Going Back to the Old School

December 9, 2011 at 5:30 AM 9 comments

When I saw this image on Look Linger Love of an adorable mom with her daughter:

it planted an outfit seed in my mind. I don’t have a shift dress as adorable as hers but I do have two shift dresses from Theory that I wear a lot with little jackets or sweaters. It had never dawned on me to put a button down on underneath the dress. I guess it is because I wore a jumper with a polo shirt underneath it in grade school as our uniform and so I tend to stay away from that look.

The other day, I decided to take it back to old school and once again put a shirt underneath my dress…

What do you think of the look? Would you ever take it back to the old school?  How do you like Graham’s sock and sweatpant in the photo?  I don’t really know how fashion bloggers convince their husbands to take photo shoots of them outside.  This was taken with my I-phone during the commercial break of a sports game – keeping it real.

I did wear the sweater coat for most the day because without it, I felt like I was right smack dab back in the 5th grade.

Still as awkward as I was in 5th grade in front of the camera.  I thought that the necklace made it a less juvinial though.

When I was walking out on Sacramento street in the outfit, this old man looked at me and said, “Nice squash bottom.” I let out an awkward, slightly frightened giggle and thought to myself what on earth is that man talking about and looked down at my dress to see if I somehow spilt squash on it. I also knew he wasn’t talking about my physical bottom because he only saw me from face on and my bottom is anything but squashed (wish it were). When I got home, I googled squash bottom to find out that’s the proper name of the necklace. Ha. You learn something new everyday. In my searches, I found I got a steal of a deal when I bought my vintage squash bottom for $15. Here is a very similar one from Free People going for $1,198 Yikes!

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  • 1. dmm  |  December 9, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    Yes, we do learn something new everyday; what a “happening” old man he was! I think the ‘school girl’ look is wonderful; a bit “Ralph” w/ the boots and the button down and your necklace and belt take it to the next level; brilliant, actually. And the best, IS Graham’s sock & sweatpants; maybe he can offer up some ‘man-styling’ w/o ever even having his face in view?!! You two are such a gorgeous couple, I say”Keep all faces in the photo!”

  • 2. Blue Hydrangea  |  December 9, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Love the outfit!! And you did get a steal of a deal on that necklace. I have a similar squash blossom necklace and it was no where near $15. Cute, cute!!

  • 3. Naomi@Design Manifest  |  December 9, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    I think you look great! Then again I wasn’t that fashionable when I was in 5th grade. Accessories really do make the outfit.

  • 4. Ashley  |  December 9, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Kate, you look lovely! And I wouldn’t have any idea what the necklace was called, so I would have been insulted by the man’s comment!

  • 5. Chassity  |  December 9, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Awww u are SO super duper cute! Love it.

  • 6. whitney - seeshopeatdo.com  |  December 9, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    I really like this old school preppy outfit. It looks so cute!

  • 7. Glynnis Hayward  |  December 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Love the look – and the squash bottom!

  • 8. Caroline @ Between Your Ears  |  December 13, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    I do this ALL THE TIME with sleeveless dresses! Love this look — and I used to wear a uniform but it was a gray pleated PLAID skirt (Yes, it was as hideous as it sounds) so I try to stay away from that look 😉

  • 9. The Vintique Object  |  December 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Hey Kate, I hope you won’t think me a total know-it-all, but I am from New Mexico, where these necklaces are made by the Navajo. They’re actually called squash blossom necklaces. So dude got it wrong.



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