wear something similar and inspired NOW! Great pick - and fun too!

Abs said...

Ohhhh, I just *love* this! I thrifted a pleated polka dot skirt a few weeks ago and am having trouble styling it. Now I know to look for more polka dots!

Sal said...

It works PERFECTLY.

Sheila said...

Oh, this is awesome! I love the mix of dots - very cute.

I'm wearing a big polka dot scarf today...I'm nervous.

Bri said...

I recently found your blog through Ugly Green Chair and I just want to say I love the way you layer things, skirts under dresses especially. :)

Chelsea said...

I don't know how you do it, Audi, but you always make the seemingly craziest combinations look impossibly chic! Another bravo to a fun, sassy, and unique ensemble :)

angie said...

What a glorious outfit, Audi! You mix patterns like no other I know. Perfectly daring but always flattering. It's a gift :0)

Audi said...

JS: Thank you so much; what a lovely comment! That's great feedback to get, because I do try to make the blog as inclusive as possible, and I'm never really sure how far I succeed.

Abs: Yes, more dots are definitely in order! Glad I could help with your skirt styling dilemma. :-)

sanjeet said...

i just found your blog & i have to say i love your taste & your ability combine cute things to make an adorable outfit. great blog!
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La Historiadora de Moda said...

My brain just exploded! I love all these dots! This is one of my favorite outfits of yours so far!

Anonymous said...

This is DEFINITELY my favorite outfit of you so far!

Alli said...

Yay, your polka-dot skirt has returned! It's been a long time since we've seen it, and I love love love it in this polka-dot bonanza!

Imogen Lamport, AICI CIP said...

Hi Audi, I hope you don't mind but I was planning to use you in this outfit as a demonstration of mixing personality styles on my blog today. Let me know if you don't want me to and I'll remove you.
Thanks

Audi said...

Imogen: But of course you may use it! It will be quite an honor to appear on your blog.

Living the dream said...

I love this outfit!! You look fabulous!