Polka dot dress or graphic print? What is it?

polka dot dress

Polka dot dress? Graphic print? What kind of print does this dress have? Anyway, I really like it! And those colors too! The only thing I think is a bit of a shame is that this is a dress from Zara’s spring collection, you can find the other two here and in this post I’m also wearing one. But then there are long sleeves in it! Why? My rule (if you can speak of rules as far as fashion is concerned of course) is that when I wear tights, I will never wear short sleeves. And when I wear bare legs, never long sleeves. I can’t help it, I think it looks super ugly. Must be something with symmetry. Anyway, I’m really not going to wear tights now, so I should actually roll up my sleeves. Which is also a shame because the cuffs are very beautiful. Dilemmas!

Is this a polka dot or a graphic print dress?

midi dress with print

I would say it is a graphic print dress. It’s funny because to me the dress looks so different in real as it does on the photo. I think it looks more a polka dot dress in real, and on the photo it is more a graphic print dress. But I felt hard for this one. Love the colour combination and the v-neck. Which  is a pretty low one, but that’s okay, I always wear a camisole under my dresses or tops. And if it is under 20 degrees celcius, which is 68 Fahrenheit Shelbee, I even wear a basic top over the camisole and under the dress or blouse or even sweater. I hate cold. And Shelbee doesn’t like it when people only note the degrees in celsius, hence the link to my beautiful friend.

How to accessorize a polka dot dress?

polka dot dress

Not! Haha, yeah that would be my style. But I do my best to remember that when I put my clothes on and  am ready for the day, to add one more accessory. So I added the necklace. And I was already wearing my statement black ring and earcandy. The ankle boots are new. They are part of a collaboration. I wanted to have new suède ankle boots to wear under dresses and maxi skirts. And these are perfect for what I had in mind. So apart from the long sleeves, this is a very nice dress. And now that I am wearing this polka dot dress with ankle boots, the long sleeves don’t feel so strange to me. I just can’t wear sandals or slippers with the dress. That would feel and look weird in my head.

What’s your opinion? Long sleeves and bare legs are okay?

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58 Comments

  1. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    10th June 2022 / 18:22

    You look amazing in this dress. you are definitely an eye catcher. For me, bare legs depends on the temperatures. Not the sleeve length. So many light summer dresses have long sleeves these days. It’s actually a paradox. 😂

    • nancy
      Author
      10th June 2022 / 18:22

      It is, but I hate it, lol. Have a great weekend Tina!

  2. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    I love the colours in the dress Nancy. Have a lovely weekend xx

    • nancy
      Author
      10th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Laurie!

  3. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    That dress is so pretty – the colors are so vibrant and the print is eye catching. I really love the dramatic sleeves too! Maybe because I live in such a hot climate, I never wear tights! So I say, do what you want.
    The necklaces are really stunning too – I am enjoying gold jewelry so much more this year over the fun, colorful styles I usually go for in spring and summer.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • nancy
      Author
      10th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Kellyann!

  4. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    The vibrant 70’s print and polka dots both bang on trend and the colors are fabulous on you. I agree with you about bare legs and long sleeves but probably only if your legs are white, it looks strange. But you’re showing little leg and they’re a great color anyway so it looks good! Enjoy your weekend Nancy.
    Pamela
    http://www.style-yourself-confident.com

    • nancy
      Author
      10th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Pamela.But If I would wear sandals under this dress, that would feel strange to me.

  5. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    That’s a very bold dress, Nancy and it looks amazing on you. I love the sleeves and in our summers I think we need them! Love the ring btw, super dramatic and my kind of jewellery! Altogether it’s a great outfit x

    • nancy
      Author
      10th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Penny. The ring I bought in that church where the antique market is in Lewes!

    • nancy
      Author
      10th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Kathrine! My pleasure!

  6. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    Your dress is fabulous! I love the vibrant colors and graphic print! You look so chic! Thank you for the linkup and have a wonderful weekend!

    Jill -0 Doused in Pink

  7. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    This dress looks beautiful on you! It’s a dress after my own heart! I am a big fan of bold graphic prints and polka dots, too! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the link up!

  8. Jodie Filogomo
    10th June 2022 / 18:22

    First, I thought the print almost looked like crochet squares. It’s so fabulous Nancy.
    And you know me….where the bare legs with long sleeves. Why not?? Who said symmetry is better? LOL!! Just try it, you might like it!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Haha, symmetry is it all for me,lol.

