what I wore : red polka dot dress - The Dainty Squid

what I wore : red polka dot dress

Thursday, January 14, 2016

what I wore, polka dot dress, pink hair
what I wore, polka dot dress, pink hair, ootd
Polka Dot Dress, ootdwhat I wore, polka dot dress, pink hairpink and purple hair, the dainty squid, bowler cap
red pointy shoes, what I wore
camera, enemal pin

details
hat - thrifted
sweater - Kohl's
lapel pin - Photojojo
tights - Target
shoes - Iris Flat c/o Moorea Seal

I really reeeeally wanted to share this outfit back when my hair was orange. I actually went out a few times to photograph it but got shut down each time. It looked amazing with orange hair. After orange somehow, surprisingly, matched nearly everything I wanted to wear I'm having a bit of a hard time getting back to my old ways, where I wore whatever I wanted regardless if matched my hair color or not. The pink and blue doesn't look too bad with color of the dress but I think the hat really helps tone it down and pull everything together.

Speaking of, any long time readers remember this hat? I wore it constantly back in 2012+2013. See here, here, here, here + here... and probably a thousand other posts. I fell out of the habit of wearing it and landed back at square one where I feel silly wearing a hat in public. I know that's such a common feeling and I don't really understand why. I have never in my life looked at someone in a hat and thought "what a goob!" Fact of the matter is I rarely notice when people have hats on. So here's to finding more hats I look cute in and wearing the heck out of them in 2016!

The Dainty Squid, what I wore, polka dot dress, pink hair

This is probably my new favorite dress*. I totally get that bloggers get a bad rap because we call everything our "favorite" but we're just an excitable bunch I suppose...and seriously this dress is my current favorite! I bought it during Modcloth's Black Friday sale and was a little underwhelmed when I received it. It was a little short for my tastes and kind of restrictive in the chest. It sat on my desk in the return envelope for a while before I was like "I have to try it on again. I can't get rid of it!" You know what? A non padded bra made all the difference! That makes it sound like I wear the most padded of bras that exist, which there is nothing wrong with if you do, but just that small amount of padding made the dress tight. This bra from Target, which is also one of my current favorite things, helped the dress fit so much better. It's still a little bit short but that's no big deal seeing as this cold weather has me wearing two pairs of tights anyway. The cut-outs on the top are what really draw me in. Plus it's the perfect twirling dress. I don't care how old I get a good twirly dress always improves my mood.

Hope you're having a lovely day!
xoxo


*Apparently this dress is already no longer available buuuut Modcloth is having a huge sale right now! 70% off a ton of stuff. Before this dress sold out it was marked down to a mere $18! There are definitely similarly awesome deals happening right now.

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28 thoughts

  1. that pin! that outfit! this looks so cute :) i somehow never thought of a combo like this... grey and red are a lovely match (less dramatic than red&black or just red) - love it!

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    1. Right? I had on black tights and sweater but it didn't feel right. I tried the grey because I really wanted to wear this sweater and I'm super pumped how it worked out. Grey and red might be my new favorite outfit color combo!

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  2. I feel like I haven't seen you wear a dress in a while on here (though I'm sure I've missed a lot of posts), and since you were one of the first blogs I ever followed and you made me realize how awesome dresses could be, it's so nice to see you in this for a change of pace! No matter what your hair color is, you somehow make it go with anything and everything. :)

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  3. ModCloth's dresses really are short but a pair of tights fixes that. This one is NOT "too short" on you though. It looks fab!

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    1. I thought I found the trick - checking the measurement details on their site and if it was 35 inches or longer I was safe but either this one was measured slightly wrong or I got taller.

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  4. Lovely and you look beeeautiful in it. Dress lengths are always so hard to judge! I always get them and think they are to short because I'm quite tall. I guess that's what thick tights are for but I still find myself tugging the hem down when I wear them. Polka dots for the win, though! -Sam

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    1. That's one reason I think I might like to be shorter - so that dresses weren't so darn short on me. It kills me how often I find things I LOVE but can't buy them because they wouldn't cover my butt.

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  5. I've just bought my first hat :O and am at the stage where I feel silly in public, which as you've said, makes no sense. Let's make 2016 the year of hat wearing! (You'd probably like it, it has kitty ears! It's from H&M) xx

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  6. I feel the same way about hats, I love them but feel silly for some reason. Your comment made me laugh because you're right, I've never thought someone looked silly because of their hat! I really love this outfit, it looks so great on you! I haven't been a big fan of the lace up shoes when I've seen them on other bloggers, but they look really awesome with the contrasting tights.

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    1. Don't they look awesome with tights!? It makes them feel so much more wearable to me. I feel like they're too much up against my skin but with tights I love them!

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  7. I'm loving the shoes with the grey tights, something a little different. And that hat is so cute, never stop wearing it, again!

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  8. Such a cute dress! I know what you mean about hats though! I've never worn any hats, but it's such an unknown territory for me and having something on my head is so foreign so hats are always tug of war for me, even though I can think of twenty outfits of mine that would look better with hats. Hats are really in right now though, so if anything, you were trendy before the trend LOL

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    1. Haha! I love wearing a hat because it means I don't have to worry that my hair is doing something dumb but I just feel like everyone is zoning in on.

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  9. Gorgeous outfit! That dress is to die for!

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  10. I really love that Dress! Looks perfect on you!

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  11. YES! I remember that hat!! That's actually the FIRST thing I thought to myself when I was this outfit. I was like, YAY she's wearing that hat again! I always loved that hat with your blue/purple hair. SO pretty!! :)

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  12. That's such a cute dress! I love how it looks with the grey tights, and those shoes are amazing! I got a hat recently, but haven't had the courage to wear it out in public yet.. Here's to more hat wearing in 2016!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah!

      Yes to more hats in 2016!!! :D

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  13. I find your style cute and refreshing. I have a blog dedicated to paper dolls and was wondering if I could possibly get your permission to do a "Daily Squid What I Wore" paper doll?

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    1. Yessss! Please email me when you're done! :D

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