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Friday, December 8, 2017

Everybody’s talking about... Polka dots!

Seeing spots? Don’t worry, Jacquemus and Saint Laurent are, too

 

WORDS BY ALEXANDRA RHODES

 

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of polka dots? Minnie Mouse in her spotted red dress and matching bow? Julia Roberts post-makeover in Pretty Woman? They’ve long been synonymous with femininity and frivolity, but now a host of our favourite designers are reinventing the playful print for every kind of fashion fan…

 

The dress

Fun fact: the polka dot gets its name from the 19th-century Czech dance craze. We’ll be getting into the groove in this Ganni number, all in the name of research, of course…

 

Shop the look: Ganni Dress

 

The shoe

Trust Balenciaga to cut through the polka dot’s saccharine sweetness with a knife (…or a pump). With their extreme pointed toe and wafer-thin stiletto, these heels say ‘boss’.

Shop the look: Balenciaga Shoes

 

The blouse

For Jacquemus, bigger is always better – especially when it comes to sleeves, shoulders and supersized spots. True to the label’s trademark French-girl aesthetic, this ruched top is chic and playful.

Shop the look: Jacquemus Blouse

 

The bag

If the idea of top-to-toe dots seems more than a little daunting, consider accessories your secret weapon. Marques'Almeida's bag definitely hits the spot.

Shop the look: Marques'Almeida Bag

 

The trousers

Big and bold or delicate and dainty… Can’t decide which camp you’re in? Be a bit of both in Brit brand Marques’Almeida’s kicky flares.

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