Pretty, chic, feminine, and flirty are the exact words that come to mind when talking about polka dots. First debuting on to the runways in 2017, designers have been quick to embrace this trend. A flash back from the past, the polka dot print is back in full force however this time it comes in quite a different playful twist.
Christian Dior used it in his New Look collection in what Vogue reported was a direct un unblushing plan to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”.At Balenciaga, coin-sized dots adorned a couture gown created to mark the centennial of the French house.
At Loewe, Jonathan Anderson employed them to uncharacteristically naïve effect, printed on tightly-pleated and ruffled silks. At Jacquemus, they were fat and globular, comprising the uniform for a Parisian girl who fell in love with a gypsy in the south of France. Simon Porte Jacquemus namechecked Christian Lacroix – once king of polka dots.
When I first noticed that polka dots were back on trend, I felt a flutter of excitement and anticipation to wear this print. Even though, admittedly I was a little late coming around to fully embracing the trend, now is as good as time of any to jump on board. The trick to making polka dots work for your wardrobe is to invest in a colour pattern that still compliments everything else that you own.
There are quite a lot of variations in both styles and colours of polka dots, black and white being the most popular, I decided to opt for something that was a little more playful by choosing the pink polka dot. As many of you would already know I own plenty of black and white pieces, so the pink seemed like the perfect change and different to anything else in my wardrobe.
When looking to invest in a new trend, it can be quite daunting and may leave you uncertain of how to work it into your current wardrobe. My biggest piece of advice is to start with smaller pieces (unless of course you love the print), especially with polka dots, a blouse can be a great starting point or even a skirt.
This particular style of dress that I am wearing is fit and flare, and features two panels of very subtle ruffles on the front of the dress. You can easily opt for a classic monochrome combination with polka dots or try a playful twist and opt for pink instead. When wearing polka dot piece, you will be surprised at just how much work the print does for you and how easy it is to create an entire outfit around this look.
Although, the trend itself might appear like it’s a one season wonder, if styled correctly this print will provide your wardrobe with plenty of mileage. As with the Autumn/Winter season approaching you can even style the dress with a pair of tights and leather jackets for a chic go anywhere look. For the purpose of this look, the weather is still warmer so I deliberately wore the dress as a Summer piece.
Team your favourite pair of wedges with the dress, for extra style and be adventurous with accessories, having fun introducing bright colours to the outfit. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to team this bold pink Michael Kors clutch with the dress for a pop of colour.
I also opted to wear these pink shades in replacement of my usual black pair for something fun. With accessories just be sure to have fun and introduce fine jewellery on the wrists but nothing too much, as the print is so bold on its own that you won’t have to worry about wearing statement jewellery. With polka dots seen on almost every designer runway, now is a great time to invest in this trend.