  9. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    Nancy this dress is just freaking fabulous! I love everything about it – the colors, the design, and even the sleeves. (But I understand your point. I have a spring dress with long sleeves and I’m always confused about when I should wear it with what.)

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Exactly that! Thanks Michelle!

  10. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    Your self-imposed fashion rule made me smile, and surely rules are meant to be broken 🙂
    I’ve often worn long sleeves without tights, so there 🙂
    Your dress, which I think falls under both print catagories, is an absolute stunner! I love it so much I might even have a look in Zara! xxx

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      You probably will find it in a pre loved clothing shop for a quarter of the price! Lol.

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Mireille!

  11. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    Oooh what a cool dress, Nancy! I love the colors and the funky polka dot graphic print, too! I do wear sleeves with bare legs because my shoulders and arms get way colder than my legs! And I am over here cracking up about your temperature conversion! Thank you so much for providing it so I didn’t have to go look it up myself! Hahaha

    Shelbee

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Haha, yeah yeah, I am learning!

  12. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    Love the abstract design! I have to agree about bare legs with short sleeves! I don’t know why so many summer dresses have long sleeves lately.

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      A lot this season! Thanks Gail!

  13. 10th June 2022 / 18:22

    That dress has such a unique pattern—it reminds me of a quilt, but more abstract and graphic. I will say, I love summer dresses with long sleeves, only because summer is a little chilly in San Francisco!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you Cheryl!

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Katie!

  14. 11th June 2022 / 18:22

    Nancy, I’d say that the print is a graphic interpretation of “granny squares crochet” pattern. I like it and you look fabulous.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Anything with granny in it makes me feel, well you can read today’s post! Lol.

  15. Laura Bambrick
    11th June 2022 / 18:22

    I love this fun graphic/polka dot combination print! It’s so unique! This dress is lovely on you!

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Laura!

  16. 11th June 2022 / 18:22

    I can see polka dots but also the graphic print. Whichever…you look gorgeous in it! I haven’t really thought about wearing long sleeves with sandals or not…I guess when I put on my cardigan when I’m cold, I’m wearing long sleeves? I’ve started to put in the Celsius temperatures in my posts! Thanks for the link party, Nancy!

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    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Marsha!

  17. 11th June 2022 / 18:22

    That dress is fabulous! I love the polka dots but the graphic design is so cool too! It really suits you!

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much, that makes me happy!

  18. 11th June 2022 / 18:22

    That is such a great dress on you, the color, length, love it! I dont know- polka dot graphic print? ! LOL. You styled it so well and I love that ring! Thats what I need to add a few rings to my jewelry collection.
    Have a great weekend Nancy!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Jess. I find myself wearing the ring all the time! Love it!

  19. 12th June 2022 / 18:22

    Whatever you call it – I love it! Reminds me of crocheted granny squares.

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you!

  20. 12th June 2022 / 18:22

    Actually, there is nothing better and more stylish in my book than wearing a long-sleeved dress with sandals. And this dress is real pretty. Thank you for hosting, Nancy.

    • nancy
      Author
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Really? My head can’t get used to the idea! Thanks Sabina.

    • nancy
      Author
      14th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Lizzie!

  21. 13th June 2022 / 18:22

    That’s such a fun dress, Nancy! Does it have pockets?? 🙂 I would call it a graphic print. Polka dots are either a single colour dot or a single colour background (or both).

    That is a funny hang-up you have with long sleeves and bare legs. Get over it! Ha ha!

    Thanks for the link-party!

    • nancy
      Author
      14th June 2022 / 18:22

      No, it doesn’t have pockets, that’s downside. And no I will not get over it! Lol.

    • nancy
      Author
      17th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Rosemary!

    • nancy
      Author
      17th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Carol!

  22. Joanne
    16th June 2022 / 18:22

    Definitely! I have worn sweatshirts with shorts before… so yes to long sleeves and bare legs. What a pretty dress. That print and those colors are so eye catching.

    • nancy
      Author
      17th June 2022 / 18:22

      I can picture that and it even looks good. Maybe because then you see a lot of skin??

  23. 19th June 2022 / 18:22

    I think you shared this dress, featuring the black suede booties, in another recent post. I never realized that the print was dots. Ha!! It looks almost like a patchwork quilt. Or a geometric print. Whatever the case, I LOVE it. You have styled it perfectly…the great black ring, those booties. And I love the flirty photo of you bending over, the hem of your dress flipping out a little. You are adorable.

    • nancy
      Author
      20th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Leslie. I posted it on Instagram, perhaps you saw it there.

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