Sep 21, 2011

Delectable Duet: Spots + Stripes

The classic combination of spots & stripes 
is one of those cheeky patterns which also imbues elegance,
and as these 2 images show, it just never goes out of style! 
The first image is from 1956
and the second image is contemporary
(from Tory Burch's runway collection NYFW).

1: Photography by Tom Palumbo, 1956
2: Tory Burch, 2011 collection


  1. Miss Virginia 

    Lovely to add to my morning - I wish I could wear heels that high!

    love my stripes and spots - always have - I'll take them over a floral for me most times

    hope you are well - what are you up to in that lovely garden of yours



  2. Hello dear Loulou! My poor lovely garden was a bit sadly neglected on the weekend because the Taste of Melbourne lured me away from it to sample delicious procurements instead of weeding. But I'll take some more photos of the garden this week, because it is all going nuts for spring. Blossom everywhere! The cherry trees are just coming into flower - they should be spectacular soon. 

  3. TamraSanford21/9/11 12:14 PM

    Oh wow, that first dress is divine and then the close up of those heels... give me stripes and dots any way and I'm a happy girl

  4. Joy at Joyfulthings21/9/11 12:25 PM

    I love the stripes and dots dress - how elegant.  And from 1956! - I guess its right when they say style is timeless.

  5. Divine is the word Tamra! The dress, the setting, her expression - all divine! 

  6. Hello Joy! I think it would be perfectly possible to wear this today and for people to be shocked that it is vintage. It looks right on trend! So yes, I have to agree, graceful elegant style is never out of fashion. 

  7. Hi Virginia,

    I have had stripes on my mind today too. Loving the spots and stripe combination.  Very classy.

    Kel x

  8. Just stunning ... love that combination ... especially the Tory Burch combo.
    Spots are quite in this fall also ... Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney have both done it for Fall 2011.

    ... extremely elegant. Great post Virginia.

  9. Georgica Pond21/9/11 7:49 PM

    How divine - I want both dresses and those shoes are to die for. 

  10. These dresses are just fabulous! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

  11. Gilgandgrace21/9/11 10:57 PM

    Such a wonderful combination, gorgeous pictures :)
    Abbey x

  12. robinsonheather22/9/11 4:46 AM

    What on earth is that in her hand in the 1956 photo? A ping pong paddle? Perhaps it is an opera fan but I prefer to think of it as a ping pong paddle. :) 

    Glamour! Glamour! Hooray!

  13. Glam Fashionista22/9/11 6:50 AM

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  14. I always thought both spots and stripes are classic patterns. To me, spots always conveys whimsy and charm. Stripes, on the other hand always conveys a sense of casualness. The heels are so pretty, by the way!

  15. I love the dress, skirt and shoes.  I would wear all three (that is, if I had an occasion to wear the vintage dress somewhere!)

    LR @ Magnificent or Egregious

  16. Well I am curious too Heather! I figured she was either stepping out for a spot of ping pong, being the 1950s, hey, why not play ping pong in glamorous style, or perhaps it was a paddle shaped handbag???

  17. Love the way you sorted them into piles Jessie! And yes, I reckon you have nailed the effect they both create with very clever wording. 

  18. Does one need an excuse? I would wear that dress and peep toe shoes in a flash - for client meetings, going shopping, the art gallery, a picnic in an elegant park in the cbd. Same for the skirt and shoes - though perhaps skip the park bit! Heels and lawns not fab! 


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