Taking a Risk: Polka Dot Blouse + Floral Skirt

I stopped on my way out the door this morning and thought, Maybe I should go back and change. Maybe this outfit is too much. It feels kind of risky to wear this.

And then I thought, How utterly ridiculous. What, exactly, am I risking by wearing these clothes? Certainly I am not risking my life, or my livelihood, as some women do if they deviate from the fashion norms of their society. And in all reality, I am probably not even at risk of being mocked or ridiculed — which would certainly not be the end of the world if it happened (and, hey, it's certainly happened before; it was called MY ENTIRE ADOLESCENCE).

In truth, no one cared about my green polka dot blouse and pink floral skirt, because why would they? Most people, as my mother often reminded me, are so caught up in their own stuff that they don't notice the things that seem to you as if they are as brilliant as a neon sign.

And even if they do notice, or comment, or stare, I would like to think that I am the kind of person who can shrug that off. Because, honestly, I can walk away from the disapproving bank teller and continue being awesome as if nothing ever happened. The greater risk, to me, is in letting the fear of criticism stop me from doing things I really want to do. Like wearing green polka dots with pink flowers.

Blouse: Vintage, thrifted
Skirt: Vintage, thrifted
Belt: Vintage, thrifted
Shoes: Chinese Laundry, thrifted
Total cost to me: About $12


  1. I LOVE THIS. I've definitely had those thoughts before when I try things that are newer to me (like the hipster outfit in my four ways to wear a blouse post), but then I think... no wait, I want to wear this, so I WILL. Usually the "crazier" (to me) my outfits, the more positive comments I get from people at stores and in life as I do errands. And I am pretty sure that anyone who stared at you in this probably was thinking how good you looked. The colors are perfect together, and dots + florals is one of my favorite combos!

    1. Isn't it amazing how easy it is to talk ourselves out of trying something new? I have had the same experience, that I get positive feedback for unconventional looks. And, you know, even if I don't: IT'S OKAY.


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