When I started this blog, I LOVED the thought of sharing my style stories with like-minded fashion-lovers out there. I would get excited about photo-shoots, I would work on fun outfit styling and new looks, I would look forward to blogger events and mingling with the rest of the community, and I would enjoy writing long blog posts on trends, fashion shows, personal style, re-wearing etc.
But, over the years, the blogging scenario changed. There were "bloggers" or "style influencers" mushrooming everywhere. And the excitement of sharing my personal style and thoughts on fashion with readers slowly lost its charm.
I still love fashion as much, and I still try to share my enthusiastic style stories - but more on Instagram. But, off late, I felt like reviving my fashion blogging days and adding some fashion content to my blog.
That's when I remembered about this little, fun shoot of mine that Anusha from The Small Town Blogger had done last year! #facepalm
Somehow, due to some trouble I faced downloading these images from Google Drive, and then my laptop which had the images crashing, these never made it to the blog at all!
So, after a loooooonnnggggg hiatus, I'm back with a post on what made me start this blog in the first place - fashion!
Those of you who have been following this blog since its early days (almost 10 years ago), might remember my blog pseudonym at that time - Polka Princess *cringe* :P
Thankfully, I got rid of the name, but my love for all things Polka Dots is still as strong!
And coupled with my recent love for yellow, this dress is favorite number from the wardrobe right now. So, when Anusha suggested an impromptu photo shoot on my terrace, then I thought of doing a how to re-style a women polka dot dress post for you all!
As you all know, I love layering. And when it is not yet jacket weather, this black lace top makes for a chic layering item! I paired my yellow polka maxi dress with the black lace top for an interesting juxtaposition, added a statement necklace, a pair of yellow-tinted sunglasses and block heels for a fun & flirty look! You can wear this kind of a look to a brunch party or an artsy event to stand out in the crowd!
Of course, one of the best ways to pair yellow is with denim! This denim jacket was a thrift buy, which I had funked up with quirky iron-on patches on one side. It makes for a fun layering option when it comes to dresses. I have paired this trusted denim piece with most of my dresses, and I knew it would be a great combo with the yellow. A pair of oversized pink glasses added a bit of fun to the look! This can be a cool, laidback look for a movie date, a holiday outfit or a lazy day out with the girls.
Longline shrugs or jackets make for great layers on long dresses. The trick to layering long pieces together is to put complementary silhouettes together. Add a belt to cinch in the waist, if you are layering two flowy styles. This can be a chic outfit for a fancy evening look or a family dinner party.
I love re-styling my clothes in various ways...it's a great way to get more wear out of them, without looking like you are repeating clothes! There are a few quick tips you can follow if you want to re-style your maxi dresses:
- Layer up with a contrast-colored top/crop top for a fun take on your dress. You can knot the top up at the waist for a chic twist.
- Layering with jackets is a great way to give a new spin to your dress. Go for cropped jacket, easy-breezy shrugs or even long coats for a smart layered look.
- Use a printed scarf to spruce up solid-colored maxi dresses, or go for print on print if you are feeling bold.
- Cinch in the waist with a belt - you can go for thin ones or broad belts with stylish buckles to amp up the look.
- You can also pair your dress with different kinds of footwear to create unique looks.
- Try pairing different accessories - sunglasses, statement necklaces or fun earrings - to give your dress a chic makeover every time you re-wear it.
- You can even try wearing the same dress in a slightly different way each time - roll up the sleeves, tie a knot on the hem, or just scrunch it up one side to give an asymmetric twist.
The key to re-styling garments is to go all out and have some fun, while being comfortable in your own style statement.
Do let me know in the comments below if you try out any of these re-wearing tips!
Follow me on Instagram for everyday looks...and do re-style more, if you don't do it already! Trust me, it's a lot of fun!!