Rings and Things: Spotted
On account of that classic pop song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” – that major hit on the airwaves in the early ‘60s – the polka dot has been a mainstay print in the fashion cycle for decades since. Its retro shape symbolizes everything we love about style: it’s whimsical, spirited, kitschy and cute. At times, it actually defies time and feels like a classic, while transform the size or shade and they become something so very au courant.
Take the Spring 2015 runways: they were riff with it. The team behind Marc by Marc Jacobs was inspired by English rave culture where supersized black dots emblazoning latex skirts and shirtdresses – perfectly suited for that brave urban outlier. On the opposite side of the style spectrum, you had Dolce & Gabbana’s ultra-girly take on connect the dots with speckled floor-grazing gowns imprinted with lush red carnations to compliment.
Whatever you fancy in fashion, the look is meant to be playful, but take one small heed: In a similar way to leopard, cheetah or zebra patterns, its best kept in small doses. Pick your signature piece: boyfriend blazer, LBD or pencil skirt and then add the wow factor with your accessories. Mash-up a plaid scarf with a cherry-red clutch with a gold bow wrist cuff just because you can. Or pair an otherwise neutral dress with a pair of not-so-ordinary polka printed tights. Either way you’ll get people chatting and snapping (your #ootd, of course). Sure, trends may come and they may go, but your own individual style lasts forever.