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