Polka Dot Blouse 1 (Dressy)

polka dots for the 50's. 60's & 70's

Polka Dots for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Dressy Interpretation

Quote of the Day: “If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better.” Kristin Chenoweth

I so enjoy exploring my closest, to find items that are most common in everyone’s collection. I then deem it challenging to style them differently and (hopefully) fabulously!  The polka dot blouse is quite a favorite in my family.  Even though this featured clothing is made in three different colors and styles, I’ll exhibit them in various yet similar ways. In keeping with tradition of our now familiar categories for this week’s series, I’ll start with the more formal edition.

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 50’s Polka Dot Blouse: One of my good friends actually gave me this blouse.  It came with a camisole for underneath, since it’s slightly sheer.  I thought I’d wear the blouse over my dress and let the sash hang low to create some asymmetry.

Blouse: Boston Proper (similar here)~~Dress: Bichon (similar here)~~Shoes: Nine West (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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60’s Polka Dot Blouse:  This is one of Nancy’s favorite blouses.  Because it is sleeveless it works perfectly for pairing under cardigans and jackets.  Also, I feel that the ruffles in the front make it more interesting & flattering. 

Blouse: Jones New York (similar here)~~Jacket: I.N. (similar here)~~Skirt: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Gianni Bini (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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70’s Polka Dot Blouse:  Mom made this blouse many (and I mean many) years ago.  Even though it’s a front tie blouse, I threw the ties over her shoulder (so should I call it a back tie blouse?  ha ha) to let the belt have most of the focus.  Since the blouse is a cotton material, the ties actually stay put this way.

Blouse: Mom made (similar here)~~Skirt: Mom made (similar here)~~Boots: Bellini (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here or here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Thanks for reading my styling blog!  How many polka dot items do you have in your closet?

Some photography by Kari Strand Photography 

There are so many fun polka dot blouses available that I decided to split them into categories.  Here are some sleeveless ones.

  • Kathleen McDermott

    All pretty looks again. Like your blouse over your dress and your necklace. Charlotte’s blouse looks great with her grey skirt and boots, and the chain belt is a cool touch.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kathleen!
      I love these chain belts—they are definitely something that I haven’t gotten rid of in all my purging. One of these days, they’ll be big again, and they can still look nice at times!! I’m sure you have some?

      • Kathleen McDermott

        How could it go out of style, really? It’s a sharp accent at the waist,

  • Nancy Siegel

    Jodie, you look smashing in that red top. I love it. I don’t have one polka dot in my wardrobe, but after viewing your blog, I am going to look for some polka dot clothing. Your Mom and Nancy look very stylish also. If only I had a million dollars to spend on clothes, jewelry and shoes. What a treat that would be. Aunt Nancy

  • All look fabulous! Polka dots are one of those classic prints that look amazing on almost everyone 🙂

  • Hello Jodie, and thank you for such warm greetings after reading the interview! 🙂 What a great idea to style both your Mom and step-Mom! All of you, ladies, look just beautiful! I love the combinations of colors and attention to detail – I went through a few posts and couldn’t stop admiring vintage jewelry pieces! You look great in red. Polka dot is such a happy and girly print. Love your Mom’s tall boots and belt too. I styled my Mom (69) a little bit when my parents stayed with us for a few months. It was fun! Of course, she has her own sense of style (and I learned a lot from her), and not all my ideas/suggestions work for her, but she bought a denim jacket as I recommended – such a universal thing in anyone’s wardrobe. I hope she’ll wear it! 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing Natalia…we learn so much from our mothers and elders in general, don’t you think? That’s why I hope us older generation can be styling mentors for the younger women!

  • You are so great at your style tips for your mom, and the belt is fantastic. Love the idea of wearing your blouse over a dress. I’ve worn a polk a dot shell top under a blazer like Nancy and love her vibrant blue. Polk a dots are such a fun print that I never tire of… Hope my daughter who is almost 24 and coming home from college this weekend likes the polk a dot tank I ordered her, lol… she doesn’t like my style advice, but she does love polka dots, so fingers crossed!

    • What a great mom you are to even try!! I bet she will like it, because polka dots are universally happy!! Thanks for the nice words!

  • Love your red polkadot blouse! Think of me if you’re ever about to get rid of it!

    That belt on your Mom is great too. I wish my Mom would be more open to my style advice.


    • Ooooh Suzanne…you made me laugh…I would not say my mom is open to my style advice…tolerates would be a better word. (more like “mom, it’s my blog, so you have to wear what I decide.”—unfortunately for her, she only has one child, so she has to love me). And I’ll remember you for the polka dot blouse…thanks for the compliments!

  • fashionloveletters

    Definitely proves that you can be fashionable at any age! I am loving this look, with the red and white and all these looks are so lovely! These women are so gorgeous and love how fashionable they are!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • What great outfits! We must be on the same wavelength – I’m featuring a polka dot dress on my blog today. I love your style – and the way you show outfits for different ages. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cute looks! I have two polka dot items in my closet…a dress and a blouse. Oh wait! I have a pair of black pants with white polka dots too!