I despise Madonna, both musically and politically, and when I have a doll that shares a name with someone I loathe, I change the name. I did that with my Beyonce doll (she's "Basma" now), and my Madonna is now Madeleine, or "Maddie" for short.
Snarkiness over, I wasn't expecting the Butterfly Art line to have extra outfits since Mattel had largely stopped releasing outfits with doll lines by 1998. The Fashion Avenue line was alive and well, so why bother with clothes specific to one line, right? Well, it turns out that the joke's on me because Mattel released at least three spare outfits. They tied into the line by going heavy on the denim and the butterfly motifs, and...well, the title of the post gives away the direction that I'm going with this. I got a little dress.
I love this outfit, though. It looks more casual and everyday than that string bikini, which looks...I don't know what my deal is with that bikini. It's colorful, it's well-made, it's not uber-trashy like so many bikinis these days are. Maybe I'm just tired of seeing Maddie in it. Maybe it was that pink bikini that made Maddie's skin look more orange than it really is, because in this blue, she doesn't look quite as much like a Cheese Nipper as she did. Plus, the blue brings out her eyes. It was a worthwhile outfit to seek out, even if it is simple...but I can't help wondering what it would look like with shoes. Good thing I've got plenty of casual shoes!