Shall We Polka?

So a while back I wrote a blog about stripes.  My friend Sarah then suggested to me that I should write about polka dots.  To tell you the truth, I was a little dubious at first because to me, polka dots, spots (whatever you want to call them) are just so 80s.  I am still struggling with designers reinventions of the 80s – especially if we wore it the first time around, (did I really just admit that?).  

Emily Watson
Chloe Sevigny
Eva Mendes
Photo by The Sartorialist

Of course the ironic thing is that spots have now popped up everywhere on the fashion scene  and are currently quite the trend with designers like Dolce & Gabanna, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel sending them down their spring/summer runways.

So I guess these ladies don’t look all that bad, do they?   

Polka dots have always represented a sense of fun and frivolity to me, and not something to be worn if you want to be taken seriously.  The good news is that designers are taking spots in a different direction, mixing them with colours not seen before and the result is they are more than sophisticated, and very grown-up indeed.  Hooray!

Derek Lam 


Marc by Marc Jacobs

Be wise about your choice of spots.  Don’t over-do it, subtlety is key.  And if you’re feeling less than daring, why not start out with a scarf or hosiery?

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One thought on “Shall We Polka?

  1. NO WAY! Polka dots are forever! I have been obsessed with them since i was about 18 (im 30 now). i love the 50's feel, that rockabilly rebel/super femme look. Smaller spots are best, i agree with the slightly cringy 80's thing but those 80's spots are always big and way too silly. Sorry, im a passionate polka dot supporter! have a look at for some super cool spots x

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