Polka Dots at Night

I quickly put together this casual evening look to go out to dinner a few weeks ago. It was one of the last of our cool evenings. I certainly wouldn’t be wearing a jacket or a scarf in the humid late summer heat we’ve been experiencing recently, even at night. Although the outfit is casual it still feels somewhat glamorous. It goes to show you what a printed scarf can do for an outfit. Without the polka dots the ensemble would be very simple indeed, but the big graphic circles give it flare.

Here’s to polka dots and scarves!

When we shot these photos the sandals were brand new. I planned on “introducing” them in this post but other photos found their way to the blog first. As a result I’ve never really talked about them. This sort-of-a-sandal sort-of-a-boot, look has been in fashion for a while but this is my first foray into the style. I love how the unusual shape makes everything worn with them look more interesting.  They’re also very comfortable and have what I consider a perfect heel, neither too high nor too low.


  • Denim jacket by Anne Klien (Here is a similar classic style.)
  • Indian necklace from a store in Artesia
  • Scarf from Nordstroms (A similar, pricy version can be found here, an inexpensive, smaller,  version here, and a really fabulous and affordable multi-colored one here.)
  • Black maxi dress by Veronica M (Target sells a similar style.)
  • Black sandals by Kenneth Cole

What do you think of polka dot prints? Do you think scarves add drama to an outfit? Would you wear a polka dot one like this out at night?


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25 Responses to Polka Dots at Night

  1. Alexis Grace September 12, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    It really goes to show you—- it is all in the details! And polka-dots are always a blast!!!!
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  2. Stacey - Total City Girl
    September 12, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I do think a scarf adds to an outfit but personally I just never wear them. I do love your shoes though! They are so ME!!
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    • Playing With Scarves September 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      Hi Stacey,
      You are like many other women. You have scarves and you don’t wear them ;-( Why???????? Scarves are the best accessories ever to make us look beautiful!
      All the best,

    • Heather Fonseca September 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      Really? But it gets so cold in New York! I would think you’d wear them all the time. Thanks for the shoe compliment. (:

  3. Donna
    September 12, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I love how the scarf adds to the outfit. I have a few but usually forget about them, except for the winter kind. After seeing this, though, I’m going to try to remember to wear them on some of the upcoming cooler fall days and nights.
    I love those shoes, too. They are very interesting and the heel is my idea of a perfect size, too.
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    • Heather Fonseca September 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      Scarves can really make a simple outfit special. I like wearing mine with lightweight jackets that aren’t quite warm enough by themselves.

  4. Shanti September 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    wow, love your makeup and the necklace is so striking!

    • Heather Fonseca September 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks Shanti. I’m glad you noticed the makeup. I piled it on that night! It looks pretty normal in the photos but in real life it was like stage makeup (or at least nightclub makeup). Photos are funny that way.

  5. Playing With Scarves September 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Hi Heather !
    What a great look! I really love it. And what a wonderful model you are!
    Fun thing: There must be polka dots in the air… My next blog post (Saturday – That’s when I post) is about… polka dot scarves!!! Great minds…
    See you soon on your blog or mine.

    • Heather Fonseca September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      I don’t wear scarves nearly enough. It’s been so hot here recently I don’t know when I will either, but eventually my favorites will be tied around my neck! Glad you like the polka dots and I look forward to seeing yours too.

  6. Kiki September 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Love polka dots. Wore them myself today. 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca September 13, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      I think I need more polka dots in my life Kiki! I hope you share your dots on your blog soon. (:

  7. Rachel
    September 13, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Great look, easy, casual and still classy. I LOVE the evening shots. I must try that sometime. 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca September 13, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      So glad you like the outfit Rachel. The evening shots are fun, but it’s often difficult to get the right lighting at night. I end up doing it because my husband and I don’t always have the right opportunities for photos during the day.

  8. citizen rosebud
    September 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    I still love polka dots, and I really like how you’ve put this look together- great looking ensemble for an evening out.
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    • Heather Fonseca September 14, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      Thank you Bella! You and your polka dot ensembles have certainly inspired me.

  9. Jeannie
    September 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    A scarf elevating a simple outfit….perfect!
    Your photos are always so stunning! Love the new shoes, too!
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  10. Ricky Donovan September 14, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    That outfit suits you perfectly. And the makeup and the necklace are awesome.
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    • Heather Fonseca September 14, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Thanks Ricky. Glad you like it.

  11. SACRAMENTO September 14, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    What a wonderfully dramatic shooting. I love it to bits.
    Great idea to pair the dress with a denim jacket to make it less formal.
    I never wear scarfs, I should.
    Have a lovely weekend, dear Heather.
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    • Heather Fonseca September 14, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks Sacramento. I’m so glad you like the outfit and the jacket!

  12. Paula September 15, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Heather, I’ve been thinking of the bf jeans too and I think the key is the shoes~they DO look cute on u! Paula
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    • Heather Fonseca September 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      HI Paula! Happy to see you back. The shoes are key for a more spruced up look with the boyfriend jeans, but honestly I wear them with flats too!