I swear I saw Princess Diana walking through Zara the other week. Head to toe in monochrome spots, it was her alright. Wishful thinking, of course; it wasn’t her, just several doppelgangers in the changing room. Head-to-toe Princess Di polka dots are EVERYWHERE.
Seeing spots? And I don’t just mean tiny, polite little dots – I’m talking oversized, in-your-face polka dots, just like Mum wore in the 80s. Speaking of Mum, the last time I wore black-and-white spots was on a pair of shoes I’d somehow managed to convince my mum’s friend to buy for me when she was looking after me for the day. Aged 11, staggering around in ‘classy’ white stilettos from M&S, no wonder Mum made me take them back. In M&S with my mum the other day, we spied the cutest pair of black-and-white spotty slingbacks we both fancied wearing. (In case you didn’t already know, M&S have really upped their shoe game over the last couple of seasons.)
“Go easy on the fuchsia and cobalt-blue accessories – yes, it’s an 80s moment, but this is not the time for a Cyndi Lauper re-run”
Anyhoo, back to spots. Don’t they make a welcome change to stripes? Although I appreciate a Breton top, there’s nothing worse than looking the same as everyone else at the weekend, hence why I’ve avoided wearing Breton for a couple of years now. As for stripy sundresses, well, that’s a different story – I can totally see myself wearing a zesty stripy dress on hols this year. Back to spots, I’d say my favourite dotty top is by Zara. I reckon it would look great with a black pencil skirt, white shoes and a basket bag (so 80s). Or, maybe court shoes with a block heel and a big Sloane Ranger hat like Di. Throw an oversized tailored jacket over the lot, et voilà, it’s off to the Queen’s garden party we go. Go easy on the fuchsia and cobalt-blue accessories – yes, it’s an 80s moment, but this is not the time for a Cyndi Lauper re-run.
“It’s the 80s updated – this time, without the perm. Thank God”
Off to a wedding this summer? Then polka dots are your friend, friend. Go for a snug-fitting midi dress cut in a classic shape, à la Dolce & Gabbana, as opposed to something more voluminous. (Although I love them, I fear a tent-dress may look more kids’ TV presenter than Best Dressed Guest when covered in oversized spots. Go instead for something that belts at the waist like the dress from A.W.A.K.E below.) Miu Miu boater, Loewe bag, a pair of polka-dot slides from Mango and she’s off. It’s the 80s updated – this time, without the perm. Thank God.
PS The dress I’m wearing is from Stella McCartney. It’s old, proving polka dots have staying power beyond flash-in-the-pan fashion ‘moments’.