Polka-dots are happy little spots that make any garment and its wearer look cheerful and carefree. They come in many different sizes and colors; yet regardless, they always seem to dance with every move you make – remember the dress you had which was covered with big dots and made your waist look so small?
Polka-dots have a long history – in 1926 Miss America was photographed in a poker-dot swimsuit. After the second World War many of Christian Dior’s New Look designs were bedecked with dots. In 1951 Marilyn Monroe was seen in a polka-dot bikini and in 1960 Brian Hyland’s hit song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini made us dance seeing dots.
They have never left the fashion scene totally. But this year’s spring fashion has embraced dots in a big way. What? Your waist is not as small as it used to be? Don’t worry! These happy little spots will dance with you as readily now as they did ….. when? No, don’t say how long ago, remember your age is nobody’s business but yours. Let’s just say, as they did when you were dancing to Brian Hyland’s tune.
Visiting my bank yesterday a lady came up to Michelle’s desk, the bank clerk who took care of me and said, “Sorry to interrupt, just wanted to wish you a Happy Easter.”
While we chit chatted I looked at the lady. She was about sixty, of medium height. She wore a bulky sweater which, even for her not slim silhouette, was much too large, and a pair of jeans with more rips and holes than was flattering for her legs.
I don’t know if she didn’t feel comfortable in her jeans, or if she had noticed me looking at her, but she suddenly said, ” I’m going out to buy some clothes now” and before I could stop myself I said laughingly, “You might need some.”
No, she wasn’t offended, she was a good sport and pointing to her jeans explained, “I just wanted to be a fashionista.”
And getting out my book Getting Over Growing Older I made another sale.
Many women don’t include colors in their wardrobe because for them there is only black. Of course, black is always in fashion and I think another reason for its popularity is that you never have to think what goes with what – black always goes with black.
But it isn’t flattering all the time; for example when you are tired it can make your skin look sallow and when you are older it isn’t a help either. You need bright colors to enhance your complexion and to brighten up your face.
My friend Jane is a case in point. She doesn’t know the word black or brown. She only wears bright, vivid colors – alone or together – and the effect of joy take years off her face and persona. You are curious how she does it – well here is Jane!
The next time you look at a red dress and think it’s not for me – look again and try it on. You might see a new you! A younger you! A happier you like Jane!