Once you’ve spotted them (see what I did there), you will notice them everywhere. I’ve been glued to Wimbledon over the last couple of weeks and could barely see the ball for polka dots. From She Of The Glossy Hair, Kim Sears, to She Of The Glossy Hair, the Duchess of Cambridge (does anyone else get those two confused?), everyone has gone polka dot mad. If the AW17/18 collections showcased back in February were anything to go by, polka dots were always going to be a big thing, featuring heavily on the runways of Marques Almeida, Maison Margiela, Jacquemus and Balenciaga, to name just a few. But they have crept into our summer wardrobes too, and I, for one, have caught the spotted fever.
If you’re looking to stand out in an elegant and demure way for a special event, perhaps a summer garden party or the races, then head-to-toe polka dots might be just the ticket. They’re chic and timeless, particularly in classic black or navy and white, and perfectly suitable whatever your age. Being tall, it’s a good idea to break up head-to-toe polka dots with the use of colour, a change of material or just a belt. Here, I’ve opted to reverse the colour-ways and accessorise with a bright bag to add a point of interest.
The blouse is from H&M, and taps into an amazing number of trends for such a tiny piece of material. Anything wraparound is a fashion statement this season, whether it be dresses, skirts or blouses – this one has a thin black string which ties at the side. And then with its polka dots, cold-shoulder style and plentiful ruffles, it’s about as on trend as is sartorially possible for under £30.
The Octavia spot print skirt is from the new season collection at L.K.Bennett. The black spots against a white backdrop offer a beautiful contrast to the black H&M blouse. The midi length could do with an extra inch or two but when paired with flats it’s almost spot on. With a monochrome look, you can add a splash of colour with accessories – either a handbag or jewellery – if you feel it’s too minimal. Here I am wearing the Mariel cross body bag in a bright mustard yellow, also from the new season collection at L.K.Bennett. But you could equally keep the look minimal and opt for a neutral coloured tote.
I played down the smartness of the look with flats; sliders, like these embellished ones from ASOS, or sandals, will work equally well and no doubt turn out to be a good choice by the 5th glass of champagne standing in slightly soft grass. Flats are having their moment this year; a great thing for us tall girls, who will still look fabulous and stand head and shoulders above the rest. So, Dear Readers, get your dot on and stand tall!
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