Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Life in Dots

Sometimes I get so curious about things. Like wearing my favorite polka dot dress today I wonder, where did polka dots come from? Who came up with this brilliant pattern? Polka dots give me warm fuzzies, ya know.

I search online but cannot find answers that will suffice. Seems like they started showing up in Europe around the time Polka music became the craze - late 1800's-ish. This may be how they got their name, but I simply cannot believe that the chicken dance birthed the polka dot. It's just not possible.

Since we don't know the exact origin of polka dots, let's focus on a few key moments in history when they were most prevalent...

Minnie Mouse. Oh, you already know how I feel about her. I don't believe her effect on humanity would have been nearly as great had Walt Disney made her dress any other print. Stripes, checks, paisley, or houndstooth would not have given off that sweet, innocent, friendly, chic vibe the way her polka dots do.

Or how 'bout that Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini? Would that song have been such a hit had it been an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Bikini? I think not.

Lucille Ball wore polka dot dresses that perfectly portrayed her silly, light-hearted, quirky personality. Is it even possible for a polka dot to be serious? Doubt it.

Polka dots even impacted Julia Robert's character, Vivian, in Pretty Woman. You just know as soon as she put that dress on, she felt like a real, classy laaaaddy. At least until that horrible Philip guy came along and ruined her day. And it's hard to ruin a day in polka dots, let me tell ya. The jerk.

I looooove polka dots. This was not the first, and it will not be the last post I dedicate to them. Fair warning.

Photos here & here.


Sarah Clarke Gaudet said...

Yay for polka dots! You look great!!!


Anonymous said...

love the polka dot dress, cardi, and tights! i wore polka dots and pearls last week and someone at work said, 'whenever i see polka dots and pearls i think of lucille ball'. i told her that's what i was going for:)

Lydia said...

What fun info!!! :)

I absolutely LOVE that combo above! Pink and Brown is one of my favorite color combinations and those shades are absolutely adorable! :D

Claire said...

This makes me wish I had more polka dots in my weardrobe! Love your dress too :)

It's Jami yall said...

Oh, I can't EVER get enough of polka dots (and stripes-so I hope you do a post on them also). Buuuutiful.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i love polka-dots, too! thanks for your sweet post this morning--i'm loving your blog, too!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I do love me some polka-dots!