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Style story: Polka pieces

Seeing spots? Rest easy – it’s just a sign you’re dotty about fashion

  • Camila Alves, Elizabeth Banks and Kristen Bell.
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    Camila Alves, Elizabeth Banks and Kristen Bell.
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  • Camila Alves, Elizabeth Banks and Kristen Bell.
    Dress Dh380, Wallis; swimsuit Dh250, Topshop; Peep toes Dh599, Dune; Clutch bag DhImage Credit: Supplied pictures

What goes around comes around; and in the cyclical world of fashion there’s one round that has been going around and coming around since the year dot – literally. Sweet and sophisticated in equal measure, the polka dot is a style stalwart that works everywhere for every age – from the most glamorous of weddings to the most formal work situations. One of the biggest trends of last winter, designers went dotty for all things spotty; and not much has changed for this season or next. With the stars working the polka dot day and night, Marni rocking the giant dot for summer, and Louis Vuitton collaborating with Japanese surrealist Yayoi Kusama on a bag line that’s already slated for sell-out status, whether you go large or small, coloured or monochrome, being dotty for dots totally hits the style spot. Full stop!

Style notes

  • Polka dots are wear-anywhere wardrobe wonders. Stick with classic colour combinations like black, white, red, taupe and blue for timeless panache, which will work just as well in the boardroom as they would in the cocktail bar.
  • As a rule, smaller dots are the most wearable and flattering.
  • Multicoloured dots can make you look rather clown-like – or worse still, a walking game of Twister. Keep colourful dots for accessories only – a cute clutch or killer heels are chic without saccharine overkill.
  • A polka dot evening gown bridges the gap between fun and formal.
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