Polka Dot Blouse 3 (Business)

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

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

Fact of the Day: 85+ is the age at which women are happiest with their looks, according to a recent gallup poll.  After dipping a bit in the thirties and forties, women’s beauty confidence soars almost nonstop from 49 onward.   From More magazine

Now we’ll introduce this same blouse to the working woman.   Today we make polka dot fashion appropriate for the office by adding a jacket or cardigan and nice heels.  Some polka dots are more obvious than others depending on the size and color contrast of the circles.  In this series, the 70’s model’s blouse almost looks solid from far away.  And the 60’s model’s blouse could be interpreted as an interesting print since the circles are not the same size throughout the shirt.  I styled these exact same shirts for dress up (here) and casual (here).

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 50’s Polka Dot Blouse: These are some of my favorite shoes since they have pieces of yarn on them.  They were Isabel Toledo’s design for Payless and even came in a flat version—I so wish I’d also gotten the flats!

Blouse: Boston Proper (similar here)~~Blazer: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Pants: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Shoes: Isabel Toledo (here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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60’s Polka Dot Blouse: Since the blouse shows quit amount of volume from the ruffles, it’s a good idea to pair it with a more slender skirt.  Nancy’s pencil skirt fits the bill (and adds some nice color)! 

Blouse: Jones New York (similar here)~~Jacket: East 5th (similar here)~~Skirt: The Limited (similar here)~~Shoes: Mushrooms (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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70’s Polka Dot Blouse: Mom’s blouse is actually pink & grey, but when paired with the lilac cardigan, the grey seems to take on a more purple tint.  Color is such an interesting concept and so very subjective, don’t you think?

Blouse: Mom made (similar here)~~Cardigan: Hillard & Hanson (similar here)~~Pants: Catherine Stewart (similar here)~~Shoes: Nine West (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Thanks for reading my styling blog!

 Some photography by Kari Strand Photography 

As an alternative to wearing polka dots on your blouse, I thought incorporating the print in a scarf could be just as entertaining (and usually less expensive)!


  • Kathleen McDermott

    Polka dots are happy and timeless. Always love. Your shoes are cool.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathleen!!
      It’s funny because I really don’t have many polka dots in my closet—I think I need to remedy that—ha ha!!

  • The SHOES! I can’t believe they came from Payless!


  • Lorena

    You ladies look stupendous ! I am particularly smitten by the Isabel Toledo heels and by your mom’s polka dot shirt.

    • nancy siegel

      I love those shoes too Jodie. I will check our Payless Shoes–maybe they have some left over and on sale. What size do you want in the flats? I have asked my friends to check your blog. Hope they have (Gretchen, ginette, Kathy). Some of my friends do not have computers. I am working on it at a slow pace.

      • Thanks Aunt Nancy….I wear a 7 or 7.5. But this was a couple years ago that they were offered! I’ve been keeping my eyes open at the thrift stores! Thanks for helping to promote!!!

    • Thanks Lorena!

  • Those shoes…LOVE!! Wow, Payless??!! They look super expensive. Great score!

    • Not quite as good as your scores, but I do love them. I so wish that designer would still design for payless… Have a great weekend!!!