Outfit: pretty polka

I really don’t rock a lot of polka dots – I can’t get it out of my head that it’s a total vintage style cliche, which makes me overlook them a lot. But not this cute Dixie dress from Joanie Clothing! I love a good pinafore style pencil dress – that square neckline gets me very time. Add in some cute scallop details and buttons and I’m so there. I also had a feeling this dress was going to be a good length on me, and I wasn’t wrong!
I’ve found Joanie’s sizing different between styles so far, albeit I’ve only tried two so I’m not an expert by far. I tried a pencil skirt in an 8 and only just got it done up – but this dress is an 8 and a near perfect fit. Technically, I should fit the size 10 as per the size guide, but maybe I’m getting away with this dress because it has a little stretch, whereas the skirt didn’t? Oh and I need to tell you those buttons are for decoration, so my bust can’t make them gap even if it tries! Sizing issues aside though, for the price I’m impressed with the quality. Joanie’s styles are, generally speaking, right up my street so I’m adding them firmly to my ‘one to watch’ list for the future. I love it when a new clothing brand comes onto the scene that I love and it’s affordable. Because, ladies, Joanie pieces are really reasonable prices and their sale items are total bargains.
The temptation with a navy and white dress is always to pair it with red accessories, but I decided to keep the original belt that came with the dress and match my shoes and bag to that, for a really comfy daytime look I’d happily wear anywhere. Isn’t it a shame that my photographer forgot his second important job to check if things aren’t sitting right and let me snap pictures with a twisted belt… You just can’t get the staff.


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review


The Joanie Clothing dixie navy polka dot dress review
Sunglasses: Dita by Collectif
Jacket: New Look (old)
Bag: similar
Shoes: Zulily (old)


  1. June 3, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Such a cute dress, I really like the original belt with it! It looks like it's a really nice fit too and I love it with the denim jacket! I need to get my own denim jacket I keep borrowing my mum's one because it's cute. As for the twisty belt, oh my gosh this type of thing happens all the time to me, but it doesn't look at all noticeable here, these things happen x

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      I think because it's a slim belt I got away with it this time! It's super annoying when these things happen, it can mean the difference between being able to use a set of photos and not! x

  2. June 3, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Love this look, I always think of pencil shape skirts and dresses as a bit formal, so it's nice to see them in a casual style! Re: your photographer missing your belt, this made me giggle! Just yesterday I got upset at my 'photographer' for failing to notice we'd done all my pics with my bag back to front! He could not get his head round why I said I needed to take them again!

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      That's exactly what went through my mind – with a top underneath I wear this for work, but without it it's a cute summer style to dress down at will. I find pencil shapes easier to wear without heels as they're not as overwhelming on me, so that works pretty well for the casual thing too. Ugh not a back to front bag!! That's the worst. I had that problem when I was trying to shoot a novelty bag, where the whole point was the front design…

  3. June 4, 2017 / 8:50 am

    I really like how you've taken this rather chic dress and dressed it down, with the little brogues and denim jacket. It makes it super wearable for being out and about running errands and such (I'm sure you have lots of pre-wedding tasks keeping you busy!!). I have been eyeing up a lot of items on Joanie Clothing, but I just know that most of it is designed for ladies much more petite than me – I think you've just confirmed to me that this dress wouldn't be right at all on me! Such a shame, as they have some lovely styles. I might check out their accessories again though. I hope you're having a lovely weekend xx

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Joanie's styling of the dress got me thinking about how cute it would look casual – that's something about them I really like actually; there's such playfulness and fun in how they style their pieces for their product photos – it helps fire the imagination! I think there are definitely some longer styles by them, but most wouldn't be midi length on me either so I know what you mean. I do like some of their separates though and their accessories are great. xx

  4. June 5, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    What a delightful dress – the pattern and colour, the shape, the fit on you, and that gorgeous button design with the white trim down the front. It would have looked good with red, but in fact I think I prefer it the way you have styled it. Just lovely! Kx

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      I think the trim is my favourite bit 🙂 I thought about red, but I've done a lot of blue, white and red recently so decided to make myself try something different for a change 😉 x

  5. June 6, 2017 / 1:13 am

    How cute are you! This dress is really fabulous – I love the scalloping and the buttons, they're really fun touches. And there's something that I always love about a square neckline. I just think they're a bit unusual, but really flattering. This look walks the line between sweet and bombshell so well, which I think suits you to a t.

  6. June 6, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I've been eyeing up Joanie's site too.

    Polkadots are a bit of a cliché, but the scallops, buttons and so on stop that dress being typical. (I have a polkadot dress myself; I wore it before getting much into vintage, and I love it so much I'll end up wearing it out, clichees be damned!)

  7. June 9, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Lovely dress, great combination of polka dots and scallops. I wouldn't have thought to pair it with tan accessories, don't know why as it looks great.

  8. June 20, 2017 / 8:52 am

    As a die hard polkadot fan, I am most taken with this charming little dress. The scallops in particular are swoon worthy!!

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