Seeing Spots: The Return of the Polka Dot

Have you noticed that retro prints are taking over? First it was gingham (which I still love – fear not, gingham), then polka dots started cropping up everywhere.

I am pretty confident it was (in playground parlance) Ganni who started it (and you can still get your hands on their latest spotty incarnation if you want The Real Deal).

In the interests of research, I have tried my share – and possibly Alex’s, too – of polka-dot dresses, to whittle it down to a shortlist. (I saw a fabulous shirt dress at the Baukjen showroom – will alert you when it drops online.) Incidentally, it was a useful reminder of working a look to your body. For instance, the H&M dress would look amazing on one taller than myself (or, indeed, over a bump: lovely Alex Stedman wore it over hers here) – but it was too much fabric for me (size down).

Confession: I did buy one – the & Other Stories frock below – the ‘spots’ are actually tiny stars, but let’s not quibble over technicalities. They look like polka dots. Wear your dress now with trainers or boots by day; heels (but nothing too delicate and genteel, please – you want to keep it looking contemporary) for the evening. Just don’t look at it too closely for too long: writing this post gave me spots before my eyes….

1. Ganni chiffon dress, £190, Net-a-Porter; 2. Ruffle neck, £34.99, H&M; 3. Frill-front, £69, & Other Stories; 4. Asymmetric hem, £28, Warehouse; 5. Belted, £159, Whistles (sold out at Whistles online but available here and here); 6. Wrap,£125, Baukjen

Images via Pinterset


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