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Dotty about spots

We're going dotty over the return of an old favourite print - welcome back, polka dot!

The humble spot, popularised by style icon Minnie Mouse, is absolutely everywhere this coming season. It’s a great way to add low-key interest to your look without being too shouty.

From statement sleeves to stand-out dresses, the polka dot is getting a modern makeover – and we’re totally on board.

 

Fashion editor’s under-the-radar label of choice, Essential Antwerp, have embraced the spot – and you’ll find these beauties (above) at Courtyard Boutique in Guildford. Check out their spring collection while you’re there – there are some lovely buys!

The light grey polka dot shirt  (£170) has a soft relaxed fit making great for a casual look over jeans. And come the summer, leave it unbuttoned over your bikini for a day at the beach.

If it’s bold and beautiful you love – this neon pink maxi dress (£240) is a winner. And it’s super versatile too – team with trainers for a casual look, or for a more dressy affair, add heels and jewellery.

For timeless elegance we love this navy blue dress (£129.95) from Danish brand Part Two. You can pick one up at Two Ducks lifestyle boutique in St John’s, Woking.

polka dots warehouse blouse dress

Warehouse have lots of pleasing options, including this blue and black spotty top (£36) and this chic monochrome midi dress (£59). Or you could treat yourself to the red and white jumper (£75) from & Other Stories, below. Also at & Other Stories, we sniffed out this elegant cream blouse with spots (£95). Pair it with smart trousers or a leather skirt for work and then jeans at the weekend.

polka dots and other stories jumper blouse

For big bold spots, we love this roomy jumper (£230) in a lovely mix of grey pink and orange by Essential Antwerp. Pop into Courtyard to pick one up.

Summer wedding upcoming? You’ll be the best dressed guest in this dreamy blue and black wrap dress, below, (£175) also by Essential Antwerp.

polka dots antwerp dress

Why stop at clothes? Polka dot nail art is so easy even a beauty div like me can do it – check out this excellent Superdrug tutorial. And we can’t talk about polka dots without mentioning Yayoi Kusama, the 90-year-old Japanese avant-garde artist and undisputed polka dot queen. (Have you ever seen one of her shows? They are totally nuts, in a good way.) Yours for £200 is a Kusama pumpkin sculpture from the Tate shop – at last, I’ve been looking for one of those for ages! Or you can settle for a pair of her tea towels (£45) to make drying up that frying pan slightly more on-trend.

 

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